Cook meals while you hike

When I am hiking I love cooking breakfast and lunch. After spending a day on the move, then setting up camp, the last thing I want to do is cook. Here’s how you can Cook meals while you hike.

 Cook meals while you hike

After setting up camp and getting that fire going, many times I’m ready to sleep, but I need to eat.

Dinner after a long day of hiking is key. A good meal right before settling down for the night, provides stored energy for your next day of hiking and also provides heat to your body, through the night,  from the process of digestion.

I found a way to provide a hot meal at dinner time without all the extra work. I cook some hearty soup, while I’m on the move.

A while back, my wife, turned me on to dehydrated soup fixins’ (I’m sure there’s a better name than “fixins”) and actually did some testing with these ingredients, bullion cubes and a nifty little Stanley thermos and found a cool way to make soup, hearty enough to satisfy a tired hiker.

Cook meals while you hike harmony house foodsPreparation

While making breakfast, I heat another 8oz of water (1 cup.) to a boil. I usually boil the water in my Stanley 24oz Camp Cook Set, while I’m eating my oatmeal, or if I’m really lucky, my Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon (love love love the Mountain House stuff).

Here’s what I typically add to the Stanley thermos while the water is heating up:

Then add the boiling water to the thermos, put the cap on securely and stick in in your pack for lunch (if you want a short lunch to make up ground) or dinner, when you’re beat.

It’s nice to have a hot meal, that magically cooks while you’re doing other stuff.

I usually buy the 8oz sizes containers of the Harmony House dehydrated foods, and split them into ziplock bags for each trip, but they do have a Harmony House Backpacking Kit (18 Count) that can add a lot of variety to your meals on the trail. Cook meals while you hike and save time and energy!

I didn’t mention this yet, but the Stanley thermos has the coolest folding spoon, and it stores in the lid. Check out the pictures on Amazon.

folding spoon


  1. Two thumbs up!
    I use a small Thermos like container (ok, it was from China but it was half the price) to “cook meals” while I hike.
    I boil extra water at breakfast so that lunch doesn’t require breaking out the stove. I just eat out of the container.
    My container is a little small for two person freeze dried meals but for single serving sizes it’s perfect.
    I can cook a two person freeze dried meal at lunch and have leftovers for dinner so I have less to worry about when I set up camp near dark.
    I’ll have to try out your recipe

  2. Hi, was just browsing this morning and was directed to your site from You have an interesting site! In the above recipe, please will you tell me what kind of barley you use and how many ounces of water you add? Am just starting to rehydrate dehydrated or freeze-dried foods but I have small experience. Thanks.

  3. I’ve tested a half dozen different thermos brands for how long they retain heat, and found the Thermos brand to hold heat the longest, and Stanley thermos was a very close second. If you like Mountain House, you’re going to LOVE ReadyGourmet. They only have one recipe out, so far, but it’s AMAZING! I cooked it up in my thermos. It only took 30 minutes in the thermos, and I love how it’s packed with protein which I need lots of after a long day of hiking.


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