Monday, January 3, 2011

When Kitchen Appliances Become Outdoor Gear

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Many of us receive gear as holiday gifts come holiday time. This season I came away with a kitchen appliance that I will definitely consider recreation gear: a food vacuum bag sealer.

We backpackers are always discussing food and food preparation and my sealer will augment a style of cooking that has made a big splash lately. Freezer bag cooking is a method of adding boiling water to a pre-made meal inside a plastic bag and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes—usually inside a cozy to retain heat. You eat it right out of the bag. No dishes to cook, no pots to clean. (Freeze-dried backpacking meals work on the same principle.) By using FBC cooking techniques, you can lower weight, customize meals and save money. Sealing the entire meal and its ingredients inside a plastic bag makes for easy organization as well as safe storage for all your trips.

Freezer Bag Cooking by Sarah Svien Kirkconnell
  • Freezer Bag Cooking by Sarah Svien Kirkconnell
FBC cooking has made an especially big surge in the ultra lightweight packing community and there are a number of forums that share ideas and ingredients to make the most of your culinary experience. I also picked up a couple of books that focus on ingredients, menu planning and gear related to this kind of cooking. One Pan Wonders by Teresa Black, and Freezer Bag Cooking by Sarah Svien Kirkconnell. Both have a ton of great of recipes and menu ideas. I look forward to making up meals, sealing them, and then after a long day of hiking in the Idaho mountains enjoying a tasty, filling and easy-to-prepare meal at camp.

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