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Month: September 2017

French Bread

French Bread

French bread is made out of such simple ingredients but once combined in such a way it creates such a beautiful, tasty, comforting masterpiece.  Since the process is the most important part of making French Bread, here are a number of pictures that show this process. When mixing up the dough, mix until it comes together in a mass. Dough should clear the sides but still be slightly sticky. If it is too sticky, add more flour. If too dry,…

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How To Choose Your Sleeping Pad

How To Choose Your Sleeping Pad

Sleeping pads for backpacking come in many shapes, sizes, and weights. How you choose your sleeping pad is very important for a comfortable night sleep while in the great outdoors. I have slept many nights outdoors on different pads, and without pads as well – But when Nicky and I started looking for a sleep system that would work together, we took a step back to review pads and decide what was important to us. Identifying what you need in…

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Make Your Own Pack Cover

Make Your Own Pack Cover

Do you need a rain cover for your pack but wonder why manufacturers charge some $30 for piece of nylon? Consider making your own pack cover with this easy instruction! It is very rewarding to make your own backpacking gear and you can customize it to the exact size that you want. Here is what you need: Sewing machine Thread Pencil Lighter Parachord (or some other durable chord) – 8-10 feet Plastic cord lock (see photo) Ripstop nylon fabric –…

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Make Your Own Sleeping Pad Coupler

Make Your Own Sleeping Pad Coupler

As a couple that backpacks together, we wanted to combine our sleeping pads into one so that we could sleep next each other – not only for being the close couple that we are but also for the added benefit of mutual body heat. For anyone that has attempted connecting two sleeping bags, you know of the dreaded gap between the sleeping pads and night-long pad shifting. We also wondered, do we really need to bring two sleeping bags with…

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Chicken Gumbo

Chicken Gumbo

This recipe is a 100% original backpacking recipe developed by Grant and Nicky. It all started when we made a Chicken Gumbo at home and thought, this would taste great out on the trail on a chilly fall evening after a long day of hiking. And boy were we right! After a quick internet search we realized there there was not a backpacking recipe out there for Chicken Gumbo so we were going to have to create one for ourselves….

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Salsa Rice & Beans

Salsa Rice & Beans

When we are out on the trail and feeling particularly hungry after a long day we turn to this filling meal. Since it contains both rice and beans, both of which really ‘stick to your ribs’, it is sure to fill up any hungry hiker! Since this recipe contains salsa it is also packed with flavor! As usual, this meal does not look particularly tantalizing when it is dehydrated in a plastic bag, but once it starts cooking and you…

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Minnesota State Parks Guide

Minnesota State Parks Guide

As you may have guessed, we really love hiking and camping 🙂 We like being able to plan out our weekend trips ahead of time – especially when it comes to weekend trips to State Parks in our great state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website provides a wealth of information regarding all 78 of the Minnesota State Parks, including information on hiking trails, camping, recreation facilities and maps. However, we had trouble making our weekend plan decisions without…

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How To Dehydrate Food In An Oven

How To Dehydrate Food In An Oven

We would like to share with you our experience dehydrating foods using a normal electric oven. Dehydrating your foods is a great way to prolong the shelf life, lighten pack weight, and overall increase storage space. By dehydrating foods, Nicky and I have noticed we are 1.5 times more efficient with packing by using dehydrated foods, not to mention the lighter weight and exquisite flavor! So.. What will you need? An oven (obviously!) Something to jam the oven open to…

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Drying Food Table

Drying Food Table

  Fruits Vegetables Legumes (Dry beans) Pretreatments Drying Methods Other Resources Fruits Fruit Preparation of Fresh Fruit Appearance of Dried Fruit Drying Time Fresh and Dried Amounts   Apples Peel (optional), core, slice Leathery 6-8 hrs 1 lb (3) = 3/4 c Apricots Peel (optional), pit, slice, anti-oxidant dip Leathery 12-18 hrs 1 lb (12) = 2/3 c Bananas Peel, slice, anti-oxidant dip, honey dip(optional) Leathery 6-8 hrs 3 med = 1 c;2 c = 1 c Blueberries Wash, drain, split skin Chewy 12-14 hrs 1…

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Egg Noodle Chicken

Egg Noodle Chicken

We love to eat well, whether that be at home or out on the trail! This Egg Noodle Chicken is comforting and full of flavor. It would be a tasty meal at home but tastes even better in the fresh air under a blue sky! Many people are surprised to hear how good we eat on the trail. Then when they hear that we prepared and dehydrated all our own food they are even more amazed.  This is what Egg…

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