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.

Celebrate National Barbeque Month with Healthy Recipes

May is National Barbeque Month, and you can celebrate the occasion by cooking up a delicious meal full of smoky, flavor-packed treats. With these scrumptious recipes from Hickory Farms, you can grill up a healthy dinner from start to finish.

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First Course

For a fun spin on a traditional bread course, substitute plain, white bread with a delicious Grilled Flatbread. Make the dough by combining yeast with warm water and adding flour. Allow the mixture to rest before kneading in some sour cream. Then, roll the dough out into flat pieces and throw them on the grill for a nice char. After flipping, finish the flatbread with your choice of toppings, or with one of our delicious cheeses.

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Entree

For the main course, opt for a sweet and smoky grilled pork tenderloin. Start by marinating your tenderloin in a mixture of maple syrup, cider vinegar, garlic and our tangy Sweet Hot Mustard. When the pork has absorbed the flavor, place it on the grill and pour the marinade in a saucepan and allow it to reduce. Afterwards, slice the pork and serve the marinade sauce on top.

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Side Dish

Grilling brings out a rich, caramel-like flavor in veggies. You can enjoy these delicious flavors in a Pasta and Grilled Vegetable Salad. Simply slice up whatever veggies you prefer, such as squash, eggplant and bell peppers, toss them in some olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper, and then throw them on the grill. When your veggies are finished cooking, toss them with some pasta, a couple slices of our Turkey Summer Sausage, some Peppercorn White Cheddar and your favorite vinaigrette dressing.

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Dessert

Even sweet treats are better on the grill. For a truly decadent end to your grilled meal, cook up some Grilled Balsamic Peaches. Begin by combining balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small pan and sauté until it’s reduced by half. Then, finish the sauce by adding vanilla and pepper. While you’re making the sauce, slice some peaches in half and grill them on the side. Assemble your dessert by topping the peaches with melted butter, ice cream, your homemade balsamic syrup and an array of nuts from our Finest Mixed Nuts Tin.

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With these four healthy dishes and our fine Hickory Farms ingredients (our Traditions of Home basket contains everything you’ll need!); May just might become your new favorite month for BBQ-inspired fun.

Give Thanks to Our Wonderful Teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day!

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” - Henry Adams

Hickory Farms would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution teachers make toAmerica’s youths. They are the too-often unsung heroes in the trenches, playing multiple roles as counselors, healers, coaches and substitute parents. They often work long hours putting lesson plans together to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible.

Teachers should be shown appreciation every day for their dedication to shaping the minds and sharpening the intellect of the next generation of responsible adults. National Teacher Appreciation Day is on May 6, and we’ve put together a few gift ideas in honor of all the teachers making a difference in the lives of our children.

 

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  • A gift certificate to a local spa for a massage, facial, pedicure or other rejuvenating service would certainly be appreciated by a weary teacher who rarely has the time to be pampered.

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  • Balloon bouquets are a nice gesture, especially when accompanied by a heartfelt note from grateful parents and appreciative students. Veteran teachers often treasure student notes for decades as proof they’ve indeed made a difference to impressionable children.

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  • Teachers will be glad to receive a gift certificate for two to a local restaurant, perhaps accompanied by a pair of movie tickets, so they can enjoy a leisurely night out.

 

On May 6, take the time to thank your children’s teachers for their hard work instructing and inspiring students to reach their potential and expand their horizons. You can always keep it simple with a Hickory Farms gift certificate for $25, $50 or $100, so they can make their own selection. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order today.