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  Freeze dried meals
  Posted by: Kayak_Ken on Jan-01-14 7:59 PM (EST)

Has anyone ever tried Wise Company Favorites Gourmet Freeze-Dried/Dehydrated Meals?

Looks like a pretty good deal if they taste ok.


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  I ordered some but have not used them
  Posted by: randy_morgart on Jan-01-14 10:36 PM (EST)
They have much longer cooking times than I want to use the fuel on while camping. I'll save them for car camping.

You can try for homemade freezer bag meals that we use a lot. Or email me for some of my own freezer bag recipes.

  Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-02-14 12:08 AM (EST)
Boiling water takes too long? 12-15 minutes wait time not cooking time.

Havent tried those. Some of the commrercial fz dried foods have astronomical sodium levels.

I often make my own and add freeze dried meat if I am not in the mood to dehydrate it. You can get lots of ideas by browsing the rice and noodle section at the store.Add some dehydrated veggies and protein and you are good to go
  Posted by: Seadddict on Jan-02-14 12:48 PM (EST)
I haven't bought a freeze dried meal in many years. Easy & healthier to build your own. Lots of outdoor cookbooks out there with suggestions if you need them.
  you're not kidding about the sodium
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Jan-02-14 1:42 PM (EST)
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And most of the time I'd eat the serving "meant for two". I rationalized by telling myself that I probably sweated out plenty of salt during the day.

What I find interesting about these meals is that you can often find a cheaper alternative already on the grocery shelves, if you don't want to make your own. They may not be packaged as conveniently and aren't specifically marketed to campers.

  Posted by: suzanneh on Jan-02-14 1:41 PM (EST)
Costly meals if I read right... 7 meals for $45.

You can eat healthier if you put together your own meals from the supermarket. So many easy foods that are tastier and healthier and readily available without much fuss.
  BUT can you make your own
  Posted by: dc9mm on Jan-09-14 3:37 PM (EST)
Can you make your own if you don't want to buy a dehydrate and vacuum bagger ?

I don't do enough camping to justify buying specialized appliances. I go on about 3 to 4 kayak camping trips per summer. Doesn't see like enough to buy equipment to make my own meals.

Plus do they sell plastic bags you can poor boiling water in that are nice and thick like the ones you get when you buy a meal that will stand up on there own.The Mountain House meals the bag is nice and thick, just poor boiling water in it, set it on a rock and wait 10 minutes.
  The trail coking book recommends
  Posted by: randy_morgart on Jan-09-14 9:36 PM (EST)
qt freezer bags. Most meals feed one or two. Many use off the shelf pasta dishes as a base or you can buy the needed amount at Whole foods or other bulk sellers.

You put in can/pouch of chicken or tuna, add boiling water and put into a cozy or wrap in jacket for time required. Going this with Mountain House or others they stay hotter too.

Here's one of my recipes

1 pkg instant mashed potatoes flavor of your choice.
1/4 cup shelf stable bacon bits
1 tsp butter powder (found in popcorn section)
1 tsp chicken bullion (*use low salt or experiment first for taste)
I can or pouch of chicken.

I usually leave potato mix in wrapper for freshness. If not write instructions on freezer bag with sharpie. Mix ingredients in one bag, place it and chicken into a second bag if you plan to share. In camp add all ingredients in one bag with required amount of water, stir well and let set for required time. Divide between bags if sharing.




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