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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Meal Size Cookies for the Hiking Trail

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Cookie Monster Gorp
    Make enough to last all week on the job or take ‘em on the trail this weekend.
    Vary the ingredients each week: different nuts, vanilla or orange flavoring instead of spice, snipped dried apricots  or dates instead of raisins, sesame seeds  or walnuts instead of sunflower “nuts”....

1 cup whole wheat flour + ½ cup white flour OR
1 ½ cups flour (can be gluten free)
2 cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups white or brown sugar or equivalent
1 teaspoon apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice

2 sticks butter
1/3 cup honey, cane syrup, molasses, agave or sorghum syrup
1/3 cup very hot water
1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
½ cup raisins
½ cup sunflower “nuts”

1.  Set the oven to 350 degrees and prepare baking sheet(s). Dump flour, oats, sugar and cinnamon into a clean bag and jostle to mix. Set aside.

2. Heat butter and honey together in a large pan. Stir baking soda and hot water together and stir into the butter mixture. Warning: It will foam up. 

3. Add the flour mixture to the pot, then fold in remaining ingredients to form a very thick dough.

4. Using a self-releasing ice cream scoop or wet hands, form patties using1/4 to 1/3 cup dough for each. 

Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until cookies are toasty brown around the edges. Don’t remove from the baking pans until they are cool. Then wrap each individually for the road. Makes 20 to  30 large cookies.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sesame Seed Snacks to Pack

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Black and White Gorp
    This is a sophisticated dessert gorp to enjoy in flight or on the commute. Black sesame seeds are said to be higher in antioxidants than the pale ones. They add crunch and class to this sweet snack.
8-ounce can almond paste
Black sesame seeds to taste
12-ounce package miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup  raisins
2 cups blanched almonds

    Use the back of a spoon to work sesame seeds into almond paste to taste. Form the mixture into small balls. Set aside. Put marshmallows in a large bag, breaking them apart if necessary and add powdered sugar. Shake bag to coat any sticky spots on the marshmallows. Add raisins and almonds and shake again. Lastly add the sesame balls and jostle gently to mix well. Package in snack bags. 

Gorp makers tip: packaged homemade gorp makes attractive party favors for any group, any age. Buy inexpensive sandwich bags, the tuck-close and not the zip-close type. Add a scoop of gorp, bring up edges of bag and tie with a pretty ribbon.

Janet Groene is a traveler, camper and boater who always carries one or more pocket-size packets of healthful, homemade trail mix as an alternative to airline and road food. See her easy recipes for camping and RV trips at

Friday, June 23, 2017

Homemade Pocket Snacks for Fishing, Travel, Hikes, Boating

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 Fiery Fruitcake Gorp

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon bottled hot sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon each salt, pepper
4 cups roasted, unsalted whole almonds
2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup cut-up dried apricots
1 cup cut-up candied cherries

    In a large skillet, heat olive oil and stir in hot sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir in almonds and stir-fry to coat well. Let cool completely in the pan. Mix in dried fruit and package by the half cup for snacks or the by cupful for a meal. Complete the meal with whole wheat crackers and a cold beverage. Makes 16 half-cup snacks or 8 meals.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Snack Recipe for Tailgating, Camping, Boating, Hiking

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Grillside Gorp

Bring out cold drinks and big bowls of this snack when the gang gathers around the grill waiting for the burgers to get done.

8 cups square cereal, preferably three or four different flavors (not sweetened)
2 cups garlic croutons
3 cups smoked almonds
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon each smoked paprika, black pepper
1 teaspoon each onion salt, garlic salt

    Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Put cereal, croutons and almonds in two baking pans or rimmed cookie sheets. In a microwaveable cup stir smoked paprika and black pepper into the oil and heat 30 seconds or until warm. Drizzle over cereal mixture, mixing gently as you go.  Bake 10 minutes, mix and bake 5 minutes more. Cool, sprinkle with onion and garlic salt and mix again. 

    Serve in bowls or package the mix in one-cup portions in snack bags for the hiking trail. Makes 13 cups. 

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Make a Sweet Gluten-Free Trail Mix

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 For ten years while living on the go, Janet Groene lived off  grid for months at a time. She developed her recipes while living on a boat with no oven nor refrigeration and in a camper with miniature galley and limited water.  See her shortcut recipes for camping here and boating here.

Gluten Free Dessert Gorp
    Here is one for your sweet tooth. It’s a perfect “talking and walking” dessert to take along on a fitness walk after a big meal.
9 cups gluten-free square cereal
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 cups honey-roasted whole almonds
     Put cereal and nuts in a large, buttered or sprayed, microwave-safe dish. Bring sugar, butter and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Boil 3 minutes.  Stir in baking soda and corn syrup. Drizzle over cereal and microwave a total of 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir occasionally as it cools. When it’s completely cool package by the cupful. Makes 11 cups. 

Janet Groene's Survival Food Handbook is a guide to supermarket staples for stocking your cabin, camper, home or boat  pantry for emergencies, off-grid, boondocking or convenience. No high-priced survival rations needed.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Salmon Jerky, Best Trail Food Yet

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Salmon Jerky Trail Gorp

    Few trail foods provide more nutrition in less space than wild salmon jerky, a diet staple for Native Americans since time began. However it's costly, strong in taste and a highly concentrated protein, so a little goes a long way. Make it into a satisfying, balanced meal by adding fiber and fruit. It’s also very salty, so dilute it with low- or no-salt ingredients. Then have lots  of water or cold beer on hand to go with it.

4 cups dried wild salmon jerky, cut in small bites
8 cups square multi grain cereal
2 cups dried pineapple chunks
2 cups dried cranberries
2 cups golden raisins
2 cups salt-free bite-size pretzels
2 cups wasabi peas

    Combine everything in a large bag and toss gently to mix well. Seal in snack bags by the cupful. Makes 22 servings of one cup each. Keep in a cool, dry place.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

This Snack Makes a Whole Meal

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Many commercial trail mixes are too,sweet, too salty and have too much fat. If you live on gorp when you’re camping or traveling, or always grab a trail mix when you eat at your desk, it’s important to eat right. Here’s a savory, “main dish” gorp. Make a sweet gorp for dessert if you like, or just have a handful of chewy, dried apricots. 

String Cheese Snack Gorp

3 cups string cheese pieces, cut in bite size
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash seasoning (any flavor) 
3 cups Crispix cereal
3 cups brown rice crisps (e.g. RiceWorks gourmet brown rice crisps)
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash seasoning
1 cup unsalted walnut halves
1 cup unsalted pecan halves
Put cheese pieces in a big bag with 1 tablespoon seasoning and shake gently to coat.  Add cereal, crisps, nuts and the other tablespoon of seasoning. Shake gently and package by the cupful to make a meal or pack by the half cup for snacking. Complete the menu with spring water or a carton of milk. 

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Bonus Recipe
Wakame Gorp
The salty sea taste of wakame seaweed flakes compliments the tuna jerky while crackers and no-salt puffed rice add carbs. A burst of sweetness from the pineapple adds a tangy contrast. 

9-ounce package of Hawaiian style ahi tuna jerky 
2-ounce package wakame flakes 
2 packages, 3 ounces each, Tokyo style rice crackers 
8 cups puffed rice
3 cups diced dried pineapple

Cut jerky into bite size and combine everything in a big bag or bowl. Mix well. Seal in snack bags and keep in a cool, dry place. Complete the meal with spring water or Japanese beer.