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Learn the Art of Winter Cooking

Backpacker Magazine recently came out with a collection of articles to help backpackers “learn the art of winter cooking.” Although the articles were short, they had some great information that may just save your butt while winter camping.

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The first article, “Bring the Right Cooking Gear,” gives a few valuable tips about which type of stove to bring, how much fuel you might need, and the nutritional requirements for your body in the cold. Article two gives instructions on building a camp kitchen and even provides steps to dig out your own underground kitchen in the snow! Backpacker goes on to provide two quick passages about using your camp kitchen and different ways of melting snow which are good reads. In addition to a beneficial write-up of instructions to plan a healthy winter meal, they provide readers with two delectable recipes for “Pumpkin Spice Toddy and Wintermint” as well as the interestingly named “Molly’s Kickin’ Mac and Cheese.” These recipes and articles will make any backpacker a gourmet winter cook and truly teaches you the art of winter cooking.

 

LEARN THE ART OF WINTER COOKING by David Schmidt – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

For more information, check out Winter & Cold Weather Backpacking at Wild Backpacker.

 

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Ten Winter Cooking Tips

You can enjoy the outdoors as much as you can in the winter as you can in the summer, as long as you are prepared for the winter weather. As well as having a good time, it is very important to stay warm and safe in the cold weather as well. Hydration and nutrition are even more important to keep your body healthy and energized in the cold. Here are 10 quick and easy tips to help:

1. Don’t let your water freeze. This can be done by keeping a bottle of water on your body or in your tent.

2. Don’t burn your snow. If you must melt snow for water, pour in some liquid water before trying to melt snow. This will help prevent the burning of the snow. Burnt snow water tastes nasty.

3. Bring insulated utensils, cups, and plates. Wooden spoons, plates and cups are great for winter cooking and eating. Most of the food you cook will feel extremely warm to your hands while winter camping so it is a good idea to insulate before grabbing.

4. Plan meals that are high in protein. Milk, Eggs, Steak and other meats are great fuel and taste great for winter camping dinner meals. Lunches may consist of nuts, trail mixes, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

5. Use lots of margarine for cooking. Vegetable oil fat in the body causes the body to release heat and energy more slowly.

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