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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Homemade Snacks for Fall Hikers, Bikers, Campers, Boaters

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 Fall hiking calls for high-energy pocket fuel.

When making trail mix, gorp and pocket meals it's important to keep proportions the same for a good balance of carbs, fats, protein and taste.

Bulk Rate Gorp
    When you put these familiar ingredients together yourself, it’s cheaper AND you can fine-tune ingredients to, say, eliminate gluten, reduce salt, go sugar-free or substitute soy nuts for tree nuts. This recipe makes enough to last all week.

9 cups mixed square cereals
1 cup unsalted, roasted, whole pecans
2 cups goldfish-type crackers
2 cups small, round pretzels
2 cups unsalted jumbo peanuts
2 cups jumbo raisins
2 cups peanut M&Ms
2 cups regular M&Ms
    Mix well. Makes 22 one-cup packages or 44 packets of ½ cup each. 

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Snacks that Travel

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Animal Crackers Gorp
    A big, two-pound bag of animal crackers at Walmart is less than $3.  They’re a terrific bargain for snacks and they’re also low in fat and sugar compared to many treats. This gorp has enough carb energy to turbo-charge a hike and it’s sweet enough to eat as a walking dessert.

32-ounce bag of animal crackers
2 cups Teddy Grahams
2 cups goldfish crackers
2 cups fish-shaped gummi candy
2 tablespoons powdered French vanilla coffee creamer
2 cups miniature marshmallows
4 cups mixed nuts, preferably unsalted

    Put crackers and gummi candy in a large bag with the creamer and jostle  gently. Add remaining ingredients, mix gently again and package by the cup or half cup. Package by the cup for adults or half cup for kids. Makes about 18 servings of one cup each.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Homemade Trail Mix Makes a Meal

Chow Mein Gorp

Add a drink and a piece of fresh fruit and this gorp makes a meal. At parties serve it in a big bowl with Tsingtao or Yanjing Beer.
4 cups crisp chow mein noodles
4 cups bite-size shredded wheat
4 cups plain popcorn
2 cups cashews
1 cup wasabi peas
2 tablespoons each vegetable oil and soy sauce
1 teaspoon each sesame oil and garlic salt

    Spread noodles, shredded wheat, popcorn, nuts and peas in two baking pans. Whisk oils, soy sauce and garlic salt and drizzle over mixture. Bake at 250 degrees 15 minutes, stir, then 5 minutes more. Cool completely before packing in snack bags. Makes 15 cups.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Apples Apply to Trail Mix

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Whether you're active or lazy, have pocket snacks on hand for any time the hungries hit you.

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Big Apple Gorp
    Just a touch of cheese flavor enhances the appeal of this high-carb, high energy apple snack.

4 cups Apple Jacks cereal
4 cups small white cheddar cheese square crackers
4 cups Cheddar Cheese Goldfish
4 cups unsalted popcorn
2 cups dried apple cut in ½ inch bites

    Toss everything together lightly and package by the cupful in zip-top snack bags. Makes 18 servings of one cup each. Add a big, red fresh apple to your pack too.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Homemade Snack is a Hearty Wheat Treat

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For a party snack, serve with frosty wheat beer. For the trail, bring plenty of drinking water.

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Wheat Treat Gorp

    With so many people on gluten-free diets these days, the goodness of wheat is taking a back seat. Yet for many, wheat is still the staff of life. Celebrate this wholesome grain by making a big batch of this trail mix. It’s a complete meal. 
4 cups square wheat cereal
4 cups puffed wheat cereal
4 cups low sodium Wheat Thins
2 cups Wheat Nuts
2 cups unsalted roasted whole almonds
2 cups large, unsalted  roasted peanuts
2 cups dried apricot halves
2 cups golden raisins
2 cups sliced almonds
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix

    Put everything in a large, clean paper or plastic bag, sprinkling in the dressing mix as you go.  Close bag and tip gently to mix well. Serve it in a big bowl in front of the TV or package in portions for the hiking trail, fitness run or school lunchbox. Makes 24 one-cup portions. It’s good with spring water or wheat beer. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Eat Homemade Snack Recipes Any Time, Anywhere

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Rice to the Occasion Gorp
    Crisp rice cereals are tasty, affordable and available in gluten-free versions. Try this recipe for a homemade snack mix. For fruit punch I use a single sleeve of Crystal Lite. .
2 cups cut-up crisp rice snack bars (such as Rice Krispies bars)
2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 sleeve (one serving) dry fruit punch drink mix
2 cups square rice cereal
2 cups cut up caramel popcorn rice cakes

    Using a sharp  knife and a cutting board, cut Rice Krispies bars into  bite-size blocks. Put everything in a bag with the drink mix and shake gently to coat. Package by the cupful. Makes 8 one-cup servings.