Theologically and philosophically informed ecletic ruminations on everything between summit to shore, especially cycling, hiking and backpacking, kayaking, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, poetry, and creative writing by John Edward Harris, a progressive Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Minister of the Word and Sacrament.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Review of Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple
Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple Author: Sarah Svien Kirkconnell
Softcover: 90 pages
Bay Street Publishing; copyright 2007
When a couple of canoeing friends loaned me a copy of Sarah
Svien Kirkonell’s Freezer Bag Cooking:
Trail Food Made Simple, I was so impressed by it that I ordered my own
copy. A few months later, when I set out on a weeklong solo backpacking trip,
all my dinners were Kirkonnell’s Freezer Bag Cooking recipes!
Part of what impressed me about Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple was that most if not
all the ingredients could be bought in a grocery store. I live in a small town
and had to travel out of town to larger grocery stores to find all the
ingredients. Fortunately, there are larger grocery stores within twenty miles of
where I live.
I was also impressed that all the ingredients could be packed
into a one quart zip lock freezer bag. When it came time to prepare my dinner, all
I had to do was add boiling water to the bag, allow it to sit in an insulated cozy
for between five to ten minutes, and perhaps open a pouch of tuna, chicken or
salmon at some point during the process, and add it the bag as well. At the end of each meal, all of which were
tasty and filling, the empty zip lock bag served as a trash bag for any empty
foil pouches and other trash I had accumulated throughout the day.
Admittedly, each freezer bag dinner weighed more than a freeze
dried dinner would have weighed, but each freezer bag dinner also took up less
space than a freeze dried dinner would have taken up and cost less. I would not
want to rely solely of freezer bag dinners for a long backpacking trip such as
thru hiking the AT, but I think freezer bag dinners are a quick, easy, and
inexpensive alternative to freeze-dried meals for any backpacking trip or trek
lasting up to a week.
Kirkonnell has written a few other books apparently similar to Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple,
including Freezer Bag Cooking: Adventure Ready Recipes, and more. She also
publishes recipes and writes about trail cooking at www.freezerbagcooking.com.