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Vegan camping 
18th-Sep-2013 04:34 am
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Hi all! I'm going camping for the first time ever (in Utah) in a few weeks, and this will be not only my first time camping vegan, but first time camping period! I've been vegan for almost 12 years, but have no clue where to start when it comes to camping.

What kinds of foods do I bring? We won't have access to a fridge to keep things cold. We'll be there for 3 days. Suggestions please! :)

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18th-Sep-2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
If you freeze some jugs of water, you can put them in your cooler so you can bring perishable items. We usually bring one large pot and one small pot. (I'm assuming you'll have camp stoves, if not, make sure your pots can go over the fire!)

Typical meals I've made:
oatmeal for breakfast (mix in trail mix, apples, syrup, cinnamon...)

foil packets of vegan sausage, onions, peppers, potatoes, cooked on the fire

chili (I used this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/veggie-vegetarian-chili/ - measure all your spices out into a single baggie and then you don't have to take a bunch of jars)

wraps - roast or saute some veggies at home, add hummus and vegan cheese (or whatever you like), wrap in foil, put in a watertight baggie in your cooler. you can then eat them cold or throw them on the fire to heat

veggie burgers - I made these ones: http://www.food.com/recipe/vegan-nutritional-yeast-and-tvp-veggie-burgers-444946 If you make the patties at home, then you can just cook them in one of those burger holders for over the fire

bring fruits, trail mix, nuts, chips, etc. for snacks. Hope that helps!
18th-Sep-2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the detailed reply! We don't have a cooler, but we also don't like fake meat products (they freak us out because they taste too much like the real thing) so I don't think we really even have use for a cooler :)

Bringing foil and potatoes to cook over the fire is a good idea! (There isn't a camp stove). Oatmeal and trail mix are definitely on my list, too! :)
18th-Sep-2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Rice noodles are really handy, too - they cook fast and are easy to add dried veg to (add dried veg first, though - and if adding dried legume, add those way earlier). I learned this from an extended period of living in a wigwam, with very little food budget.

If you want to cook efficiently and quickly, I suggest bringing a rocket stove similar to this. Also, if you like coffee or tea, those can be nice if you're using on-site water. Not to mention there are so many designs and they're easy to build (a few weeks is more than enough time to try your hand at making one or maybe find a friend who'd like to if you're not mechanically-inclined)

Don't forget to check your co-op/natural-food-store/whatever's bulk section - they have a lot of dried good (beyond fruit and nuts) that can make packing a lot lighter).

Also, the suggest about coolers - you can makeshift a cooler layer inside your backpack if you're really interested in that - basically you're making some kind of insulated bag (which you can buy or improvise).

As for breakfast, I personally prefer just (undried) fruit - it doesn't bog one down as much throughout the day as oatmeal and such.

That's just me, though! Everyone has their own system :)
18th-Sep-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
I was just in utah camping at zion, bryce and arches like a week ago! Gorgeous! We had a camp stove so we ate chili, soup and instant noodle stuff. Pbj, apples and probars were eaten in abundance (I'm lazy with the food part, too focused on hiking!) Watch out for crazy out of the blue thunderstorms!
18th-Sep-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
That's where I'm going! Zion! I hope it's still warm in October!
18th-Sep-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Honestly for us it was TOO warm if anything. We did the angels landing hike and I was sweating buckets. October should be nice, and bonus: less tourists. :) if you guys are tent camping I strongly suggest an extra tarp to keep you dry because storms start without warning. I saw some sweet lightning :)
19th-Sep-2013 02:35 am (UTC)
So this is my four day, omni-friendly, gluten-free vegan menu. We camp with coolers, stoves, and a hand crank ice cream maker, and make fresh coconut milk ice cream at least once every time!

It does use way more fake meat than I ordinarily eat.

Monday dinner:
Hot dogs, baked beans, vegetable crudite, ranch dip, s'mores

Tuesday breakfast:
Pancakes with tempeh bacon and maple syrup

Tuesday lunch:
Salad bar/BYO Spring Rolls

Tuesday dinner:
Taco bar: beans, rice, salsa, avocado, mexican lime coleslaw, lettuce, cheese, crunchy and soft corn shells, peach ice cream

Wednesday breakfast:
Campfire biscuits and veggie sausage

Wednesday lunch:
Nachos - Beans, salsa, chips, guacamole, olives, and Nacheez sauce

Wednesday Dinner:
Spaghetti Marinara and green beans, baguettes with garlic butter, ice cream (Mint chip)

Thursday breakfast:
Foil pocket hash - build your own, soyrizo, potatoes, yams, onions

Thursday lunch:
Hummus, chips, veggies

Thursday dinner:
Chili and rice, veggies and dip, ice cream

Friday breakfast:
Oatmeal with topping bar: raisins, cranberries, fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut

19th-Sep-2013 04:17 am (UTC)
Without a camp stove or cooler, I would lean heavily on canned goods - chili, baked beans, jarred pasta sauce. Also, instant rice, instant refried beans, instant soups and hummus.
19th-Sep-2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
I would bring fruit, vegetables, beans (in a carton pack, which is much lighter to carry) and/or lentils (dry, since they're easy to cook), and salt. Normal food for me, that is to say, lol. And a pot I could put over a fire, if I bothered to carry one (probably I would cook in my small coffee pot I bought for the purpose when camping this summer). I mean, three days is really not much, so I would totally not think about this much at all. You don't even need to think about storage temperature as most foods (also cooked ones, especially if they are vegan) keep in warm temperatures (room temp) 24 hours. (I was a bit crazy about saving once and turned off my fridge in the summer. :P) Of course, if you do some hardcore physical activity, some more high-calorie, high-protein stuff like peanut butter or tahini or dark chocolate is excellent. If you are backpacking, I don't recommend glass jars.

Background: for the last three years, I've spent about a month camping in forests with 200-4000 people and two usually tiny meals a day. So I often hitch hiked to a town and bought food for a week or two at a time - bread, tomatoes, beans, chips, chocolate, fruit, nuts.
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