CSR Menu Plan

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:31
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Hubby & I are heading up the Canning Stock Route in late June of this year, we've done a fair bit of outback camping, but have always been able to restock our supplies after a few days. Seems a difficult task to plan a menu for three weeks and keep all the food fresh, especially meat. Is anyone willing to share their menu plan for the Canning Stock Route?
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:37

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:37
Hi Jude and Co, If its dual fuel....lots of baked beans.... :))
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:46

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:46
Give yourself 3 weeks worth of dinners.....Ive never done CSR but in the process of planning it....

Lots of rump steak (or whatever) cryovaced of course.....lots to do either as steak or stews or stirfy, chicken breasts, which dont last as long, to have as stirfry , rolled and stuffed, snags. chops with bones can have a tendancy to break through the seal so try to avoid boney meat. Sandwich meat I have found is great cryovacced....we had 6 lots of 6 slices of meat....lasted 6 weeks...still had some when we got home.

cryovac is the main word! Think what every you would have at home....just do it as that you can keep in fridge in desert for 3 weeks or more! The more surface area the meat has the longer it will last, ie, dont cut meat up into strips before cryovacing...also a hint...if the meat is starting to look green a little, its actually ok...it goes this colour when there is no air on the meat surface.

also things like pancakes, corn fritters , potato fritters etc make a good "cooks night off" type meal.

lots of dehydrated veggies, potatoes, pumpkin, s/potato last well in dark box. our local food supplier has dehydrated everything when it comes to veggies and its all cryo'ed for us.

take back up like tin soup / pkt soup and make damper......

hope this helps......this is the menu type thing that i thought of for our 6 week trip nearly 2 urs ago (boy time flies!) .... I ordered meat and had it cryocaved....ordered enough for 6 weeks....it lasted well and tasted great!!

Good luck!!!
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:47

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:47
If you get a copy of the Garde's book on the CSR (Canning Stock Route - a travellers guide) they have suggestions and ideas in there.
It is virtually required reading before and during the trip and has all the info about the CSR in general.
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:59

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:59

Doing a lot of remote stuff, I usually plan a menu out on an excel spreadsheet but any old piece of paper will do. I have the luxury of using my Engel as a freezer so I can store up to 60 days meals for two people with a bit of thought and careful packing. Using the fridge, I'd cryovac and concentrate on red meat as most butchers recommend that you use white's like chicken don't last within a week or ten days.

As for vegies, I take frozen or concentrate on things like sweet potato's and unwashed and brushed spuds. They'll last for three weeks comfortably if kept in a box and not allowed to sweat too much. Carrots and cauli will last well in a fridge for a week or more. Otherwise tinned and dehydrated vegies are the go.

There are a couple of good camp cooking and trip preparation sites I've stumbled over in the past so I'll try and find them and post a link later.

Cheers. Mick
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Follow Up By: furph - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:01

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:01
Hi Jude.
We also do a lot of remote outback work where shopping is every 3-4 weeks.
I just make normal meal packs of meat (2 of us) and freeze these in our 60l. Trailblaza. Frozen peas, mixed stir fry type veges also.
Also freeze milk (take a bit out first) which will last 3 weeks.
With veges., the main thing is to pack them so as to minimise bruising. Spuds, pumpkin. onions etc. bruise very easily in transit and then deteriorate very quickly.
When back at camp after shopping, all our vege's go into a couple of the old style perforated metal "meat safes" which keeps them cool enough to stop them sweating, another problem.
We make our own bread, something that is never a shortage.
Tinned food is our last resort, but its always handy to have a few tins of fish etc. in case of an emergency close in due to weather.
Reckon with your thinking and preparation for this, you will have a great trip.
cheers furph
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Follow Up By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:34

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:34
furph - rather than freeze milk we just use UHT. Dont mind it at all. JD
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:37

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:37
Hi Jude, when we did the CSR we cryovaced our meat as well and took quite a few different vegies (fresh) such as carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, cabbage even tomatoes, with the vegies I used two banana boxes with air holes in them, I shredded a lot of paper and put the vegies in amongst it, they kept well and even had some left over that was still OK. Worked with Oranges and Apples as well. We also took tins of peas & beans for backup or a change.



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Reply By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:33

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:33

We've found advice on this site to be excellent.

