3rd Jun 2019 in General
Making a meal together is one of the best team building activities of the Expedition section and helps develop important life skills by:
The expedition aim: participants must plan an appropriate expedition menu, including cooking and eating a substantial hot meal each day. This is optional on the final day.
It’s a great opportunity to be creative. Expedition food doesn’t have to be dull.
Key principles of expedition food
When designing your expedition menu, you should consider:
Download the expedition meal planner to help you plan breakfast, lunch,
dinner and snacks for every day of your expedition.
Key kit for cooking
You’ll need to cook a hot meal during your expedition and show you can use a camping stove effectively. Your stove will normally use gas or methylated spirits as fuel.
Get into good habits with your cooking stove and campcraft to maintain your kit and to stay safe when cooking outdoors.
Time to cook
The DofE recommended Trangia stove is compact, lightweight, easy to clean and cheap to run. If looked after well, they can last for many years. Stoves are usually provided by your DofE Leader, but make sure to check.
Take some time when picking your cooking location. A firm level surface at ground level where the stove will not be knocked over is ideal. It also must be at least two metres away from flammable items e.g. tents.
Fuel must be carried in bottles specifically designed, with a screw top and safety valve. They must be easily distinguished and kept separate from water bottles.
Trangia fuel bottles with safety valves are good to use.
When refuelling, make sure the stove is completely extinguished and the stove/burner has cooled before removing the burner to refill it.
For more stove safety and fuel instructions, download our stove safety guide.
What to eat with?
Specially designed camping utensils can really cut down on weight and space. It’s more robust than regular cookware, which is especially helpful on longer Gold Award expeditions.
The Lifeventure Ellipse range is made from lightweight, durable plastic and is easy to clean. The range includes everything you need for your expedition, including mugs, plates, bowls and cutlery.
Stick to one colour for your cookware so you can recognise what’s yours in your group.
Once you’ve finished cooking and eating your meals, you need to do a few things before packing up.
Download our free poster for more tips on eating on a DofE expedition.
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