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Freeze Dried Meals

Discussion in 'Lovely Grub' started by fred gordon, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. ged

    ged Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    That Website says of their "Approach Pack" holds a couple of litres and that it generates "instant four-legged motivation".

    Don't they do anything bigger? I was thinking 25 or 30 litres. Believe me, motivation is not a problem with my four-legged friends. :)
     
  2. Dogoak

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    Don't know, I think the Palisades is larger?
     
  3. ged

    ged Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I've asked the question.
     
  4. MartinK9

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    Many thanks. :)
     
  5. Martyn

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    Best freeze dried meals I've tried are Mountain House. Really good taste, but at around a fiver per pouch, not cheap.

    http://www.mountainhouse.com/eu/bkp_fds.cfm

    Each single portion pouch weighs about 150g before adding water and rehydrates to weigh about 450g. You just rip the top off the pouch and pour in hot water, wait a bit then eat with a spoon straight from the pouch. As part of an ultralight kit they are great, cos all you need is a spoon and a way of making water hot. They really do taste very good and have a shelf life of about 10 years, but they are pricey, as mentioned.

    I have 3 as part of a (less than 1 kilo) 72 hour, emergency rat pack. Too expensive to eat regularly though, cous-cous and pot noodles will have to do.
     
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    Many thanks for all the advice folks. Certainly plenty to choose from. Will give some of them a trygoodjob
     
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    I've used Mountain House meals in the past and they are pretty good.
    I was at the Outdoor Show at Excel during the week and sampled Expedition Foods freeze dried meals and they were very tasty.
    http://www.expeditionfoods.com/expedition-foods/freeze-dried.html
    They have the advantage of being packed in 800kcals portions, most others are around 500 to 600kcals.
    They retail for £5 each. The food manufacturers ID code on some of the packs is UK PN015 EEC which is European Freeze Dry of Preston Lancs. who also make and market Mountain House.
    Happy trails...torc.
     
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    They make Mountain House under license?
     
  10. Martyn

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    Not under licence exactly, European Freeze Dry are a subsidiary company of parent company that owns Oregon Freeze Dry, the freeze dry company that produces the Mountain House label in the US. I think it's all the same company really.
     
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    I strongly suspect it's the same food in a different (larger) packet. Useful info, thanks. :)
     
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    Im keeping an eye on this thread as I really need some light food.
     
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    I've got one can (catering size 10) of freeze dried pork chops left made by OFD, not as bad as they sound. There was talk on another site about Mountain House meals recently, they sell in big #10 cans in the states but have said they can't keep up with demand at the moment.

    http://safecastle.blogspot.com/2010/12/act-fast-if-you-dont-want-to-wait-long.html
     
  15. Martyn

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    I'd buy one or two cans at a time but unless I win the lottery I can't buy that much in one go. Not even paranoia these days Martyn look what a bit of snow did this year, imagine if the snow had kept on falling for a couple of weeks.
     
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    You can buy the individual cans from EFD direct...

    http://store.securehosting.com/stores/sh207066/shophome.php?itemprcd=743300

    ...still a mega expensive way to buy food though. Point taken about the weather, but tins of beans are much better value for money. I had thought about getting one or two tince of mince beef, 25 year shelf life, no refrigeration required, lasts 2 weeks after opening etc. But it's still too pricey to drop on food you'll never use in truth.
     
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    No thanks, I'll get them one or two cans at a time off a mate in the States :)

    I've three months supply of food at home (at least) so no major rush. My next major purchase as a 'prepper' was going to be a berkey water filter or similar but I'm going for the Lifesaver jerrycan instead.
     
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    Rik , can you give a reasoning for going for the Lifesaver instead of the Berkley please.
     
  20. Martyn

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    Took mine for a trip to the lakes last October...

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    It didn't perform well tbh. The flow rate on it wasn't much better than a dribble and I'm still trying to figure out why.
     

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