Top Ramen — It’s what’s for Dinner (maybe)
I’ve seen blog after blog of people who say Top Ramen Noddles are a mainstay for the AT Thru Hiker and I was one of those who have “drank the koolaid”! As I continue to prepare, I have been planning my meals around the ALL Time Favorite of Top Ramen Noodles for a hot meal after a long day of hiking.
Based on the weight of Top Ramen, it’s easy to understand why it works for long distance hiking. It’s light, easy to make, has 180 calories and is a nice hot meal after a day on the trail. What’s not to like about Top Ramen? It’s kinda like your momma’s chicken noodle soup you loved as a kid.
Well, I was ready to load up my pack with Top Ramen until…..TODay!
Since I hadn’t tested out my new JetBoil stove, I figured why not have a batch of Top Ramen for lunch today made on my friendly and efficient JetBoil stove that I will be using on my AT Thru Hike. All it takes is heating up a little H20, add the noodles and packet of favoring and then EAT and ENJOY!
The JetBoil worked flawlessly…it heated my water is nothing flat (about 2 minutes) and I was ready to add the noodles to steep vs boil to save fuel.
Sure enough, after about 4 minutes of the noodles sitting in hot water — YEAH, the JetBoil get’s the water HOT HOT HOT! I scooped up a mouth full of tasty noodles. I just had to keep my mouth away from the edge of the JetBoil pot, because it’s HOT HOT HOT!
After putting down the bag of noddles, I was feeling proud of myself for being able to cook up lunch with no issues.
HOWEVER….about 30 minutes later, I found myself dealing with an upset stomach and the noodles were NOT staying down. It looks like TOP Ramen Noodles may be moving DOWN my list of Thru Hiking food. I hope this was just a fluke…because I (used to) like Top Ramen Noodles and they’ll be a great choice for my hiking mainstay.
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