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  • Ideas for ‘just add hot water’ camping-type foods
  • Premier Icon IHN
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    At Scouts this week we’re going to be getting them to try out different types of camping stoves (Trangias, gas, some poor sods will get a Primus etc) and they’ll heat some water on them all and then make themselves something to eat.

    I’ve got some proper ‘expedition meal’ things bought, and there’s the obvious Pot Noodle/Supernoodles stuff, plus I thought about couscous, any other ideas? I’m not really after recipes, I’m after packet stuff (and available from the supermarket)

    Premier Icon deadlydarcy
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    Cup-a-soup! 😀

    Added croutons are available for the kids that like cous cous.

    Premier Icon benp1
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    Couscous and pot noodle/supernoodle are the most obvious options

    Others would be smash based wares, or something like cup-a-soup with pasta in or mug based pasta. Usually all in the same section

    The other option is boil in the bag type stuff, then just drop it in the water. You could do any can based thing, plus stuff like “look what we found” or other asian meals in a bag (see the ethnic/world food aisle)

    Premier Icon johndoh
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    Soba Noodles are the best of the ‘Pot Noodle’ type of foods.

    Premier Icon n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    Gnocchi?

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    Ration X
    https://evaq8.co.uk/ration-x

    Gone are the days of 50/50 coffee/rum*
    It’s all self heating packs, with added hi carb/protein snacks these days.
    .

    *Only kidding 😀

    Premier Icon andrewreay
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    Instant porridge. Some in packets, some in plastic cups to literally just add the water.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Idahoan cheesy mashed potato. Yes, I was skeptical, it’s bloody good!

    Premier Icon BenjiM
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    I know you want supermarket stuff but cheap porridge to prepare in bags:

    45g Porridge Oats (or more if you want more)
    20g Skimmed Milk Powder
    1 Teaspoon Sugar (unless you like it unsweetened)

    Waz it through a food processor to make it fine and able to soak up the hot water quickly. Mix of dried fruit, seeds and nuts afterwards if you want a bit extra.

    Otherwise Mugshots (lots of variety just add water) pasta and sauce packets usually about 50p each.

    Pasta ‘n’ Sauce in pots worked well for me a few weeks ago as quick “tent” food.

    Premier Icon Aidy
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    (Trangias, gas, some poor sods will get a Primus etc)

    Of those, I’d take the Primus every time.

    Premier Icon andrewh
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    Angel delight.
    Yep, make it with warm water.
    Or instant custard.
    Good move improves when it’s -5 and pissing it down

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    Angel delight.
    Yep, make it with warm water.

    Ye gads. 😯

    Premier Icon montgomery
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    Siva and Naked noodles are better than supernoodles etc. The Naked Ramen soups are pretty good, too. It’s summer – packet of savoury rice with water a finger’s width above it, brought to the simmer while stirring in a tin of tuna, then wrap it in a hat or fleece for 20 minutes and the rice will cook off without using any more fuel.

    Premier Icon montgomery
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    Siva = Soba.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    BenjiM has my tip.

    Porridge – 60g / 226 kcal
    Nuts – 20g / 131 kcal
    Dried fruit – 40g / 120 kcal
    Milk – 15g / 50 kcal

    Totals 135g / 527 kcal

    Whizz it in a mixer for a minute to break down the oats and make them easier to rehydrate.

    Put the mix into a Pour and Store bag.

    Pour on hot water, squidge around to mix, then leave for a few minutes. I pack an insulated foil bag to keep it hot during the wait.

    Oh – and another vote for Idahoan mash.

    Premier Icon dudeofdoom
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    Hotdogs the ones you boil, would work well with some smash or just in rolls with mustard and red sauce 🙂

    Premier Icon fossy
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    SMASH of course !

    Premier Icon cheddarchallenged
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    Huel hot flavours – the mild curry and Mexican chilli are nice and other bits and bobs can be added to them.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Idahoan mash and hot dogs.

    We have a winner.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Huel hot flavours

    Can you just buy Huel now? I’ve always kinda fancied trying it but they seem to be in the bulk buy / subscription game.

    Premier Icon BenjiM
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    SMASH of course !

    Took some camping a couple of weekends ago. It’s defintely got a weird texture but doesn’t taste too bad and it appears to be seasoned already.

    Premier Icon finephilly
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    Porridge and hot chocolate powder.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    why have I never heard of Idahoan mash before

    (used to live on smash as a student)

    Premier Icon stumpy01
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    These are tasty and widely available:

    https://www.naked-noodle.com/products

    So long as the flavours aren’t a bit ‘out there’ – some are a bit spicy.

    Premier Icon sobriety
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    Random bowls of instant ramen from your local asian supermarket.

    Bonus points if you can find the korean fire breathing chicken flavour.

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    why have I never heard of Idahoan mash before

    (used to live on smash as a student)

    Supermarkets stock them, maybe morrisons or asda.
    Dont follow the instructions though, it’s American(Idaho) and they seem to prefer it very very runny, so it states a lot of liquid and butter in its ingredients to add.

    Comes in different flavours- cheese, chives,onion etc

    Premier Icon dannyh
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    Ainsley Harriott is a very annoying man, but his packets of cous cous are yummy.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    It’s pretty buttery tasting tbh as it is!.

    Don’t do naked noodles or pot nigels, they’ll have seen that, the mash n hot dogs is at least a bit different.

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    Heat a tin of Heinz 5 beanz, pour into a pack of ready cooked mexican rice.

    Premier Icon dufresneorama
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    My speciality is a take on an Americans thru-hiker recipe I found on YouTube. They call it ramen bomb.

    Filling, spicy, salty, cheesy and easy. Needs a little prep though.

    Mylar pouches bought off ebay.
    Packet of mama Tom yum noodles
    Half a packet of idahoan cheese mash
    Half a pack of kabanos chopped up small.
    Spoonful of wonton soup stock

    All packaged up and sealed in mylar pouch.
    Boil 400ml water pour in,reseal and squidge about and use to warm hands.

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