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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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Cooking at Altitude

Altitude/Boiling PointAt higher altitues, the air pressure is lower, allowing water to boil at lower temperatures. Depending on the elevation you will be backpacking at, you should consider cooking time to plan how much fuel you should take along with you.

Beginning 2,500 to 3,000 feet above sea level, altitude starts to affect all cooking in three ways:

1. The higher the elevation, the lower the boiling point of water (see table and illustration). When water boils at lower temperatures, it takes longer for foods to cook in or over water.

2. The higher the elevation, the faster moisture evaporates.

3. The higher the elevation, the faster leavening gases (air, carbon dioxide, and water vapor) expand.

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