Tag: food

nocmanus August 13, 2018 0

Cooking Nomadic Meals with Recycled Water

At first, cooking with recycled water sounds like a terrible idea. But not really once you understand HOW it will be cooked. Cooking nomadic meals with recycled water is pretty easy and very sanitary. Why? The water never touches the food and it’s the science found in a product called Omeals.

What are Omeals? Omeals are a pre-cooked packaged food that can be heated in a cooking bag with ANY liquid. AND, they are really good. We have used Omeals out in the backcountry while camping in remote places where water can be hard to find. That’s what makes Omeals so great. They can be cooked with creek water, dish water, salt water, any liquid.

How it works: There is a packet of food on the inside of the main bag the water makes contact with the heating element and heats the bag of food. The heating element is like a hand warmer but gets much hotter to boil the water. Water does not make contact with the actual food.  Thus the genius concept with the product. Each pouch is an 8 ounce serving.

If you are on the road or traveling in your Van, Camper or RV, this is a great way to eat with little effort. No propane, no getting a fire going. For most consumers each pouch is for 1 person. It’s a great way to store for those days that water is going to be limited or saving water is important. The amount of water is cook an Omeal is about 4-6 ounces, or about a  half of cup. 16 cups in a gallon, you could save a half of gallon of water to cook a months supply of Omeals. That’s a lot of food for very little water, and if you recycled your gray water (let’s say for dishes or saving a few cups of water in the shower) you could cook a months supply of Omeals without EVER using your fresh water for cooking.

Omeals has a wide variety of choices, which is good when you are on the road. Omeals can be found on Amazon and they can shipped right to you while traveling.  Happy eating!

nocmanus March 5, 2018 0

Top 5 Trail Snacks To Help Provide Energy

For most, hitting the trail is not only great exercise but good for the soul. For others, it’s an endurance backpacking trip that can take you miles before your next big juicy burger. I’m sure you could probably hike more than 100 miles without food, if you had to. But hiking is supposed to be a fun adventure, not a race. Keeping your body fueled up with tasty, nutritious snacks while out on the trail for the day makes it much more enjoyable and easy.

The key thing to remember is to take something you like to eat. If you don’t eat a ton of GORP at home, you may not be thrilled to eat it on the trail. But there are certain foods that are better trail foods than others. Some actually will give you some extra energy. Here are a few choices for simple, convenient trail food that does a body good.

  1. Healthy Trail Mix – Trail Mix is a great recourse for a day hiker or backpacker because you can custom make it to  your likes. Depending on your likes, you can either add more fruit and nuts, or  more chocolate. Etymology expert Barry Popik coined the phrase GORP which is an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts.” According to www.livestrong.com “Trail mix can be full of protein and vitamins and full of calories from fat, too. Nutrients break down differently. If trail mix is your choice to fuel a day’s strenuous hike, quickly metabolized carbohydrates are appropriate.” However, if you are hitting the trail on a long distance hike, make sure you wait a few days before gorging on GORP. It works best, when you are really burning some calories. Even on a day hike, eat moderately
  2. Pumpkin Seeds – If you’re in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds. With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. Having trouble sleeping on the trail? Well, pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.” Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for providing your body the tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night’s sleep. Good night!
  3. Celery Sticks –  Recent research has greatly enhanced  knowledge about celery’s anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself. This is great news for us backpackers who tend to gorge on really bad food after a long backpacking trip. Sounds like eating celery sticks instead of desert might be better. The best part of some celery sticks is that they are high in electrolytes which are a huge benefit to stay hydrated.
  4. Peanut better & Jelly sandwich – One of my favorite snacks (or as a lunch) while on a long hike. By far, one of the most forgotten trail foods. However, a healthy P&J is all about the bread.  High quality, whole grain bread is going to be the best. You can also replace regular peanut butter to a organic peanut butter. Even though jelly has sugar, the combination of peanut butter and bread provides protein, B vitamins, iron and zinc. Peanut butter is also a good choice for healthy unsaturated fats. AND there are certain fats that are good for you and give you energy on the trail. One P&J sandwich has 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E, 27 percent of folate and 42 percent of niacin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects vital lipids in the body from free radical damage.
  5. Mini Dill Pickles – While most hikers don’t think about taking mini dill pickles out on the trail, they should think again. Not that the pickle itself does much other than fill your belly. ITS THE JUICE. If you’re in the market for a low-sugar, all-natural electrolyte replacement, you should not let that juice go down the drain. Pickle juice could be your new go-to sports drink.  Sodium helps the body retain fluids, which is essential for long endurance hikes, backpacking trips, or any other endurance activity; not having enough fluids in your muscles when you sweat intensely can result in serious dehydration, and cramping. “Pickle juice is packed with antioxidants, electrolytes, and is particularly high in vitamin C and calcium,” adds Dr. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital.

