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    Backpacking Meals Advice

    Hello Fellow Members,
    Im going to be on a couple day backcountry elk hunt in september. My question is what meals do you suggest for the jetboil. Like Mountain House or Any other brand and what specific meals (flavors) do you suggest. Ive been told by many people to stay away from the eggs. Advice?

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    Different people have different taste. One likes hot and spicy and the next likes mild.

    I would suggest that you pick some up that you might like and try them before putting them into your backpack. That way you will find what you like and not really have to depend on the opinion of others.
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    I do pretty much what everyone else posts about here, the usual tricks with things like stovetop stuffing, foil-packet tuna and chicken, etc. I've also done the MRE route and Mountain House, and have a few still to use in my closet.

    The one thing I do I haven't seen others post about is Udi's granola. Now granola is a pretty standard option... the difference with this one is I've found you can pretty much just eat it with a spoon and no liquid. I doctor mine up with raisins or craisins (sometimes both, <gasp>!), but yeah, a ziploc sandwich bag of that stuff is an easy 2-3 lunches. It's super filling without being heavy, and the energy stays with you for hours.

    I love minimal-cleanup meals. I almost never cook anything that requires cleaning a pot. I'm just too dang lazy. If it isn't "just add water" or "put bag IN water", I usually don't bring it.

    The only change I've made in recent years is ditching nuts. I hike and hunt a lot with a friend with a nut allergy so I've been going nut-free myself. It's an easy item to skip and not worth the risk. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slugz View Post
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    +1... I've been a member since the first box, and it truly is the best $33 i spend each month. I have found numerous things i never had heard of that now will definitely be in my pack. . Couple of my favorites, Green Belly meals for lunches.. lightweight, taste amazing and pack serious calories.. protein puck is a great snack. Munk pack cookies.... in terms of meals, i personally use a mix of mountain house, peak refuel and heathers choice. In the summer, i will have breakfast ones with me because i have more time. Once it is hunting season, i try to make breakfast very quick and usually try to not use water cause most areas i hunt water is not easy to come by. One of my go to's is Erin Bakers Breakfast Cookies. Then usually a pro bar later on the morning as well. Tons of options out there, just gotta find what works for you.

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    I wouldn't start thinking at the meals point, I would start out with how many calories you will need, then work out from there with a meal plan. 3500 on an archery elk hunt is a pretty good starting point and honestly, you might might want more based on your weight and normal calorie expenditure.

    That said, one freeze dried meal per day is what most can handle. We are lucky enough to have four very hunter friendly options available to us now. Basekamp, Heather's Choice, Peak, and Offgrid Food Co are all hunter friendly options. I have had all of them and have been very pleased with how good their food is, there are some others that I am simply just choking down calories.
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    I strictly look at how many calories per serving, and portability. Like Rambo, I can eat things that make a billy goat puke, and after hiking mountains all day, I need to replenish a ton of calories. Do not underestimate how much energy you will burn while elk hunting.
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    The older I get the more I focus on quality calories to get me through the hunt with a constant energy level. I try and limit big glucose spikes from poor diet. It seems to allow me to glass a little longer, stay out past dark and have a higher mental focus.

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    What are the best things you guys use to get calories are you using meals? or just a specific type of food that you take with you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimP View Post
    Different people have different taste. One likes hot and spicy and the next likes mild.

    I would suggest that you pick some up that you might like and try them before putting them into your backpack. That way you will find what you like and not really have to depend on the opinion of others.
    Only problem with this, is that all freeze dried meals taste terrible when you're at home. I'd pick some that you think you'll like, and then throw in a packet or two of top ramen, just in case you hate your choice of freeze dried that night.
    I've pretty much gone to either top ramen, or cup o noodles for dinner, its light and quick, and I'm rarely hungry at night. I much prefer to eat a few granola bars in the morning, a payday and mixed nuts mid morning, some good salami and hard cheese on crackers for lunch, more mixed nuts mid afternoon, and probably another fun sized candy bar in there too. Gotta have some cheetos at some point.
    I just find it easier to snack throughout the day, vs sitting down to big meals.
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