Sitka Mountain Gear
Truck Camp Food
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
jordanathome 10-Sep-19
dirtclod Az. 10-Sep-19
bowhunter24 11-Sep-19
DanaC 11-Sep-19
WV Mountaineer 11-Sep-19
Fuzzy 11-Sep-19
Empty Freezer 11-Sep-19
Mule Power 11-Sep-19
DanaC 11-Sep-19
Jordanathome 11-Sep-19
APauls 11-Sep-19
Trophyhill 26-Mar-20
fisherick 26-Mar-20
Empty Freezer 26-Mar-20
LINK 26-Mar-20
WI Shedhead 26-Mar-20
Shaft2Long 29-Mar-20
Al Dente Laptop 29-Mar-20
Adventurewriter 29-Mar-20
BULELK1 30-Mar-20
BULELK1 30-Mar-20
BULELK1 30-Mar-20
From: jordanathome
10-Sep-19
This year since I was truck camping for the first time in a couple years, I decided to try something new. I saw folks talking about freezing meals then warming them up in the bag using boiling water.

So I decided to start with leftovers from some meals in August then made a couple meals on purpose just to bag and freeze. I had some elk spaghetti, some lentil soup with elk burger, and some pork chops with stovetop.

What I hate the most about elk hunting is racing back to camp to make dinner and wind down knowing the clock is against you and the longer you take the less sleep you will get before the alarm goes off the next morning. Anything to speed up that process, remove the need to do dishes, and still have a decent meal (not MH) was all thumbs up for me.

I was very pleased. I did get a bit concerned by day 5 when most of the meals had mostly thawed. Even on ice I was concerned they might start to go bad once they thawed. The spaghetti was my fav. The lentil soup made me gassy as I have ever been.....funny but annoying as well. The pork chops and stovetop worked out great too although it did require a disposable plate as cutting and eating it out of the bag was a non-starter for me. The others I just cut the top off the bag and dug in.

I will definitely be doing this again on my next truck camp excursion. Maybe I'll just eat spaghetti all week. LOL

From: dirtclod Az.
10-Sep-19
Boil your Spaghetti with Lentil soup,Then you'll have a rip-roaring good time!Ha!,Ha!

From: bowhunter24
11-Sep-19
Lentil soup with a heavy dose of vanilla and you will have your own personal nose jammer!

From: DanaC
11-Sep-19
Anything that reheats well, a small stove, heaven! And consider using a 'double boiler' method if you're worried about burning your meals. Them small stoves can be tricky.

11-Sep-19
Cooked food will keep a long, long time.

From: Fuzzy
11-Sep-19
TCS food is considered "safe" up to 7 days at or below 41 degrees F

11-Sep-19
Try bbq chicken with mashed potatoes. Elk chili and add cheese onions and crackers, num num.. Do a couple practice.runs to make sure u don't overcook. It's ok if they thaw out. They are still goooood.

From: Mule Power
11-Sep-19
We just invited two old dudes with us who are just trout fishing and will have dinner on the table when we get back to camp. If this works it could be the best meal plan ever.

From: DanaC
11-Sep-19
Joe, that's brilliant! ;-) Back when we had a 'real' deer camp up in VT I loved cooking for the guys. (Made dam' sure *they* did the dishes ;-) ) Nowadays we still get together during gun season and I make a big pot of spaghetti sauce, plus chicken and garlic bread etc. We usually skip the afternoon hunt that day ...

From: Jordanathome
11-Sep-19
bunch of funny sorkers around here eh? ;)

From: APauls
11-Sep-19
Portable BBQ is gold. I find it takes me a solid 15 minutes or so to reheat in boiling water like that. Almost any pork chops, chicken drumsticks, steak, smokies, pizza, perogies etc can be done in 10-20 minutes on a bbq as well.

From: Trophyhill
26-Mar-20
My first elk hunt in '08, I reheated chili beans w/ground beef for at least 10 days. My gut has never been the same.

From: fisherick
26-Mar-20
We would take spaghetti & meatballs, chicken & potatoes, chili, etc. and freeze in one gallon freezer bag laid flat. (serves 4+) We used a roaster pan on a Coleman 2 burner stove, laid in freezer bag, used a stick to keep the opening of bag out of the water and placed al foil over the pan. In 15-20 min we could just serve from the bag to paper plates or bowls and have minimum clean up. Easy.

26-Mar-20
Tri Tip chili, BBQ chicken and mashed potatoes are my favorites. I just start heatin the water when I get back to camp, throw on your food and you are eatin in 15 minutes. I haven't eatin a mountain house since I learned that on Bowsite. No fart bombs. (I shouldn't say none)

From: LINK
26-Mar-20

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Camp food at home, on a kids plate, lol.
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Camp food at home, on a kids plate, lol.
Call me simple but on my last elk hunt this is what I ate for 9 days. Tiny propane grill for cooking burgers. Some diversity would be nice though.

From: WI Shedhead
26-Mar-20
Fisherick- x2. It’s almost like you’ve ate at our camp!!! Man I hate dishes and cookin after an elk day!!! Zatarans jumbalaya with ring bologna or andouille sausage and shrimp is a good one and I made bags of premade burritos which were a big hit. After your make the burritos brown them in a pan a bit before freezing keeps them from getting mushy

From: Shaft2Long
29-Mar-20
I’ve given up on any kind of meal planning. I just buy a bunch of Mountain House and eat that. Just about everything tastes good and nothing is faster.

The only variable is, baloney sandwich, Pepsi and an apple. Depending on where I’m at and what’s going on I like to get to the truck around noon, shoot my bow a little while munching the above and then head back out.

29-Mar-20
Jordan, next time, buy boneless pork chops, basically the loin without the bone, same cut as bone-in chops, and cut them up after they cooked. Then portion out the stove top and place whatever serving size of pork you want in with it. No knife or plate needed. I meal prep for work every week, and I do not want to bring a plate or have to cut. Just reheat and eat.

29-Mar-20
I'm in the same boat....I just got one of these non stick Skillets you see on TV got mine at Costco non stick one's in the past were not so non stick this one is is AMAZING....will bring the small one with me truck camping use it to heat...eat right out of it...and wipe with paper towel....repeat

From: BULELK1
30-Mar-20

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I bring a BBQ

Smells great mid-day Q'ing

Good luck, Robb

From: BULELK1
30-Mar-20

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Plenty of Room for a small group to eat
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Plenty of Room for a small group to eat

From: BULELK1
30-Mar-20

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Or just for me for a day or two of leftover C-Breast's
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Or just for me for a day or two of leftover C-Breast's

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