Freeze Dried Food Companies

100acre

Adventurist
#1
http://www.augasonfarms.com/index.php?route=common/home

http://www.mountainhouse.com

http://wisefoodstorage.com

http://www.backpackerspantry.com

http://www.thrivelife.com

http://www.preparedirect.com/Freeze_Dried_Foods_by_AlpineAire_s/27.htm

http://www.preparedirect.com/Freeze_Dried_in_Pouches_Natural_High_s/81.htm

A quick review of some manufacturers of FD Foods
http://www.gearreview.com/foodrev99.asp

There are many makers of FD foods for long term storage. FD foods can typically have a shelf life of up to 20-30 years and can withstand extreme temperature changes without spoilage or reduced nutritive value.

Some are high in sodium but others like Thrive are lower in sodium and some claim non GMO status.

Many companies offer packaging in individual food packets, # 10 cans, or 5-7 gallon buckets, all of which usually come sealed and ready for long term storage.

It's also a good idea to purchase many different meals so as to keep from having to deal with Appetite Fatigue. Which is essentially having to eat the same beans and rice over and over again to where it becomes very unappealing. Variety is the spice of life! I hope this helps...
 

100acre

Adventurist
#4
Thanks for posting this up. I actually have some of the wise food products but have not actually tried it yet.
Before you need to use them for real, you should try the various meals offered so as to not be "surprised" later on when it comes time to eat it all.

As a general rule I typically add more hot water and stir then let sit and then stir it again before consuming the various packets. It's a preventative against bad flatulence. FD food tends to give one bad gas, but by adding more water and increasing the rehydration it reduces that.

Personally I like most of the meals out there. I only recently discovered Seafood Chowder by Mountain House and boy was it delicious. A suggestion would be instead of making a lunch for the next work day, just bring in a FD meal. I love the Wise version of beef stroganoff which is labeled as noodles in a beef and savory mushroom sauce.
 
#5
As a precursor to anything happening, you should try the various meals offered so as to not be " surprised " later on when it comes time to eat it all. As a general rule I typically add more hot water and stir then let sit and then stir it again before consuming the various packets. It's a preventative against bad flatulence. FD food tends to give one bad gas, but by adding more water and increasing the rehydration it reduces unpleasant odors. Personally I like most of the meals out there. I only recently discovered Seafood Chowder by Mountain House and boy was it delicious. A suggestion would be instead of making a lunch for the next work day, just bring in a FD meal. I love the Wise version of beef stroganoff which is labeled as noodles in a beef and savory mushroom sauce.
Bad news - Mountain House no longer makes the Seafood Chowder. :( They said something about not being able to same fish, or some such.

Which is too bad - I really liked it too.
 

100acre

Adventurist
#6
There's a place nearby that has the Seafood Chowder in #10 cans for $40.39 each. I asked that they hold four for me until Saturday.
 
#9
Great! I was gonna offer to pick up some number ten cans for you.
I appreciate that. Currently, our freeze dried food collection is in pouches, not #10 cans. The idea being, since there are just 2 of us, we will use 1 or 2 pouches per meal, can vary the meals, and the un-used (unopened) food will stay fresh. Unfortunately, the pouches are a little more expensive.

Of course, we do bring some on our camping trips as emergency food - and once in a while, we tap into them to try/taste (long day, a storm comes, etc.)

BTW, if you search on the web, you will find a few companies that still have Seafood Chowder in #10 cans - if you wanted to stock up...
 
#10
Pouches are good and I have plenty of them, but I think I'm gonna have to take care of not only my "head in the sand family" whom will more than likely show up at my door as well as my friends and neighbors. Number ten cans are supposed to be good to go up to two years after opening.
 
#11
Pouches are good and I have plenty of them, but I think I'm gonna have to take care of not only my "head in the sand family" whom will more than likely show up at my door as well as my friends and neighbors. Number ten cans are supposed to be good to go up to two years after opening.
2 years? I didn't know that.

I may rethink/modify my plan.
 

Mr. Leary

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Founding Member
#12
When I open a #10 can, I divide the remaining contents between two smaller glass containers. These can be sealed once a dehydration packet has been added, with little degradation to shelf life.


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#15
If you buy 10lb cans or the 2lb cans of freeze dried food once you open these containers, the shelf life expectancy 30 days.

We store freeze dried meats & vegetables along with other dry & can goods. I suggest to date your store bought can goods & what ever you vacuum seal.

This way you can keep track on how long its been in your pantry. Rotation is a must on store bought good, we still date them & use them in our every day routine.
 
#16
I bought these for our Alaska trip. Both worked out great. I used the hamburger patties for making chili in the pressure cooker and souping up jarred spaghetti sauce. The steaks were great in beef stew, beef chili . We would seal them up with water in a Tupperware and at the end of the day ready for the pot. Before the trip, we vacuum sealed up portions.
I think it was worth having never having to worry about having meat in the fridge with a time limit to use it. Now when we could get a decent steak then it was steaks on the skottle .

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#17
If you like Eggs, Ova Easy makes powdered eggs that are actually really good! Just be careful with the water, adding too much makes them runny, but they are way better than any of the others I have tired. A backpacking staple for us.

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Dave

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Founder
Senior Staff
Editor
#18
When we hiked Isle Royale NP, I discovered Backpacker's Pantry. Trailtopia was good too. Incredible meals, great taste and top quality. I have no affiliation other than the fact that my mouth waters when I think of this chicken cashew curry meal.

Of the two, Backpacker's Pantry had the best flavor and texture - like it came right out of a restaurant.

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Greg

Adventurist
Senior Staff
#20
Hoosier Hill Farm. They're also on Amazon.com

Powdered eggs, milk, cheese, honey, etc.. I just sprinkle their powered cheddar cheese over popcorn. Mix it with melted butter and some milk for mac and cheese at basically the same proportions from the instructions on the side of Kraft mac and cheese. Or you can mix your own combinations and vacuum pack.

Scrambled Eggs
Makes 8 eggs
1 cup Hoosier Hill Farm Whole Granulated Eggs
2 Tbsp Hoosier Hill Farm Powered Whole Milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients into a 4 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup (or similar). Beat mixture for 3 minutes or until completely dissolved and frothy. Add 1 Tablespoon cooking oil to a large skillet. Over medium heat heat oil. Add the egg mixture to the hot oil. Cook eggs using medium low heat, stirring continuously until dry and crumbly.


Just Add Water Pancake Mix
Yield: Each 2 1/4 cup mix makes 9 pancakes
Recipe makes enough for 4 mixes


2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups cake flour
1 cup Hoosier Hill Farm Whole Powdered Milk or Instant Non-Fat Milk Powder
3/4 cup Hoosier Hill Farm Old-Fashioned Malted Milk Powder
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp salt
1/2 cup Hoosier Hill Farm Real Butter Powder
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp Hoosier Hill Farm Whole Egg Granules
3/4 cup Hoosier Hill Farm Buttermilk Powder

Measure and sift the ingredients (as needed) and mix well. When ready to cook, whisk 2 1/4 cups mix with 1 cup minus 1 Tbsp water. Prepare your griddle (over medium low heat) by placing a good sized drop of water on it and heating. Once the water drop boils the griddle is hot enough to cook. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and wipe any excess oil from the pan. Cook by 1/4 cup portions about 2 minutes per side.
 
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