5 Ultra-Light Backpacking Foods for Long Day Hikes

The summer months are great for taking long hikes, either solo or with the family. Wherever your wanderlust takes you, your appetite will surely follow. According to OutdoorsNW, adults need between a half and a pound of food per day while hiking. Luckily, Hickory Farms has come up with five foods that are easy to bring along on hikes, so you can reach each peak and summit with energy to spare. Below are some of our favorites.

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The sweet yet salty taste of homemade Thai Beef Jerky is a compact snack that will last a month if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated until the day of your hike. Three pounds of sirloin tip makes a pound and a half of jerky. Just add honey, soy and fish sauce and some ground coriander. It’s simple and delicious!

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Nuts can be a healthy component of most diets, containing both carbs and protein. Our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin features a trio of pecans, cashews and almonds you can portion into baggies for a quick on-the-go snack as you’re hiking along and checking out the surrounding flora and fauna.

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When you’re ready to sit down and catch your breath, break out the cheddar and crackers, using your trusty utility knife to slice the cheese. Our Cheese Trio Gift Box with two flavors of cheddar and Mission Jack Blend taste great when paired with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, and can easily fit in a knapsack. Our Summer Sausage is also a good choice to bring this snack full circle.

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Dried fruit, either alone or as part of a trail mix with GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), is both tasty and highly portable. It’s a favorite of hikers everywhere.

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Firm-skinned fresh fruit like oranges, apples and pears are full of juices that keep hikers hydrated. Just remember to bring along your water too.

Hickory Farms has plenty of fruit and nut selections and pantry essentials to make any hike a gourmet experience. Order online today or call 800.753.8558 for home delivery.

Easy-to-Make Salami Appetizers for Last-Minute Parties

Long, spring days are the perfect time to host impromptu gatherings with friends and neighbors. As the sun sets and the stars come out, take some time to linger over drinks and appetizers with your loved ones. Hickory Farms put together a few simple recipes for tasty appetizers, so you can get back to your guests and the fun in a jiffy.

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  • Make some mini paninis with sourdough bread, salami and a savory cheese like Hickory Farms Farmhouse Cheddar. This appetizer is easy to make and so delicious!

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  • Whip up a quick pizza using pre-made crust. Afterwards, top with sauce, cheese, arugula, salami slices and some sliced green and black olives.
  • Use sturdy springs of fresh rosemary as skewers for layers of salami, cheese, artichoke hearts, olives and tomato bites.

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  • Keep it simple and arrange a delicious platter with slices of prosciutto, salami, melon and figs, alongside thickly-sliced country bread. Your guests will think they’re inTuscany!
  • Make some salami roll-ups with cream cheese and a dollop of horseradish on thinly sliced salami. Spear your rolls with a toothpick garnished with an olive, and serve these goodies with Hickory Farms Olive Oil and Rosemary Crackers.

If you want to mix things up, you can use our award-winning summer sausage as a substitute for salami in any of these quick recipes. Hickory Farms gift baskets have been delighting families with their abundance of sweet and savory goodies for all occasions since we opened our doors in 1951. With so many convenient ways to order, it’s a simple step to ship a basket across town or across the country, so you can always be a part of celebrations near and far. Call 800.753.8558 and place your order today for home delivery.