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i'm taking a winter trip.  pretty much decided that half the meals will be recipes out of the NOLS cookery, the other half of the freeze-dried variety.

what freeze-dried meals do people like best?

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Here's a good place to start:
http://forums.backpacker.com/cgi-bin....n+house

Of Mountain House, I stick to the lasagna or beef stroganoff.  Pretty much any meal from PackitGourmet is pretty delicious.


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Not FD but lite and packable is Barilla three cheese tortelinni with pesto sauce. Delerously delicious.  Rehydrate the pasta in a freezer bag with boiled water, cozy till soft, drain, add sauce and parmesan cheese.

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Mountain House Chili Mac & Beef has been an extremely satisfying meal every time I've brought one with me.  

I also just started bringing these Thai meals in a box to work (forgetting the name at the moment, but I'll edit this once I get home).  Anyway, if you like stuff like curry noodles, peanut sauce noodles, pad thai, etc., they are awesome and all you need to do is add boiling water.


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Mountain House Chili Mac & Beef has been an extremely satisfying meal every time I've brought one with me.

+1 the chili mac
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The thai meals I mentioned above are the "A Taste of Thai" brand

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I just recently cooked up a fantastic spicy arrabbiata spaghetti that was pretty simple.
That's assuming you can dry your own food, or have someone do it for you.
A simple way to recreate this is to take barrila spicy arrabbiata sauce, add a can of diced tomatoes (canned). Pour that into your cooked noodles and simmer until thick. Let it cool overnight in your fridge so it thickens, and then dehydrate it until crunchy.
Add onion, and mushrooms if preferred when you add the diced tomatoes.

Otherwise, Yes MH Chili Mac, and backpackers pantry dark chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Yum.
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Tom kha paste + dried coconut milk + chicken + rice makes a rich soup.

Be sure to put whatever prepared meals you get into freezer bags before you leave.


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I liked my psuedo-thanksgiving fbc choices last trip; pouched chicken (bbq if you like), instant mashed potatoes (garlic? cheese? plain?) and a side of instant Stovetop stuffing.

It's too much food, a great serving size, almost enough to share, and only requires boiling water and prep.


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Packit Gourmet's meals are all excellent, but have a ton of packaging, so they are pretty bulky.  Also, the serving bags are skinny and deep, harder than most to eat out of.  Great food, though, especially the gumbo and the breakfast smoothies.  Ate their many bean salad on a trip just a few days ago, it was outstanding but, again, tons of packaging.  Overall, my favorites are Mary Jane's Farm.  Far better, IMHO, than Mountain House, relatively low in sodium, and extremely packable (especially if you're using a bear can).  The packaging is paper, so it can even be burned.  If I'm on a short trip where space and weight are not a factor I'll take a Packit Gourmet meal or two, but mostly I stick with Mary Jane's Farm.  Chilimac and Chili con carne are both winners.
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Not freeze dried. But my favorite dinner is fresh hot pizza baked in the Bemco Oven.

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MH Turkey Tetrazzini and Beef Stroganoff are two of my favorites. The chicken breast with mashed potatos is OK. I prefer making my own FBC type meals as that way I can control the salt content plus it's a lot cheaper.
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You know what actually my favorite lunch is pizza at the top of Mt. Whitney. That is the best. Photo of the pizza.

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Plus one on the Barilla three cheese tortelinni with pesto sauce! You may also make your own marinara sauce with tomato powder and your own spice mix (The Spice House Tomato Powder). I frequently add freezed-dried items purchased from Packit Gourmet, like bell peppers, mushrooms, zuccini, chicken, etc., for a dinner that tastes better than any commercial meal, with zero sodium (if you wish) and it generally is ligher. I can also control portion size too.

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I like Red Beans and Rice with a pouch of seasoned chicken added. Allow several minutes of soaking in hot water for the beans and rice. Add chicken toward the end of the heating cycle.

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