My wife Amy and I recently made the trek to Idaho Falls to make a guest appearance on the Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas ” Llama Life Video Series”. Beau and Kirstin have become very good friends of ours and we throughly enjoyed our visit to their llama ranch and YouTube studio.
In this Llama Life Video Cast segment we discuss in detail how to prepare, store and cook your own dehydrated backcountry meals. We also cover the entire process for making our own version of Pad Thai, our favorite backcountry meal.
Backcountry Pad Thai Recipe
Ingredients for the Pad Thai sauce:
1 Cup chicken broth
5 Tbsp. soy sauce
½ -1 Tbsp. of anchovy paste (totally optional)
1/4 Cup pure maple syrup
1/3 Cup natural peanut butter
Juice from 1/2 a lime
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar (any vinegar will work, though or extra lime)
Siracha to taste (I usually do about 1 Tbsp.)
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
Remaining ingredients for the Pad Thai:
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Yellow or red Bell peppers thinly sliced
2 cans of chicken (the larger size of can) (this is key for dehydrating)
8-10 oz. of Rice noodles prepared as directed on the package
**You can also add some thinly sliced carrots. I have done this before.
Add all of the Pad Thai sauce ingredients to a saucepan and heat on medium so that it slowly boils. You want the peanut butter to break up and mix into the rest of the sauce. If you boil it longer, it will become thicker which is ok, just don’t get it so thick that it won’t spread through your noodles. Once you get a consistency you like, pull it off the heat.
In a separate, large pan, add the oil and peppers. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften slightly then add the two eggs to scramble. Once eggs are almost cooked, add the noodles and chicken. Stir until eggs are cooked and then add sauce to mix and pull it off the heat.
***KEY – You will want to dehydrate ASAP after cooking. If you wait to long or refrigerate the Pad Thai it will be very hard to spread thin to properly dehydrate.
The Complete Setup, including Equipment, Bags and The Dehydrating Process
Use the link below to visit a past article where we cover all the equipment and storage bags we use in preparing and packaging our dehydrated meals.
Treeline Pursuits Article Link: Dehydrating Your Own Backcountry Meals – Equipment, Setup, Packaging & Tactics
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