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RumiDude
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PostThu May 10, 2018 10:37 am 
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Here is a good piece on choosing cheese to take backpacking.

I love cheese on the trail for everything from dayhikes to week= long adventures. It offers a good balance of fat and protein as well as good source of vitamins and minerals.

My favorite cheese to take is Dubliner. I usually slice it and separate the slices with wax paper. I try to have at least one ounce of cheese each day while on trail.

What's your favorite cheese for the trail?

Rumi~the cheesy~Dude

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PostThu May 10, 2018 10:43 am 
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I love cheese on the trail too. I'm always worried about it going bad in warm weather though. Harder cheese like aged Gouda, Parmigiano Reggiano are my trail choices for that reason.

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PostThu May 10, 2018 4:59 pm 
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I have a thing for Manchego.  Doesn't crumble, good flavor but not too intense.
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PostFri May 11, 2018 2:30 pm 
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+ 1 on Manchego.
I also like well aged Gouda and Gruyere with the little crunchy crystallized bits

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PostFri May 11, 2018 7:48 pm 
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Cheese is good fuel. I like all but the stinkiest of cheeses. My usual routine involves a package of sandwich thins, half a pound of sliced cheese product and a small squeezy bottle of dijonaise. I manufacture my sandwiches right at the TH prior to setting out. I usually consume all eight sandwiches the first day; sometimes there are enough left over for dinner the first night. I actually find the resulting flatulence deeply satisfying.
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PostSat May 12, 2018 10:31 am 
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contour5 wrote:
I actually find the resulting flatulence deeply satisfying.


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PostSun May 13, 2018 11:26 pm 
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FDA SchmefDA - what a bunch of wussies!  Like anything two hours outside of a refrigerator is really festering with Bubonic plague?


Hard goat cheese and landjaegers can handle several days in a hot summer backpack.

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PostMon May 14, 2018 9:32 am 
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What my mother did for 6-week horse packing trips:

The cheese (hard!) should be well-wrapped in cheesecloth and only then in plastic.  Slice as you go, so that less of the surface is exposed.  The main thing is to keep the surface dry, which explains the cheesecloth.  Any mold that develops should be trimmed off frequently.

She would cut a 5 lb. block of cheese in 3 parts--one started the trip with us, the second sat in a post office for 2 weeks with our first resupply; the third sat in a post office for 4 weeks with our second resupply.  (This was for a party of three people; the horses weren't interested in cheese.)

There was never any problem with spoilage.

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PostMon May 14, 2018 6:46 pm 
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I love cheese, too!  My favorites are Asiago and goat cheese which spreads nicely on crackers.  I have started picking up the parmesan cheese "Whisps" at Costco, too. Costco, also, has a bacon cheese crisp (cracker thing) that is delicious with just cheese and bacon.  Don't judge...  smile.gif

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PostMon May 14, 2018 9:58 pm 
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For multi-day WTA trail crew trips, my go-to cheese for the first two days is a bleu. With Triscuits, man, that is so good I almost fall off the log! Then asagio or parmesan for the final two days. Mmm-mm!  chow.gif
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PostMon May 14, 2018 11:16 pm 
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IanB wrote:
Like anything two hours outside of a refrigerator is really festering with Bubonic plague?

Actually the plague is spread by a bacterium usually spread by a flea or rodent bite.

IanB wrote:
landjaegers can handle several days in a hot summer backpack.

Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Just sayin' ...

Rumi

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PostMon May 14, 2018 11:31 pm 
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Snuffy wrote:
I have started picking up the parmesan cheese "Whisps" at Costco, too.

Those are great! It is one of those things you can have almost any time to add some protein, which is sometimes difficult when backpacking. I have a small handful as part of my breakfast.

Rumi

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PostThu May 17, 2018 5:09 am 
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Great Article I'm pretty new Hiker and haven't tried it yet going to do it soon biggrin.gif
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PostMon May 21, 2018 8:53 am 
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I like the hard cheeses also. My favorite is Reggianito, which isn't as salty as Reggiano and actually a bit cheaper.
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RumiDude
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PostMon May 21, 2018 10:50 pm 
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Adding to this, Costco has a great selection of cheese and very good prices. I am currently enjoying some smoked Gouda ($5.70/lb) I picked up Sunday.

Rumi

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