At the last 4H meeting day, Rob had his kids in Outdoors class make home-made food for camping. He showed them how to re-constitute freeze-dried peas and spaghetti and how to make DIY instant oatmeal packets. He also had the ingredients for trail mix, but ran out of time.
At the last meeting, we had them dry bananas, a little pineapple, and some apples. We mixed the pineapple and bananas in one bag (pina colada), and kept the others separate as choices. We also put out raisins as a choice. Because there are so many of them, he divided them into teams and had them rotate through the stations.
At the instant oatmeal station, he gave them this recipe: It’s simple.
Into a ziplock bag, put:
1/3 cup instant oatmeal (we got ours from Bob’s Red Mill)
Add the following into your bag, as desired.
2 teaspoons powdered milk (for the creamy oatmeal)
1-2 teaspoons dried fruit (he had them snip the fruit up with scissors)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Seal bag and shake to mix.
Then he gave them a piece of paper with the instructions:
When ready to use, put 2/3 cup boiling water in bowl and add contents of packet. Salt to taste.
This was a mixture of all the recipes we found on Pinterest, etc., made as simple as we could make it for the kids, since the range is from kindergarten-11th grade this year and the oldest ones are mainly in sewing at that time. From all of the ideas we found, people add everything from coffee to chocolate, to freeze-dried fruit, chia seeds, flax meal, and on and on.
This would be an excellent item to stock your camper pantry with, to take backpacking or to even make up and eat at home, as some of the 4H moms were going to head home and do! It’s much more inexpensive than buying the boxes, and more than one batch can be made in a bag to cut down on packaging for hungry teens (you know, the ones who want 2-3 packets each time). The packets can be “made-to-order” and names written on the bag with a Sharpie so everyone can have their own way with no hassle. As a mother of 8, that is important to me–camping should be fun and feel like fun–so I’m all about making everyone feel special and have choices, as much as possible.