SAPPORO--As a man who has ventured into some of the world’s most hostile environments, Mikio Abe knows the importance of getting a nourishing warm meal without the hassle of carrying around pots and pans.
An alpinist and professional photographer, Abe was a member of three Antarctic expeditions beginning in 2007, during which he served as the officer in charge of procuring food supplies.
He even spent one entire three-month mission with a geological study team in a tent with temperatures dropping as low as minus 25 degrees.
Determining that it was necessary to come up with meals that were not only nourishing but also tasty enough to help the expedition endure under such grueling conditions, Abe came up with a lineup of homemade foods that were freeze-dried to make preparation much easier under harsh conditions.
Now, some of the meals Abe served up in the frigid Antarctic are available for sale to the public.
Abe asked a Nagano Prefecture-based food company to produce 16 main dishes that could be taken on the Antarctic mission. The menu includes grilled salmon, scallop sashimi, stir-fried beef and bell peppers, just to name a few samples. All the items use ingredients produced in his native Hokkaido.
The freeze-dried meals can be purchased at Shugakuso, a mountain climbing gear shop in Sapporo and Asahikawa.
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