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I read that mountain house is going to offer 3 or 4 low sodium freeze dried entrees in 2012.

has anyone seen these for sale on the shelf anywhere?

i would like to try out each type without buying a whole case.
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nope... that's why I make my own packets.  I may have to cook a bit more, but I control what's going in.

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nope... that's why I make my own packets.  I may have to cook a bit more, but I control what's going in.

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Might show up here first:
http://www.mtnhse.com/mm5....de=MHDL
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I might have to start fixing stuff up myself too. I dont worry tooo much about salt, I figure atleast on a hot summer hike our daily limit should be quite a bit higher than normal, but there is also a lot of other unhealthy stuff in the prepared meals. Since many on here recommended one particular brand I planned on trying them on my next trips and dont want to say anything bad about them yet but their ingredient list (while containing lots of good foods and spices) contains quite a lot of bad or debatable stuff. For example hydrogenated oils & trans fats, bleached flour, artifical flavor, sodium aluminum phosphate, bht, dipotassium phosphate etc etc. Is there no freeze dried trail food thats healthy?

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Is there no freeze dried trail food thats healthy?

Use freeze dried ingredients and make your own.

Problem solved.  :cool:


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nope... that's why I make my own packets.  I may have to cook a bit more, but I control what's going in.

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Long before the internet became popular, I was given the book "Hungry Hiker's Book of Good Cooking" by Gretchen McHugh in the '80's as a Christmas present and have never bought another "name brand" prepackaged meal since.

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Once you make your own meals you never want to go back!!

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nope... that's why I make my own packets.  I may have to cook a bit more, but I control what's going in.

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Long before the internet became popular, I was given the book "Hungry Hiker's Book of Good Cooking" by Gretchen McHugh in the '80's as a Christmas present and have never bought another "name brand" prepackaged meal since.

"Drying it and liking it since the 80's."

I agree with all above.

That cookbook is one of the very best older cookbooks you can get for backpacking. We use it weekly it seems. She covers an amazing amount of ground from drying individual items to building your own dehydrator or explaining how to use your own oven for drying. She talks about cooking fires as well as vintage stoves. There are some great recipes. I even like the color of the paper and the story on the font she chose.

There are a few other good old cookbooks for backpacking published in the mid-70s too, The Well-Fed Backpacker by June Fleming. She has an approach that is very good for making an almost endless list of intuitive meals and recipes. She calls it her One Liner meals.

Another decent mid-70s backpacking cookbook is Simple Foods for the Pack. With cozy pot cooking one can use things like rice and red lentils and only boil them for a couple of minutes.

Add the advice and recipes of the resident cooking experts here and you really don't have to consume anything you have not made up with all known ingredients by yourself.
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The only shortcut I take is to get freeze dried precooked scrambled eggs to add to instant potatoes for breakfast.

Blech, not egg tasting at all. Just some variety that has protein. Light tho.

Couscous, dehydrated leftovers and Harmony House for the win!


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I might have to start fixing stuff up myself too. I dont worry tooo much about salt, I figure atleast on a hot summer hike our daily limit should be quite a bit higher than normal, but there is also a lot of other unhealthy stuff in the prepared meals. Since many on here recommended one particular brand I planned on trying them on my next trips and dont want to say anything bad about them yet but their ingredient list (while containing lots of good foods and spices) contains quite a lot of bad or debatable stuff. For example hydrogenated oils & trans fats, bleached flour, artifical flavor, sodium aluminum phosphate, bht, dipotassium phosphate etc etc. Is there no freeze dried trail food thats healthy?

If you're lazy like me, try Hawk Vittles.

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If you're lazy like me, try Hawk Vittles.

Yeah I do want to try them. I am suspicious of their ingredients list, thinking it isnt showing all the little extras. But will definitely give them a try, they are one that comes up here from time to time.

I would like to cook, but I admit to either being lazy, or not smart enough to prepare stuff ahead of time, or wanting to carry less weight. I just got a whitebox stove and a GSI Ketalist so plan on mainly doing instant type stuff that I just pour water into the bag. I would later like to get a pot I can do baking in though, muffins and breads look delicious from the pics I have seen (and everything tastes even better on a mountain, of course).


