Posts Tagged ‘camping food’

Be cool, stay in…

July 6, 2009

So I did it, I got a cooler. A Rubbermaid, 5-day cooler that I can’t find a picture of. 25 bucks at Big Lots, w00t! (Most I saw, well-reviewed and five day, were upwards of $40).

So…it kinda changes my usual menu routine. I can put (gluten-free) beer in it, I guess. Take some…some what?? I never really use a cooler, I have to tell my brain kitchen to expand and think of new recipes to try out…

Freezing food flat in ziploc bags is one of the greatest things ever. No packaging moop, saves space, adds cooling power.

Some people freeze their whole chest. Use dry ice. Line it with solar blankets. I think I’m just going to usey regular frozen water bottles and food + homemade frozen bags of water method.

Transformus will be the test run…I’ll report back.

In which I reply to commenters!

June 18, 2009

Woo-hoo! I exist! First, from Mr. Chris:

*scribbles furiously on a piece of scrap paper*

Wait..wait…it’ll be my first time too….let me get all this down…”eye drops”..damn you’d think something like that would be so obvious, yet it never occurred to me…

Ha! I know, right? I am determined to be fully and most radically self-reliant, hence googling the stuff out of “burning man tips” and such.  I recommend you do the same – and join tribe and read eplaya.

Though this is my first time at Burning Man, it isn’t my first burn. And, a few years ago, when I plunged into Burnerland, I read everything I could find. So, there’s a lot I won’t cover in this blog, because I’m prepared for it.

Like ear plugs. Just get a bag of them from wherever, the foam kind. Roll them up between your fingers. Pull up on your ear, so you can fit them better into the ear canal. Sleep. 

I have a bed, I like – get a nice piece of polar fleece, to put on top of an air mattress. It will keep you much warmer (some sort of science something…I forget).

 

Next, from Monsieur  Tiberious:

To cover your rebar stakes, buy some foam swim noodles at Wal-Mart  Cut them to fit the above-ground rebar.  Try to find them with smaller holes for a snug fit. They’re tough, light, brightly colored, can be cut to fit, and cheap. If someone does trip on them, it can then be funny instead of tragic.

Yep, just got to figure out what to camp in, first…I finally heard of someone who camps in an EZ Up, my standard abode, but I’m still worried it’ll get broke and all blown up and away.

My Taj Mahal

My Taj Mahal

But yeah, noodles and solar lights are the plan – I think I’ll be camping with my friends in Big Puffy Yellow, so there’ll be a nice little cluster of us.

And lastly, from Randall – repeat commenter!:

I brought three weeks of food my first year, not really knowing how much I’d eat or what I’d be hungry for.  I had lots of leftovers, and lots of stuff to share.

What I mostly found was that I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on food.  I was pretty happy to just make something fast and get back to the festival.

Breakfast was usually the “big meal” since it was quieter and there were fewer things I’d be missing while I ate.

I drank a gallon each of apple juice and grape juice, which not only broke up the monotony of all the water but provided a boatload of vitamins.

I had a lot of granola bars, mostly because I could carry them around all the time.  Luna is my favorite brand, and again, it has oodles of vitamins

If you are going to at least be able to heat water, there’s lots of “pouch” foods in the grocery store – rice and noodle products, mostly.  Even though I brought my backpacking stove and some jet fuel, we only used it twice… once for a potluck dinner and other time to heat up someone’s branding iron.

I don’t think I started eating “real food” again until mid-September.

If you don’t do a cooler, pretty much everything you eat will be “astronaut” food.

I’m gluten-free, so  a lot of bar stuff is out of the question. Plus, they’re kinda expensive. I did snag some on sale, that I’m saving.

I love cooking, but not washing dishes on the playa. I probably will get a cooler (another thing I have to research), so that at least for the first few days I can have cold water. The places we’re stopping for food, I don’t have one here in town, so that’ll be a pain, wandering around looking for stuff.

I know I want some Tasty Bites, that is an easy, no fridge, no cooking treat.

Gluten-free bread stuffs suck, too, unless they’re toasted. I’ll have to see what, exactly, Big Puffy will have lying around…I”m a natural grazer, so I do just fine without “meals.”

And, I’ve never been to a burn and not returned with most of the food I took!

Now, likker, that’s another story…

Food??

May 17, 2009

Food is the worst part, often, for my trips.  Most staples (crackers, granola, bagels, sandwich bread anything, noodles anything) I can’t eat.  Every time, I pack too much. Usually, that’s not really a problem-problem, since I just bring it home, and eat it eventually.

However, we’re going grocery shopping when we get there. I don’t do coolers. I have no idea what to bring to eat.  I’m not really into junk food, like chips and such. I like to cook, but don’t do all the lugging of stuff, dishwashing, etc.

My main concern on the playa is staying healthy, with my food, not just preventing hunger.  I’m eyeballing some

 

Mountain House Western Style Scrambled Eggs and Ham For One

 

type stuff, but I want to think I can do something for cheaper. But maybe ease would be worth the money.

I juuuuust doooonnn’t knoooooow.