Current Freeze Dried Meal Favorites

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Current Freeze Dried Meal Favorites

Post by maverick » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:10 pm

Those of you who eat freeze dried meals (dinners), what are your 2 favorite, current meals?

Been trying different Indian and Thai meals this season, have been desiring meals that have more spices lately, same old bland meals are just not cutting it anymore.
Good To-Go's "Thai Curry" is pretty good and Backpacker's Pantry has several Indian Curries that have been making me happy lately. :yummy:


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Post by rlown » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:27 pm

maverick wrote:Those of you who eat freeze dried meals (dinners), what are your 2 favorite, current meals?

Been trying different Indian and Thai meals this season, have been desiring meals that have more spices lately, same old bland meals are just not cutting it anymore.
Good To-Go's "Thai Curry" is pretty good and Backpacker's Pantry has several Indian Curries that have been making me happy lately. :yummy:
As I fish (and catch), I take reasonable sides which are the veggies like green beans, or rice, but I prefer potatoes.

My go to as backup is the Mountain house propack Beef Stroganoff, Chili Mac and Beef stew. The Turkey tetrazzini, and Pad Thai works as well.

It isn't freeze dried, but Tom's putanesca Is a great first meal with fresh pasta and Pecorino Romano and Angel Hair pasta is worth it's weight. Carbo loading for day 2. :)

MH Lasagna and meat sauce got two of us sick, so It isn't on my list.

Alpineaire BLACK BART CHILI WITH BEEF & BEANS was good as well.

Lunch generally isn't freeze dried. Generally a a couple of flour tortillas, Tuna packets, mayo and sweet relish.

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Post by Gazelle » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:53 pm

the good to go thai curry, for dessert a 1/2 serving of pack it gourmet lemon cheesecake. otherwise mashed potatoes with extras, or refried beans with extras all prepared at home, been adding home dehydrated quinoa for more protein.
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Post by sambieni » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:50 pm

Mary Janes Farm makes good stuff; Bare Burrito and Chillimac both enjoyable.
Also like PackitGourmet's smoothies.

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Post by CAchief » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:00 pm

I have a hefty appetite for a 185 pound man. That is why I was dumbfounded during my first few trips in the Sierras when I didn't feel like eating much on trips. I have no idea why this is, as I seem to have the appetite during car camping at similar elevations.

I guess it's a blessing in regards to the weight.

I couldn't even finish the MH meals when I brought them. I did enjoy the chilimac variety though.

Thinking about just bringing soup and a snickers from now on!

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Post by neil d » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:49 pm

Still stuck on MH beef stroganoff and turkey tet. Tried a few of the Backpackers Pantry meals and found them to be no bueno...that was some time ago, however.

Here is my question: why can one not find MH meals in single-serving pouches? IIRC, the pro packs are 2 or 2.5 servings, and the regular bags often run 3 servings. I acknowledge that I often want more than one serving, but probably don't need the calories (or the sodium) of 2 or three servings. I would really prefer 1-serving bags, augmented by other food.

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Post by maverick » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:07 pm

Don't not know why, but you can just buy a 2 serving pack, put half of it in a zip lock, same with the other 1/2, and you have two separate meals, which you can consume on the same trip or save the other for the next trip, if the next trip is not till several months, then place it in the freezer.
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Post by RichardCullip » Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:08 pm

Packit Gourmet Texas State Fair Chili and their Dottie's Chicken & Dumplings. Love them both.
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Post by John Harper » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:18 am

neil d wrote:Here is my question: why can one not find MH meals in single-serving pouches? IIRC, the pro packs are 2 or 2.5 servings, and the regular bags often run 3 servings. I acknowledge that I often want more than one serving, but probably don't need the calories (or the sodium) of 2 or three servings. I would really prefer 1-serving bags, augmented by other food.
My local Walmart has single serving MH meals. I just buy the 2.5 serving version and vacuum seal into two.

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Post by Dave_Ayers » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:13 pm

Unfortunately, MH is no longer selling the Tetrazzini except in MCW (military) format. Perhaps you can still find it at a few vendors.

My favorite MH meals for tastiness were the fajita mix followed by the fire roasted veggies. Unfortunately, they've discontinued both of those too. They've replaced the fajita mix this year with a fajita bowl. Seems similar but my abbreviated season kept me from trying it.

MH does sell single serving packs, but they have only 10 listed, seemingly just the most popular items. See https://www.mountainhouse.com/m/categor ... rving.html .

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