DIY Dehydrated Backpacking Meals

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Nick, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. LoriB

    LoriB Member

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    I add bread crumbs to my ground beef before dehydrating....it rehydrates much better
     
  2. LoriB

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    I read the secret to chicken is to use canned chicken...
     
  3. Nick

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    Just thought I'd post an update on this thread aimed specifically at those on the hunt for paleo/gluten-free backpacking meals. I tried a new freeze dried product over the weekend from Paleo Meals To Go. It was beef stew, just add water like a Mountain House or Backpackers Pantry. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was, especially coming from such a small startup. Tons of meat with good seasoning and excellent texture. Pretty much like real meat, not that funky texture normally found on freeze dried meat. My only complaint was that the seasoning seemed a little inconsistent but it's tough to tell only eating it twice. I did a side by side comparison with Mountain House beef stew which probably made me like it even more. I'll be posting a full review on the product once I can test it more thoroughly, but thought I'd post this here for anyone who might stumble on it.

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    Paleo Meals To Go Beef Stew ready to eat: (Yum!!!)
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    Mountain House Beef Stew ready to eat: (meh...)
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    Compared to the Paleo Meals To Go, Mountain House felt like I was eating some weird manufactured space food, not real food. PMTG definitely won.
     
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  4. nonameiwant

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    Makes me wish those paleo meals were cheaper. If I were to get one it'd be for longer trips just to mix things up
     
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  5. baltocharlie

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    Sometimes you can find chicken in a bag. It is just like tuna, less weight. lately I have had a hard time finding it in stores.
     
  6. Bob

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    Wow....I looked at the Paleo prices. I'd lose weight with those.....couldn't afford to buy many for a trip. :(
     
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  7. Priscilla

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    Hi Bob,
    I was just reading through the review Nick did on our Paleo Meals To Go Beef Mountain Stew and noticed your comment about the price. You're right, they are more expensive! But we did a side-by-side comparison with one of our competitor's meals and Paleo Meals To Go's Beef Mountain Stew has 38% more protein, yet costs only 36.7% more. The increased cost is because of the higher level of protein, a whopping 37 grams per serving! If you'd like more info, check out the Pricing Q&A on our website or contact us directly. We sure appreciate you checking out our website and hope you'll reconsider trying one of our meals. Take care and happy hiking!
    Priscilla
     
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  8. Yeahbuddy

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    Great thread guys thanks for posting. I learned some great stuff. I just got a dehydrator myself as I refuse to eat chemical laiden stuff some people consider food. It's hard in the backcountry to stay on a disciplined diet. So this is great like to see more ideas for meals.
     
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  9. klank

    klank one step at a time

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    @baltocharlie @LoriB check in with local butcher.. they may package single (cooked!)chicken breasts with their rub. we normally carry 2 breasts stashing em in the middle of bear canister. my fave is Backpackers Pantry Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Rice.
     
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  10. baltocharlie

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    I will check this out, thanks
     
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  11. Adventure Dining Guide

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    This is a great post filled with creative recipe ideas! Nick, the stuffed pepper was a great idea, way to re-pourpose a great meal for the backcountry!
     
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  12. Pat L

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    My son and some friends regularly go hiking/camping, usually for 4 or 5 days at a time, so they are very limited in the weight they can carry. He likes for me to make up many dehydrated meals for him,
    One of his favorites (and now I have to make enough for his friends as well) is dehydrated rotisserie lemon pepper chicken, minute rice, chicken bullion crystals and spices. Add water and place the sealed zip lock bag in boiling water for a few minutes.
    Another is zip lock bag omelets using powdered eggs, dehydrated sausage and/or ham, mushrooms, peppers, onions and shredded cheese (yes, I dehydrate that as well) All he has to do is add water to the bag, get as much air out as possible, reseal it and then put it in boiling water for 12 - 13 minutes.
    He can eat these right out of the bag and no clean up.
     
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  13. andyjaggy

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    I just placed an order at Packit Gourmet. Thought I would take a chance on a new brand besides Mountain House. I was hesitant since the last time I tried something besides Mountain House (Backcountry Pantry), the meals were really bad. I will report back here after I get the meals and try them out.
     
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  14. klank

    klank one step at a time

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    hope you picked up some chili. good stuff! recently I added veggie pack found in ramen packs to Chicken & Dumplings - very tasty!
     
  15. klank

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    Packit Smoothies hit the spot when bonking or in the morning prepping for a big day. Berry flavor has my vote.
     
  16. andyjaggy

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    Got my order on Saturday. I made up the Gumbo this morning for breakfast (never been one for traditional breakfasts). It was good, a tad salty for my tastes, but I think after a hard day of backpacking and sweating the extra salt will be a good thing. I was a little dismayed at how small the packages looked, thinking it wasn't going to be enough food for a good meal, but I couldn't finish it.

    The packets of oil, broth, and hot sauce they give you were not a pain like I was expecting, and I really think they helped in giving it a non freeze dried taste.

    Also ordered the tortilla soup, chili, red beans and rice, and chicken and dumplings. Cost wise I don't think it's much cheaper than Mountain House, at least not after you pay shipping. Tastes better, but their selection isn't as good. The only ones that looked good to me were the soups. They probably won't replace Mountain House, but I think I will slip some in here and there for variety.
     
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  17. stormie

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    What type of dehydrator did you use?
     
  18. andyjaggy

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    I've been meal planning for my trips coming up and feel a distinct lack of vegetables in my food list. I go pretty basic with mountain house dinners, instant oatmeals for breakfast, and some various snack through the day (sunflower seeds, cave man bars, dried coconut, etc...) but I would really like to add vegetables to the mix somewhere. Preferably some sort of snack or lunch that has a good amount of veggies. Any idea?
     
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