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Re: Current Freeze Dried Meal Favorites

Postby mort » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:59 pm

The Knorr bags of rice or noodles are good value, but you need to simmer in a pot for about 10 minutes. I haven't cooked over a campfire in about 20 years.

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Re: Current Freeze Dried Meal Favorites

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:17 am

You do not need to simmer the Knorr sides for 10 minutes, if you make pot "cozies", which are insulation to wrap around the pots. I boil the meals for about 2 minutes and then wrap in a cozies and let sit 5 minutes or so. Cozies can be made of old closed cell sleeping pads or any insulating material. My new ones are made of the reflective insulation that I bought at Home Depot. One strip goes around the pot and held with a rubber band and two round cut-outs that fit the top and bottm. For my cup (I like to keep my drinks hot) I cut the cuff off an old wool sock and just slip that over the cup, and have two round pieces of reflective insulation for bottom and top. The foam cozies are a bit lighter, but the reflective insulation ones are more compact. A full set of cozies only weighs about 1-2 oz.

This method also works fine for from-sctatch cooking. I often bring angel hair noodles, instant rice and steel cut oats which all can be cooked in a similar manner. The cozies plus a good wind screen for my stove has really cut down the need for lots of fuel and allows me to consider all kinds of dry food, not just freeze dried.
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Re: Current Freeze Dried Meal Favorites

Postby fox212 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:55 pm

I also cook Knorr sides in the bag, usually just wrapping my beanie and/or jacket around the bag instead of using a coozie. I've found it helps to do two "mini boils" - boil and add half the water, then after 5 min or so boil and add the rest. Kinda reheats the mix for a 2-stage rehydration, and kinda allows you to monitor the water content so as not to make soup (unless you're trying to make soup!). Not as fuel efficient as a single boil, but not as inefficient as actively simmering.

Favorite freeze dried meals at the moment:

- Mary Jane's Farm Bare Burrito. Add some Fritos and Taco Bell hot sauce, and it is damn good. Or spoon it into tortillas (still with Fritos and TB sauce) for a "real" bean burrito.

- Knorr Pasta Alfredo. Gotta add powdered milk, REAL butter, and lots of pepper. Maybe some TB sauce.

Pretty much anything is edible with enough TB sauce smothering it. Pretty sure someone famous said that once... ;)
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Re: Current Freeze Dried Meal Favorites

Postby fishmonger » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:11 am

just saw this thread and want to chime in with my freeze dried preferences. For the last two years I've been dehydrating my own concoctions mostly, but there are still a few Mountain House favorites we use to mix up the menu on our multi-week trips. The most liked item is Beef Stroganoff. Then there's Chili Mac, not as high on the list, but once or twice on a trip we like to have that on the menu as well.

Other than those two meals, I just buy freeze dried chicken and build meals using various forms of couscous and noodles.
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