There are many ways of consuming calories while on the trails. One of our favorite, and most convenient, is dehydrated meals. It’s pretty self explanatory, too. Welcome to Dehydrated Meals 101.
Dehydrated meals are dried ingredients that you’re able to add hot water to and have an instant warm meal. They’re lite and have great nutritional values. Companies have dehydrated any and everything from chicken curry to ice cream sandwiches. And it doesn’t taste half bad. Our favorite dessert is the Backpacker’s Pantry Cheesecake which tastes pretty incredible and very satisfying. Especially after a long day of hiking. We love having the option to bring our favorite meals (and desserts) while not being worried about the weight it normally brings.
AlpineAire dehydrated meals is one of our favorite go-to’s while hiking multiple days in the wilderness. Their passion for providing quality ingredients is evident with their abundant seasoning and various recipes to choose from. With being in business for almost 40 years they’re definitely doing something right. We’ve tried multiple recipes and our favorite seems to be the Mountain Chili, although their Creamy Potato Cheddar Soup comes in a close second. Definitely a must if you’re planning a backpacking adventure in the cooler temperatures of the year.
If buying dehydrated meals is out of your budget then creating your own recipes is actually pretty easy (and cheaper in the long haul.) There’s many processes to dehydrating your ingredients but right now I’ll sum up the most convenient method..which is simply using your kitchen oven. Slow and low is the way to go. Ingredients include fruits, veggies, meats, and seasonings. You’ll arrange them on a cooking sheet at 140-150° and allow it to bake for up to 12 hours. These meals can last at room temperature for a month, 3 months if refrigerated, and up to a year if kept in the freezer.
“It’s wonderful how nature is a part of us. The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us.”
If you’re not interested in dehydrated meals and you just want a fresh, warm meal while around the campfire then Foil Packet Meals will be your best friend. You simply choose which ingredients you like, put them in foil, and throw it on the fire. Within 15 minuets you have a hardy meal. This is our favorite method when we’re able to bring a cooler and not worried about the weight in our packs.
This blog was written to inform you that eating your favorite meals while on the trail is completely possible. With many companies getting creative with their meal options, you are bound to find your favorite to bring along in your pack..and if not, don’t be scared to create your own meals. This food is responsible for your energy to allow long, beautiful days on the trails..so don’t let this preparation be an after thought!
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