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08 May 2016
Reusable food pouch baby food storage
Dehydrated/freeze-dried camping meals are great for hiking, backpacking, or camping meals because you don't have to keep it cold to prevent spoiling.

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

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

As with every prepackaged food you can probably find most camping food portion/serving sizes extremely optimistic or after a long day of hiking...laughable. I don't know who dreamed up the system but ensure that it stays in mind when you're acquiring it because otherwise you'll likely be going hungry, or if you're carrying a pack throughout the day you might even be undernourished.

Something different to keep in mind is the kind 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 ensure it is almost impossible to reach inside having a spoon without getting as messy being 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 rely on them afterwards for trash a few of the containers have a "ziplock" kind of closure which can be useful, if they're not trimmed to ribbons. ;-)

Some camping foods can be heated with a heating pouch with the addition of water to a chemical heating source. The bonus is there's no flame. The downside is they weigh a lot more than the pouch alone and there's more trash to dispose of properly. So it could be better to just bring a little stove if you're backpacking.

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


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