Purtavaa Melontaretkelle

Päätimme ystävien kesken toteuttaa melontaretken. Eväiden nauttiminen olisi silloin isossa roolissa. Pakkasimme kajakkeihin polttopuita, ruokaa sekä juomista, ja suuntasimme kohti taukopaikkaamme Siuntiossa sijaitsevalle järvenrannalle. Alla olevalta videolta voit katsoa retken fiiliksiä!

We decided to take a kayak trip with my friends. The enjoyment of food was going to play a big role. We packed some firewood, food and drinks in the kayaks and headed for our camp fire place on a lakeshore in Siuntio. Watch the video above!

 

 

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Expedition Food for 3 Weeks

When I’m planning the food for longer trips, I try to make the food as easy and lightweight as possible. It can be fun to sometimes luxury something up, but I like simple meals that are easy and quick to cook. I’m not really choosy when it comes to food, but some may think that my menus looks a bit too monotonous. The most important thing is that you really like what you eat, so that you easily  can take in energy.

Winter expedition food are little easier to plan, and here’s the reasons:

  1. Weight: You’re pulling your stuff in a sled, which is for volume much larger than a backpack and you can pull a lot more weight than you can carry, so you can take some weighty gourmet food with you.
  1. Durability: You can take fresh food with you without fear of rancidity, eg cheese, ham and butter, as the temperature remains low.
  1. Water Sources: You get water anywhere, just as you can melt the snow. So the only water you need to pull in the sled is what you need during the day for drinking and lunch.

Menu for the Svalbard expedition (19 days):

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Food for 3 weeks: potato mash, porridge, blueberry soup, chocolate drinks, sports drinks, minced meat of moose (dried), freeze dried lunches (add water), coffee and coffee creamer, beef jerky, multivitamins, cookies and chocolate with nuts. Still missing from the picture: Bread, butter, cheese, ham, 10 x freeze dried lunches and some more chocolate and nuts.

BREAKFAST

  • Porridge (Elovena Plus Whole Grain Oat & Wildberry Milk, portion instant porridge)
  • Bread (with butter, ham and cheese)
  • Coffee (Moccona and creamer)
  • Multivitamins (effervescent tablet)

SNACKS AND DRINKS

  • Sports Drink (HartSport and Fast, powder)
  • Chocolate with nuts (200 g per day)
  • Beef Jerky

LUNCH

  • Freeze Dried Meal (LYO foods or REAL Turmat)
  • Coffee (3in1) or Chocolate Drink (Oboy)

DINNER

  • Mashed potatoes (Rainbow and various tastes of Mummon Muusi)
  • Minced meat of moose (fried and dried)
  • Chocolate Drink (Van Houten)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Blueberry soup (Ekströms, powder)
  • Cookies (Ballerina milk chocolate)
  • Potato chips (Pringles)

Turn a trangia into an oven

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When I’m out on longer tours, the food can become rather one-sided. I often prepare the food on some sort of kitchen with burners, pots and frying pans. This is the equipment the cooking is limited to. Sometimes during the trip, it is still fun to spice up the ordinary and make the food more luxurious. Nothing for example beats a fresh baked chocolate cake far away from civilization! The problem is that you don’t usually carry an oven with you, but fortunately there are several tricks to that. I tested one of these tricks, and for that you need the following:

• Trangia, pots and frying pan (lid). I recommend a Trangia with a gas burner.
• Disposable aluminium foil pan
• Chocolate cake dough

Say that you would like to bake a chocolate cake in the wild. Well, good news for you then! Grocery stores sells “ready to bake” flour mixtures of different sugar cakes. The only thing you need to add is oil and water. Then you just have to follow the instructions below:

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Food experiment

I have for a long time thought that it would be nice to try drying minced meat, because you would have a little more food possibilities on the tours. So now it was time to try some experiments. I dug 500g minced moose meat out of the freezer. Moose is perfect for drying purposes, because you want to dry meat containing as little fat as possible (otherwise it can go rancid quickly). It’s possible to fry meat without fat in a non-stick fry pan, just do not have the pan too hot when you begin. After frying, the meat weighted 300 grams. You could then spread out the meat on a baking sheet that you put in the oven. 70 degrees for about 10 hours will do it. You can leave the oven door slightly open so that moisture can escape better from the oven. At the end the dried meat weighted 108 g.


Now I have tried the meat I dried some time ago. At first, I was a bit skeptical about the whole thing, because it looked and smelled quite like cat food. But the result was still a super good meal! The meat was allowed to stand about 20 minutes in a food thermos, with added water. (I got the TV-Shop thing Aromipesä in mind…) I made som mashed potato from powder, to get the right sense of the whole thing, and yet I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. I think I’ll try drying other things too, but what I do not know yet. Will take some inspiration from the book Torka mat (Dry food), by Eric Tornblad, 2012, which contains everything you can imagine having to know about food drying.