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August 28, 2013

Comfort Food: What’s Your Top Post-Hunt Craving?

By David Draper

Continuing with Monday’s blog theme about eating on backcountry hunts, the next inevitable question is—what’s the food you crave most when you come out of the woods? For me, it’s usually something like pizza and beer, though I do also like a big salad made with cool, crunchy iceberg lettuce—none of that soft, wilty stuff. It seems my way of thinking is along the lines of what Mars explorers, or those practicing for a stay on the red planet, will be wanting should they make it back to earth.

According to this story on NPR, a half dozen researchers spent four months living on foods similar to what space explorers would have to subsist on. When they finally came out of their isolated dome, they went right for the fruit basket.

“After several months of freeze-dried food, even the most committed carnivores would probably reach for the fresh produce. So it's no surprise that the six explorers who were cooped up studying space-friendly foods on a simulated mission to Mars for the past four months went right for the mangoes and pineapple during their first meal outside their habitat Aug. 13.

"The freeze-dried stuff has a really nice taste, but not the right texture. It gets soft," says the Cornell University researcher who helped run the experiment, dubbed (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation.) "What they missed most was fresh fruits and vegetables."

The simulated space crew also discovered what I’ve long asserted—everything tastes better wrapped in a tortilla:

'Sure, they had many prepared meals on hand—the creamy wild rice soup and mashed potatoes were favorites, as well as the comfort of Nutella and the novelty of Tang. But HI-SEAS crew commander Angelo Vermeulen says some of the best meals were improvised and hand-held. "Wraps work really well: We combine tortillas, different vegetables, Velveeta cheese, and sausage or canned fish into ever-changing combinations," Vermeulen tells Astrobiology Magazine.'

I’ll have plenty of tortillas on my backcountry elk hunt next week, as well as some bagels, but come day seven, I’ll be dreaming of a hot slice of pizza and a cold beer.

What’s the first food you order when re-entering civilization after a long backcountry hunt?

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from thequam wrote 33 weeks 2 days ago

I know it's simplistic, but mine is Beer and a Giant Cheeseburger!!

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from bbainbridge wrote 33 weeks 2 days ago

After every quail hunt, Dad and I would split a bag or two of Combos and drink Mountain Dew for the long ride home. I still get Combos just for my post hunting ride home even though I live 2,000 miles from Dad.

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from nitrojoe wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

Usually after a Michigan deer camp nothing sounds better than water and fresh no-grease food. A week of beer and deep fried everything will ruin your stomach.

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from buckeye wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

After a week of fried fish, fried potates, bacon, and beef jerky all I want is an apple and a salad.

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from MaxPower wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

A big burger with all the trimmings, a pile of greasy fries and an ice-cold Mt. Dew to wash it all down.

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from Blue Ox wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

I want bacon. With a huge side of bacon. All wrapped in bacon.

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from Bill Cantrell wrote 33 weeks 4 hours ago

A cheeseburger and a beer sounds good to me anytime.

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from action1250 wrote 33 weeks 3 hours ago

Brown whiskey!

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from Longbeard wrote 33 weeks 3 hours ago

Fresh fruit. Then pulled pork BBQ. Then more fruit.

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from Mike Hughes wrote 33 weeks 3 hours ago

My wife always makes a big pot of 'white chili' for my sons and me to have for supper after opening day of deer season each year.
For those that have not heard of that- it is a chicken and white bean based chili. Believe me - IT IS GREAT!

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from HeidelbergJaeger wrote 32 weeks 5 days ago

I think that there is nothing better than a .5L cloudy wheat beer and a plate of hot french fries. It is the tradition between my German hunting colleagues and I after a successful hunt.

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 32 weeks 4 days ago

It depends on where and what time of year I've hunted and whether or not I've been eating greasy comfort food all week in camp.
Since most camps give you plenty of grease and comfort. I'd say a Salad and Sushi...just to reset my system.

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from Mi guy wrote 32 weeks 2 days ago

Well after a week of beer , cheese, and beef sticks in the u.p. I head to the local Chinese palace for a plate of general chicken with pork fried rice and a ice cold coke .

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from Trapper Vic wrote 32 weeks 2 days ago

Good LORD! WHAT HAPPEN TO THE 11/2" RIB EYE(rare) a baked tater with fixin's and A spinach salad with vinaigrette to cleans the pallet.

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from Mark-1 wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

Chinese Buffet.....30' of food to overload a couple of plates.

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from 268bull wrote 31 weeks 5 days ago

Baked brat-wurst and sauer-kraut with boiled baby red potatos with butter! Season with some cracked pepper.

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from nitrojoe wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

Usually after a Michigan deer camp nothing sounds better than water and fresh no-grease food. A week of beer and deep fried everything will ruin your stomach.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from thequam wrote 33 weeks 2 days ago

I know it's simplistic, but mine is Beer and a Giant Cheeseburger!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bbainbridge wrote 33 weeks 2 days ago

After every quail hunt, Dad and I would split a bag or two of Combos and drink Mountain Dew for the long ride home. I still get Combos just for my post hunting ride home even though I live 2,000 miles from Dad.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckeye wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

After a week of fried fish, fried potates, bacon, and beef jerky all I want is an apple and a salad.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from MaxPower wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

A big burger with all the trimmings, a pile of greasy fries and an ice-cold Mt. Dew to wash it all down.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Blue Ox wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

I want bacon. With a huge side of bacon. All wrapped in bacon.

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from Bill Cantrell wrote 33 weeks 4 hours ago

A cheeseburger and a beer sounds good to me anytime.

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from action1250 wrote 33 weeks 3 hours ago

Brown whiskey!

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from Longbeard wrote 33 weeks 3 hours ago

Fresh fruit. Then pulled pork BBQ. Then more fruit.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Hughes wrote 33 weeks 3 hours ago

My wife always makes a big pot of 'white chili' for my sons and me to have for supper after opening day of deer season each year.
For those that have not heard of that- it is a chicken and white bean based chili. Believe me - IT IS GREAT!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from HeidelbergJaeger wrote 32 weeks 5 days ago

I think that there is nothing better than a .5L cloudy wheat beer and a plate of hot french fries. It is the tradition between my German hunting colleagues and I after a successful hunt.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from haverodwilltravel wrote 32 weeks 4 days ago

It depends on where and what time of year I've hunted and whether or not I've been eating greasy comfort food all week in camp.
Since most camps give you plenty of grease and comfort. I'd say a Salad and Sushi...just to reset my system.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mi guy wrote 32 weeks 2 days ago

Well after a week of beer , cheese, and beef sticks in the u.p. I head to the local Chinese palace for a plate of general chicken with pork fried rice and a ice cold coke .

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Trapper Vic wrote 32 weeks 2 days ago

Good LORD! WHAT HAPPEN TO THE 11/2" RIB EYE(rare) a baked tater with fixin's and A spinach salad with vinaigrette to cleans the pallet.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mark-1 wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

Chinese Buffet.....30' of food to overload a couple of plates.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from 268bull wrote 31 weeks 5 days ago

Baked brat-wurst and sauer-kraut with boiled baby red potatos with butter! Season with some cracked pepper.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

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