Rice is a staple food for two-thirds of the world’s people, especially in Asia and Africa. It can be savory and spicy in one meal, creamy and cheesy in another, and sweet and fluffy or crunchy in yet another. Rice is also nutritious, lightweight, durable and inexpensive – qualities important to backcountry travelers. The biggest downside to rice as a trail food, is that it takes 20 minutes or more to cook. You can reduce this time, by presoaking rice in water (to carry in you backpack), or you can use “minute rice” for some recipes.
This video shows simple recipes that I made during 2-day camping trip in the Sam Houston National Forest, Tx, USA, March 30-31, 2018. Base Camp GPS location: Latitude: 30.4936 Longitude: -95.6001 Use the following link to convert decimal latitude and longitude to minutes and seconds: http://www.latlong.net/lat-long-dms.html
VEGETABLE RICE SOUP
– 1/3 cup steamed rice
– 1 heaping tbs bullion (or equalivant)
– 1-1/2 cups water
– cut veggies of your choice, such as: tomatores, green onions, spinach, mushrooms
Mix ingredients and boil for 15 minutes. Recipe makes 1 serving. Enjoy.
SIMPLE BOILED RICE PUDDING (Recipe from 1700s)
– 1/2 cup medium grain rice
– 1/2 raisins
– 16″ x 16″ muslin pudding cloth (any fine weave cotton fabric without dyes)
– baking twine
– sauce (sugar and butter or molasses)
Mix rice and raisins in pudding cloth and tie with baking twine. Put in boiling water for two hours, adding additonal hot water as needed. Remove pudding. Ready to serve with sweet sauce when cool. Recipe makes 4 servings. Enjoy.
EGG FRIED RICE
– 1 egg
– 1/2 cup steam rice
– 1 tsp soy sauce
– 1 tbs olive oil
Heat frying pan, add olive oil and egg. Stir in steamed rice. Add a few drops of soy sauce. Recipe makes 1 serving. Enjoy.
VEGETABLE RICE SALAD
– 1/3 cup steamed rice
– 1 cup spinach (or other green veggies)
– 1 small carrot
– green onions, tomatoes
– rasins or cranberries
– small package of salmon or chicken (optional)
– balsaimic vinegar (or other dressing)
Mix rice and chopped ingredients. Sprinkle dressing and mix. Recipe makes 1 serving. Enjoy.
RICE PUDDING IN A CLOUD
– 2/3 cup steamed rice (use middle grain for best results)
– pinch salt
– 1 cup skim milk
– 1/4 cup sugar (or alternative such as honey or maple syrup)
– 1/2 tsp vinella extract
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Make steamed rice by mixing 1/3 cup rice and 2/3 cup water. Add pinch of salt and simmer for 20 minutes. Divide egg. Mix milk, egg yoke sugar, cinimmon and vinella extract. Gradually add to cooled steam rice and put over heat until mixture is thick and creamy. Remove from heat. Whip egg whites and fold into cooled pudding. Bake in 300 F oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Recipe makes 2 -3 servings. Enjoy.
Make the cardboard oven shown in this video from a corrugated cardboard box. Cut cardboard into two pieces: 12 in x 28 in rectangle and 9-1/2 in diameter circle. Glue heavy-duty aluminum foil to the cardboard with contact cement or white glue. Allow the glue to thoroughly dry for several days before using the oven. Cardboard insulation provides stable temperature control, that is much better an oven with only aluminum sidewalls. Use metal skewers as a baking rack. In this demonstration, I used BioFuel as the heat source. Allternatively, a can of Stereo, or charcoal in a fire bowl could be used. Do not heat cardboard ovens above 450 F. Do not expose cardboard ovens to direct flames of a campfire.
Camp Rice, Using the Chameleon Grain: https://www.backpacker.com/skills/camp-rice-using-the-chameleon-grain
Is Rice Healthy for Me? https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/is-rice-healthy-for-me-does-white-vs-brown-rice-matter/
Best Backpacking Rice https://www.hiking-for-her.com/best-backpacking-rice.html
Boiled Rice Puddings https://youtu.be/h-U59-iigWc , https://savoringthepast.net/2014/09/22/two-18th-century-vegetarian-recipes-carolina-snow-balls-and-a-simple-but-delicious-boiled-rice-pudding/
Videography by Ken Kramm, March 30-31, 2018; Canon Vixia HF G30, GoPro HERO 4 Silver, iPhone 7+, Final Cut Pro X, GoPro Studio. Bugle Calls, Mess Call, USAF Heritage of America Band, YouTube Audio Library. Oh Johnny, oh Johnny, oh.one-step Jaudas’ Society Orchestra. Creative Commons http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr+1=1020&num=1&start=1&query=cylinder5523 Aimless (instrumental version), Josh Woodward, Creative Commons 4.0 License https://www.joshwoodward.com/song/Aimless When My Spirit Calls, by Ephemeral Rift, ccMixter Creative Commons 3.0 http://ccmixter.org/files/EphemeralRift/34006