Tuesday, December 26, 2006

My latest gross outdoor food experience -- it involves a goat

I've just returned from a three-day backcountry hut trip near Vail. The snow was great, the hut was cozy, the scenery was spectacular. Only one thing was unsettling really, the cheese.

Ever since I was introduced to canned kipper snacks at 13, I've long seen it as a proud tradition to bring stinky, nasty food that you would never eat at home on backpacking trips. And I've long seen it as a badge of honor to eat the stuff.
I've always stepped up, whether it be canned oysters, brown bread, or even cuy. But this time I have to draw the line. Friend and Gazette TV writer Andy Wineke brought a block of Gjetost (pronounced yet-ost) cheese. I'd never heard of the stuff but apparently the hard, brown cheese is made from caramelizing a mix of cow and goat milk and whey. It's nutty, it's sweet, it's stinky. It's really, really weird.

At first I didn't like it. I only tried it to be nice. And even after I tried it I didn't like it. But now, I keep thinking about it. I want to taste it again. The orange cube calls to me.

Is this the strangest trail food ever? I'll take other nominations below.


AndyW said...

It wasn't stinky, whiner.

Zen said...

Try a Filipino balut ... basically a fertilized (read fetus in the shell) duck egg. Mmmmm ... sick and wrong.

Dena Rosenberry said...

I was going to say roasted caterpillars, but they're actually pretty good with chili powder - lightweight protein, too, good on the trail.

But I think the most wicked trail snack was palm grubs. Larvae. Locals swore by them, but they were nasty. I don't think I'd do much better with Zen's balut. Ugh.