For most of our year-long cycling adventure we will pass through towns frequently enough to restock with fresh food. In Alaska, however, there will sometimes be four or five days between towns. We will go even longer between towns big enough to have fully-stocked grocery stores! To prepare for this, we decided to do a taste-test of dehydrated foods available at the Co-op in Bellingham, WA.
On the tasting list:
- Sweet Corn Chowder
- Kettle Chili
- Corn and Black Bean Chowder
- Couscous Lentil Curry
- Lentils, Rice, and Indian Spice
- Curry Lentil Soup
Most of them needed salt, pepper and oil. The corn and black bean chowder was pretty weird. In general, though, they were pretty tasty!
Our favorites were the Kettle Chili and the Curry Lentil Soup. We also know from previous experience that dehydrated black beans with Mexican seasoning are tasty. The other lentil dishes were also good, but we decided to stick with pure legumes. We will take a pound each of the chili, lentil soup, and black beans to Alaska to sustain us in the cold.
Combined with rice, cheese, onion, and carrots these dehydrated legumes will seem like a feast! I am sure Jason will also add spicy powder to everything…
PS – Hamlet is still here with us! He is recovering nicely from his kennel cough, and getting lots of naps. Today he snuck into the closet where we keep his food and helped himself to about two days worth. Now he is sleeping it off…