Couscous v pasta v rice for camping
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Jun 7, 2012 7:23 PM Last Post By: tony0001
May 22, 2012 7:46 AM
Couscous v pasta v rice for campingHello All,
I do a lot of overnight hiking/kayaking/cycling trips. Lots of energy with minimal weight is important.
I have always used pasta as my main meal. I love the taste but more importantly, I feel full afterwards.
I don't use rice but a lot of my friends do. I find it harder to cook.
I have just noticed that couscous has the same energy, carbs etc as pasta. The best bit is that you only have to boil the water, no need for cooking. This means less fuel needs to be carried and less time wasted.
It is also nice to eat it cold as a salad, so I am thinking about leaving the cooker at home and just letting the couscous sit in cold water for a while.
Nobody that I know uses it. Am I missing something? Same energy, same weight. Less fuel needed and shorter cooking time.
Thanks for any replies. (I can only get on line once or twice a week).
May 22, 2012 12:27 PM
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May 22, 2012 2:48 PM
3Don't like cous cous.
Love pasta and rice - though.
It 'Is' possible to buy 'Quick cook' pastas. Macaroni is one of my favourites.
I like my pasta with fried meat (any kind - except veal) and stir fry veg,.
I cook it all seperately - then chuck it all in together for the last 2-3 mnutes.
Normally, I have a start to finish ready meal - in under 15 minutes.
Bon appetite ! !
May 22, 2012 4:04 PM
4You're not missing anything. A lot of people don't like couscous and most people just don't think of it as a camping item. I like mine flavored with olive oil, chicken broth, herbs and topped with steamed veggies, especially carrots and squash. It would be easy to throw a metal steamer basket in with your camping stuff - just put it inside the pot you'll be using to cook your couscous.
May 22, 2012 7:55 PM
May 22, 2012 9:25 PM
6Well i don't know anymore, on the West Coast i had a salad that included cold pasta the other day, and i was thinking who much would the pasta would have tasted if it was hot, but then would it have been a salad?
Is cold pasta the fashion these days?......................If it is i find it weird and just don't get it!
May 22, 2012 11:52 PM
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