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May 08 2016


Camping Food: Easy & Warm Camping Meals.

Reusable food pouch baby food storage
Dehydrated/freeze-dried camping food is great for hiking, backpacking, or camping meals as you don't have to keep it cold in order to avoid spoiling.

While coolers/refrigerators can work well in some situations, ice or electricity might not be available making dehydrated/freeze dried food very attractive. While removing the water helps preserve camping food it also has another benefit...

Reusable food pouch baby food storage
Camping, backpacking, or hiking food that's freeze-dried or dehydrated is able to reduce weight by sixty to ninety percent. If you're carrying a backpack or another hiking gear with a few days worth of camping food and supplies this could make a BIG difference.

As with any prepackaged food you can probably find most camping food portion/serving sizes extremely optimistic or following a long day of hiking...laughable. I am not sure who dreamed the system but ensure that it stays in mind when you're purchasing it because otherwise you will most probably be going hungry, or maybe you're carrying a pack all day you might even be undernourished.

Something different to keep in mind is the design of the container itself. The containers with corners causes it to be difficult for the boiling water to combine with the camping food leaving dry spots. Also tall narrow containers make it almost impossible to reach inside having a spoon without getting as messy as a two year-old, as you come down to the bottom. (An easy option is to trim off the top as you eat.) And if you're a light eater or use them afterwards for trash a few of the containers have a "ziplock" form of closure which can come in handy, if they're not trimmed to ribbons. ;-)

Some camping foods can now be heated with a heating pouch with the addition of water to a chemical heating source. The bonus is there's no flame. The disadvantage is they weigh more than the pouch by itself and there's more trash to dump properly. So it may be better to just bring a small stove if you're backpacking.

Camping food offers tradeoffs. Although it isn't usually gourmet that doesn't mean it has to be bad. All things considered a gourmet meal would make for a lot of extra weight and inconvenience. Not my idea of a fun trip. The reason people buy it is because it's light, convenient, also it can provide a quick hot meal. As for taste.

Don't be the product, buy the product!