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I am a hiking newbie.  I've done plenty of day hikes but no over-nights.  I've been reading allot about food to take on over-night hikes, and have been wondering why nobody takes  Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs). When taken out of the packaging the MREs are a good source of calories, and don't appear to weigh a whole lot (I am buying a scale to get exact weights).  The best part of it to seems to be you don't need to buy/carry any cooking pots because the MREs come with a pouch to cook the entrees in and you eat them right out of the bags the food is in.  Is there something I am missing as to why the MREs are a bad idea?

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I am a hiking newbie.  I've done plenty of day hikes but no over-nights.  I've been reading allot about food to take on over-night hikes, and have been wondering why nobody takes  Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs). When taken out of the packaging the MREs are a good source of calories, and don't appear to weigh a whole lot (I am buying a scale to get exact weights).  The best part of it to seems to be you don't need to buy/carry any cooking pots because the MREs come with a pouch to cook the entrees in and you eat them right out of the bags the food is in.  Is there something I am missing as to why the MREs are a bad idea?

Any help is greatly appreciated

Lots of folks do take them, actually.  There's not inherently a "bad idea."  Just not many people take them who've been doing this awhile and realized other choices. :p

They're not light, first off.  Compared to bricks, yes, but they're quite a lot heavier than most dehydrated and/or freeze-dried options available.  You have nearly as much weight invested in the packaging as you do in the food.  And from what I've tried (although I admit its been years) they're not all that tasty.

BUT, one can certainly use them.  I know folks that do.  I just don't choose to.  You'll find a pretty strong contingent here of people who like to prepare their own backcountry meals, something I've done for years and wouldn't go back.

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gtacs:  Start here: http://www.onepanwonders.com/ and then don't look back.

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Water weighs two pounds the quart. MREs are fully hydrated while dehydrated or freeze dried foods are essentially water free. So for any trip of more than, say, a day in a well watered area you're carrying a lot of unnecessary water weight around in MREs.

Now for a weekend I've been known to carry in a selection from my favorite Chinese restaurant so I wouldn't wave away MREs for a weekender myself, though I'd prefer my dim sum!  But for a 5 day? No way would I want to carry all that, both the water weight and the trash the packaging adds up to (and you DO have to pack it out). Not when there's flowing water or snow to melt at any rate.
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I just use Mtn House.  Tried fixing my own for a few years but you can't beat the ease of prepaked.  They have some decent ones.  Besides its not like you're eating them 365 days a year.  MRE's are loaded with sodium and very high cal.  If you can eat a entire MRE in one sitting well........
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-Thank you very much for your replies, I didnt realize how easy it would be to make things to bring and cook.  Looking at the onepanwonders website, there is no comparison between the weights, which makes a big difference when packing for a multi-day hike.

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Check out this site for freezer bag cooking meals and other tasty meals:

http://www.trailcooking.com/
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And welcome newbie. Understand you are going to learn a lot of stuff. Make notes on what happened, what you liked and what you didn't. Fix what you didn't like. Do more of what you did like.

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My biggest problem with MRE's and storebought dried foods are the preservatives and additives they junk them up with.
There's a ton of sodium in most of them as well.
If you can get away from them in any way, I recommend them.
If you eat the occasion meal here and there it's not a huge deal, but if you're concerned with things like that, it's something to consider.
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Most of the Freezed dried meals have a ton of sugar in them too besides  all the sodium. If you are diabetic or have to watch your sugars then it's difficult to find some that are low in sugar.
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Is the onepanwonders website working for anyone?
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Yep, seems to be working for me.

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Just one comment on MREs: there is a reason the little chiclet of gum included in them is usually a laxative....

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