Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Neo » Fri 01 Jul, 2022 3:25 pm

Apologies. It came about following a news article once on poor wages and conditions for tomato farmworkers in parts of Italy.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Zapruda » Fri 01 Jul, 2022 3:34 pm

Neo wrote:Apologies. It came about following a news article once on poor wages and conditions for tomato farmworkers in parts of Italy.


All good, no harm done.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby ThehannaTree » Mon 04 Jul, 2022 9:47 pm

Gluten free, regenerative diet conscious, sugar free, predominantly vego, thyroxin dependent desperado seeking like remotely similar experienced hiker foody for advice, and found this thread. Pretty good, I'm writing it all down in notes preparing myself for a foray into the local Woolies aisles, but jeeeeez, most of those suggestions would likely kill what's left of me... well, fortunately the surgeon left most of me intact when he excised a 30g chunk from my person, so there's still about 54 kg to feed and dose. 54kg imminently about to embark on the Bibbulman track on a whim and my mother's resigned prayers. Seems like I'll be fairly dependent on rice and edamame/bean noodles as a base for most of the evening feasts, dried carrots, peas, corn, mushies and some form of protein. Gluten free snacks like I eat at home - nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate sparingly because it makes me bounce from tree to tree without a care. I'm opportunitarian to a point and may resort to tuna sachets and jerky as tasty protein additives to the bland of the former, curry powder, parmesan or coconut powder to boost flavour and texture. Who knows what I'll invent out there on the trail... Anyone out there had to deal with gluten intolerance and thyroxin related issues on a multi-day hike?
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby andrewa » Tue 05 Jul, 2022 1:37 pm

Gluten intolerance is easy. You know what you need to avoid. Thyroxin should make no difference to anything.

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Eremophila » Tue 05 Jul, 2022 8:02 pm

Check out the thread adjacent to this one, “Best Tasting Dehydrated Camping Food”. Or you could try dehydrating your own meals.

What type of stove will you be using?
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Eremophila » Sun 17 Jul, 2022 1:08 pm

You’re more likely to find a larger range of gluten-free options at a decent-sized IGA (which you would already know), but certainly not cheap. Stock up on specials if you can. Assuming you’ll need to have food drops in place before you start.
What are your normal protein sources, can they be adapted to a long-life form?
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Joynz » Sat 08 Oct, 2022 1:17 pm

Aldi is now selling tuna and bean pouches! Just tried the Smokey BBQ one and it was delicious. Not lightweight at 160g but good for a food drop or lunch on the first day…
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Neo » Wed 30 Nov, 2022 8:17 pm

Woolies, 20 little meatballs.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Neo » Wed 30 Nov, 2022 8:57 pm

With brown quick rice
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Trundlers » Fri 26 Jan, 2024 11:35 am

We are back in prep mode for a walk later this year. On a recent trawl around Coles I came across these: https://wellandgood.com.au/product-cate ... gan-meals/

Yes, they are vegan, and contain TVP & Rice or TVP with pasta with veg/spices. A box has 2 serves apparently, but they will only be around 220 Calories or so, so not very high. Maybe need to add some tuna or cheese to bump up the calories? Or nuts might work for vegans? We tend to eat smaller meals when walking so would be fine with a smaller meal supplemented with some snack items.

Cooking: states on the box to boil for 9 minutes, which is obviously a waste of precious fuel. I am going to trial a soak/short boil/pot cosy rehydration, but they look to have potential as a meal base, and on special at $4 a box they are a bit cheaper than mainstream dried bushwalking meals out there.

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Eremophila » Fri 26 Jan, 2024 5:05 pm

Let us know how you go with the cooking trial Trundlers. I’ve seen these at our local IGA I reckon.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby crollsurf » Fri 26 Jan, 2024 5:07 pm

They look nice on the packaging. Be interest to know how they go.

I've found a quick soak, then bring to boil and sit and soak for an hour or more, then reheat without boiling works with those types of foods.

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Trundlers » Sat 27 Jan, 2024 12:57 pm

I'll report back on testing with the tvp meals in next few weeks.

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Trundlers » Mon 05 Feb, 2024 11:09 am

Another possible find - Asian style fried shallots that are crispy and come in a packet. I have had these on fancy sushi before, but am currently investigating if they are a potential new addition to track meals.

Has anyone tried them before or added them to dried meals? (DIY or ready-made meals?).

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby north-north-west » Mon 05 Feb, 2024 5:21 pm

Trundlers wrote:Another possible find - Asian style fried shallots that are crispy and come in a packet. I have had these on fancy sushi before, but am currently investigating if they are a potential new addition to track meals.
Has anyone tried them before or added them to dried meals? (DIY or ready-made meals?).


I was put onto them by a mate some years back and they've become a staple. A handfull added to a commercial meal or one of my bit-of-this-that-and-t'other messes makes a big difference. Good value additive.

