Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-31-2012, 05:23 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2001
Location: England
Posts: 56,733
Very small spices/seasonings kit for camping/hiking/foraging - what would you include?

I'm going to make a little kit of spices and seasonings to take with me on short camping trips and one-day foraging expeditions - the notion being that it will contain a versatile spice-survival-kit for either seasoning individual foraged foods (for example, a pan of wild mushrooms or mussels), or to fortify the creation of a one-pot meal that begins with little more than rice, water and vegetables.

The case for this kit will be a pair of empty cans from Chinese braised eel (like these - mostly because they're so pretty), hinged together in clamshell arrangement. Each can is about 4 by 3 by 1 inches - so the kit will be 4 by 3 by 2. I'll find various small vials and bottles to fit inside, to hold the contents.

I've got a fairly good idea what I'll begin stocking it with (given that space is strictly limited) - including, but not limited to:
Salt and pepper (obviously)
Paprika, cayenne pepper
Dried mixed herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano)
A stock cube
Soy and Worcester sauces (I'll use those tiny bottles from snack packs of sushi)
Cider vinegar (or maybe white wine vinegar) - lemon juice would be better, but won't keep.
Curry (paste or powder)
Mustard or horseradish (if I can find a small, shelf-stable pack)

What would you include in a kit of this kind?
Old 08-31-2012, 05:37 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: The Swamp
Posts: 7,041
Red pepper flakes.

Rooster chili sauce.

Sazon goya.
Old 08-31-2012, 06:23 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 274
tiny bottle of Tabasco
Old 08-31-2012, 06:30 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,523
I would add a whole head of unpeeled garlic. It should be reasonably light, if not exactly the most space saving choice. It keeps well whole, you can mash a clove to get great flavor when you need it. Unless you dislike garlic. But I don't believe any dinner dish isn't improved by adding fresh minced garlic.
Old 08-31-2012, 07:09 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 427
Remember the KISS principle*. Salt, pepper, granulated onion and garlic, maybe a small bottle of Tabasco sauce. Better still pre-pack your individual meals and don't expect to be able to forage for anything. If you do find something; hey it's a bonus, but enjoy the natural flavors rather than trying to "augment" them too much.

*ETA Unless you are car camping, then the sky is the limit. Go gourmet to your hearts content.

Last edited by Mister Owl; 08-31-2012 at 07:12 PM.
Old 08-31-2012, 07:26 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Kansas
Posts: 8,159
Originally Posted by Tara57 View Post
tiny bottle of Tabasco
You beat me to this. But seriously, I'd include salt and pepper too.
Old 08-31-2012, 08:20 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,148
If you are carrying this on your back I'd skip all liquids, every extra ounce counts plus leakage or breakage will be a horrible mess. Salt, pepper, and dried Italian herbs will take you a long way. Add a small bulb of garlic, onion flakes, and red pepper flakes if you want some variety.

Last edited by Implicit; 08-31-2012 at 08:23 PM.
Old 08-31-2012, 08:40 PM
The Turtle Moves!
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2003
Location: SoCal
Posts: 48,554
Saffron? Are you kidding? No way.

Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, curry powder, pepper flakes, mixed Italian seasoning. Stay away from those multi-spice containers for camping. They suck.

No liquids. Period.
Old 08-31-2012, 09:23 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: On the Fence
Posts: 5,248
Saffron? No. The only essential seasoning I'd need is salt. As long as I have salt, I'm good. That being said, if I had extra space, I'd also take pepper, garlic powder and onion powder (in that order). I'm an avid cook, but for a camping trip, I'd be hard pressed to feel like I needed any more than that.
Old 08-31-2012, 09:26 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Kansas
Posts: 8,159
I've been told that you can go from here to Judgement Day if you have enough Rosemary.
Old 08-31-2012, 09:47 PM
Join Date: Mar 2000
Posts: 10,330
lemon pepper is a good one too.
Old 09-01-2012, 04:26 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2001
Location: England
Posts: 56,733
Originally Posted by silenus View Post
Saffron? Are you kidding? No way.
It's not a bad choice - a fair proportion of my foraging days are coastal - if I'm carrying rice and half expecting to be cooking seafood, I might want saffron.
Old 09-01-2012, 09:51 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 1999
Location: da UP, eh
Posts: 13,091
Citric Acid, aka "sour salt" instead of vinegar/lemon juice. Not quite as great of flavor, but not liquid, and a little bit goes a long way.
Old 09-01-2012, 10:29 AM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 712
Well it's a little hard to give advice without seeing your wine list first.

I didn't see juniper berries mentioned yet. You might get lucky and run over a deer. It'd be a shame to waste it just because you didn't have the right ingredients.
Old 09-01-2012, 10:54 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: The Land of Cleves
Posts: 73,065
Cheese powder is another good one.

And saffron makes plenty of sense, if only because you can pack a huge amount of flavor in a very small space.
Old 09-01-2012, 02:36 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 698
dried onion, ginger, something in the basil/fennel/anise family, some kind of oil or shortening if not elsewhere in your cook kit
Old 09-02-2012, 04:19 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2001
Location: England
Posts: 56,733
Some great suggestions above - thanks folks!
Old 09-02-2012, 04:38 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: On the beach!
Posts: 8,943
I always, ALWAYS include some chicken-powder. Not your generally available stock-cubes (i.e. Maggi or Continental or whatever) but KNORR chicken-powder.

It has to be KNORR, nothing else comes close, and it can make a bowl of rice edible in itself. Add some other stuff and you have a gourmet meal in the boonies.

Oh, did I mention KNORR chicken-powder??

(And no, I don't have shares in the company....wish I did!)
Old 09-02-2012, 05:07 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2001
Location: England
Posts: 56,733
Depending on space and packing efficiency, I might replace the stock cube(s) with a couple of sachets of stock powder from packs of ramen - quite similar to the Knorr stock powder in composition.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:16 PM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: corn tortillas break vomiting without nausea i hate stevensinger high frequency capacitor valium grapefruit jokari fizz keeper how tugboats work dolphin magazines irs income averaging toilets clog frequently michelin pax tires motley crue sucks battery gets hot silencer for revolvers lieutenant leftenant tyger girl paramax speakers ac1 5.8 two headed nickle money briefcase farajaka translation nagant revolver silencer swollen lash line sunstone bdsm car battery overheating lucifers hammer movie great schools org sand in urine the baron harkonnen toot cocaine define teleplay cartoon mobster how to attach shutters to vinyl siding miss lucy had a steamboat where to buy bose car speakers are pellet guns dangerous 1998 honda accord catalytic converter replacement how to fix no bake cookies that don't set up rand mcnally store chicago fast acting very effective laxative are sumo wrestlers strong russell stover fruit and nut caramel unique egg rolls recipe how old are you when you are in 8th grade charter internet change wifi password how to teach someone to whistle happy trails on women scott carrier the friendly man how long does zyrtec withdrawal last how to shrink a preshrunk shirt how to make a barking dog shut up best canned chili no beans is peppermint patty a lesbian edwardian country house where are they now will glass work itself out of skin how to get rid of a mattress and box spring where do you buy boric acid powder please include anything else you want to tell us. shane and sia barbi nude car pulls to left when braking what are half siblings tamara taylor weight loss opening a car door with a tennis ball cling wrap in oven