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Freezer Bag Meals

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Freezer Bag Meals

Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1

Supplies Needed …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1

Basic Cooking ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2

Beef Dishes ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4

Chicken Dishes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5

Meatless Dishes ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 8

Seafood Dishes …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12

Introduction

Spend any amount of time in the outdoors and you have probably found that mealtime is full of trade-offs. Do you choose foods that fuel your body or foods that satisfy your taste buds? Do you spend the extra time to prepare a real meal or grab a protein bar on the go? Freezer Bag Cooking minimizes these trade-offs by changing the concepts of traditional outdoor food. It offers simplicity, convenience and variety. The cooking gear needed is minimal, lightweight and can be bought, found or even made. Meals are prepared at home and put into zip top freezer bags. When ready to eat, the meal is prepared in and eaten out of the freezer bag. Mealtime becomes fast, effortless and cleanup is as easy as licking your utensil and sealing the zip top bag. Also, with meals portioned into individual freezer bags, making meals for multi-day trips, families or a group is painless.

Supplies  Needed

►    A backpacking teakettle or lightweight pan with lid to boil around 2 ½ to 3 cups water. Any metal is fine, and it doesn’t need to be coated.

►    A simple canister or alcohol stove. A windscreen for your stove made of a turkey pan, stove liner pan or heavy- duty foil folded 3 times. This will increase fuel efficiency.

►    A spoon to eat with. Forks can be used very carefully if eating pasta dishes.

►    A mug/cup with measuring markers on it (Lexan is clear so you can use it as a measuring cup/drinking cup). Or a lightweight Titanium mug. Both work well for measuring water, and are light, yet hold up to abuse.

►    A box of good quality freezer bags. Glad bags that are a greenish blue color or Ziploc bags.

►    A ‘cozy’ consisting of a piece of cloth to insulate the freezer bag (wool scarf, knit cap or other suitable material).

When getting ready to “cook” your meal, bring your water to a boil. Pour the water into your cup, measure, then add it to your freezer bag. This way you avoid painful burns, adding too much water, or touching your freezer bag with a burning hot piece of metal-and having the small potential of melting the bag. Stir with a Lexan or plastic spoon. After you have mixed it well, zip up the bag tightly and wrap in a fleece hat, jacket or cozy made for the purpose. Then let sit for 5-15 minutes, make yourself a drink, stir real well, and eat.

Put the freezer bag into a cozy before adding the water, this works well as you don’t have to hold the bag upright while adding the water. If you squeeze or knead your bags to mix up the food, be very careful- be sure you have pushed out all the air before you do this. The steam from the hot liquid can cause a build up and your kneading could cause the bag to pop open. After your food is ready, roll the top 1/3 of the bag down (imagine you are cuffing socks). This will make your bag into it’s own bowl. If you are planning on making soups in a cozy…it never hurts to carry some instant mashed potatoes to thicken if it is too watery. If you are making a lot of rice dishes it doesn’t hurt to carry a little extra instant rice, in case it is too thin. Or add about 2-3 packets Parmesan cheese to help thicken.

Here is a document with Beef, Chicken, Seafood and Meatless Recipes. Enjoy! Freezer Bag Meals

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