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I understand brands like Mountain House and Backpackers Pantry have the ingredients you need to survive out in the wild, especially for long hikes, but after reading the ingredients list I'm going to try and limit my intake of those brands (I'm sort of a health nut).

I was wondering if there are healthier dried freeze brands out on the market? Without so many bad stuff like modified corn starch, gluten ingredients, etc.
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http://hawkvittles.com/

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Mary Jane's Farm is another fave.
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Buy a dehydrator and make your own.  Cheaper and healthier.  There are some things I would continue to buy like chicken.  Leave the risky stuff to professionals.

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Buy a dehydrator and make your own.  Cheaper and healthier.  

Definitely.  I like being able to eat exactly what I want, in my own portion sizes.
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Some great suggestions, I'll probably check out Mary Jane's Farm first, I am a fan of organics, I'm interested to see what the single servings are like with the Hawk Vittles too.

I'm afraid dehydrating my own food is a little advanced for me as of right now, but it is something I'm def interested in doing eventually.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, keep them coming.
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I'm afraid dehydrating my own food is a little advanced

Don't be!  Almost nothing in life is as easy as dehydrating.
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Dehydrating is as easy as pie.  Well, easier than pie.  The instructions go something like this:

1. Open a can of veg-all

2. Drain in colander.

3. Pour on dehydrator tray.

4. Plug in dehydrator.

5. Check regularly until dry.


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Even easier method of dehydrating veggies is to get a bag of frozen veggies. Just dump on the trays frozen and dehydrate till dry. Go to Trailcooking.com for some great recipes. Fruits are even easier to do, like strawberries slice up and place on trays and dry till done.
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Dehydrating is as easy as pie.  Well, easier than pie.  The instructions go something like this:

1. Open a can of veg-all

2. Drain in colander.

3. Pour on dehydrator tray.

4. Plug in dehydrator.

5. Check regularly until dry.

This isn't easy... you lost me on the first step. What the hell is "veg-all"?

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I tend to use freeze dried veggies simply because the ones I dehydrate myself don't seem to rehydrate enough - the tend to be more crunchy than I like.

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Dehydrating is as easy as pie.  Well, easier than pie.  The instructions go something like this:

1. Open a can of veg-all

2. Drain in colander.

3. Pour on dehydrator tray.

4. Plug in dehydrator.

5. Check regularly until dry.

This isn't easy... you lost me on the first step. What the hell is "veg-all"?

Mixed vegetables.  I use them 'cause they're a consistent size dice and dehydrate evenly.

They're a staple in my cabinet.  I keep them, canned chicken, and broth in the kitchen and can have soup in no time.


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It's funny, I can always find Veg-all out here. Tucked into the corner in the canned veggies :)

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Must be a regional thing.

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A couple of other brands to look at are Packit Gourmet and Cache Lake.
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Must be a regional thing.

Sar and I are in opposite corners of the country.  Veg-all is universal.


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It is what I'd call old-school :D

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In the weeks before a trip (pretty much every month) I go to Trader Joes and buy a can of chili, two or three of the Indian boil in bag ready to eat meals, some jasmine rice, some bars, and ingredients for a casserole. I make casseroles for dinner a few nights and dehydrate the leftovers. I dehydrate a bunch of cooked rice, cooked pasta, and pick up a bag of Bob's Red Mill instant potatoes. I pull out the bucket of Harmony House freeze dried veggies. Mix, match, bag in ziplocs, add a snack bag or four of trail mixes and candies and chips. Maybe it's an investment of an hour here and there, but it sure beats a week of preservative lasagna.

There's a lentil and garbanzo veggie mix in the freezer at Trader Joes that's fully cooked - threw a cup of it on the dehydrator tray night before last. In the morning it went in a bag and into the bear can, along with the mac and cheese (cooked and dehydrated the pasta, added Nido to the cheese powder, added a pinch of salt and pepper, tossed in a packet of parm).

These are the sorts of meals I can pack into a Bearikade Weekender and make an eight day trip without having to hang anything.


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AT, I've been looking at those boil-in-the-bag Indian meals and wondered how well the dehydrate. Do you dehydrate the whole thing as is or do you strain out the solid stuff and toss the liquid before you dehydrate?

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Dry the whole thing. Parchment paper works best.

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