Kayak Camping Pancakes

Ingredients will be crammed in a bulkhead compartment that may be wet at times, fresh foods tend to get squished, and you’re bound to want fast calories after long days on the water. Making delicious meals is manageable, though. A Few Freshies Go A Long Way While you might be used to packing freeze-dried meals for the backcountry, keep in mind that when you’re packing for a kayaking trip, a few fresh ingredients can go a long way toward making meals tasty, satisfying and healthy. When you’re planning your menu, look for recipe ingredients that are durable, travel well and don’t need to be refrigerated: fresh garlic, an onion or two, maybe some ginger root or a sweet potato. Incorporate Foraged Foods In many places around the world, this is one the joys of paddling trips: You’re surrounded by delicious food. Try this easy crowd-pleasing twist to turn a favorite breakfast food into a satisfying anytime meal. Savory Pancakes for Indian Curry Makes 4 servings Total time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups instant powdered pancake mix (the kind that only requires adding water) Garlic (fresh, freeze-dried or powdered) Onion (fresh, freeze-dried or powdered) Chives (fresh, freeze-dried or powdered) Salt and pepper Oil, butter or cooking spray Optional: Spicy dish to pair with pancakes, like a freeze-dried curry Directions: Fire up your camping stove. (Bonus: If you have any other savory vegetables, feel free to add them too—these pancakes would be great with finely chopped and sautéed carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, etc.) Spoon the batter into the pan to form pancakes that are roughly 2 inches in diameter. Ideally, these savory pancakes are best paired with a spicy dish like the GOOD TO-GO Indian Vegetable Korma or the Backpacker’s Pantry Kathmandu Curry.

Imagine paddling up to a secluded beach, dragging your boat onto the sand, and making camp at sunset in private cove. Embarking on an overnight or multiday kayak camping adventure is easier than you might think—as long as you plan your menu around some basic constraints. Ingredients will be crammed in a bulkhead compartment that may be wet at times, fresh foods tend to get squished, and you’re bound to want fast calories after long days on the water. Making delicious meals is manageable, though. For your next paddle trip, check out these tips and test out our simple and delicious recipe: savory pancakes.

Kayakers pull in their boats

Space Matters, Not Weight

In many backcountry sports, like backpacking, climbing and skiing, weight is of paramount concern. Ounces make pounds, the saying goes, and pounds make pain. But on paddling trips, the extra energy it takes to move a few extra pounds is negligible, which makes bringing a handful of heavier ingredients well worth the effort. As long as you can fit your food stores in your hatches, you’re good to go. Practice moderation, of course, but feel free to toss in some great sources of protein like small tins of seafood (salmon, tuna, sardines, oysters, etc.), one or two cans of beans (black, red, pinto, etc.), and your favorite nice cheese.

A Few Freshies Go A Long Way

While you might be used to packing freeze-dried meals for the backcountry, keep in mind that when you’re packing for a kayaking trip, a few fresh ingredients can go a long way toward making meals tasty, satisfying and healthy. When you’re planning your menu, look for recipe ingredients that are durable, travel well and don’t need to be refrigerated: fresh garlic, an onion or two, maybe some ginger root or a sweet potato. For midday snacks, consider bringing some long-lasting fresh…

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