Best Freeze Dried Foods?

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Hey folks!

I'll be camping/wheeling with a group down in Moab, UT for a week and I'm looking into some freeze dried foods to cook for breakfasts and dinners.

I plan on making cold cuts for lunches, but breakfasts and dinners I'd like to experiment with.

What are your top 10 freeze dried meals?

Thanks in advance!!

Seth
 

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My go to food supply.
I was looking at these online and they all have great reviews! I think Ill be giving them a shot on this trip. Good serving sizes, lots of different meals, easy to make, easy clean up.
 

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I was looking at these online and they all have great reviews! I think Ill be giving them a shot on this trip. Good serving sizes, lots of different meals, easy to make, easy clean up.
I buy the #10 tins on sale and break them down to single serving. Double vacuum seal with a oxysorb. The biscuits and gravy, chicken and rice are great.
 
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Hey folks!

I'll be camping/wheeling with a group down in Moab, UT for a week and I'm looking into some freeze dried foods to cook for breakfasts and dinners.

I plan on making cold cuts for lunches, but breakfasts and dinners I'd like to experiment with.

What are your top 10 freeze dried meals?

Thanks in advance!!

Seth
Biscuits and gravy is my fav, fills you up so your not hungry an hour later. It’s all going to be your personal taste, Some I like better than others, I have around 30 in our emergency Hurricane supplies. Cant go wrong with Mountain House.
 
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So here's what I'll be doing (I think). The organizers have given us a $125 budget for food supplies, I think it'll be more than enough and I can donate my remaining credits to other people on the trek.

Monday
B: Hospital food (where I work)
L: On the road food
D: Mountain House Beef Stroganoff

Tuesday
B: Mountain House Scrambled Eggs w/Bacon
L: Cold Cuts/PBJ
D: Mountain House Lasagna

Wednesday
B: Pop Tarts, Oatmeal
L: Cold Cuts/Beef Jerky/Snacks
D: Dinner provided to group by Moab Brewery

Thursday
B: Mountain House Breakfast Skillet
L: Lunchables and Cold Cuts
D: Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings + Mountain House Raspberry Crumble

Friday
B: Breakfast Skillet

Lunch and Dinner will be on the road home



I am grabbing some small cookware and plates/bowls. I have an MSR Whisperlite that I'll be using to boil water for each meal- should be pretty easy to setup, cook, breakdown, and clean.
 

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@mrseth please keep in mind that some of the Mountain House portions are rather large. For instance, the meal posted with my dog was lunch for my wife & I (plus Chase's portion) wife & I ate til we were comfortable (not full) & I still had a small amount of leftovers for lunch the next day.

You kind of need the large portions because the calorie counts are pretty low. If we're riding around in a vehicle all day it's no big deal but if you are working your rump off you are going to be calorie deficient for the day if all you eat is 3 Mountain House meals a day. Sodium content is on the high side as well for those who are sodium sensitive for whatever reason. They can be a little pricey as well coming close to the cost of MREs in some cases. They also require quite a bit of water for obvious reasons BUT for most of us that is not an issue in a Jeep or truck or whatnot since we are carrying plenty but when I've traveled via motorcycle for long distances it can start to put a strain on your water supply when you need water for this, water for cleaning, drinking, hygiene ect.

All that being said. I do love the meals. It's always fun to bust out the "ice cream" and have a snack at the end of a long day :D. I always keep some on hand for trips. Your meal plan looks well thought out, Id' stick with that. It's hard to beat the speed of prep/taste ratio haha. Cleanup is equally fast since the package doubles as it's own garbage bag. :D