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Eat Bark on Your Next Bike Tour!

Sampling the local cuisine is one my favorite things about touring, but there are times when eating in restaurants is not an option.  Often there’s just nothing around or you’re too tired and smelly to dine with the locals or you may want to save a few bucks.


Here’s a great resource I’ve stumbled across: The  Backpacking Chef  featuring recipes, links to suppliers and ‘How To” articles on dehydrating food.  I think I may try the ‘pumpkin pie bark’.  Sounds yummy.




Why Bark?

  • When you cook and rehydrate Bark with other vegetables and meat, your backpacking meal turns into a thick stew with flavorful sauciness.
  • Because you make Bark from starchy foods high in complex carbohydrates, your hearty meal will power you up the next mountain with calories to spare.
  • Bark makes a great backpacking food because it weighs in at a couple of ounces per serving dry. Ten pounds of potatoes barks down to just eleven ounces.
  • If you run out of fuel or water, you can munch on Bark dry. Bark will reconstitute right in your mouth. Pumpkin Pie Bark goes in like a chip and down like pie!

via Food Dehydrator Recipes.

  1. arlen
    January 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    this is subject i have a very great interest in….
    being a person with food allergies…
    what i pack for a bike camping trip….has been a challenge
    at first this was a serious challenge…
    i just wished the food that is prepackaged …was not processed with soy,corn,wheat,barely,rye,msg,bleached or buffed rice & oats…etc…
    i have to stick to very basic foods…fish,meat,poultry,goats cheese & milk, and veggies…finding sugar snacks…i go for fruit…or dried fruit…
    cross contamination in food prep is a serious issue also for me…
    so i steer clear of roadside fast food stops…and stick with grocery stores and fruit stands…
    so i am constantly searching for ideas

  2. The Velo Hobo
    January 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I’m the same about fast-food. I’d much rather pick up some good cheese, crusty bread and fruit from the local grocery. It’s often cheaper, fresher, healthier than anything off the McMenu (and it’s usually just as fast to go in and grab a few grocery items than to wait in the McLine).


  3. January 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

    WARNING! WARNING! Do NOT READ recipes if you are hungry. It makes the hunger worse! Darn you VeloHobo, it is still an hour until lunch. I read the Sweet Potato Bark and Sweet Potato/Apple Crunch recipes and now I’m starving!

    I’m glad I got my wife a dehydrator for Christmas! 🙂

    – Zeke

  4. The Velo Hobo
    January 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying a few of these. The prepackaged freeze dried stuff contains way too much sodium and presertives (not to mention the expense).

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