Also, for those wanting a change from standard pasta or noodles, try Dang Myeon (Korean glass noodles, made from sweet potato) or Pulse Pasta (one from red lentils, the other from a mix of lentils and other pulses). Tastier than the standard and reasonably cheap.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Last » Mon 05 Feb, 2024 7:03 pm

From my local asian grocer. Soya milk. Comes in 12 convenient sachets. Better taste than other powdered soy milk I've tried. Mixes in cold water despite what the instructions say.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby wazzawalkin » Tue 06 Feb, 2024 6:00 am

Last wrote:From my local asian grocer. Soya milk. Comes in 12 convenient sachets. Better taste than other powdered soy milk I've tried. Mixes in cold water despite what the instructions say.


How much Soya Milk does each sachet make?

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Last » Fri 23 Feb, 2024 8:40 pm

wazzawalkin wrote:
Last wrote:From my local asian grocer. Soya milk. Comes in 12 convenient sachets. Better taste than other powdered soy milk I've tried. Mixes in cold water despite what the instructions say.


How much Soya Milk does each sachet make?

Wazza.


Apologies, I missed your question. Each sachet makes 1 cup.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Kott » Thu 11 Apr, 2024 3:01 pm

I came across dehydrated rice with spices in an indian store. Didnt take a photo unfortunately.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby ofuros » Fri 26 Apr, 2024 3:47 pm

Wintery warmth...just over a dollar on sale, woolies bottom shelf, soup section.

Add a touch of sugar to tone down the heat or leave out the chilli powder sachet. Add extra dried ingredients if you wish, dried shrimp comes to mind. Watch the square flat noodles roll themselves into a tube. 8)

Congee needs to be filled out, maybe topped off with some dried onions & a small can/pkt of chicken pieces.

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Aushiker » Fri 10 May, 2024 1:59 pm

Has anyone done this?

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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Moondog55 » Fri 10 May, 2024 5:07 pm

I tried it once, not my cup of carbohydrate. Maybe it would have been better if I'd broken the instant noodles into small pieces first.
But a big spoon of peanut butter works for me.
Ve are too soon old und too late schmart
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby rob1970 » Sat 11 May, 2024 8:19 am

Yep, I do the occasional bomb... dice up some chorizo/salami a bit of Olive oil and mix through... goes OK and is super quick to do.
I only add half the seasoning pack (that comes with the Ramen) otherwise it can be super salty.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Aushiker » Sat 11 May, 2024 11:05 am

rob1970 wrote:Yep, I do the occasional bomb... dice up some chorizo/salami a bit of Olive oil and mix through... goes OK and is super quick to do.
I only add half the seasoning pack (that comes with the Ramen) otherwise it can be super salty.


Dumb question time: Is Ramen a brand or type of noodles or is this just another name for instant noodles such as Maggi?
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby rob1970 » Sat 11 May, 2024 11:58 am

Pretty sure Ramen is just an Asian type of noodle.
You can find a few different versions in most supermarkets... you guessed it... in the Asian section.
Maggi would be absolutely fine.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby walk2wineries » Mon 13 May, 2024 6:27 am

Moondog55 wrote:I tried it once, not my cup of carbohydrate. Maybe it would have been better if I'd broken the instant noodles into small pieces first.
But a big spoon of peanut butter works for me.


Do you mean, peanut butter pasta? https://www.ocado.com/webshop/recipe/ni ... sta/223055 This looks quite practical; one could easily substitute something like snow peas for the spinach. Although at the time of writing there's reasonable amounts of wild greens around - blanched warrigal greens, mallow, sow thistle, amaranth, purslane etc would all work
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby Aushiker » Mon 13 May, 2024 10:16 am

rob1970 wrote:Pretty sure Ramen is just an Asian type of noodle.
You can find a few different versions in most supermarkets... you guessed it... in the Asian section.
Maggi would be absolutely fine.


Thanks Rob. I will take another look.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby gbagua » Thu 30 May, 2024 2:27 pm

How about food that comes in pouches:

1. Baby food. Tried a couple (apple-pear-cinnamon & strawberry custard). Not bad but way too light. Maybe suited to a park run. Not enough punch for a 8h hike or a proper bush trail run of 30-40k

2. Heinz makes a more solid version (400g), eg. Spanish Style Chicken Paella Soup Pouch 430g. But I haven't tried any of them yet.

Any recommendations as I'm keen to eat this stuff as it packs well and is easy to eat.

*Looking for stuff that doesn't require any cooking; just tear a corner off/unscrew the top and suck up the contents.
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby ccar » Thu 30 May, 2024 4:53 pm

For ages I've been looking for baked beans in a pouch but they don't seem to exist
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Re: Best hiking food finds from the supermarkets

Postby ChrisJHC » Thu 30 May, 2024 9:38 pm

ccar wrote:For ages I've been looking for baked beans in a pouch but they don't seem to exist
Surely you could just tip some baked beans into a ziplock bag?
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