Do You Know These Tips to Spice Up Your Backcountry Cooking?

Posted by: Molly Herber on 9/11/15 4:00 PM

Food may be fuel, but that doesn’t mean it has to taste like it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a delicious-smelling cookpot can perk up your mood and turn people from a bunch of hangry grouches into very helpful kitchen assistants.

But what's the secret to turning regular macaroni and cheese into a masterpiece? It’s a matter of taste, not an exact science. If you're not sure quite where to start with your seasoning technique, then follow a few of these guidelines to spice up your dinners.

Backcountry Meal Preparation That hangry face ... so scary. Photo by Mauricio Clauzet.

1. Never pour seasoning directly into the pot. Pour it into the cap of the spice bottle or into the stirring spoon first (that's because these utensils are probably cleaner than your hands).

Careful Preparation for a Backcountry Dinner Sprinkle, stir, sprinkle, stir. Photo by Tracy Baynes.

2. Start with a little, taste, then add more if needed.

Taste Everything Before Serving! Hmmm ... needs more hot sauce. Photo by Brad Christensen.

3. Remember that the flavor will intensify with cooking. After seasoning, allow food to cook about 10 minutes and taste again before adding more.

Making Sure the Pudding Is Delicious Does everyone like the chocolate we added to this brownie mix? Photo by Tracy Baynes.

4. Have a group with strong opinions and different tastes? Have everyone season his or her own portion to taste.

A Happy Group in Alaska Happy, not hangry! Photo by Tracy Baynes.

Follow these tips and enjoy!

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Then check out this sweet video:


Tips from the 6th edition of the NOLS Cookery.

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Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming. Follow her on Instagram @mgherber