The biggest problem I have run into, surprisingly, is food. You can find plenty of information on solo hiking food or solo backpacking food, but apparently no one in the world has ever posted about solo camping food. It’s a enormous information gap. I can’t even get those pre-made dehydrated meals because even those have 2 servings. There are some with a single serving, but very, very few. There’s nothing out there for making food for one. Personally, I am not into just eating nuts and jerky for three days.
I thought about buying separate dehydrated or freeze dried ingredients to make my own meals, but since I’m not backpacking, that’s a HUGE expense. I was really surprised at the price of it all. Same with dehydrating my own food. I think it’s a good idea if you backpack a lot, but I won’t be (for now).
That leaves a cooler and regular food. Still, no recipes for solo meals. Everything is for families and groups. Well, ESCUUUUUSE ME for not having a gaggle of people to go into the woods with!! It’s really quite sad. How many people out there that are looking for solo cooking info and can’t find it? It can be a little depressing to try and take this great big tasty looking recipe and make it for one! I will not be deterred, though. Screw you guys. Hopefully I can help all the people out there who want to go camping on their own.
The only thing that can easily be adapted for solo campers is hobo packets. If you’ve never made them, they are basically a protein, vegetable, some fat, in a foil packet that you throw on a heat source to cook. Open and eat. Easy prep, easy clean up, and completely customizable.
The other thing is canned soups and such. I know canned soups are usually for multiple servings, but there are so few people that exist who actually follow the serving size on soup cans. I mean, really. Basically anything you can cook in the little pot from my last post can be an option.
I like to stock up on food that I think will be good to use with the pot and stoves. For example, Bear Creek Soup is easy to portion out, light weight, and only needs boiling water. I figured have that, with a can of chicken, maybe some cous cous? The only thing missing is vegetables (I’m still researching different options for this). Random canned soup. Basically back up food. Or food to use when I have to hike in and can’t necessarily bring in the whole cooler.
On my very first camping trip, I went with a friend, so it’s not exactly to the tone of this post. I’ll write about that another time.
The second trip was the rained out one. While that sucked, I still got to cook two meals – both on my portable grill!
First was a lovely dinner of asparagus and hot dogs. I tried to make some flat bread, but I forgot how much water I needed and added too much. I was disappointed, but also hungry. I tried to salvage it, but it turned out to be like a tasteless pancake. 😛
Oh! And watermelon! Almost looks like a normal dinner, right?
The next meal was breakfast. I went with a hobo packet type deal like I mentioned above. I portioned everything out at home.
I created a pocket and lined it with oil.
In first was the potatoes and ham. I added a little butter for flavor and a little salt and pepper. I let that cook until it looked good to me.
Then, I added the eggs on top and cooked to my desired consistency. Then, I put the cheese on top, closed the lid of the grill, and turned off the heat. Voila, breakfast
Add a book and call it good. I would definitely make this again.
I had a pre-made sandwich packed for the hike. And as you know, I got rained out before I made any other food.
I just made a reservation for next weekend for a simple overnight stay. That’s going to pose some unique challenges of not over packing OR under packing. I’m nervous and excited all at the same time! Stay tuned for more food adventures!!