Backpacking Recipes II

Here are a few more recipes from our good friend and master outdoor chief, Georgia Locker.  (For the previous set of recipes, see Backpacking Recipes I).

Beef Stroganoff (Makes 2 generous servings)


  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup instant powder milk
  • 1 pkg sour cream mix
  • 1 pkg Stroganoff mix
  • 2 cups egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup dried beef (see “Dried Beef,” below)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbs margarine (optional)


Mix 1 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cup powder milk. In pot, add milk to sour cream mix and Stroganoff mix. Heat until sauce thickens. Place noodles, beef, salt, and 3 cups of water in 2nd pot. Bring to boil and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in sauce, add margarine and serve.

Dried Beef (Use for Stroganoff, above, or other meat dishes)


  •  2 lbs lean meat (round or flank steak)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 tbs. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vinegar


Trim fat from meat. Slice meat into 1/4 inch strips, slicing with grain of meat. Combine water, salt, black pepper, and vinegar in deep pot and bring to boil. Divide meat into 4 lots. Boil each lot for 5 minutes. Meat will be gray when done. Press out juice with rolling pin and paper towels. Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Place meat strips on metal oven racks. Keep oven door slightly ajar. Meat will dry in 1 1/2 hours. Meat should crack but not be brittle when done. If it bends but does not break, cook little longer. Store in bag. Dried meat should keep about 10 weeks.

Chicken Rice Almomondine (Makes 3 generous servings)


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 6 once can, chicken
  • 4 cups instant rice
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 2 tsp chopped dried onion
  • 1 pkg slice almonds (2 3/4 oz)
  • 2/3 cup raisins


Place chicken and water in pot, bring to boil. Add remaining ingredients, bring to boil. Remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve.

Super Power Bars (Makes eight 2″ x 4″ bars)

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup unsifted whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsifted white flour
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 tsp orange rind
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


Mix margarine, 1/2 cup brown sugar, oats, flour, wheat germ, and orange rind. Put into ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan. Beat eggs with 1/4 cup brown sugar, nuts, raisins, coconut, and chocolate chips. Pour over base. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cool. Cut into bars. Wrap and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Thanks again to Georgia Locker who provided these recipes.