Backpacking Condiment Bar!

Save left-over condiments from your epicurean excursions to the various fast-food establishments. Heinz Corp. Products, the company that produces the bulk of these packets, claims a shelf-life of between 4 to 9 months for most of their products. Ranging from their Hot taco sauce at 4 months to Mayonnaise at 8 months. If your stash is fairly fresh, you should have no trouble on the trail for a couple of weeks. A small collection of each flavor makes a great arsenal against day-in-day-out just-add-hot-water faire. All those neat little packets don’t spoil in your pack. Just pack a couple of each of your favorite flavors in a zipper bag ( to protect, in case of accidental over-compression). Unfortunately, the little laminated-foil packets last longer than the contents, even in the hottest campfire, so please pack them out along with the corner that you chewed off prior to dispensing your new-found food reincarnators.

Pizza place: envelopes of red pepper and parmesan cheese
Taco place: salsas of various burn
Hamburger place: mustard, ketchup, relish, jelly squares, S&P
Asian place: soy sauce, duck sauce, hot mustard
Chicken place: honey, jelly, sweet and sour, bbq
Donut place: non-dairy creamer, sugar

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

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