Ode to Freeze-dried Suppers

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If you’ve been in the backcountry over night, you know what I’m talking about when I say that there are few things that taste as good as a re-hydrated meal eaten right out of the bag in the middle of nowhere after a long day of hiking. Dehydrated meals are a must for any true backpacker. And boy, do we love them. Here are the top reasons why freeze-dried meals are the shizz:

1. There is no better way to pack in the calories needed for long days of trekking it through the wild.

2. They provide you with a hot meal at the end of a long day. Think how nice a warm pouch of Chili Mac would be after a 12 mile hike, eaten as the sun starts setting over the mountains and that cool night air starts to creep in. You can’t beat it. Hot meal. A must.

3. Some of them actually taste really good. Try these meals from Mountain House: Chicken a la King, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Beef Stroganoff, Chili Mac with Beef, or Mac and Cheese. Steer clear of the ‘Breakfast’ options…just my advice.

4. Easy clean up when you eat right out of the bag! No bowls required. Just rinse the bag out when you’re done, roll it up small, and stuff it in your pack. No muss no fuss.

5. They fill you up. No really. You wont be hungry after downing a Mountain House Entree pouch.

Freeze-dried suppers are a life saver on a cool, wilderness night. That’s why we, the adventurers, the explorers, the backcountry men [and women], love them so.

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3 thoughts on “Ode to Freeze-dried Suppers

  1. Professor Errant says:

    There are also a ton of resources out there about dehydrating your own meals, to be cooked in-bag in the same way, that give you some creative control over the taste and avoid the nastier preservatives and chemicals the pre-made stuff comes with. I’ve had a lot of success with these.

    But, man–I could eat the stroganoff all day, every day. There is something really satisfying about those packages…

    • Wild Writes says:

      Dehydrating my own meals is something I have really been wanting to try. I love the idea of eliminating some of the sodium and other unknown chemicals by making my own food. Maybe this will be the year I get serious about it and give it a try!

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