Author Topic: cooking System  (Read 2626 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline TCS

Re: cooking System
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2021, 09:53:33 pm »
Was I being hopelessly old school recommending books?  Here are some recipes to practice before the big trip:

Watch out for exotic ingredients you can't find in small stores! 

Not all of these will appeal; but there's something here for nearly everyone.

Unlike the recipes in the suggested books, these are mostly 'backpacking' recipes.  When cycletouring, you're not out in the wilderness, you're out in the world.  Most of these will need to be adapted accordingly.

Recipe translations for cycletourist cooks:
dehydrated or powdered xxx = fresh xxx
7 oz package of fresh xxx = can of xxx
rice or pasta or potatoes or couscous = couscous or pasta or rice or potatoes, subject to preference and availability
spring harvested essence of pui-nui nectar from the eastern slopes of Fiji = which ever spice you have you think is closest
bread crumbs = you were at the store yesterday and the only bread they had was a gigantic loaf of white so you bought a box of crackers instead and haven't eaten them all yet
pre-prepare at home = prepare at the campsite shortly before you chow down
available from url = available at the last little store you pass before you camp
Dutch oven = skip this recipe no matter how yummy it sounds unless you want to get into the esoteric world of lightweight camp baking
couldn't buy ingredients in small quantities = "Anything you can eat for supper you can eat for breakfast." - Maureen
« Last Edit: November 12, 2021, 12:21:16 pm by TCS »
"My name is Pither.  I am at present on a cycling tour of the North Cornwall area taking in Bude and..."

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: cooking System
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2021, 10:26:58 am »
Was I being hopelessly old school recommending books

Not a all, especially with the proliferation of companies selling "Lego kit" meals in a box.  There is even one now that sells not only the prepared meals but the mini-oven to cook them in. I think more and more people at home engage in "food assembly" rather than cooking.  Harder to do on the road.  Reading can give one ideas that may help them come up with meals on the fly using what is available at the moment.

Offline HikeBikeCook

  • World Traveler
  • *****
  • Posts: 473
  • Touring for over 50 years and still learning
Re: cooking System
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2021, 11:35:08 am »
I think learning to cook at home before you set out is critical. I have been cooking for years and cooking for big crowds for multi-day events as a hobby. With the increase of people with special dietary needs I often have to whip up a special meal without X, Y, or Z due to allergies. It forces you to get creative with what you have. Practice making meals for a few days with what you have on hand in the house or in the fridge. You will be surprised how creative you can be. Also, make as many "one pot" meals as you can.

Go shop at a few gas station C-stores BEFORE your trip and go home and make a meal before you life depends on it.
Surly Disc Trucker, Lightspeed Classic, Scott Scale, Klein Mantra Comp. First touring bike Peugeot U08 - 1966

Offline TCS

Re: cooking System
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2021, 12:32:38 pm »
Plenty of folks have set off across country on their very first cycletour having never fired up their stove or erected their tent.  In fact, that even seems to be a requirement these days to get a publisher to print your travelog!  Yeah, okay, whatever, but...

I think learning to cook at home before you set out is critical...Go shop at a few gas station C-stores BEFORE your trip and go home and make a meal before you life depends on it.

...this is just really, really good advice.
"My name is Pither.  I am at present on a cycling tour of the North Cornwall area taking in Bude and..."

Offline j1of1

Re: cooking System
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2021, 07:42:41 pm »
I'm a WarmShower host and the MAJORITY of riders cycling across the US that stay with us carry a Jet Boil or MSR pocket rocket BUT most of them do not use them telling us "although not the most nutritious or appetizing, there are plenty of places along the TransAm to eat." One rider had NO cooking gear at all!  On those rare days when they aren't close to something they eat raw food or something cold out of a can.

I, when touring, are partial to the Jet Boil and on rare occasions my MSR Whisperlite, both of which I use to boil water only  - nothing else (otherwise I have to worry about cleaning everything which means carrying extra stuff).

Offline vitabuel

Re: cooking System
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2022, 03:38:36 pm »
Cookbooks are still relevant. Quite often, famous chefs publish books with their signature recipes. Of course, it is much easier to find a recipe on the Internet, but cookbooks have more value. I really like the service because you can find a lot of interesting recipes and immediately order products for cooking dishes. Such services are very popular now, especially if they provide food and meal delivery services. I like cooking and learning different cooking methods, so I am improving my skills and knowledge daily.
« Last Edit: April 08, 2022, 05:47:50 am by vitabuel »

Offline Ty0604

Re: cooking System
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2022, 08:24:00 pm »
I travel pretty light so my cooking kit consists of a JetBoil Stash, collapsible cup, collapsible bowl and a utensil that’s a spork on one end and a knife on the other end.

I pretty much only boil water in my JetBoil and mix it with food. If I cook chili or soup I leave it in the can and cook it in that. Less cleanup.
Instagram: tyjames0604


Offline froze

Re: cooking System
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2022, 10:04:04 pm »
My question is, why carry two different stoves?  One is more than sufficient, that's all backpackers and bike packers ever carry.  And weight does add up as the days and miles go on and on weight becomes more of an issue.

I would decide on which one of the two that you have to take with you, and go by total weight to decide.

Some people mentioned stoves but I don't see why you need to buy another one.  The one I carry is the Optimus Crux, it has a good dispersal flame pattern so it doesn't burn the food in the center of the pan.  The Optimus works great for me.

 I did buy a Huhu windscreen, which I have never used, but maybe someday when the wind is strong I might have to, but in light winds the Optimus hasn't needed a windscreen.

Pots and pans I don't carry anything fancy just an Ozark Trail 5 piece aluminum set I got from Walmart for $5! (now it's $7)  This is the lightest cook set I could find no matter the price.  Sure, it's aluminum, and yes it dents easily but you can also undent it easily.  This cook set is so cheap that you could simply replace it every year if it gets too ratty looking, though mine lasted 2 seasons till I burned something on it using the old stove, and I couldn't get the stain off, so I bought a new set last year.  I didn't use the plastic cup it came with so I tossed it and instead got another Ozark Trail 18 ounce stainless steel cup for $5, I heat my water for coffee in it and use it to drink out of.  I also don't carry plates; I eat out of the cook set.  By eliminating the plastic plate and cup I eliminated a little weight.

I do carry along fire starting stuff, so I can make a campfire if I want to, of course you can cook over the fire but you would have to buy a hot pad holder or glove so you can hold the handle without burning yourself.