Backcountry Cook Kits

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If you want hot food in the backcountry, you need a cook kit. Learn about the ultralight alcohol stove cook kits we use - and we'll also show you a tasty backcountry recipe!

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RECIPE for CHICKEN MARBELLA (Joey's modified version):

Combine in ziploc bag or similar:
1/2 cup: Cous-cous
1/4 cup: Dehydrated Vegetables (Karen's "Just Veggies" are great)
1 teaspoon: Dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon: Salt
1/4 teaspoon: Garlic Powder
1 packet: Broth Powder (available at Natural Grocers and similar)

Separately, bring:
1/3 cup: Chopped Dates
1 packet (tablespoon): Olive Oil
1 packet (2.5oz): Black Olives
1 package (7oz): Chicken (or, for lighter, smaller pack size, tuna or beef jerky)

To prepare: Set 1 cup of water on to boil. Add contents of ziploc bag while water is cold to pre-soak. When close to boiling, add chicken (or tuna/jerky), olives, dates, and oil. Stir. Bring to full boil, then snuff the stove and place the pot in your homemade Reflectix pot coozy (you did make one, didn't you?). Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then dig in! You may need to experiment with the amount of water and the cook time, depending on your elevation and climate.

For the original Backpacker's Chicken Marbella recipe, check out Fresh Off the Grid here: freshoffthegrid.com/backpackers-chicken-marbella

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