Chilly Nights on the Trail

Soup is a satisfying meal any cold evening. Slow cooked, thick and hearty, soup pleases the soul. On the trail; however, there are simply too many things to do besides cook for hours at a time. Here are some hiker soup recipes that I’m making ahead, just for those nights when the moon shines bright and layers of clothing break the chill of the high-altitude breezes:

Hiker’s Tomato Soup

* Makes 4 servings
1 cup Harmony House tomato powder
4 chicken bouillon cubes
½ cup Meyenburg goat milk powder
1 tbsp. Harmony House dehydrated carrots
3 tbsp. HH dehydrated celery
1 tbsp. HH dehydrated onion
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tbsp. sugar
4 two- tbsp. packets Honeyville dehydrated cheddar cheese shreds

In a coffee grinder, grind chicken bouillon cubes, carrots, celery, and onion.
Mix tomato powder, ground vegetables, herbs, and sugar well.

Divide dry soup mix into four equal portions and seal in a bag with an oxygen absorber. Into a larger bag, add soup mix, one cheese packet and six two-cracker packages of crackers.

On the trail, add 1 ¼ cup boiling water to soup and simmer until piping hot. Top with cheese shreds.

 

Hamburger/Venison Soup
**½ cup dehydrated ground beef or venison or textured vegetable protein
1 or more cups water
6 tbsp. Harmony House dehydrated tomato powder
1 Wyler’s Beef Bouillon cube
1 full tbsp. of each: (Harmony House Dehydrated Vegetables)
Onion green peas
Celery sweet corn
Diced potatoes carrots
Diced tomatoes cabbage
Bell peppers         ½ tsp. coarse salt
Green beans        ½ tsp. coarse black pepper
3 tbsp. packet dehydrated cheddar cheese

Seal all dry ingredients in a bag with an oxygen absorber, except cheese, which goes into a separate bag and is sealed in with the soup.

On the trail, add all ingredients to a pot, except cheese and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until all vegetables are tender. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. Alternately, bring ingredients to a boil, and remove from heat. Place pot in a cozy for 15 minutes and enjoy!

**Extreme care must be taken in cooking and preparing ground beef for dehydration. I will cover that process in a different blog.

Beef & Pinto Bean Soup
½ cup dehydrated ground beef or venison
1-2 cups water
6 tbsp. dehydrated tomato powder
1 Wyler’s Beef Bouillon cube
¼ cup Harmony House dehydrated Pinto Beans
1 full tbsp. of each: (Harmony House Dehydrated Vegetables
Onion                        1 tsp. coarse salt
Celery                        ½ tsp. black pepper
Diced tomatoes          dash Tabasco
Bell peppers
Sweet corn

Seal all dry ingredients into a bag with an oxygen absorber. Put soup package with six two-cracker packets and an MRE bottle of tabasco.

On the trail, add dry ingredients to boiling water. Reduce to a simmer until vegetables are tender.

Hearty Jerky Soup (makes 2 servings)
3-oz. peppered beef jerky, cut into tiny squares
2 Wyler’s Beef Bouillon Cubes
6 tbsp. Harmony House dehydrated tomato powder
Salt & pepper
2 tbsp. Harmony House dehydrated diced tomatoes
¼ cup Harmony House dehydrated mushrooms
¼ cup Quaker quick barley
1 tbsp. Harmony House dehydrate lentils

Divide ingredients into two portions. Seal dry ingredients into a bag with an oxygen absorber. In a larger bag, add six two-cracker packages of crackers and dry soup mix.

On the trail, put all ingredients into a pot and cover with boiling water. Allow the vegetables to rehydrate and the meat to soften. Simmer until vegetables are tender.

Some soup mixes are too good to pass up!

Bear Creek Cheddar Broccoli Soup Mix is one such soup. It is delicious simply mixed with water, but on the trail, you might want to add a little more nutrition to it. Here is my recipe for a phenomenal, feel-good, soup! The dry soup mix is found in the soup section of Wal-mart, and is very inexpensive.

Bear Creek Cheddar Broccoli Soup for the Trail

1/4 cup Dry Soup Mix, 1 chicken bouillon cube, 1 tbsp. Harmony House dehydrated broccoli. Salt and pepper to taste.

Simply mix all ingredients and seal with an oxygen absorber. Add crackers and a packet of Honeyville cheddar cheese shreds for a very filling and delicious soup.

Before I purchase bulk ingredients to make these soups ahead for the trail, I try them at home to make sure that I like them. All of these recipes have passed my taste test. They are also filling (perhaps the crackers served that purpose), but don’t leave you feeling stuffed.

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