This weekend my friend Eulalia and I are going to try “Viking trekking”, or backpacking in the wilderness using only (or at least mostly) Viking appropriate gear. I’ve been making some oilcloth for shelter, gathering wool blankets, fixing up my Viking shoes, etc. I’ve also been prepping the food I’m going to take with me.
So far I’ve roasted some barley which I’m going to grind into meal. In extremis in can be eaten as is, but I’m hoping to boil it with some of the other stuff I’m taking, like dried fruit and dried meat. I’m also sprouting some peas, which I will dry and take for either stewing or just snacking on dry. I’m hoping maybe some huckleberries will be ripe so we can do some foraging too.
Today’s tasks are to bake some wheat/barley hardtack and get the peas dried, plus grind the barley meal.
One of the only non-period things I’m bringing is my camera, so I’ll post some pictures after we get back…