Bad taste Flavour must haves

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So I'm starting to put together a small cooking cook with some spices and stuff that can make some that might be bland into something that would make Matt Preston adjust his cravate. So far so lme must haves for me will olive oil chilli powder and tabsco sauce. And have just discovered the outback spirit seasonings so some of that will go good to. So what are some others to add to this. I will add I am new to bushcraft cooking. But I will eat absolutely anything that is edible.
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Wooster sauce is another one for your list. Garlic goes well with some things too. But my general rule is: "If you can't make it taste alright with chilli or Worcestershire sauce it probably wasn't edible to begin with." :p
 

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Perhaps the easiest way is to stick to the known tastes that enhance foods i.e. typically those used in the Asian communities: sweet, sour, salty, umami, chilli (spicy). So, all that's needed is to put together a condiment pack that contains those qualities. E.g. sugar, tamarind, soy sauce, dried mushrooms, chilli flakes, etc.

A separate bunch of flavourings to add to this pack are the herbs & spices e.g. dried thyme, rosemary, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, bay leaf, fenugreek, fennel, etc.

That way you can adjust the flavours to suit, making complex flavours from essentially the same base ingredients: Thai, Japanese, Indian, etc.

Don't make the mistake of buying large volumes of spices - they lose their essential oils over time, so fresh is best.
 

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Hi,

I spent days walking in Tassie with not much but TVP. Liquids and sauces are OK to carry if car camping but walking you need dry ingredients or close as.

Dessicated coconut milk sachets, curry powder (get good stuff from a specialist shop), salt, pepper, sachets of tomato paste, fresh garlic, Italian herbs will help get a range of flavours going in otherwise bland foods.

Cheeses and salamis chopped up in packet noodle soups go great too.

KB
 

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I save the little flavouring packs that come with noodles.
Onion or garlic powder is very flavoursome, light and long lasting.
The best sauce of course is hunger.
 

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Remembering this simple saying K.I.S.S keep things simple s.....!! To me this is easy take what you know you eat like and enjoy. If you cook game you already know what you enjoy eating at home so take similar flavouring in your kit.
Some of the seasonings to consider are of course Salt and pepper, then curry powder, chilli , ginger, paprika, garlic , mixed herbs or even all spice. All come dried and in powder form some could even be carried fresh.
But the simple answer is take what you would eat and enjoy at home , don't try and re-invent/change your eating tastes out bush
 

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I have seen people using tic TAC containers for spices. I don't like tic TAC so not going to buy them just for the container. What are some other cheap easy alternatives for carrying the spices
 

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Little bottles of any sought. Wayne's World sell a few types cheap even glass or plastic test tubes with cork stoppers something like $2 FOR 4 depending on sizes.
 

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You can fill and seal drinking straws if you want to make your own mini-sachets. You can use them for dry or "wet" ingredients (eg chilli or tomato sauce etc I've made some with cooking oil and others with maple syrup - for pancakes)
 

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i used a vac bag and sealed one end then sealed it vertically every cm or so. then filled those with the sauces and spices. they take up minimal room and are light enough to not notice. ill try find an image
 

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My favourite spice, at least on chicken breast which I regularly cook in a glass convection oven, is Blackened Seasoning.




I'm not sure if its readily available in Australia..we bought some back from the USA.
 

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I have seen people using tic TAC containers for spices. I don't like tic TAC so not going to buy them just for the container. What are some other cheap easy alternatives for carrying the spices
If you know anyone who takes prescribed medicines, the little plastic screw top bottles are bomb-proof and food safe. Some have coloured lids, so can colour-code them according to particular things.
 

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One of the flavorings I use most in general cooking day to day is chicken stock, so I have a tic tac container of it in my kit for when I'm cooking in the bush.
It's good as a soup base but I use it often where I would otherwise just use salt, even with other meats such as lamb. If you don't overdo it then it tends not to overpower other flavors like beef stock can.

Onion power is good with just about everything. But home made onion powder has a lot more flavor than the store bought stuff.
I've dehydrated a load of onions then put it in the kitchen wizz. It ends up with powder and granules so I separate them with a sieve so I can choose between the two depending on what I'm cooking.
Both the powder and the granules are good for cooking but the granules take longer to cook, so powder can often be better.
Onion powder and stock powder make a basic onion soup which you can add other stuff to or drink it as-is.

Garlic powder is good but the store bought stuff doesn't tend to have much flavor. I need to try dehydrating finely chopped or even jar garlic instead to see if has more flavor. I'm guessing it would.

A really convenient one is soy sauce in the little single serve fish shaped squeeze bottles. If you buy something from a sushi place they usually give you a few of them. You can also go to asian supermarkets and buy bags of them.
The containers could possibly be kept, rinsed, and refilled with other sauces too.

Masala spice mixes like garam masala, tika masala, etc.
You can buy them in supermarkets or make them by following simple recipes online.
If you take rice and lentils as well you can make a basic tasty curry (dahl), then throw in anything you can find; fish, yabbies, crabs, bitter greens, wild onion/garlic, etc.
I've made dahl in a billy like that using a custom spice mix that's basically just tika masala with chilli powder, garlic powder, onion power, chicken stock, etc. It can be a really tasty, spicy, filling meal even on its own.

Coconut milk powder is good for making sauces and soups. I add it to the lentil dahl and it makes it a lot tastier.
 

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Cheap 'cup a soup' packets are good flavour enhancers.

Auscraft what do you use the spray bottles for? Oil?
 

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The spray bottles I do use more for hygiene or first aid more so but vinegar and fine oils could be used.
 

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I use the plastic eye dropper bottles that I got off eBay after someone here posted the link. They came in a bag of 50.
I use them for: golden syrup, chipotle, chili sauce, washing up liquid and also for Friar's balsam( brilliant for helping steristrips stick)
 
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