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Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby rlown » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:21 pm

when you say hiking, do you mean like day hikes?



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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:37 am

This looks like spam but I'll not take that for granted.

I take real food hiking, with a few exceptions. Backpacking can burn a lot of calories and the calorie content of freeze dried meals is too often much lower than real food equivalents. And they are frequently high sodium (looking at Mountain House you'd think we needed 50 times the normal amount of salt) and full of preservatives.

I sometimes use freeze dried precooked eggs in a meal, and some fruits or veggies are better freeze dried than dehydrated. Other than that all my food comes from a grocery store.
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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby Jimr » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:21 am

It is spam. This is posted with minor variation on piles of hiking, camping and survivalist forums since the 15th.
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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby copeg » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:25 am

Post deemed as spam, and necessary actions taken. I'm stopping short of deleting or locking the topic given the question is valid and has some useful replies thus far (and perhaps more to come). Thanks to those for flagging this as spam.
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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby Stewart G » Thu May 24, 2012 2:55 pm

Despite being spam, it's an interesting question.
When I switched over to an Esbit stove for backpacking, I thought it would also be a simple way to also cook lunch (i.e., boil water for a freeze dried meal) or make tea, on day hikes near home. But then I realized that in the places I day hike, open flames are forbidden outside of campsites, and require a fire permit to boot. So the Esbit stays at home.
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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby gary c. » Thu May 24, 2012 3:31 pm

Not so much to cook a meal but but durring cooler weather I carry my stove often while dayhiking. Once I reach my destination it's nice to have a hot cup of coffee or ramen while resting and taking in the view. :drinkers:
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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby dave54 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:26 pm

Why buy the overpriced poor nutrition of mountain house et al when you can make your own so easy and cheaper? Any supermarket has a wide selection of suitable foods; if you want more there are ample freeze dried food retailers on the net with a wider selection than mountain house, or make your own dried foods.
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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby Satsuma » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:01 pm

We use freeze dried food in backpacking trips. But not prepared meals. Just components, like dried freeze beef, turkey, cabbage, vegetable mix and so on. This does not contain salt or anything else, just natural product. For example, cook quinoa or pasta, add freeze dried meat, freeze dried vegie mix, salt and spices as we need. This is cheaper and healthier compared to meals in a pack.
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Re: Freeze Dried Food for Hiking?

Postby gary c. » Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:35 pm

I ran across this deal while ordering some supplies testerday. Not exactly the same as fresh cheese but a heck of a lot lighter so I can carry enough to put it on everything if I want to. A #10 can is a lot of cheese but I normally split it with a buddy.

http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/freeze ... secan.aspx
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