We Klymit kids love to revel in the fact that we are, without a doubt, science nerds in the best possible way. Our curiosity for why things are the way they are and how science can make them even better is what our company was founded on and remains our focus.
We love science. We were pleased to see that you do to, at least when it comes to marshmallows. Being that we are science nerds we track which of our Twitter posts get the most clicks. Last week it was a post all about the science of roasting the perfect marshmallow, a story that ran on NPR compiled by fellow science geek, Joe Palca. So it made us think, what else can we find out about the science of cooking and dining in the woods? Here is what we discovered.
- Flames are bad – When you are grilling in the woods (or anywhere for that matter), you want to try to cook as much as possible on coals. Flames create soot on your food, and soot deposits chemicals like polyaromatic hydrocarbons that are known carcinogens.
- Steak at room (or outdoor) temp – While it is important to ensure your food, especially raw meat, isn’t getting too warm don’t fret if your steak is not ice cold when you break it out of your pack for the first night of a backpacking trip before you dive into the plethora of freeze dried and preserved food for the remainder of the trip. Steak is often the most tasty when cooked from room (or outdoor temp) because it doesn’t have to be on the fire as long to reach a fully cooked temp. The less time over the coals (notice we didn’t say flames here) the juicier the steak.
- PB&J vs the energy bar – With 18 grams of fat, 59 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams of protein and 432 calories, 500 mg of sodium (based on a sandwich with two slices of wheat bread, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and two tablespoons of grape jelly), the peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be a a viable alternative for you on a strenuous days. One leading energy bar has 5 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of protein,240 calories, 140 mg of sodium, so you can see that the PB&J really packs the punch. If you’re watching your waist line maybe go with the energy bar, but if you’re bagging bog ‘ol peaks the PB&J may pack the punch you’re looking for.
All right that is enough Julia Childs with a science/woodsy twist. Happy cooking and camping.