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When hiking a lot more energy is used by or bodies than in everyday life. Thus, energy-rich food shoud be brought on a trip. Of course there are differences between individual people – while for some 800g extra noodles per week is more than enough for two people, for others that will be just enough to feed one.
Apart from its high kaloric values, the food should be quite light-weighted, as you have to carry it on your back for the time of the hike. Usually it is thus recommended to take dry or dried food with you. For example many dishes contain dried minced meat. You can find instructions on how to dry meat here further down this page.
Hot porridge is a great breakfast on hikes, along with instant fruit sauce or juice. Apart from that bread, butter, cheese and sausage are good add-ons for breakfast. It’s best to divide the porridge into daily portions already at home, as it may be quite difficult to do on the hike. Instant porridge is a faster and less fuel-intensive choice, and thus recommended.
Travel lunch should be quickly made and not to heavy. During winter hikes lunch can be prepared in the morning in thermos bottles for the day. This is especially useful on Kaamos hikes, as there are only few hours of light and much frost outside.
Dinner is the most important meal of the day. At camp you have time to prepare even more complicated dishes.
Minced meat can be dried in a conventional oven. As fat becomes easily rancid, it is recommended to use low fat meat. If you choose to buy cheap meat with more fat, it is better to dry it immediately before the hike starts.