How to enjoy scrambled eggs in the great outdoors

If you love scrambled eggs while out in the mountains but can’t stand choking down the dehydrated stuff here’s a delicious and easy way to make real scrambled eggs while backpacking or overlanding. This was a test I ran in my kitchen but should be reproducible off the grid with your trusty camp stove, a pot, and some water.

I’m a big fan of cooking sous vide and find all kinds of uses for my Foodsaver vacuum sealer. The challenge was how to go about getting raw eggs sealed into the bag. I cracked two eggs into a glass food container, mixed in some diced onion and shredded mozzarella cheese, and placed it in the freezer overnight.

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I pried this out of the container, cutting it in half in the process, and vacuum sealed it.

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Once the eggbrick thawed I had an airtight bag of raw eggs. Grabbing one end I dumped the contents down to one side. I then set the bulk of the eggs into the pot of boiling water and set the lid on the end of the bag to keep it upright.

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I left the eggs for about 10 minutes at a light boil. If you’re planning on making coffee for breakfast wait until your eggs are done. If you’ve kept the outside of your bag clean you’ll have a perfectly clean pot of hot water with which to make your coffee.

I cut the bag open and dumped out a nice egg pillow.

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This resulted in a very fluffy scrambled egg mass and was perfectly cooked all the way through.

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With just a little prep work you can eat natural, whole foods while adventuring outdoors without resorting to preservative packed backpacking food full of chemicals and mystery ingredients. If you’d like help planning your next remote adventure or just how to get away from everyday junk/processed foods please send me an email.

What's in your rig?

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Yesterday I went through my truck and wrote down all of the things that I'm carrying around in it. This isn't a list of what I need, or a suggestion of what you should carry. This is just accumulated stuff from several months of camping, overlanding, truck maintenance, and general life.

- Lucas fuel additive
- air hose
- lava soap
- roll of paper towels
- roll of blue shop rags
- Clorox disinfectant wipes
- 50 feet of paracord
- clear eye protection glasses
- foldable army shovel
- 60" High Lift jack
- 2 digital multimeters
- flashlight
- business cards
- trail maps for the ACFL
- USB extension cable
- roll of toilet paper
- tools
  - screwdrivers
  - 2 socket sets
  - allen wrenches
  - ratcheting wrenches
- Hummer jack
- electrical tape
- duct tape
- jumper cables
- leather gloves
- tie downs
- bunjee cords
- Hummer service manual
- MRE (Menu 3 Chicken noodle stew with vegetables)
- thermos of water
- 2 tow straps
- funnel
- foil emergency blanket
- SOL escape bivvy
- 2 Duraflame firestarter logs
- box of matches
- oil filter wrench
- spare fuel pump
- oil filter
- Amsoil fluids
  - 75W-90 gear lube
  - 2 bottles of ATF
  - 15W-40 motor oil
- rubber shop gloves
- coolant
- tire iron
- ice scraper
- spare serpentine belt
- garbage bags
- shop overalls
- Sriracha lunchbox first aid kit
- hand broom and dustpan
- Caterpillar LED work light
- assorted paper maps
- Camelbak water bottle
- wire stripper
- Discover Pass
- fire extinguisher
- IR thermometer
- Gorilla glue

Workout recovery with real food

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Today I decided to test how fat adapted I've become. This morning I had two cups of coffee with 1 tbsp of butter each. Nothing else for breakfast. At just after noon I was starting to get hungry, but I left to go on a mountain bike ride instead of immediately satisfying that initial hunger. A few minutes into the ride the hunger was gone and I had a great ride, fueling with nothing but water for the next two hours.
  When I got home I was just starting to get hungry. In the past I would have chugged down a post-ride protein recovery drink of some kind, but lately I've been opting to go with real food. It feels so much better to me than trying to rebuild my body with stuff concocted in a lab. Today's recovery food was kale salad with a lamb rib, Brussels sprouts sauteed in ghee, avocado, parmesan, and a generous drizzling of EVOO.
  If being fat adapated sounds like something you'd like to achieve then check out my health coaching services and hire me to help you become lighter, faster, and stronger so you can enjoy the great outdoors even more.

 

Fun facts about sugar

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As we head into Halloween and the holiday season it becomes increasingly difficult to resist the sugary treats. Before you reach for another handful of candy corn please consider the following.

Sugar is addictive

The first thing we'll all agree on is that sugar is delicious. We crave it. We can become as addicted to sugar as we can to hard drugs.

Sugar will make you fat

When we eat more sugar than our bodies can burn for immediate energy needs we store the remainder as fat. Chronically eating large amounts of sugar never gives our bodies a chance to burn that stored fat, so we just keep storing it and the result is a path leading to insulin resistance, obesity, type II diabetes, and cancer.

Sugar is everywhere

We don't have to turn to candy to find sugar. Sugar is hidden in many food products. The levels of sugar have kept increasing over the years as the food industry has engaged in a sort of arms race competing for your sweet tooth.

Sugar fuels cancer cells

For many years doctors and scientists have held strongly to the Somatic Mutation Theory of Cancer, which claimed that cancers were caused by genetic mutations, perhaps due to environmental factors that damaged DNA. Now more attention is being given to the idea that cancer has a metabolic origin. Cancer cells have problems in how they produce energy.
  Mitochondria are in charge of producing energy for a cell. These healthy mitochondria produce energy using mostly oxygen, but can also ferment glucose. Cancerous cells contain dysfunctional mitochondria which can only process glucose. It is now thought that cancer can effectively be starved by going on an extremely low carb and high fat diet. This allows the body to normally burn fat and produce ketones, which healthy cells are happy to use for energy, and causes the cancerous cells die off as their supply of energy, glucose, is greatly restricted.

Cutting sugar out of your diet could be the best form of health insurance you can possibly get.

I can help you kick sugar addiction. Contact me today.

Pemmican Nori as Primal Fuel

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I've combined two ancient food technologies into something I hope will be a great fuel source for an upcoming backpacking trip. I made pemmican from grass fed ground beef, lard, salt, and apples I picked from my yard. Wondering how best to eat it while on the trail I realized I had some nori sheets so I just wrapped up the pemmican as if I were making a sushi roll. The high protein and fat content should provide a great source of fuel and I'll report back as to how it went.

Recipe (makes 2 rolls)

2 grass fed burger patties
lard (as much as you need, see below)
dried fruit
4 sheets of nori

1) Set the oven to a low temperature. I used 170F.
2) Put your fruit on a baking tray and put in the oven.
3) Cook your meat until very well done. (I cooked it sous vide to ensure that all the meat was thoroughly and evenly cooked.) Drain any grease.
4) Spread cooked meat onto another baking tray. You want to dry it out as much as possible.
5) Leave in the oven for about an hour or until both the fruit and meat are very dry.
6) Blend the meat in a blender to make it as close to a powder as you can.
7) Add dried fruit and blend that in too.
8) Melt lard in a pan.
9) Put the meat/fruit mix into a bowl.
10) Keep pouring the melted lard into the bowl as you mix. You want it to become a consistency you can shape.
11) Put down two sheets of nori.
12) Spread out half of the meat/fruit/fat paste onto the nori.
13) Roll one sheet of nori tightly around the paste.
14) Roll again with the second piece of nori. (I found that some of the fat leaked through the first sheet. This second nori may not be necessary if you let the meatpaste cool enough.)
15) Refrigerate until the roll becomes firm.
16) Slice into sushi sized pieces.