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Over the last ten years, the freeze-dried food industry has made major improvements in their food processing. The texture and food value of many entrees, desserts and vegetables has been greatly enhanced. As a general rule of thumb when preparing freeze dried foods, add an extra ΒΌ cup of water to 2 man servings and about 1/3 cup to 4 men. Also, double the cooking time shown on the package. This adds extra moisture and flavor to foods.

Adding a few basic spices to your food pack, such as; garlic powder, onion powder, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper and paprika can add wonderful flavor and variety to even a basic dish. The spices also come in handy for seasoning baked or fried fish. Fish fried over a campfire require a medium flame to bring the oil to cooking temperature. Baked fish can be double wrapped in aluminum foil and placed in the flames for 10 to 20 minutes per side (add a small amount of margarine and spices to enhance the flavor). Baked potatoes require about 45 minutes (depending on size) wrapped in foil and placed in the coals. Periodically turn the potatoes.

Even the most perfectly planned menu will be done in vain if the items are cooked over too hot of a campfire. Select wood that is no larger than the diameter of your wrist. Start your campfire at least 45 to 60 minutes before you plan to begin preparing your meal. The best cooking fires are those that consist of mostly coals and a few small flames. Add wood only as needed to maintain the small flames. A fire of large roaring flames is best saved for after the meal.

Tasty, memorable trail cuisine begins with a good campfire and a creative mind. Good cooking and happy trails.