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Grocery Store Finds

Instead of spending lots of money on pre-packaged camping meals, check your grocery store and/or bulk food store for some of the following camping-friendly (quick to prepare, light to carry) meals:
  • pasta--spaghettini has the shortest cooking time
  • Bella Pasta has dried cheese tortellini
  • extra-thick tomato paste in tubes
  • rice noodles
  • Uncle Ben's Bistro Express Rices
  • noodle, rice and potato "side dishes" (Lipton's, Knorr, and generic)
  • instant soup mixes
  • macaroni and cheese mix
  • instant oatmeal
  • muesli
  • pitas
  • tortillas
  • english muffins
  • powdered hummous mix
  • powdered drink mixes (Gatorade, iced tea, hot chocolate, instant coffee, powdered milk, etc.)
  • Ramen noodles
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • instant pudding mixes
  • fruit leather
  • granola
  • granola bars
  • fruit leather
  • for carnivores:
    • tuna and chicken in vacuum-packed foil pouches
    • "hot rods", "pepperettes" and meat jerkies
    • prepackaged ready-use bacon
  • fig bars and dried figs
  • Baby Bel cheeses
  • rice crackers, rice cakes

Also, remember to keep any extra ketchup, vinegar, plum sauce, soy sauce and any other condiment packets for camping trips.
To further save on camping food, and to have better control over ingredients, consider dehydrating some of your favourite foods.

At the Bulk Food Store

Your local bulk food store is a great source for:
  • dried vegetable flakes
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • powdered soup mixes
  • powdered milk
  • powdered eggs
  • couscous (tiny pasta kernels)
  • other pasta
  • lentils (red/orange ones cook fastest)
  • dried mushrooms
  • dried onions, dried garlic and dried celery
  • TVP (texturized vegetable protein) So Soy, or generic in either ground or sliced shapes
  • tabouli salad mix
  • instant sliced and mashed potatoes
  • instant hummus mix
  • most grains
  • biscuit mix
  • pancake mix
  • flavoured drink crystals
  • hot chocolate mix
And of course, a wide variety of GORP ingredients:
  • peanuts (plain, dry roasted, barbeque, honey roasted, etc.)
  • almonds (plain, roasted, hickory, teriyaki, etc.)
  • cashews
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • pistachios
  • other nuts
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • other seeds
  • raisins
  • dried currants
  • dried cranberries
  • dried Goji berries
  • dried blueberries
  • dried pineapple
  • banana chips
  • dried papaya
  • dried apples
  • coconut
  • dried berries
  • prunes
  • figs
  • dates
  • other dried fruit
  • M&Ms or other candy-coated chocolate (great because the chocolate won't melt and ruin the GORP)
  • pretzels
  • rice snacks
  • dry roasted peas
  • dry roasted soybeans
  • sesame crunch
  • crunchy corn
  • cereal such as wheat squares, oat o's or other kinds that come in bite-sized pieces

    GORP Tip:

    To improve hygiene and reduce complaints ("Johnny ate all the M&M's!!!"), set up a GORP making station at home ahead of the trip. Place containers of various ingredients out buffet-style, and have everyone spoon ingredients into their own freezer bag. Label the bags on the outside with permanent marker so that each person's bag has their name on it. Everyone can chose their ideal mix, and germs and dirt from hands are not spread through sharing.