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50 cent meal: Sweet Chestnut & Field Mushroom Risotto

Sweet Chestnuts are literally falling down from the trees right now if you happens to be in an area where they grow. Mushrooms are easy to find as well …so a risotto was pretty obvious.

Just heating the Sweet Chestnuts in the bush pot for about 15 minutes and peeling them.

Frying olive oil and garlic, adding water and rice, boiling till ready and adding chestnuts and let it settle for 5 minutes.

…and your 50 cent meal is ready! Enjoy!

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How to: Use your rainponcho as a tarp

Multi-purpose is a great thing for ultralightweight backpacking. Using your rainponcho to cover yourself and your backpack during the day from rain, and using the same rainponcho to protect yourself from wind, fog, moist, rain etc. during the night saves a lot of weight.

Here I anchored it on a tree, but trekking poles or just a stick can be used as well. But the tree is the more steady option.

I have a guyline on each side to lift them up so air wont get trapped if the wind direction changes a little.

The rainponcho leaves plenty of space with this setup to keep your backpack and shoes dry too.

Here is the gear I used:

Enjoy!

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Multipurpose: Olive Oil & Apple Cider Vinagre

Ultralight Backpacking has more things to it than just getting light gear. One of them is finding stuff with more purposes. Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinagre is some of them. I choose to put them in 33 cl and 25 cl water bottles because they are smaller and more leakproof than their original containers.

Here is a list of some of the purposes these two things can have …

Apple Cider Vinagre:
– Washing and conditioning hair and beard
– Body wash
– Washing clothes (wool, have not tried cotton and synthetics)
– Cooking
– Lowering blood sugar before going to bed
– Removing odour from shoes and feet

Olive Oil:
– Cooking
– Skin moisturising and cleaning
– Hair and beard pre-wash conditioning
– Softens hard or cracked skin on your feet

…so depending on what you have in your backpack, you can make a calculation on how much you can save and how many grams you can save by using this af multipurpose products.

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50 cent meal: Stinging Nettles with Wild Fennel and Rice

Yet another adventurous meal from the field kitchen. To scale down on the amount of rice and up on the amount of greens …Stinging Nettles became a thing. And to lighten up the flavour Wild Fennel with its fresh licorice taste.

Ingredients:
2 liters of Stinging Nettles
2 cups of Wild Fennel
1 cup of Rice
1 teaspoon af Salt
½ dl of Olive Oil

I was making a steady boil of the Singing Nettles and Wild Fennel to cook out the stinging of the nettles. Adding rice salt and oil and let it cook til the rice is tender.

This dish becomes very rich and creamy from the Stinging Nettles, and fresh from the Wild Fennel …and it has a delicious gourmet like taste!

The gear I used:

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50 cent dessert: Elderberries, Blackberries and Wild Fennel with Rice

Getting from nature what it provides on your path can make surprisingly nice dishes. This latest one had the following ingredients:

3 cups of Elderberries
3 cups of Blackberries
1 cup of Wild Fennel flowers and leafs
1 cups of rice
3 spoons of brown sugar

Just boiled up a soup from Elderberries, Blackberries and Wild Fennel. Adding enough rice to suck up the juice …added brown sugar and served with dark chocolate …cooked on my brand new Pathfinder Bush Pot …unbelievably delicious.

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A deliscious 50 cent meal for two: Wild Fennel Rice

I just made a new dish and it’s obvious to call it “Wild Fennel Rice”. I came up with a new idea, or challenge, to live from nature (almost). Always carrying only rice, olive oil, apple cider vinagre and salt as permanent ingredients in my backpack …the rest I have to find in nature. So here is the first dish of that project. No

Wild Fennel Rice

Ingredients:
2 cups of rice
6 cups of water
1 handful of chopped young stems and flowers from Wild Fennel
1 tbsp. salt
2 spoons olive oil

Pour it all into a pot and boil it til the rice is done …and serve …and enjoy! …it’s really delicious!

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Why sandals are great for thru-hikes

Most people don’t really think about walking in sandals for thru-hikes. Except for walking in very wet or very cold conditions or you plan to climb …sandals most of the time prove as a better choice.

Here is what you get:

  • No blisters
  • No swollen feet
  • No moist feet
  • No inflammations caused by too narrow shoes
  • Less energy needed to move
  • Less weight (about 2 kilos)

Most people do not get any blisters in sandals. Blisters come from a combination of friction, moist and heat. In sandals all that is reduced to a minimum.

Furthermore sandals are a lot lighter and easier to move and you use a lot less energy.

You save weight …about 2 kilo compared to walking boots. In summer conditions with low expectations of rain you can even go without rain pants and gaitors if you are using a rainponcho to keep your torso, backpack and shorts dry.

The best sandals I’ve come across is Ecco Offroad and Teva Terra Fi Lite Leather.

Ecco Offroad is definitely the most comfortable and durable sandal I’ve come across with no comparison. Teva Terra Fi Lite Leather is Teva’s model that comes closest, without being too heavy or bulky.

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How to make: Cold Brew Cowboy Coffee

Cold Brew Cowboy Coffee is said to be the best tasting coffee you can get. It is sweeter and less bitter than regular coffee because it has not been heated. Cold Brew is a preference for coffee with ice cubes or coffee with vanilla ice. And for ultralight backpacking the great news is …you don’t even need cooking equipment …and if you have cooking equipment you save fuel.

Making Cold Brew Cowboy Coffee only requires cold water, coffee ground and a water bottle.

You make it by pouring coffee ground into a bottle with cold water. Shake it well. And let it soak for at least 3 hours, or over night.

It tastes great. The better the coffee ground the better the result is …,

Enjoy!

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How to make: Cowboy Coffee

Great tasting coffee in the morning, during a picnic or at any other time is bliss for most people and giving you the energy to get up and do those extra miles.

Cowboy Coffee is probably one of the oldest ways of making coffee and very simple and requires very little equipment.

You only need a pot to boil water in, water and ground coffee. That’s all …no filters, machines, french press equipment etc. And that is the best way to save weight …to do without a lot of stuff.

Fill the boiling pot up half with water, make a steady boil and fill in the coffee ground. Beware it will create a lot of foam for a bout 30 seconds. Make sure you can take off the boiling pot from the heat as more heat gives more foam. After about 30 seconds the foaming stops and you can take off the boiling pot from the heat and let it rest for another 30 seconds till the coffee grounds settle on the bottom of the boiling pot.

And this great tasting cowboy coffee is ready for being served …,

Enjoy!