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Old 06-02-2014   #11
Castle Rock, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Jul 2013
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I'm with Andy. I use a seal-a-meal, load the bag with some good juicy stuff, freeze it enough to do a dry seal, freeze it hard for a couple of days or weeks, and then throw it in a real cold yeti.

I do all my food in an assembly line over an hour or so. I did some tamales in early May, had them in the cooler for two weeks, got home with them still frozen, put them in the fridge for a week, finally microwaved them, and they were still good three weeks after I sealed them. The bags that you get at costco can be boiled. I use the water from boiling the bag for dish cleanup. The trash is a bag about the size of a ziplock.

I've also seal-a-mealed fresh stuff like spinach salads. Leaves get a little crushed but it keeps it all fresh and clean and hassle free.

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Old 06-03-2014   #12
Anchorage, Alaska
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Join Date: Apr 2011
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All good ideas. I'll eat pretty much anything - hot or cold. Many of my rafting friends are in the camp of complex meals - they enjoy the preparation (either before or during the trip). I only smile when they complain about all the stuff we need and how heavy it is. Before you decide on what food you want I suggest giving lots of thought to how much gear you want to bring. Getting along without a cooler makes things really easy from a logistics perspective. No big stove = no big propane tanks. No food prep = no big table. No messy pots/pans simplify clean up. If it was me - for a short trip I'd be into getting all my food into a dry box and using the river to keep my beer cold. All I need is a pot to boil water and some forks. But I'm lazy and frankly a beer sandwich, jerky and chips is all I need.

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