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Welcome to South East Camper, We have upgraded our entire site to a blog format. We hope you like it. By setting it up as a blog it will be much easier to update. All the information seen on the old webpages will stay intact and will also be included in our New SouthEast Camper Blog. This has been a long time coming and since my last update. I have plenty of new recipes, pictures and more to add. I've moved into my new house and have settled in. It is time to build a fire and start cooking.

* What's Cooking *
"My Favorite Backpack Recipes"

"How do I know when it's done? We use the smell test."
"When it smells done, its done, When it smells burnt, its burnt and when you can't smell it, its not done".

-- Backpack Meals & Recipes --

-- Breakfast --

  • Rice Breakfast
  • Lazy Man's Breakfast
  • -- Lunch --

  • Trail Pizza
  • -- Dinner --

  • Chicken & Dumplings
  • Oriental Rice  NEW!
  • Chicken, Rice & Veggies
  • -- Snacks --

  • G.O.R.P
  • Granola  NEW!
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    * Rice Breakfast *

    Breakfast backpacking recipes don't get much simpler than this.

    1/3 cup Powdered Milk
    1 cup Instant Rice
    4 tsp Sugar
    1/8 tsp Cinnamon
    Nutmeg, pinch (optional)
    1/4 cup Raisins
    1 cup Water

    Put all ingredients in a zip lock, pack raisins separately, Bring water to a boil, add all ingredients excepts raisins and cook as directed on your instant rice package. Add raisins and stir.

    (Yields one serving)

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    * Lazy Man's Breakfast *

    This is a standard backwoods breakfast.

    1 Packet of Regular Instant Oatmeal
    1 Packet of Flavored Oatmeal (your choice)
    Packet of Hot Chocolate mix with or without marshmallows
    2 tbs. ground or chopped Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans
    1/3 cup raisins or dried fruit of your choice

    Mix it all ingredients together and put in a zip-lock bag. On the trail, put cereal mixture in a cup and add 1cup hot water. Stir and enjoy.

    For variety, use instant Cream of Wheat or Instant Grits instead of oatmeal.

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    * Chicken & Dumplings *

    This dish requires minimal effort. We like this dish on Day Hikes in cooler weather.

    2 packets of Lipton's Cream of Chicken Cup-O-Soup
    1 can of Chunk Chicken*
    cup Mixed vegetables*, I like celery, carrots and peas.
    1 cup Bisquick

    * - Dehydrate items at home for extended backpack trips.

    Put chicken and vegetables in a zip lock, pack everything else separately. Put water in pot, use 25% more than required in making the soup or you will have glue. Add dehydrated chicken and vegetables to cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer until meat and veggies are tender. While the soup is heating, add water (see Bisquick box instructions for qty.) to Bisquick and knead in the zip-lock bag. When soup is hot, cut off a corner of the bag and squeeze out Bisquick into the pot. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes on low heat.

    The size of the corner you cut off the bag will determine the size of your dumplings. If you cut it about 1" big, use short squeezes to have round dumpling shapes. Cut it off smaller and you can get longer type ribbon shaped dumplings.

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    * Trail Pizza *

    This is a great lunch as it takes no time to make. If you don't mind cold pizza add water to sauce pack in morning and its ready whenever you want it.

    1 tbsp Tomato Powder *
    1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
    1/4 tsp Onion Powder
    1/4 tsp Paprika
    1/4 tsp Basil
    1/4 tsp Oregano
    Red Pepper flakes, pinch (optional)
    Salt & Pepper (to taste)
    Parmesan Cheese
    Pepperoni, Slim Jim or Summer Sausage
    Pita Bread (8 one ounce mini's in a package)
    2-3 cups Water

    Put first seven ingredients in a zip lock bag. Pack everything else separately. In camp or rest stop heat 2 cups of water and add 1/2 cup to tomato sauce bag and mix well, add more water if required. While sauce is rehydrating, slice pepperoni or sausage. Squeeze sauce on bread, top with meat and cheese. Yum! With remaining water have a nice cup of tea or any other hot beverage you desire. Will make enough sauce for (4) four mini pita's.

    Tip - Float tomato mixture in remaining heated water to keep warm, wrap bread in paper towel, put in a ziplock and float in         same water to heat.

    "*" = 2:1 ratio, water to tomato powder for a thick tomato paste

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    * G.O.R.P "Good Old Raisins and Peanuts" *

    There are literally hundreds of variations to "GORP" as it called by many. A backpackers staple.

    1 jar Dry Roasted Peanuts
    1 15 oz. Box of Raisins
    1 large Bag of M&M's
    1 large Bag of Reese's Piece's
    1 bag of Shredded Coconut

    This is my basic starting mix.

    Other items I like are:
    Yogurt Chips, Banana Chips, Apple Chips, Dried Pineapple, Dried Cranberries and Nuts of any kind.

    The list goes on and on. Mix & Match, what ever you like make it, it's tasty and packed full of energy.

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    * Oriental Rice *

    The variations are endless for this tried and true backpack meal.

    1 cup Instant Rice
    1 Chicken bouillon cube, crushed
    1/4 cup Mixed Vegetables *
                  Cabbage
                  Onion
                  Green pepper
                  Carrot
    1/2 packet Olive Oil
    1 packet Soy Sauce (to taste)
    1 1/4 cup Water

    * - Dehydrate items at home.

    Mix all rice and bouillon together and vegetables at home in separate zip lock bags. Bring water to a boil and stir in vegetables. Cook for about two minutes and let stand for vegetables to rehydrate. Bring water and vegetables back to a boil, add more water if needed. Add rice, olive oil, stir and cover. Let stand for five minutes or so till rice is done. Fluff, drizzle with soy sauce and serve.

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    * Granola *

    This could be eaten cold on the trail like gorp or add hot water and powdered milk for a fast easy breakfast.

    1 1/2 lb Oats
    1/2 cup Brown Sugar
    1/2 cup Sesame Seeds
    1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
    1 cup Nuts, chopped
    1 cup Raisins
    1 cup Coconut, shredded
    2 tbsp Vanilla
    1/2 cup Water
    1/2 cup Corn Oil
    2 cups Honey

    Mix ingredients together. Spread granola mixture evenly on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours stirring every 15 minutes until golden brown. Put granola in zip lock, add raisins and coconut.

    The chopped nuts can be anything you want, Peanuts, Walnuts, Pecans or Almonds, use what is available.

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    * Chicken, Rice & Veggies *

    This backpack meal is a favorite of my kids on a long day hike.

    1/4 cup Chicken, cooked & chopped or one 10 oz can of Chicken *
    1 tbsp Dried Tomato, diced *
    2 tbsp Dried Onion, chopped *
    2 tbsp Dried Bell Pepper, chopped *
    2 tbsp Dried Celery, chopped *
    2 tbsp Dried Carrot, chopped *
    2 tbsp Dried Whole Kernel Corn *
    2 tbsp Cabbage, chopped *
    2 tbsp Dried Peas *
    1/2 tsp Salt
    1/8 tsp Pepper
    1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
    1/2 tsp Parsley Flakes
    1 cube Chicken Bouillon, crushed

    1 1/8 cup Instant Rice

    * - Dehydrate items at home.

    Vacuum seal or use a zip lock for the meat, vegetables and spices. Pack rice in another bag. Bring two cups of water to a boil. Add meat, vegetables and spices and cook for a few minutes, cover and let stand for 15 minutes for everything to rehydrate. Bring water back to a boil, add rice and stir. Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes. Stir and eat.

    This dish makes enough for two nice sized servings. Drizzle with soy sauce if desired.

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