It may seem strange for us to be writing about a product that we do not sell as of yet. Camp Chow Foods are made by Sarah Hamilton of Trail Center fame on the Gunflint Trail. When you visit Trail Center you will see row upon row of her dehydrated foods but she is not yet licensed to sell her wares to stores like ours. But that does not mean that we cannot field test the different selections at the store.
The staff has tried quite a few different recipes for Sarah and every one of our reports back to her have been the same: this food is fantastic!
Many freeze dried and dehydrated foods are ok. The theory is that after a few days on the trail, anything tastes good. That may be true for most brands not necessarily Camp Chow. We have been making Camp Chow for staff lunches and have been impressed.
The first one I tried was the turkey and dressing. The first thing I noticed is that I was not overwhelmed by salt like I have been with most camp food. My only request back to Sarah was that she puts gravy with it and she assures me that that is coming. Do you think we could ask for cranberries too? It is not going to take the place of Thanksgiving dinner but it is darn good.
The first one I made for the staff was the Beef Chili. Again, it did not have too much salt. It was just right and you can always add your own. And it had a little kick to it. By a 3 to 1 vote, it was decided there was just enough heat to it. And since we made the larger portion we had some left over. Now, you wouldn’t be able to do that on the trail but I have to tell you it was even better the second day.
We have had two of the soups, Bacon Cheeseburger and Tomato Grilled Cheese. Both were great. The Bacon Cheeseburger seemed a little salty. Sarah had not added any salt but it has pickles in it so she is going to back off a tad on the pickles.
Two other great products have been the Cheddar Mashed Tater and the Cinnamon Couscous. When making the taters and really all of the above, measure your water carefully. I didn’t do that for the potatoes and had to add some potato flakes from my cupboard, but it was still great. The couscous? I walked past that bag for days and just could not bring myself to try it. What a mistake. I am not sure if it should be a dessert or breakfast but either way you’ll like it.
Are we fans of Camp Chow? You’re darn right. And we’re waiting for the day, hopefully not too far in the future, that we can sell it in the store for you. For now, take the trip up the Gunflint Trail and stop at Trail Center and pick up some great camp food.
Have you had a chance to try any of the Camp Chow food? Which one is your favorite? Post your comments below.
Webmaster note: Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply is now carrying Camp Chow Food! Get all the details here.