Food on the Trail
Now before I get started a little caveat, I am not a professional backpacker, if such a thing exists, nor am I a nutritionalist, I am just a normal guy that likes to backpack, fly fish, and eat. So with that said, I will tell you what I do and what works for me, as always, your mileage may vary.
First and foremost I am a gram pincher, I am not quite to the OCD stage but probably not far from it, why am I a gram pincher? Because I'm lazy. So the food from the old days, fried fish, taters, and bacon and eggs for breakfast just ain't gonna cut it. Not only is it heavy as all get out, but it requires a tremendous amount of time to prepare and clean up. Time I would much rather spend lounging in my hammock, fishing or moving out to the next spot. The ready made meals like the one on the right are dang near perfect except for a few flaws. Number one of those flaws is price, at your local Wal Mart those Mountain House meals are $9 to $10 each. They are light, easy to prepare, and tasty but at that price they ought to be! Another problem with the Mountain House meals is calories and fat, namely, they don't have any. The delicious meal to the right, and I am not joking they are very good, has just a little over 600 calories for the whole bag. For a 2500 to 3500 calorie per day menu you are gonna have to spend a lot of money!
I still eat Mountain House, mainly when I find them on sale, because they are really good, all you have to do is to add boiling water, there is zero clean up and you can run down to your local Wally World to buy them. However I have found other things that are way cheaper and maybe more calorie dense even if it takes a bit more work beforehand repackaging them. Speaking of which, I repackage all of my meals and will get into that a bit later in the post.