Crotch Pot Cooking

“You’re hotter than you think!”

Cooking with your new Crotch Pot™ is easy! While it may not be suited to multi-pot gourmet outdoor feasts, it is perfect for lightweight on-the-go cooking of nutritious and delicious backcountry meals. Basically any meal for a single serving, that has instructions that involve adding boiling water and letting it sit briefly, is suitable for your Crotch Pot.

Directions for Use: Generally speaking, put dry ingredients in a quart, freezer pleated zipper Ziploc bag (samples provided with your Crotch Pot), and add the indicated amount of water. (For an easy and lightweight measuring cup, use a Sharpie to mark graduations on a Ziploc bag at home, using measuring cups of water, which you can use to measure water in the backcountry.) Then slip the Crotch Pot into the front of your pants, directly against your skin, and clip onto your belt loops (if you don’t have any belt loops, use safety pins). Hike for between 1 and 2 hours. Then take out of your pants and enjoy your warm dinner!

One great source for crotch-friendly recipes is Trail Cooking. You can also make easy recipes yourself with a little imagination. Things to remember when looking for (or creating) appropriate recipes for your new Crotch Pot:

  1. Serves 1 (recipes for 2 will be too much volume to fit in your Crotch Pot)
  2. “Add hot water” recipes that don’t require any simmering
  3. Recipes that don’t require you to pour water off pasta after cooking (this will be too much water to put down your pants, and won’t heat other ingredients)
  4. Generally if the dry ingredients are around 4 oz., that seems to work best. If you have a recipe with 7 or 8 oz. of dry ingredients, that might be a little large to slip down your pants.
  5. Mashed potato recipes are tricky, because they quickly soak up the water. If experimenting with mashed potato recipes, we recommend putting only about half to two-thirds of the potatoes in the water, so that it makes a slush that you can then heat. Then right before eating, stir in the rest of the dry potatoes.

To get you started, the reverse page has a couple of ‘crotch-friendly’ examples courtesy of Trail Cooking. If you want more, ask Trail Cooking for some more examples. You can also start to experiment on your own (Glen throws together a simple dinner with some instant brown rice, dried black bean soup mix, and spices). Then post your favorites and start to share with other Crotch Pot enthusiasts!


Broccoli Walnut Chicken Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 c instant brown rice
  • 2 T diced dried broccoli
  • 2 T diced walnuts
  • 1 T diced dried onion
  • 1 t low sodium chicken bouillon
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1⁄2 t dried garlic
  • 1 T shelf stable parmesan cheese (use 2-3 packets from a pizza place)
  • 1 T olive oil (1 packet from a sandwich shop)
  • 1 can 3 ounces chicken (or small pouch)
  • 1 c water
  • 2 t chicken gravy dry mix (organic if possible)

Instructions:

  1. At home pack the dry ingredients in a quart freezer Ziploc bag.
  2. An hour or two before dinner, add the oil, chicken with bouillon and 1 cup water to the dry ingredients. Stir well, seal tightly and put in the Crotch Pot and insert next to your skin.
  3. After an hour or two of hiking (you can ‘knead’ periodically to make sure ingredients are well-mixed), take out, slip into a cozy or your hat. Stir again and top with the cheese. Enjoy!


Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄3 c instant quinoa flakes
  • 1 1⁄2 t brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 c water

Instructions:

  1. At home pack the dry ingredients in a quart freezer Ziploc bag.
  2. Pack up your gear first thing in the morning, and before you start hiking, add 1 cup water to the dry ingredients. Stir well, seal tightly and put in the Crotch Pot and insert next to your skin.
  3. After an hour or two of hiking (you can ‘knead’ periodically to make sure ingredients are well-mixed), take out, stir again and enjoy!