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Backpacking Food Source

Freeze-dried raspberries

This article will be the first of a series of short posts that will discuss great places to purchase backpacking food, ingredients and cooking gear.

I am a long time user (and an affiliate) of a wonderful resource for backpacking food;  The site is part of Wilderness Ventures and it specializes in backcountry food, bulk ingredients, cooking gear and accessories. My most recent order, for use on a 4 day backpack trip in Colorado’s Lost Creek Wilderness,  included powdered egg mix, freeze-dried raspberries and freeze-dried ice cream.  Highly recommended.

Instant Oatmeal Packets


  • 3 cups oats (quick cooking works best)
  • salt
  • 8 small zip-lock baggies

How to prepare:
Process 1/2 cups oats in a blender (or 1 cup oats in a food processor) on high until powdery. Set aside. Repeat with additional 1/2 cup oats if using a blender.
In each baggie, place 1/4 cup oats, 2 tablespons powdered oats, and 1/8 tsp salt.
You can also add brown sugar, nuts, powdered milk, and dried fruit.

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Wild Child’s Applesauce


  • 1 large jar of applesauce
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • canned peaches, crushed (optional)
  • strawberries, crushed (optional)

How to prepare:

At home:

Buy a jar of your favorite applesauce. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil, or apply a thin layer with a paper napkin. Add optional ingredients to the applesauce. Pour the sauce onto the baking sheet, spreading to an even 1/4″ thick.

Place in oven 120-140 degrees, door propped for about 5 hours. It’s done when it peels off the pan, and doesn’t look wet. Cut into 1/2″ squares. Place them in a heavy duty zip-lock bag.

At camp:

Pour enough water into bag to rehydrate the applesauce, adding more as necessary. Set aside while you prepare dinner.

Or to feel extra wild, just eat the apple chips straight from the bag; no water necessary.

A dehydrator works well for this too.

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Slightly Scandalous Trail Mix

Hiking alone? Need to heat up your outing? Looking for something spicy?
Take along some of this hot mix and you will burn with desire – the desire for more mix that is.

chili rice crackers
wasabi peas
butter toffee peanuts
spicy peanuts
pretzel nugget pieces (honey mustard and onion or buffalo flavor)


Begin with an equal amount of each ingredient. Combine all in a large sealed bag and shake until well mixed. Try varying the amounts to create your own unique mix.