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Winter Car Camping - Meal Ideas?


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sandrock · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 115

This is my first winter sleeping in my truck on weekend adventures. I've been doing the jetboil + Mountain House thing and am getting pretty bored. I have a two week long trip coming up and would like to have some better options that include fresh food.  What are your favorite meals to cook that won't take up a ton of grocery space in the truck?

thanks!

Jerry432 · · odessa texas · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 10

Ramen and Ravioli with shredded cheeses the carb loading monster. cheap and easy and doesn't take up too much space 

Amy Krull · · Oregon · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 45

Winter camping great as your beer stays cold; leaving space in the cooler for meat, veggies and cheese! (If daytime temps are above freezing you can just pack a tupperware with snow.) We just got back from a week and half on the road in Bozeman and Cody, we have a larger stove than you do, but stick to one pot meals by using a tupperware or second pot as a holding zone. 

Dried raviolis, couscous, tortillas, pitas, frozen spinach/kale, sausages, cheese, butter stick, a few eggs for spicing up Ramen, Indian food packets, can of tomato sauce or sun dried, tuna, anchovies, snacks (cookies, nuts etc), coffee, teas.  I bring lots of dried soups (miso, ramen+peanunt butter and whatever other dried soups the Russian market has) for when you get back to the truck late and are cold and hungry, or in the morning instead of oatmeal.

Choose stuff that will freeze and re-thaw well and don't mind getting smashed and you're good to go! 

ViperScale . · · McMurdo Station, AQ · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 240
sandrock wrote:

This is my first winter sleeping in my truck on weekend adventures. I've been doing the jetboil + Mountain House thing and am getting pretty bored. I have a two week long trip coming up and would like to have some better options that include fresh food.  What are your favorite meals to cook that won't take up a ton of grocery space in the truck?

thanks!

They have these cool things called restaurants that you can eat at and they take no space up in the car.

Wes C · · Cleveland, oh · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 76

Do you have access to a dehydrator?  If not it's worth investing in one, as you can experiment and make different meals with endless possibilities and still use the jetboil.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65

Visit the frozen meals section of your grocery. How long you can store the meals frozen will determine your buying frequency. A home freezer is around 10F - zero is better. But even at 25F, the bagged frozen meals will be fine for several days.

andyedwards · · Jackson, WY · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 205

Cous cous, tuna, avocado, parmesan. A bit of El Yucateco.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 484

chili mac

Graham Johnson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 0

not a meal, but making a hot drink out of powdered coconut milk/cream (available from most western-style grocery stores, and just about all asian grocery stores) is pretty tasty and keeps you warm with all it's calories


sandrock · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 115

all great ideas, thanks!

Ted.kemble · · tower city PA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 5

ramen and sliced bologna is my go to ill just get a stick of it and cube it up as the ramen is done cooking and toss it in. 

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