Backpackers eat weird stuff. We cut the mold off of things, ignore refrigeration labels and ask questions like “Would I be able to dehydrate this?” Unless you rely exclusively on Mountain House meals, carrying a kitchen on your back will force you to get creative, especially if you are particular about any kind of food.
1. EPIC Meat Bars.
A mix between an energy bar and a piece of jerky. But what makes them weird? EPIC has somehow managed to infuse them with incredible, creative flavors. And, it actually works. Lamb flavored with currant and mint? Turkey with almonds and cranberries? EPIC is very focused on bringing naturally and organically sourced meats to your camp table.
2. Private Selection Beef Snack Bites.
What could be better than gnawing on a delicious meat stick after a primal day of back country exploration? If anything, it’s popping a few of these bite-size beef snack bites instead! They’re a fun alternative to drab sausage.
3. Dang Onion Chips.
Dang makes onion chips straight from the slices of an onion, and they’re actually pretty okay. They come in a variety of flavors from Salt n Pepper to Chipotle Garlic to Applewood Barbecue!
4. Chirps Chips.
Chirps Chips are definitely the weirdest snack. They are made from cricket powder (yes, like the bug) and apparently for good reason. Cricket powder has 15% more iron than spinach, 2x more protein than beef and as much vitamin B12 as a slab of salmon. They come in fairly normal flavors like BBQ, Cheddar and Sea Salt.
5. Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze.
How long would it take you to make some instant oatmeal on the trail? You need to set up the stove (1-2 minute), fire it up, boil some water (5-6 minutes), cook the oatmeal (1-2 minutes), clean the pot (1-2 minutes), pack the gear up (1-2 minutes) and…oh yeah, eat (1-2 minutes). Or, you can crack the cap on a Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze. It’s a pouch of perfectly made oatmeal.
6. Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze.
They’re made of a mixture between fruit and vegetable purees and hydrated chia seeds, which produces a slimy, gooey and fruity experience. Because of the unique texture, you will either love or hate these products. Some people equate the experience to sucking down a snot loogie.
7. Nutritional Yeast.
Nothing sounds more gross than consuming yeast. But, if you’ve been around the trail a few times, you’ve probably heard of this awesome cheese substitute. You can throw this powder on just about any cooked meal to give it a nutty, creamy, cheesy flavor.
8. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer.
Seriously, they are made the same way as powdered milk and they’re awesome! Once you master the ratio of water to egg powder, they’re almost as delicious as the real thing. Fun fact: powdered eggs (aka dehydrated eggs) can be found in camping literature as early as 1912.