Meats & cheeses - protein sources for multi day hikes

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by liamarchie, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. liamarchie

    liamarchie Ultralighter

    Im a bit fed up with slumming it with mash and noodles, so im hoping to take some nicer food on an upcoming trip.
    Weights a concern but im willing to take a bit extra weight to have some more enjoyable meals in the evenings.

    Ive got the usual items sussed, such as pepparami, Jerky, cheese strings etc which are fine to last a weekend un-refrigerated. Im going to bring some anchovies, but the tin is a bit of a waste of space in the pack.

    Are there any other meaty cheesy type items i can bring that are readily available in the shops that will last 3-5 days?
  2. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    Tuna comes in pouches.
    Hard cheeses (parmesan)
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  3. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Parmesan does travel well. Can't stand tuna unfortunately, it is a great source of protein and (when packaged in oil) fat though.

    The American's get chicken in pouches and Spam singles the "lucky" sods. :)
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  4. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    I've never seen Tuna pouches, where do you get them ?
  5. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Yeah I always see Shug tucking into his Spam singles and that feeling of envy rises lol :)
  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Spam ''envy"
    Ye Gods o_O
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  7. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Better believe it :D
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  8. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I’ve supplemented my protein intake by having freeze dried scrambled eggs for breakfast (could have them as an evening meal too) and having nuts for snacks (Brazils, macadamias, peanuts, cashews). I also add Biltong to freeze dried meals to improve their protein content and make them more like real food. Many freeze dried meals bulk up on carbs at the expense of protein, so adding dried meat helps (cashews are a nice supplement in some meals too). I also take cheese with me (usually Baby Bels). Doesn’t exactly answer your original question, but those are my answers to getting more protein.
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  9. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Spam, Aldi noodles with dehydrated onion and peas. Mmmmm. ;)

    A gourmet I'm not.
  10. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Well at least you're both cheap dates :D

    I'll bring the Lambrini...
  11. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

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  12. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    My favourite is Chorizo good for lunch food with Butteries or can be chopped up to make a meal (tomato leather & pasta)….tastier than Pepperami IMO.
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  13. Foxster

    Foxster Trail Blazer


    Lasts several days unrefrigerated and is absolutely heavenly chopped up and fried in a bit of oil with salt and pepper after a long walk. Top chef tip: Goes well with curry flavour Super Noodles.
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  14. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

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  15. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Thanks I'll have a look for them.
  16. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    A crumbly Lancashire or Cheshire, which I eat at lunchtimes with oatcakes. Wouldn't be my cheese of choice at home, but for some reason I enjoy the slight sharpness and crumbly mild texture when on a hike. I find it keeps in good enough condition in the pack for four days in summer.

    +1 for Biltong, as long as it's decent quality and not just a bag of gristle.
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  17. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Parmesan and peanut butter sachets.
    A cheese course every evening is essential, i just take miniture ones and they last several days.
    I add ground nuts to porridge, also got some kind of milled seed recently, flax perhaps.
  18. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Yup I put ground almonds into portage :thumbsup:
    As cheap skate as I am, I've come to the conclusion that at least for evening meals I use freeze dried packets. They end up being such a small fraction of the cost of a trip that I can justify them.
    Otherwise pepperami, nuts and (home) dehydrated refried beans. I like the Santa maria refried beans, chunkey and spicy, look less like cat food, sadly they only seem available in half tons.
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  19. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Summer sausage, pepperoni, smoked turkey sticks, spam (if I can stomach it on occasion). I don't like tuna but those tuna packets are heaven to most people. A large #10 can of FD chicken or beef crumbles...take what you need to add to boring noodles, refrigerate the rest.

    Any hard cheese (I take individually wrapped cheddar cheese sticks which last well over a week) lasts just fine for extended periods of time.

    What kind of noodles? I carry Knorr pasta or rice side dishes (pre-packed)....technically they require milk and butter but do just fine without and come in a large variety of flavors. I hope there is something like that in the UK. I think we might be pretty spoiled for choice in the US for mostly-decent backpacking foods.
  20. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

  21. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    Chorizo or a good salami will last for days as for cheese, we don't tend to make them this end of europe but a hard sheep's or goats cheese will last for days can be found in a fancy cheese shop for a fancy price. To be honest cheddar may go a bit sweaty after awhile but it doesn't send it off.
  22. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    I get John West salmon with lentil and couscous pouches in Waitrose.
    They come with different spices.

    Its nice to have something that has protein and carbohidrates and oils in a non perishable pouch
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  23. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Ive taken a path untravelled for me...
    0 carb 100% carnivore...

    I just dod my 1st half marathon without breakfast and just ate when i finished...
    Ill be looking at.making pemmican for future multi day treks...
    Fat is my friend...
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  24. liamarchie

    liamarchie Ultralighter

    some good suggestions, plenty there for me to look into.
    I think a big U of chorizo and those single packed cheeses might be a winner, some tuna sachets too would be good
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  25. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Is this all the time or only when out ? you'll have to let us know how the Pemmican turns out :)
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