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    First of all, bacon. Thanks for that your "you're welcome" is apt.

    I am getting a lot of good ideas. I will try the cozies (was considering those since spring). I just bought some flax wraps (to fill with bacon, steak, chicken, pork, and cheese, of course), I love my homemade gorp so I am covering a lot of the bases with that alone it seems. Cutting sandwiches into strips: clever, I like it. Maybe I'll wash it down with some Boost -- worth a try.

    Thanks everyone. Really great suggestions!
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    For winter I bake maple gorp bars and hermit bars and cut them into cubes. I will also cut a Cabot extra sharp cheese into cubes as well as cured sausage. It all comes together well in the mouth and then washed down with hot tea...
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    That sounds awesome.

    To add to my own thread, I've had those foil pouches of salmon before, just 1) tear them open and 2) spoon contents into mouth. Pretty good, even cold. But I'm not sure how they'd fare in the COLD. I've have to keep them from freezing.
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    Trail Mix (good nuts, chocolate chips (white or butterscotch too), raisins/craisins/pineapple)
    Home Made Power Bars (recipe is below)
    A few "commercial" protein bars
    Cheese cut into cubes
    Sasquatch..Big Stick! or some other "beef"/slimjim/jerky-like thing
    Chocolate Bar(s)
    Hot tea in vaccuum bottle sometimes on really cold days

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    I also bring a steel vacuum bottle with hot soup (temper the vacuum bottle with boiling water first.)
    Color me curious. I don't understand what you mean by the underlined passage, Tim. Can you kindly explain?

    Generally, this is a very helpful thread. Thanks, all! As for me, I'm figuring almond or peanut butter and honey on ezekiel bread, perhaps toasted, maybe also with bananas or raisins or dried cherries. That and gorp - something warm in a thermos also appeals, both to drink and in a soup, hence my ears pricked up at the above-quoted passage. Thank you again, everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JakeD View Post
    vacuum bottles work the best when you pre heat them with hot water inside.. dump water out.. put hot stuff in, seal it up.
    Thanks, Jake. Just saw the other "Thermos" thread and got the explanation. Was about to delete my question, in fact, but you beat me to it. Thanks again.
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    oreo cakesters....or anything filled with cream that's name ends with "doodle"....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bryan View Post
    oreo cakesters....or anything filled with cream that's name ends with "doodle"....
    Ugh - that gives me the chills. The thought of entering a diabetic coma while winter hiking precludes those foods from my diet! But hey, YMMV!!
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    Well, winter comes right after Halloween, so I always pack a few of those tiny chocolate bars that the trick-or-treaters didn't get. Just pop them in my mouth and let them melt until chewable.

    For "real" food, PB & J on whole wheat loaf bread is great. As someone said earlier, the baggie works well as a handle.

    I generally don't do hot soups or other food, to avoid the weight of a thermos. I heat my water before putting it in the Nalgene. One goes in a wool sock in the pack, the other in a cozie on my pack belt. It sits in front of my right hip and doesn't get in the way.

    I try to avoid high sodium foods and caffeine because I'm an old fella.
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    We may like controversy and lost hikers BUT WE LOVE OUR FOOD!!
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    Lots of great ideas here folks. thanks for bringing up this thread.

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    laughing cow cheese wheels (boni-bells) unwrapped & put in a zip-lock so only the wax needs to be opened. In sub-zero, wax is a little tough to open but cheese is still good. jerky or turkey perpperoni, pre-sliced works great too.

    I put water bottles inside my double fleece gloves, the one on my belt goes in an old hiking sock. The bottle coozies, (OR I think makes one) work great also, but since I have many old socks....
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    once again

    LOGAN BREAD !

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    Wow, terrific suggestions one and all. Thank you.

    Logan bread? (I'd Google it but I'm having an after hike, Moosilauke, coffee at Half Baked / Fully Brewed in Lincoln so I'm doing this via my iPhone.)

    ETA: Never mind, got back and Googled it. Sounds pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NH Tramper View Post
    Wow, terrific suggestions one and all. Thank you.

    Logan bread? (I'd Google it but I'm having an after hike, Moosilauke, coffee at Half Baked / Fully Brewed in Lincoln so I'm doing this via my iPhone.)
    I will never eat Logan bread again. It's good but after eating it daily for at least a month, probably more, I couldn't take it anymore. Haven't had it in over 10 years. It was good until I overdid it!
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