If you have some favorite hiking snacks, please share. We love getting ideas from our outdoor community.

nocmanus February 28, 2018 0

Eat Good and Eat Fast on the Trail

Whether you are traveling around the country in  your RV or heading out into the wilderness, when you get hungry you want foods that can cook fast, and are actually tasty. Two new foods have hit the market that we think are the bomb for both the traveler and the backpacker.

For years now Idahoan has given us a wide variety of instant potatoes. We have all used them to make a quick side dish of potatoes by boiling water and whisking the powdered mix, adding some butter or sour cream, and BOOM, we have potatoes. They are very popular on the trail when many hikers are looking for starch and carbs to fill their stomachs after a long day. They are also used as a great traveling companion when looking to create a quick side dish along with dinner. They are light, compact, and very easy to cook.

So when we saw Idahoan put two new products on the market we needed to test these out in the field.

Idahoan Hash Browns 3 oz At only 3 oz, this bag can be divided into 2 parts and make 2 servings. (for 2 people) You only have to heat 1 Cup of water, let is soak for 8-10 minutes, then pan fry which is optional.

TIP: Recycle an old Freeze Dried Mountain House Bag. Keep these around so you can pour the hot water into these bags. That way you can keep the other half in the original bag. You can fry up the hash browns to get them golden brown but this is OPTIONAL. Of course Ariane and I fry them up with some Olive Oil that we pick up at our local Chic Filet.

Idahoan Premium Steakhouse Creamy Potato SoupThe Idahoan Steakhouse Soups are amazing. Finally a good soup that is can be re hydrated and actually has taste. At 6.6 oz these also can be split in two or three, (it makes a lot of soup) and be used as multiple meals.

TIP: Once again, save your freeze dried bags. These can be used to pour the contents of the Idahoan Soup into and then pour your hot water in. Eat right out of the bag and NOT your cooking pot. Saves you from doing dishes. Of course if you are traveling around in your RV dirty that dish and sit back and enjoy a great tasting soup that takes minutes to make.

Both products are very pack-able and lightweight and very very affordable. The Hash Browns you can buy for a dollar each and the soup can be found for around six bucks if you shop around.

The whole idea is to look for foods which you LIKE! But are also fast, lightweight and pack-able. Try these out and let us know what you think? We would love to hear from you.


nocmanus December 21, 2017 0

3 Hot Drinks You Can Make Around the Campfire

With National Hot Toddy Day coming around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect time to share our favorite hot drinks (with a little somethin somethin) to keep you feeling good around the campfire on a cold night.

Of course we always consider weight, and how easy it is to carry with us while on the trail. They are great for a celebration or a birthday or even a toast.


This is really easy to make and it’s always a favorite. We usually bring a small plastic bottle of Bourbon which you can typically buy at the counter of most liquor stores. You can also order the online. They cost only a few bucks and easily packable.  

Start by heating water just below boiling. Add 16 ounces of hot water, or 2 cups in your pot.  A 50ML Nip of Jim Beam Bourbon should be enough to share. Spike your drinking cup with the bourbon, a little honey, and a squeeze of lemon.  Add the cinnamon– which doubles as a stirring stick– and stir until honey is dissolved. Enjoy!


This is probably our favorite drink on a cold night. In fact, we bring this weather we put a little libation in or not. You can find these packets of Cider at any local grocery store. Put a little spiced rum in it, and it’s really good.

Start by bringing 2 cups of water to a near boil. Pour one bag of Alpine Original Spiced Apple Cider Instant Drink Mix, 10 Ct/7.4 Oz.  in each of your cups. Pack along a 50ML tiny plastic bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and share evenly. You should have enough to make 4 cups. Or 2 cups each.


Instead of brewing a cup of coffee, maybe celebrate the New Year or a beautiful Sunrise by making a Morning Mimosa. This is pretty easy to make, but takes some planning and well worth it. It’s surprisingly tasty also.

Start by buying American Logger Beer Concentrate  and a Emergen-C Packet or Airborne Tablet Orange and finally a 50ML Sobieski Vodka 

Fill your pat with 2 cups of water, add the Airborne or Emergen-C next and let it rest for a few seconds, then add the beer packet and the vodka, carbonate it all and enjoy. Now, sit back and enjoy that sunrise.  

Do you have a drink that you absolutely love to bring on the trail or around the campfire? We would love for you to share. Please post your recipe and we will add it to our upcoming Podcast on Trust the Trail