Eating our way along the Canning and the Anne Beadell
Submitted: Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 14:36
Member - Wildmax
Preparation is under way for a 3-vehicle desert triangle trip (Tanami-Canning-Anne Beadell) in a few months time which, apart from the various vehicle requirements, also needs some pretty careful food planning.
It's a bit longer between pit stops than normal, so Mrs Catering Manager, who does a great job on our various remote excursions, would welcome any suggestions which might help to provide variety along the way.
Weight and storage mean we're going to have to limit wine and beer consumption, so obviously the tucker needs to be something to look forward to at the end of the day.
Any helpful advice would be appreciated.
Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 15:19
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 15:19
A few hints, apart from pita bread, tinned veges etc.
Of course Happy Camper Gourmet is a must. No refrigeration and a treat.
Also I get 'simply no knead' bread, minimal kneading for fresh bread, snk.com.au
Ballentyne's Red Feather tinned butter is also great. It is hard to get. You can order from them on their website or a few stores including the bottle shop
of the London Tavern in Caulfield South Vic.http://redfeatherbutter.com.au/
Ask for the plastic lids if you order from them. It is as good as any butter you will have. No refrigeration till opened.
Other ideas, wrap bread in aluminum foil and newspaper to make it last longer.
Also 2liter wine casks. They taste so bad you won't want to take much. LOL. They do store efficiently though.
Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:05
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:05
Thanks for that Boobook - hadn't heard of the tinned butter. Will follow up your suggestions online.
Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 15:23
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 15:23
I usually precook some casseroles, mince & curries and then vacuum seal them. Saves time and space as the meals are frozen flat so as to fit in my fridge or freezer.
Have a fun and safe trip.
Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:07
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:07
Thanks Dunc -certainly nothing like a good curry on a cold desert night!
Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:33
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:33
Be careful of including onion in them, it reduces the keeping time as the onion "blows"
Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:26
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:26
There is some really reliable catering tips provided by Connie Beadell on their website.
Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:31
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:31
That's a good site - thanks!
Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 17:22
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 17:22
I found these last time I was going away. I don't know what they are like but the Settlers foods mince looks interesting. I may buy a pack or two to try it. Min order is 1 packet that makes up 500g. I doubt you could have a burger but maybe spag bolognaise could be on the menu.Settlers Foods
This one looks like you have to buy a lot.....Emergency food supplies
Reply By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 18:38
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 18:38
I find boneless redmeat like steak, boned lamb leg etc will keep up to six weeks or
so if cryovaced and refrigerated. It may release a slight stink on opening but this
will disapate quickly
Also dried peas, tinned tiny Tates, tinned carrots,tinned mushrooms , beetroot
are good when fresh is exhausted.
Tinned soups also if freezer space is not an option. I also like Cup a Soup with lunch.
corned silverside, pickled pork and pumped lamb also last well and good for both hot meals and cold lunches.
I feel a trip coming on.
Reply By: GG7777 - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 20:06
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 20:06
Remove all boxed items eg. cup-a-soup, cereal, from cardboard containers, put as many unusually shaped or breakable items of food into 'clip-lock' bags, buy cask wine and only keep the bladders (tape over spout as security), use can beer (as it is lighter and easily crushed for less trash removal), The Halls Creek
butcher did meat for us in cryovac packs (sized specifically for meals) which lasted 6+ weeks - CSR, Karlimilyi & AB. fresh veges available at Kunwaritji & Panmuir (Cotton Creek) BUT subject to delivery AND at a cost.
we did CSR, Karlimilyi restock at Leonora
then Anne Beadell. Longest about 5 weeks without major shopping.
Sorry you didnt state direction and i assumed you would be going North to South like us
cask wine hard to get anywhere in Central Aus
Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 20:57
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 20:57
Thanks Murray, that's very helpful. Yes, we are meeting in Alice and then up the Tanami, so doing the Canning north>south and then the Anne Beadell west>east as you did.
Reply By: Member - yewtree - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 22:26
Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 22:26
We got 200 ks in 2015 and turned around after finding a crook cv and having blown one tyre. Blew another on the way out. Don't underestimate the corrugations!!!
Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 05:37
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 05:37
Freeze dried meals from bushwalking shops - exxy but a change.
Or get serious and dry your own meals with a dehydrator.
Drinks other than water can be very costly.
Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 06:28
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 06:28
We took enough cryovac meat and a couple of dehydrated meals to last three weeks, we topped up with meals like chicken, that don't last cryovaced, and fresh vegetables at Kunawaritji and didn't have to eat the dehydrated meals.
Enjoy the trip I'm sure you will, we maybe coming the other way on the AB.
Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 22:35
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 22:35
We'll keep an eye optn for you on the AB Graham; expect to be heading along there early to mid June.
Reply By: Crusier 91 - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 09:11
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 09:11
Fresh cooked white rice for 2-4. Its easy and no water waste.
Small pot with lid.
1 cup white rice.
2 cups boiling water.
Slightly fry off rice in pot.
Add hot water.
Put lid on.
Return to the lowest heat possible.
Rice will soak up all water in around 15-20min.
Double amount of boiling water to the amount of rice.
Must have a lid.
Must be on very low heat when steaming.
Checking if done? Take lid off, tilt pot to the side to see if water is all gone. Careful not to burn.
Try it at home first.
Reply By: Member - Woodsy - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 08:00
Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 08:00
If you are starting at Alice Springs
there is a great butcher with good quality and variety and who will cryovac
Milners Meats at 7/28 Gason Street (just off Milner Road)
Have used them many times and highly recommended by locals as well
Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 08:45
Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 08:45
X2 for Milners Meats.
Follow Up By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 08:58
Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 08:58
X3 for Milners Meats
Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 14:53
Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 14:53
Thanks Woodsy, will definitely use that advice.
Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 19:03
Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 at 19:03
Ye x 4 For Milners meats.
I went there on one night got meat cryovaced and they froze it. Then I picked it up next day...
Reply By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 21:18
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 21:18
We travelled the canning in 2015 and used happy camper meals and they worked (and tasted) a treat.
We have also vacuum packed pre-cooked meals and kept them frozen until needed. We would get the evening meal out in the morning and by dinner time they had defrosted and all we had to do was cook
some rice and used the water we cooked the rice in to wash the dishes.
And when it comes to alcohol be aware that all you can buy close to the start and finish of the Canning is low alcohol and a limit on wine amount.
When I did it, I forgot to buy a drink before starting the trip and didn't have a drink for 20 odd days and lost 5 kilos.
Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 22:11
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 22:11
Thanks for that William. You might particularly have a point with the alcohol - I could lose a few kilos !!
Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:10
Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:10
If it's good enough for whores ....
Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 at 19:39
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 at 19:39
Another option is those Asian spice paste sachets (Eg Nasi Goreng, Mee Goreng) teamed up with rice or noodles and whatever veggies you've got. Use diced bacon for extra sparkle.
Also miso soup using a sachet or two, dried Shitakes, ginger and veggies to hand.
No refrigeration needed (cept for the bacon).