Guide To Choosing The Right Meat For When You Go Backpacking

When going camping or backpacking, food always remains the uppermost concern. Deciding on a portion of food to take with you that is healthy and doesn’t cause you indigestion sounds like a mission. 

More often than not, people tend to carry processed food that turns out to be a terrible decision. Just a little planning before the trip can save you trouble and ensure you get the most out of your trip. 

You can find a lot of hiking and camping food recipes online, but if you like following a strict diet and still enjoy your food, Easy Campfire Recipies is the site for you! This page is dedicated to some of the best and easy food recipes. They break the whole process down for you into sections, so it is easy to follow and understand. 

Some of the meat that you can carry while backpacking –

  • Beef – If you plan on preparing beef for your trip, consider making beef jerky. It is very easy to prepare and store. Just put it in a sealed packet and vacuum seal it or put it in an airtight packet. This way it will last for up to 12 months even in summers.
  • Canned Tuna/Salmon – You can easily carry tuna or salmon cans or pack them in an airtight pouch. They can be easily prepared with some pasta within 10 minutes as the recipes are very easy to follow.   
  • Salami – Salamis that have a natural casing can be stored without refrigeration for up to a year. They are your best camping buddies but keep in mind not to pre-cut them. Only cut them when you are preparing the food and rub some salt on the cut end to preserve it better. 
  • Bacon – Bacon tastes good with a wide variety of mixes. You can take smoked bacon jerky or take it raw in tightly sealed containers. When preparing raw bacon, keep in mind to make it well done as it kills trichinosis.
  • Summer sausage – This is a mixture of meat like bacon, beef, and venison. Like normal sausages, this can also be kept unrefrigerated for a long time and comes in a variety of sizes. It’s better to buy the small packs so that they can be finished in one go. Paired with some cheese, it tastes delicious!
  • Prosciutto – This is an uncooked, dry-cured ham that lasts almost a week with refrigeration. It is important to remember to pack it in plastic sealed bags to prevent it from drying out. 

Chicken and turkey are less preferred as camping food items. Bringing these raw on your camping trip will end in nothing but a disaster. They both have to be deep freeze or precooked and packed into pouches. You do get freeze dry chicken and turkey readily in the market and they can be easily rehydrated in boiling water. 

It is important to take food that provides you with ample calories to burn during your trekking and other expeditions. Carrying nutritional bars and dried fruits with you is always a good idea when you are on the go.