My first experiences of eating in the bush was picking warm banana passionfruit off vines on the Bullock Track in Dunedin and enjoying the pulp which had been warmed in the sun. I was about three or four. It didn’t get much more sophisticated than that over the years. The smell of kerosene, and the hiss from a Primus as water was brought to the boil. Or more commonly a fire lit, sausages on sticks, water bubbling. Enamel cups. Chipped enamel plates. Or as ten year old boys taking a can of beans or spaghetti, lighting a fire in the shingle of a river bed and eating the contents semi warm. By the time I was doing week long treks as a 14 year old I was carrying base ingredients by the kilo for the whole group in a dodgy A-frame pack. Mainly kilos of flour! It was still done by the kilo as an army cadet and weeks spent in Army training areas was always fuelled by cases of food, though in one memorable outing my two rabbit traps stowed away in the pack yielded roasted, succulent fresh meat to the horror of my city bred fellows and the delight of my farm raised friends.
You won’t find rabbit in any of the packs we are talking about here, though now that I mention it, wild game would be a strong differentiator for someone producing camping food. But we feel Campers Pantry have the right sort of differentiators and we are very pleased to be talking about those. First up, Australian, and more to the point, out of Tasmania. Food quality can be had anywhere of course but there is always something extra special about product out of Tasmania. Sourcing raw materials from a pristine environment like Tassie is always going to get a tick. We like the individual ingredients too. That’s a plus. Instead of just ready made meals you can purchase individual vegetables to use in your own bespoke meals. That is also a plus. Another advantage is the vegetarian menu. And we like the bundle offerings. Which is what we are exploring here, and will review in a handful of blogs. A two day bundle of food which conceivably you could take on its own or use as the foundation for a customised meal plan. But be ready to repel those walking with you who only have cans of beans and a box of matches – they will be foraging around in your pack in the early ours of the morning looking for your freeze dried apples infused with blackcurrant.