I’ve taken a drink of the kool-aid and succumbed to using an alcohol stove. Without wanting to spend a lot of money, I wanted to reduce my pack weight. After conquering the BIG THREE, it’s time to take on the next big three. The two biggest places to cut there are (IMO) the sleeping pad and cook set. I’ve always been a fan of the canister stoves and thought it was something I couldn’t give up. Looking around on YouTube, I stumbled onto the “supercat” which looked easy enough to make so I thought I would give it a try.
Here is a video where I go over my cooking setup. Note that the weight shown at the beginning of the video includes a full cannister of fuel. Enjoy.
Check out the video by Backpacker's Resoure's own, Tye, as he demonstrates the proper way to dehydrate chicken.
Here's what we have found to be the best method for dehydrating chicken to supplement your meals on the trail. Dehydrating chicken (or any food for that matter) makes meals lighter and more packable.
The secret to dehydrating chicken so that it turns out tender is to pressure cook it first. Pressure cooking chicken tenderizes and intensifies its flavor better than any other cooking method.
Before I discovered pressure cooked chicken, I tried poaching chicken breasts in chicken broth in a pot. I cut the cooked chicken into strips and dried it for eight hours at 145 degrees. When I rehydrated the chicken it was very tough.
This is perfect when using Freezer Bag Cooking (FBC). Check out our post Just Add Water!
Freezer Bag Cooking (FBC)
From our experiences, this is the BEST way to dine on the trail. No mess, No cleanup, and above all, it's easy. Actually, easy is an understatement. While hiking, freezer bag cooking is practically effortless. All meal preparation is done off of the trail (prior to the hike) so all you need to do is just add water.