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Offline Nils Jonsson

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What do you eat out there?
« on: February 05, 2021, 02:40:43 AM »
Working in the forest is fun but you can’t only work, you have to eat as well. Last winter I decided to make different kinds of sallad in the evenings that I brought to the forest the next day. It was great, a few weeks. Then I bought potato sallad at the grocery, fried some sausages to take with me. That was also great, a few weeks. My fiancé provided me with her home-made potato sallad which made that concept great for another week or two. This season it has been only sandwiches and more sandwiches … and that’s not great anymore. I need inspiration. The food is important when you work hard.
So, what do you eat when you're out there with the chainsaw?

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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2021, 10:48:55 AM »
   We make pasta salad pretty regularly and I have taken it with me on portable jobs. It works well.

  I make mine using the colored salad twirls (Macaroni), diced up onion, diced carrots, diced ham and mayo. Season with salt and black pepper.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I forgot I include diced up tomatoes.
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2021, 01:16:01 PM »
Sandwiches are the good to go food. I don't work in the woods any more and I still have a sandwich most days. Quick and easy.  Of course some days have better stuff between the bread than others. Hot meals are excellent if you have the time, but at O dark thirty, pretty early to heat up and package in the thermos, at least it was for me. 

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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2021, 08:22:02 AM »
The stuff that’s made in the morning at the same time that you cook something for breakfast but not the same thing that lunch. Being a Southern boy, everything is fried. Bacon sandwich’s are good and very easy to keep around, and they hardly require any refrigeration. Thin sliced ham that’s fried and on a sandwich is also good. Toppings and whatever you decide for it (and whatever you have that you see fit to use). Wait, I just like to EAT! I’ve even had people that I help that are so glad to have my help that they just paid me with lunch that they made for themselves. Does that mean that I’ll “work for food”?  :D
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2021, 09:58:31 AM »
Y'all are killing me! What ever happened to beanieweinies, sardines, pot meat, vienna sausage and crackers?
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2021, 01:05:57 PM »
The problem with that, passé  ;D   No real problem, but I always wanted something with more of a homey feel to it. Besides, I always wanted something with a little more fresh cooked for my “tender palate”   headscratch
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2021, 01:22:22 PM »
never had the opportunity, or desire, to carry an ice chest in the woods all day.  So, what ever would go in the day pack.
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2021, 02:08:03 PM »
I understand this will not work for most people, however!   At the sawmill i always have a small fire going,  the woods i am in now they have a lot of trash logs from the loggers and they are always burning logs, if i am cutting at the hedge row or the neighbors maple trees i burn the brush so always a small fire going.

Hot dog on a stick (always a stick somewhere) roasted over an open fire, with a tin can of beans is hard to beat for lunch.   
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2021, 04:31:35 PM »
I like that idea Tristen, because when you use that can, you don’t even need a pan, just remember the welding gloves. I call them “camping potholders”. They also work very well for precision setting of logs in a burning fire, just don’t take all day, everything has its limits!
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2021, 04:55:44 PM »
It's almost always a sammich for lunch, even when I am on the road.  Hotel rooms have a frig.  Ice tea, chips of some sort and two cookies.  Gots to have them cookies.  :D
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2021, 05:01:06 PM »
Out on the block cutting brush, around 10 am I have peanut butter and jam and a cranola bar. At noon I have a black forest ham and cheese on home made bread and a dish of fruit or apple. Copious amounts of tap water from my water jugs, if I run out I get more from the big jug at the truck. ;D The meat I buy is "free from" a lot of stuff in cheaper processed stuff. Only preserve in it is celery extract. No nitro stuff. :)
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2021, 08:20:36 AM »
Many thanks for all the good and tasty suggestions. I asked the same question at another forum that I'm following and got some ideas there as well.
I think I'll start gaining weight again ...  8)

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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2021, 08:48:40 AM »
I once worked with a guy that brought foil wrapped ham, sausage, or egg biscuits with him every day.  He put them on the top of his truck engine when he parked and always had a warm mid-morning snack.
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2021, 09:26:51 AM »
I keep dried dates, figs and apricots in a snack bag at the shop or in my pocket for a snack. In the car we range from nabs & soda up to tuna salad and pimento cheese. I also go Euro and take a chunk of cheese and some real bread such as ciabatta for lunch. 
Fresh fruit is my lunchbox standard along with baloney or braunswager sandwich. 
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2021, 09:34:40 AM »
When I'm at the mill, I usually pack a peanutbutter samich, heavy with the peanutbutter, or a "hard fried" egg samich!

Gotta have that energy!
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2021, 10:13:29 AM »
I once worked with a guy that brought foil wrapped ham, sausage, or egg biscuits with him every day.  He put them on the top of his truck engine when he parked and always had a warm mid-morning snack.
At home, I'll make a big Cuban pork roast.  We like to make burritos with white rice and black beans.  Also some cheddar cheese and some mole' (sp) - olive oil, lemon, garlic and a little water.  So I make a bunch, wrap in foil and freeze.  I put one in the cooler with a gallon of water for the day.  I plop it on my truck hood in the morning to defrost.  If I'm using the generator, on that to heat up, otherwise on the old-water-heater-tank-stove to brown it up.  Some chips and some cookies after.
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2021, 11:40:37 AM »
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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2021, 03:33:28 PM »
I rarely go out to work any more but when I did I liked to have food to look forward to. Pasta salad is hard to beat, it will stay with you and the variety is endless. Recipes were based on what's in the fridge or garden. Usually I'd make enough on Sunday night for 4 meals. 

A big chef salad works too, also endless possibilities with a sharp cheese and black olives. Crackers supply the carbs there. A pocket full of venison jerky will get you through the low spots with style.

Sandwiches were usually cold ground venison [olive oil] on some hardy bread.  Even these days I keep a can of pork and beans in the truck, if you're hungry it's a welcome sight even cold and will last you a while. Ditto a can of sardines and dried fruit.  Venison jerky is the all around champ for unplanned starving sessions, work or otherwise. I never leave home with out it [almost].

Being a carpenter some times you could have access to a micro wave, in winter you can live it up with home made stew or chili. As for drinks I always took well water, usually enough for the crew.

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Re: What do you eat out there?
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2021, 04:06:25 PM »
Y'all are killing me! What ever happened to beanieweinies, sardines, pot meat, vienna sausage and crackers?
I was sitting on the tailgate eating my lunch the other day when asked, "What is potted meat?"  I said, "Everything that doesn't make it into a hot dog".  I eat quite a bit of it; a can of potted meat with a pack of nabs is a Southern Virginia banquet.  I just miss the days of "Fairfax Hall" (a now defunct local Virginia brand) potted meat and vienna sausages.  They were my favorite.  WalMart's house brand is the next closest thing.
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2021, 06:24:15 PM »
I worked in a packing plant where we made hot dogs, all types of sausages and any other luncheon meats plus hams and more. I am very pleased that in spite of losing the flavors I associate with an old time hot dog, bologna and certain other luncheon meats, their are many offerings nowdays of sausages and wieners that have zero sodium nitrate and nitrite. Potted meat, vienna sausages , spam and the like are not healthy foods. Fats, salts are through the roof. My stents don't need fatty meats. I do allow myself and occasional pkg of Braunswager/bologna but not an everyday lunch item. 
When I was single I ate enough beanie weinies made from scratch to kill a horse? 
Todays grocery has lots of frozen choices not seen back then.  
 Sardines I'm not so worried about but don't eat them much in recent years. i always liked the tiny ones vs. the bigger fishies. 
We eat wild caught salmon patties whenever we have beans for a meal, plus fried taters. 
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