Whilst you tramp about in the bush, what sort of vittles do you munch on? Do you pack fresh foods that last, canned goods, dehydrated meals, or do you live off the land?

As for me, I go with Mountain House dehydrated meals. They're damn tasty, super-filling, and extremely lightweight and packable. If I'm going to be away from a refridgerator for a few days, it's Mountain House for me.

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Zach

Depends on the weather. I usually like to carry some energy bars and the weather determines the type. I also pack Gookinaid powder to add to water for hydration. In cold weather I heat water and in warm weather I just use bottled water unless I have some cold water in the bottle. Got the stuff at REI! Since most of my trips are day trips I like to pack a MRE entree, not the whole thing, for a meal.
Zack
What do you pack for snacks between meals? By the way, I have been an REI member since the early 1970's. I have been to at least 3, if not more, of their stores and that includes the one that was in Seattle. I really like them.
Carl
Since the '70s! We love getting veterans like you in the store.

For snacks, I stick to Clif Bars. They're tasty (IMO) and offer around 250 calories in a small size. If I'm not feeling concerned about the weight-factor, I'll take some trail mix. Trader Joe's has some great mixes, including my favorite, Nuts About Raspberries.
I second the Mountain House meals... Very good and they fill you up.

In between, I generally keep a bunch of granola bars (I like chocolate chip) and I usually have a couple of bags of dried fruits. Occasionally I will bring a steak; however then I need to make sure I bring a compact grill. The nice thing about freeze dried is all you need is a small stove and a coffee pot to prepare them.
I like peanuts, and or trail mix. Also fruit.
I actually started writing an article, entitled "Lazy Camping"... Maybe I will finish it and post it...

The gist of it is that with very little effort, one can plan a one day backpacking trip. I enjoy getting up early (4:30am) on a Saturday, heading upstate (Catskill Mountains), parking around 8:00am and then hiking in to a designated campsite. Set up camp, maybe do a little fishing, make dinner, smoke a cigar, relax and go to bed. Wake up the next morning, break camp, and then hike back to the car. I am home by noon on Sunday and feel very relaxed...
It may not be the most nutritious, but salami puts a smile on any hiker's face.
I do most of my camping in the winter. I usually take CLIF bars to eat for breakfast and snacks. GORP is a huge one for me. I also take deluxe mac and cheese dinners. Easy to cook, but kind of heavy. Granola bars, fruit snacks, outmeal cream pies. We each take a breakfast or dinner when we go camping. Each person picks either a breakfast or dinner to make for the group. Multiple benefits to this. Less to carry, cheaper per person, and a good variety of food for the trip. Plus, each person is trying to outdo the rest of the group so the food is always amazing. Just a few basic things I take.
i like to just keep it simple. i do GORP and live off that and water for however many days i am out there. my GORP of choice is one third of each: raisins, peanuts, and M&Ms.

my camping buddy will put minute rice and dried soup mix in a ziploc bag, then just add boiling water. we take along the bags that circuit boards and harddrives come in (we are both IT geeks). those bags reflect and hold heat surprisingly well.
so the ziploc bags go in those bags. we boil water with a Jet Boil (those are awesome).

My favorite camping breakfast is kippers on bread with some hot water to wash it down.

 

My lunches usually consist of bagels or tortillas with either peanut butter or some kind of canned meat.

 

For dinner, Hawk Vittles is the way to go.

I'm not crazy about Mountain Houses -- my first experience was with the lasagna and meat sauce -- it was easy to prepare and tasted great, but gave me unbelievable gas.  My sleeping bag has not quite smelled the same since.

 

I'm willing to go light in terms of food when I backpack. I usually stick to mixed nuts and fruit during the hike, and some high quality jerky at day's end.  I've read that making one's own trail mix and jerky is manageable - I think I'm going to try it.

Trail mix is easy, and I think for jerky, the best way (without special equipment) is to put it in a convection oven at very low temperature.

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