Cold-Weather Food Guide

Cold-weather expedition food has to balance calories, taste and weight, but cold also affects food in unpredictable ways. It destroys the appeal of some snacks by robbing them of taste (cashews). Other items need to be prepped at home: at -40°C, cheese freezes as hard as stone, so even cheese melted for dinner must be precut into small cubes. In this comprehensive food guide, Jerry Kobalenko discusses the principles of creating a menu for a winter expedition, gives the pros and cons of specific foods and shares his favorite recipes. The list also includes a sample 50-day expedition food list and a calorie/day estimate based on the temperatures you expect to encounter.

About the Author

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.