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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411660315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411660311
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Our first book, 'Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple', was first published in late 2005. It came out of our website, www.freezerbagcooking.com, that changed how backpacking and hiking food was seen. In 2007, we brought out the second edition of the book, the current version, which had a new cover and more "how-to" info added. We added two more outdoor cookbooks; Trail Cooking: Trail Food Made Gourmet and Trail Eats, both published in 2014.

We are currently editing the next trail/outdoor cookbook (Freezer Bag Cooking Volume 2), and blog at www.trailcooking.com.

Matthew (Kirk), our sons Ford, Walker and Alistaire, and I live in the foothills of the Central Cascades, near Mt. Rainier, in Washington State. Our favorite areas to hike are Mt. Rainier National Park and the trails near the park along the Cascade Crest.

I (Sarah) blog personally at www.GazingIn.com, following a mostly plant-based diet, dealing with our youngest son's severe food allergies. My cooking ebooks have been influenced by Gazing In, and our lifestyle. I have found it fun to create ebooks with a lot of color, something I couldn't do even a few years ago. In 2014, we brought out our first at-home full-length cookbook, Oats Gone Wild, a plant-based oatmeal cookbook.

Thank you for reading our books, it is very much appreciated! And thank you for your reviews.

-Sarah (Svien) Kirkconnell

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I too was given this book as a gift and it's great!

I've tried a number of the recipes (and a few of my own now) and have never had any problems with pouring hot water in a freezer bag. (I called the manufacturer and they said it would be fine.)

The author outlines the simple prep/packaging/cooking process clearly and what I got were great, tasty meals that cut the weight of my pack by 25%. Also, for once I was able to improve my packweight (and menu) without having to buy a bunch of expensive gear. My kitchen now consists of a tin pot, plastic spoon and a super-cheap pepsi can stove. (So I blew the money on a new tent...but that's another story...)

As the child of a professional chef, I never could stomach the freeze-dried stuff and MRE's (which don't taste much better)weigh a ton. Now I've got a book full of great tasting, easy to prepare recipes and I can leave the 20lbs of canned/fresh food (along with most of my old cook gear) at home.

Hope to see a Book 2 soon!

Thanks,

Perry P. Perkins
Author
"Just Past Oysterville"
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This is a superb resource for those tired of paying for the tasteless and expensive, pre-packaged freeze-dried dinners. The recipes use easily acquired ingredients and sources are listed for those harder to attain. I began eating out of zip-lock bags around 2001 but I was only using them to divide the pre-packaged dinners. Sarah Svien has taken it much farther and made eating on the trail much healthier, tastier, cheaper and easier...not to mention LIGHTER as you do not carry pots and pans...and you do not have anything to wash! I've always loved the later aspect in regards to using freezer bags. Week-end backpackers and thru hikers alike rejoice! On behalf of your stomach, I thank you for purchasing this book.
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Taking dehydrated food in bags is as old as Lewis and Clark taking jerky and dried berries in leather pouches on their big explore. But that doesn't stop the author from trying to take credit for starting a movement.

Aside from the sparse writing and large spaces between lines (it's more of a pamphlet than a book, judging on content, entire pages will have only a short paragraph and the author rambles to fill even that space), the recipes are horrible.

The main ingredient for most of the recipes is Ramen noodles and couscous. The whole chapter on Dessert is 11 ways to make pudding with crushed up cookies or candy; written out separately for each flavor.

The author acknowledges this isn't very healthy and tells us all to buy her next book for the healthier recipes. You also have to go to the website (which is mentioned so often it is laughable) to get the low sodium versions. This appears to be planned to get us all to the website which is no better--the same basic recipes and, of course, lots of stuff available for purchase (including plastic bags.)

If that isn't bad enough, the author encourages you to get extra packets of condiments from all the fast food restaurants you visit to use in the recipes. Not only is this tacky, these do cost the business money which brings prices up for everybody else (she claims to have started a movement, so that's a lot of packets.) You might say this isn't "eco-friendly" for the Economy. ; ) But now we all know where the recipes come from--Ramen with soy sauce. Ramen with Ketchup. Couscous with Ketchup...

If you want a real book on real food, get "Trail Food" by Alan Kesselheim.
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In response to reviewer Kate24: I am not the author, I do not know the author, I purchased an earlier version of this book, directly from the author's website, before it was available on Amazon, based on the free information she had posted on the Web. In addition, I own a number of other camping/backpacking recipe books, and I do camp and backpack.

This is a useful little book, with lots of ideas that can serve as a starting point for making up your own recipes. I have actually used very few of the recipes in this book, but I still HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, because it gets my mind thinking about recipes of my own.

Although Sarah did not originate the idea of using freezer bags, dehydrated foods and boiling H2O, she has helped to spread the word on a great way to pack meals for a backpacking trip that cut weight, eliminate cleanup that wastes time and valuable potable water, and taste good while providing more than adequate nutrition.

Buy this book and a dehydrater and get busy before your next backpacking trip!
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This book was short and sweet. I expected something longer, but there just isn't that much to freezer bag cooking--not that that's a bad thing. So far I've tried the carrot slaw and salmon chowder recipes and they were both quite good. The book is really about getting you started with this cooking technique, and the author has a website for the book which seems quite active and useful.
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I used the book to help our patrol at woodbadge adult leadership training. This was an inspiring book that led us to go to the grocery and create our own freezer bag meal. Our big find was that powdered milk made the meals so much better. Thank you for helping us have fun and learn new skills at the same time.
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