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Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby sudden » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:10 pm

Didn't know where to post this question/comment.

I've tried mountain house meals and some of them were not too bad (just very expensive). They just needed hot water and 10minutes of soaking in it.

I found a website the other day (while looking for knife making videos of all things) that sells pre-made dehydrated meals. It's more of a survival type website but the foods are supposed to be very good. http://www.efoodsdirect.com/

Just wondering if anyone has tried them before. They had a free taste it offer of 6 meals so I ordered it for the $15 shipping cost. Will let you know what I think but probably won't use them until I go camping. http://www.efoodsdirect.com/6FreeMeals.html

I need to read this whole section on freezer bag cooking but wanted to ask two questions before reading. These meals I ordered are made from raw foods and need ~20min to cook. I don't think this is a big problem if you have a woodgaz or other wood stove. So my question is: How long does it take you to prepare a freezer bag dinner on the trail? And: How much prep time do you have to put in before the hike in preparing the meals?

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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby zelph » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:53 pm

where did you find a place to get the free offer in your shopping cart? I looked but could not find :?

The Ama-amA energy food looked interesting. I'll have to do a search on that product. Maybe be pollen product :?

I am a sucker for "easy" :D I buy the Mounain House products in No. 10 cans and repackage into ziplok meal size bags and then vacuum seal in another bag. I'll see if I can find the thread showing the sealing.
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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby sudden » Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:00 pm

zelph wrote:where did you find a place to get the free offer in your shopping cart? I looked but could not find :?

The Ama-amA energy food looked interesting. I'll have to do a search on that product. Maybe be pollen product :?

I am a sucker for "easy" :D I buy the Mounain House products in No. 10 cans and repackage into ziplok meal size bags and then vacuum seal in another bag. I'll see if I can find the thread showing the sealing.


The second link in my post should be the free taste page.

try this, it's the page ahead of it http://www.efoodsdirect.com/6FreeMeals.html
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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby zelph » Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:14 pm

I think I should go back to bed and get out on the other side :D :D :D

I can't beleive I didn't scroll down the page to see the the button to click on. I just sat there like a duffus watching the screen go through its cool graphics. I clicked on all parts of it, the little girls photo etc. and nothing happened. :lol: :lol: :lol: ... :oops: :oops:

I ordered the trial offer meals. We'll see how they taste and will report. If they have good taste I'll consider ordering bulk from them and repack.
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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby ConnieD » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:24 pm

After a few years, I got jaded on Mountain House #10 cans. I still purchase raspberry crumble I use in recipes I prepackage at home.

Now, my food pages at my website show my preferences:
http://www.ultralightbackpackingonline.info/specializedfood1.html
http://www.ultralightbackpackingonline.info/morevideo2.html
http://www.ultralightbackpackingonline.info/video1.html
http://www.ultralightbackpackingonline.info/morevideo2.html
and backpacking food suggestions from the grocery store:
http://www.ultralightbackpackingonline.info/photos2a.html

Here is the Site Map, if you want to look around more.
http://www.ultralightbackpackingonline.info/sitemap1.html

My website is strictly a "FYI" website.

There are also methods for dehydrating your own home-cooked meal: make extra, cut it up small, and dehydrate.
I haven't done that.

I can't see the button to click to get the samples at efoodsdirect. I have an ad blocker. Maybe it is preventing it?
Maybe they have pulled the offer?
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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby sudden » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:30 pm

I read that all of them are vegetarian meals and the "meat" meals are soy based. I'm not a vegetarian so I'll pack foil chicken or tuna packs to supplement the veggies if this works out.
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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby ConnieD » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:40 pm

There is a lot of vegetarian food that packs well. There is one vegetarian items that imitates meat, well, in my opinion. It is wheat based. It also packs well. I list it, at my website.

There is no advertising, or sales, there.

It is "safe" to take a look. :)
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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby cadyak » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:41 pm

I just started making my own dehydrated recipes for my january week long hike.
As part of this trip in the past we always went by REI and blew a bunch of money on stuff including dehydrated meals. There are some that are Really Tasty but they are high dollar. Starting last year I decided to go with a "what Ive got in the Pantry" approach.
One of the more helpful things about making your own is that you can customize the size so that you can "dial in" the amount of h2o needed to rehydrate.

My wife found a Ronco dehydrator for 5$ at the thrift store w/ instructions. I had a blast drying everything that I came across including leftover vegetables (frozen medley). I made up some very enjoyable recipes. After adding boiled water I put them in a homemade insulated glad bowl for about 15 minutes while I put on dry clothes, head to the water source to replenish, etc. It was around 15 degrees outside at the time. If it was warm I probably wouldnt even use a cozy and it should be at eating temp and rehdrated in about 15 mins.

Some of my favorites recipes from the pantry were:

dried honey ham and saffron rice. (the ham is really good to just snack on by itself. actually so is the rice :D )
dried hamburger and vegetable medley with minestrone soup mix
dried hamburger with veggies, brown/wild rice, and beef boullion
cous cous with veggies and chicken boullion.

The Ronco is a heat dehydrator with no fan, but it seemed to work ok.

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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby ConnieD » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:09 pm

Are you dehydrating complete meals?

Do you have to cut up the prepared meal in small pieces before drying?

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Re: Dehydrated food suppliers??

Postby cadyak » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:21 pm

I intended originally to make full meals, but it was easier to dry the ingredients. I practiced cooking them for a couple of weeks before I left.
I read that you should break up the beef as small as you can when you brown it and get any excess fat out of it (I blotted hard with paper towels)
With the ham, I just layed the whole slice in there and they shrink down to about half sized. I tried turkey too , but it was sliced very thin and came out transparent and a little leathery. The ham was crispy/crunchy.
The dehyd. came with a few extra plastic trays with 1/4" holes that are made for small pieces. I had to be careful but still lost small amounts through those holes. (not enough to really matter)
The veggie medley turned out well. It has carrots, green beans, and yellow corn. I had half of a big saucepan left after cooking supper one night and it supplied 3 or 4 meals on my trip.
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