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Unread 11-28-2007, 01:23 AM
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Sorry Bob, but you missed the best way to clean camping dishes. Called Man's Best Friend. Just place the cool frying pan on the ground for about five minutes, suck down a beverage, shoo the dog away and hang the pan back on the nail by the stove. Worked for a buddy and I for several years, until his dog up and died. Haven't been back at that cabin since. We also extinguished a fire one evening the crude way, had to get another barbecue grill but when you gotta go you gotta go. That was a long time ago, don't do trips like that anymore.

Hard to beat some sawdust soaked in coal-oil or similar combustible for starting fires, got to watch high-test gasoline tho, mean stuff if you over-dab it.
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Unread 11-28-2007, 12:09 PM
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Why do I get the impression someone that you go huntin with was a lazy SOB in the camp?;)

Used to love watchin them breeds get the squits from being lazy and not being able to hunt for a few days
Vegetarian is an old Indian word for lousy hunter!
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Unread 12-28-2007, 08:43 AM
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How to Shop for Groceries

Shopping for groceries requires some knowledge of what food you already have as well as some knowledge of how to prepare a meal a quick and easy meal. It also requires some ability to make a decision. It also requires that you know how to cook. If you donít know how to shop for groceries and cook you should not go camping but rather stay at home where your wife can take care of you. Depending on your hunting partner to be a social worker and to run a day care center for you is disgusting

Mashed Potatoes come in two basic configurations. Those made with milk and those made with water. There are also frozen varieties but I never use them. Now if you like the ones made with milk you should also buy some milk or soy substitute of powdered milk. They now come in packages that make a good serving for two. Of course you have not be so lazy that you canít even bother yourself to boil water and open the package

Rice comes in four types. There is premade in a pouch that you simply dump in a pan and warm up and will serve two people. There is 1 minute rice which takes about 10 minutes because you have to heat the water if you are not too lazy to boil water. There is regular rice which takes about 30 minutes and finally there is longgrain which takes 45 minutes. While the premade is good for some meals, the 1 minute rice is more versatile and can be used to make a nice soup such as beef vegetable and rice. You can get a couple of packages of the premade in different styles and then a small box of 1 minute rice for other applications. If you let the pretty clerk or your wife pick out your rice, then you just get whatever happens to show up.

Noodles come in different styles and shapes but to me they are mostly the same except for the oriental styles which have a different taste. I often use the Ramen noodles for very quick meals. Angel hair is fast and can be broken into different lengths to fit different needs. Once again there is the requirement to boil water which is more effort than a lazy person can make.

Vegetables are usually of the canned variety and are pretty simple to buy and use. Buy some mixed vegetables as they can be adapted to soups and stews. I seldom buy fresh or frozen as they are trouble to take care of and occupy cooler space. I have not found a good source of dehydrated vegetables at a decent price.

Mayonnaise, butter, jelly, mustard, and ketchup all come in plastic squeeze bottles which are very convenient and do not require you to dirty up a knife or spoon getting them out.

Breakfast is to me the simplest of meals and once again you just have to not be lazy and get up about 15 minutes early and boil some water and make instant oatmeal and instant coffee. If you like, you can during the day cook up a package of bacon and put it in a baggie and then in the cooler and you can have bacon in your oatmeal every morning.

Prepackaged seasoning mixes such as McCormick are expensive but they occupy less space than a full spice rack. I buy the dry barbeque flavoring and use it instead of the fluid being as it occupies less space and does and adequate job. You just sprinkle it in the pan while you are cooking and it will flavor the meat.

Meats are a difficult item because of the difficulty of taking care of it. I drive 2500 miles to hunt and spend several thousand dollars and I am not interested in some incompetent moron giving me food poisoning so I wind up in the hospital for several days dehydrated with an IV in my arm. Things like canned chicken work well. If you have access to frozen meat that is best because it will keep well in a cooler and if you check it every few days you will know when it has thawed and can use it before it goes bad. Hamburger or ground meat such as antelope is adaptable to many different recipes. Sausage and bacon keep well but there is a point where they go bad and you should be skillful enough to recognize that. Any kind of fish is susceptible to quick spoilage. Raw chicken, grouse or any fowl is notorious for salmonella and one needs to be careful and wash ones hands frequently when dealing with it. Wieners, half smokes, brats and Italian sausage are quick and easy to prepare and can be used many different ways, but they also will develop bacterial growth and your hunting trip will be ruined.

There are a number of different cooking oils but on the advice of Jimm, I have switched to peanut oil as the most forgiving of the oils for camping use. It does not burn and flame as readily as others. Once again though if you are simple minded and walk away from the stove you can have a grease fire which is very dangerous to deal with.

The chief thing about grocery shopping is that it is like elk hunting, if you donít know how to do it or if you are just plain lazy, you will not be successful.
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Unread 12-28-2007, 04:33 PM
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things must be a little slow down in DC, eh Bob?
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The world needs more rotenone.
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Unread 04-02-2008, 09:12 AM
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Now if only you could tell me what numbers I need to pick for the lotto
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beg to differ

Originally Posted by Buffalobob View Post
<snip>...So for all of you men who can’t take care of yourselves, here is how you wash dishes.
7. Discard the dirty soapy water.

8. Rinse all dishes with clean water and set to dry.

Please do not dump dirty soapy water on the ground or into a stream or lake.
You don't need water to clean your pot anyway.
Just wipe it off with a paper towel.
Put the paper into your garbage bag and take it out with you when you leave.
If it's for more than a day or two, or if temps are in the dangerous warm range for bacteria growth,
then boil water in it after you wipe it out, but don't use soap.
If you're taking more than one pot to both cook in and eat out of, you're taking more than you need.
It should be cleaned and put away within minutes of being used; leaving it set all day while you're out hunting is just plain lazy.
If we're talking about a whole hunting camp, the designated cook should already be prepared and doesn't need a lesson about how not be a "momma's boy".

Last edited by tippet; 04-02-2008 at 11:21 PM.
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