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On old cookbooks? This is my collection (yep, I own all of these and am always adding more!)
http://blog.trailcooking.com/trail-library/

Day-um! That's awesome. You have a bunch of mid-70s books and so much more in that extensive list. Very impressive.
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Just make your own like others have suggested. My  wife and I make all of our own meals up using various recipes as she can't have anything with over 6 grams of sugar in them. A lot of the MH and other brands are very high not only in salt but also sugar. So we just make our own dehydrated  meals, at least we know  whatis in them that way.
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Day-um! That's awesome. You have a bunch of mid-70s books and so much more in that extensive list. Very impressive.

I have a list I am looking for - real hard to find titles :) Someday I will have 'em all! :D

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Once you make your own meals you never want to go back!!

Eacatly. Just the thought of eating that salt block they call a meal makes me pucker up. bleech.

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thanks to High_Sierra_Fan for at least trying to answer my question.

i will have to keep an eye out at the backpacking stores.
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I am sure they will show up eventually........but I am not waiting excited for them :p

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I'd be curious as to what MH considers low sodium...The new entrees are not listed under the nutrician tables on the MH site, as of yet...

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thanks to High_Sierra_Fan for at least trying to answer my question.

i will have to keep an eye out at the backpacking stores.

They're now offering their low sodium Chicken Alfredo for purchase on their site.

http://www.mtnhse.com/mm5....e=MHNEW

REI has the low sodium Rice with shrimp and ham:
http://m.rei.com/mt....and-ham
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Love how it is 2 1/2 servings.....yet the whole bag is under 600 calories - so lets call it what it is: ONE serving at 750 or so mg sodium. The "serving size" is done small so it comes under 300 mg per cup.....

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They've not really modified their "serving" size: it's a straight "1 cup" across their line as far as I can tell from a random poke at the REI pages for a variety of their entrees
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http://www.rei.com/product....ervings

and the sodium is quite a bit reduced from their other offerings, 50% and more, which I expect is the point.
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True...but as I said - who eats "1 cup". Maybe a 100 lb woman....but not most men. They should call it a generous 1 person bag :p

I also hate how Mary Jane meals are 1 1/2 servings - really? Snort.


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True...but as I said - who eats "1 cup". Maybe a 100 lb woman....but not most men. They should call it a generous 1 person bag :p

I also hate how Mary Jane meals are 1 1/2 servings - really? Snort.

Oh sure that aspect has always been silly. Maybe slightly excused on the off chance that people do multiple course meals out and about. Me? "One pot" meal means exactly that.

But evenso even fifty packs of the Chicken with have half or less the salt of fifty bags of the regular meals: that reduction doesn't change relatively speaking.

But of course with that fantasy "serving" thing, that's not a backpacking food exclusive: ever read a potato chip or Doritos bag? Quite the kidders they are. :)
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lol....no kidding. 1 ounce? Yeah right :D

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Oh and on a related note: As to why the OP?
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/salt-sodium

Though, as with most things, it's got complexity.
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yep, a 2 serving MH dinner is a normal serving for me after a day of hiking which of course means I'm eating twice the sodium content listed...which also leads me to this-  I wish online outfitters would show the back of the package so that I could see the numbers before buying...  as a diabetic, I need to see carbs as well.

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yep, a 2 serving MH dinner is a normal serving for me after a day of hiking which of course means I'm eating twice the sodium content listed...which also leads me to this-  I wish online outfitters would show the back of the package so that I could see the numbers before buying...  as a diabetic, I need to see carbs as well.

REI lists that under "specs":
http://www.rei.com/product....ervings
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As soon as I saw the "serving size" for the "reduced" sodium version, I had to LOL.

Yes it's lower in salt than their typical meals, (though most people call them inedible garbage)

I don't know anyone that splits theirs 2.5 ways. Most people eat the whole package and still want more.

So, you're still getting ~ 750 mg + per meal.

Dry your own, no misleading advertising.


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There are some MH entrees I don't care for but there are a fair number of others that are just fine for me.

On a related note did WeePak evaporate or change names or something? Even with all the presoaking and simmering they were a nice line of meals.
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