EO food storage advice

Cheers JD
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Reply By: Michael A (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 22:14

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 22:14
Plan to eat as well on the last night of the trip as the first.

We had a week long menu that we rotated through 3 times.

Take flour make bread, damper and bread and butter pudding. We also find taking mexican tortilla bread is great.

Cryovac meat, we found roasts were good for lunch sandwiches as well as dinners.

Ration things like beer and treats over the full 3 weeks.

Obviously use fresh food first and then canned food.

Have fun, it is a great trip.

Michael A
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 22:32

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 22:32

We get out into the Never Never quite a bit. Multiply one week by three.

When we did the full Canning it was a 4 week trip. 99% cooking is done on open fire

To keep vegies for a long time wrap them individually in a couple of sheets of newspaper and then store in a Banana Box

Carry 100litres of water and top up at every waterpoint

Here is our TRIP TUCKER

Powdered Milk

Tins of:

Sweet corn
Baked Beans
Raguletto Sauce

Packets of:

Instant Soup
Instant Rice
Self-Raising Flour

Sweet biscuits
Dry crackers


Steak (pieces)
(long trip…cryo-vaced meat)

Fresh fruit:



Mixed herbs
Curry powder
Tomato sauce




Spray on oil
Gas lighter
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Follow Up By: Kev & Darkie - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:15

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:15

I just quickly read through your list and noted that you missed one......................... The Barbed Wire ;)) hehehe

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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 23:24

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 23:24
We break our list into SEVEN groups (each with its own requirements for storage)

Dried - eg Apples Rice breadmix Sugar Flour
Tinned -
Condiments - eg Oil Tomato Sauce Vegemite
Drinks -
Fruit & Veg -
Perishables - eg Bread Cheese Yoghurt
Meat -

We have the luxury of using an Engel as a freezer for meat and cryovac

Large Autofridge for perishables
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Reply By: Dave & Shelley (NT) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 15:55

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 15:55
Hi Jude,

Well hopefully our paths will cross as we will be doing the CSR in June/July from South to North. We have had the same topic in our household. At this stage I am actually taking a lot of tinned foods and aiming to supplement them with some Cyro and frozen veggies. Our tinned food will mainly used as back up food in case we need to be out longer than our 15 planned days from Wiluna to Halls Creek. As we are travelling with a group we will be able to shake up our meals by swapping if things get to boring.

Have fun and I will keep an eye out for you. Can't miss the Patrol with the ExpolrOz wheel cover.

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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:26

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:26
Hey Jude ,

We pack every piece of fruit and veg. individually in newspaper .

Brussell sprouts and cabbage last really well . Sometimes the outer leaves go yuk , but they are still fine inside .

Take tins of corn niblets - they don't taste like tinned veges at all . You can heat them on the side of the fire - no washing up !

Take heaps of small tins of the tuna or salmon with the various sauces. Great for lunch .

Take that narn type bread for roll ups at lunch . It keeps for ages in those packs .

Take low fat long life milk - it doesn't taste like it's been boiled .Try to get it in the plastic bottles - the cardboard can wear through on corrugations - especially in a trailer .

I take those little individual salamis - for lunches - olives too .

Cheers ,

Willie .
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Reply By: jenjen - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 19:02

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 19:02
Hi Jude ... I have a camping cookbook that I have accumulated over the years (in fact some are from this site) ... I am happy to share it ... email me on djenterprises@optusnet.com.au if you want it. Otherwise my advice is just wrap f and v in newspaper & put in banana box located low down out of the sun; freeze and cryovac meal size portions; lots of stirfrys and long life noodles, visit the asian shops and see what you can get dried, dried peas/beans/corn are great to add to stews, do a roast at least every 4th night, giving you lots of cold meat if there is just the two of you - there are so many different types - rolled pork, stuffed chicken, 1/2 leg lamb, stuffed and rolled beef, whole chicken etc. and most importantly, stop while it is still light so that you can get set up in daylight and enjoy cooking tea over the fire as the sun sets. Magic. You can of course make most things that you would at home .. so simply adapt the recepie to the outside conditions, remove coals from the main fire so that it is much more gentle, and off you go. Enjoy your trip ... we are going up the CSR in early July so we may see you there.
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