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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2017, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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Default What is your favorite dehydrated food?

I'd like to know what people's choices are when it comes to dehydrated food. I've tried a few different ones, some of which are not bad and others which almost made me throw up in my mouth. Any suggestions for making your own light weight meals to take on a multi-day backpacking trip?... I'm talking about actual meals, not snacks like trail mix.
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Interesting. I'd like to hear about that as well.

I tend to dislike these packaged dehydrated meals you buy at MEC, Atmosphere etc. They are 1) overpriced 2) fine for several people, but when you are solo as I am most of the time, it is too big for single serving (and I'm lazy to divide, pack/repack etc).

Here's what usually works better for me: Dehydrated noodles (can get them for <1 dollar). Ultra light. Can easily eat as single meal. I usually carry pack of pepperoni sticks & slice up one inside. Have tea after + granola bar & I'm all set.
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I do not like the store bought dehydrated meals.

Home made bolognese or marinara sauce dehydrated on parchment in the oven reconstitutes well and tastes as good as fresh. Texture is different but taste is great. I do the ground beef and sauce separately but probably not necessary.

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We prefer Backpackers Pantry meals as they generally have less sodium, and tend to have the best ingredients.We always add things to them like Curry powder, granulated garlic or Parmesan cheese..so even if not the tastiest meal to begin with, it surely is when we're done with it.
We've dehydrated our on meals at one time, but found it to be far more work and effort than it was worth, Alpine Aire meals are also another one we use and enjoy..
Just had Backpackers Pantry Kathmandu Curry and it was a killer meal with some mini flatbreads!
On the self dehydration front, mac and cheese is simple to do, although takes forever but reconstitutes well.. I've always been leary of dehydrating meat..
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Brent in Canmore makes the food. It's really good and would recommend.
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Brent in Canmore makes the food. It's really good and would recommend.
Might pick some up while we're in the neighbourhood..
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Backpacker's Pantry Chili Macaroni with Beef. I could eat this all day long.
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BP PASTA VEGETABLE PARMAGIANA is another delicious meal, especially with extra Parm..
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MaryJanesFarm Shepherd's Meat Pie is my goto backcountry meal. But I'm just looking for something to fill me, not experimenting on taste. Adding a bit of pepper helps.

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Backpacker's Pantry lentil-bean versions - besides Katmandu Curry Cuban Coconut Black Beans and Rice. Louisiana Red Beans because it's one of the cheapest. Maybe add something if you eat it twice during a trip.

The other I've tried now is AlpineAire - the package is not as big as BP - Lasagna - well, it doesn't look like Lasagna but it surprisingly tasted like Lasagna. There could be more pasta in it perhaps.

Very expensive but somehow impressive (and spicy, Thai Curry) are Good-to-go Meals. Real large pieces of broccoli and other ingredients in it. It's like ordered from a not too bad take-out place. Consequently you are quite thirsty afterwards -
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We make our own. Never tried any of the store bought ones. We are typically not out for more than 3 nights at a time so the menu can be pretty similar for dinners. I don't mind repetition when I'm on the trail. Chili is a favourite as well as noodles & pasta sauce. It's not as labour intensive as you may think and we usually do a lot at once and then throw it in the freezer.

If you have questions on the dehydrating process I would be happy to help.
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This is some of what was in the grab and go bag. Clockwise from the top.
Dehydrated potatoes with onion and garlic.
Small star soup noodles (good with a bouillon cube for a 3 minute soup).
Mexican bean soup - Pinto and kidney bean flakes, mex oregano, garlic, onion, menuedo mix, red/green peppers, lime zest, chili powder. (recipe concocted by my 12 year old niece)
Minute rice.
Dried ground beef.

The most satisfying meal is probably mashed potatoes with ground beef, add some sharp chipped cheddar in for last stir. Its kinda like a shepards pie.
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I have been using Hawk's Vittles exclusively For backpacking for a number of years. It is a cottage company and it's main guy is a professional chef who is also a backpacker. The dinners are fabulous, and they are calibrated to have exactly the right amount of nutrients, minerals, and calories needed.
They are so tasty that I really look forward to dinner on the trail! Favorites include cowboy pasta, sweet Italian sausage and pasta, and morrocan curry.
They make both double and single servings. You can look up Hawks Vittles online to order.
Btw, they are also reasonable priced.
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I really enjoy Packit Gourmet. There's a bit pricey, but most meals I have tried are delicious.
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I really enjoy Packit Gourmet. There's a bit pricey, but most meals I have tried are delicious.

Their Banana Puddin is OMFG. Love all the condiments that come with their food, feels almost civilized
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