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Friday, September 4, 2015

Snacks for the Trail Fit in a Pocket

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Whatever your outdoor fun, it's wise to have a pocket-size supply of healthful, homemade rocket fuel. 

Cheeta Gorp
    Tarzan’s friend Cheeta would love this nutty, fruity, fiber-rich snack. This gorp is sweet enough for dessert but it can also make a satisfying meal on the trail.
    Customize the recipe to your needs using different nuts, cereals and dried fruit. Just keep proportions the same. Shredded wheat, puffed wheat and puffed rice are among the very few ready-to-eat cereals that aren’t loaded with sugar.

6 nutty granola bars, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup coarse sugar such as turbinado (optional)
2 cups bite-size shredded wheat (preferably plain, not frosted)
1 cup each puffed wheat, puffed rice
2 cups slivered or sliced almonds
1 cup whole nuts such as cashews or hazelnuts
1 cup dried pineapple bits
1 cup dried mango bits
    Put everything in a large, clean bag and shake gently to mix. Package in snack bags and keep cool and dry. Makes about 14 portions  of one cup each.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Homemade Trail Mix is Healthier

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    Many warm days are still ahead for picnics, boating, fishing and camping but it’s also back-to-school time.  When you make nutritious lunchbox snacks at home you save money, control portions, go green by using re-usable snack bags and–-best of all–- customize recipes to family needs such as substituting gluten-free cereals for wheat biscuits.

Park Bench  Gorp
    Throw this together at home and package it by the cupful in small snack bags. Escape from your car, classroom or cubicle to a park bench for lunch in the open air. Complete the menu with a juicy peach and a beverage.

4 cups bite-size shredded wheat, preferably non-frosted
2 cups oatmeal squares cereal
2 cups square rice cereal
2 cups cheese-filled pretzel bits
4 cups unsalted nuts, preferably a mixture of several kinds
2 cups turkey jerky cut into small bite size
    Put everything in a large bag and jostle gently to mix. Package by the full cupful for meals, by the half cup for snacks. Makes 16 cups.

Newest Janet Groene Cookbook 
My newest book, Survival Food Handbook, has a pub date of January 1, 2016. Cover price will be $20. Reserve your copy  and get a big, pre-pub discount. You won't be charged until it ships. 

All recipes are made from shelf-stable foods from the supermarket. See tips galore about provisioning for camping, boating and home emergencies. Preppers will love the recipes but it isn’t about high-priced survival foods. It’s about the fun of having extra food on hand in your grub box, RV pantry, boat, fish camp, hunting cabin or vacation condo. Power outages happen.  Company drops in. Plans change. Food is insurance.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Lip Smacking Snacks for Camping, Lunchbox, Hiking

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Apple Pie ‘n Cheese Gorp
    This nut-free gorp is an anytime snack or pepper-upper and it’s also a satisfying dessert around the campfire.
4 cups unsalted popcorn
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 

4 cups small white cheddar cheese crackers
2 cups Cheddar Cheese Goldfish
2 cups cut up  dried apple rings
2 cups apple snack chips

    While popcorn is still hot, sprinkle with grated cheese. Let cool. Toss everything together lightly and package by the cupful in zip-top snack bags. Makes 12 servings of one cup each. 

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Homemade Snack Recipes for Hikers, Lunchbox, Camping, Boating

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Cranberry Cornballs
    You’ll need a large bowl to mix this big batch of popcorn, or just use a clean dishpan. If you spray the bowl or pan first, mixing and cleanup will be easier.  Mixing is also easiest with a large spatula, also sprayed.

If you use microwave popcorn, get the lightest possible. You’ll need four packages that make four cups each.
16 cups plain popcorn
2 cups dried cranberries
2 cups broken walnuts
1 teaspoon salt (if popcorn was not salted)
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla

    Cool popcorn and discard un-popped kernels. Put popcorn, nuts and dried cranberries in a large bowl or pan and toss gently to mix.  Sprinkle with salt. Bring sugar, water and corn syrup to a boil and keep boiling until it reaches 255 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar and vanilla. Caution! Syrup is very hot.
    Pour hot syrup over popcorn mixture, tossing constantly with a sprayed spatula to mix well.When popcorn mixture is cool enough to handle, use buttered hands to press into baseball-size balls. Cool completely and wrap individually. Keep in a cool place for up to a week.  Makes about 20. 

Discount! Pre-Pub Price on My New Book
    Do you go hiking, camping, boating? Do you stock up your cabin in the woods or your ski lodge with spare food?  I believe  food is the best insurance at home and away. A little extra can mean a lot whether you’re on a day hike or stocking a cabin for a long Alaska winter.

    My book Survival Food Handbook,, will be published in November. Although preppers will like these recipes, this isn’t a doomsday book nor is it about pricey survival foods. It’s about tasty, abundant meals made with ordinary supermarket foods. It’s for adventurers, travelers or homies who might face a power outage or snow day.
    Recipes cover every course from appetizers to dessert. Extensive background information helps you provision with the best supermarket food choices per dollar, per inch and per ounce.
    The link above gives you the pre-pub price of under $15. When the book ships in November it will have a $20 cover price. Your order now will also tell the publisher than I have friends out there. Thank you. 

Why Janet Groene? For 10 years I lived full-time on the go, wintering under sail and summering in a small RV.  For cruising the most remote areas of the the Bahamas I planned supplies to last as long as six months. I know how to stow the most nutrition per ounce, per dollar, per inch with shelf-stable foods.