CAMPING freeze dried FOOD rating thread.

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  1. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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    hey you FF's,
    i started the SMALL bike camping thread http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=641622 for those who camp minimally off a "smaller" bike (not a GS1200 or 990ADV) and food has come up on what to eat, how to pack it, AND if it tastes good.:puke1


    i threw out there that we should start a new thread to RATE freeze dried food
    ie; Mountain House, Backpackers Pantry, Raging River, Mary Janes Farm, Natural High and also packaged food from any other store like packaged tuna, salmon, jerky, rice, beans, etc. and also spices or spice "racks".
    http://www.rei.com/category/4500042


    this thread will make it easier for us ADV riders to make better and easier choices when we are shopping for a camping trip to NOT buy the wrong inedible foods.

    post up what you like/ dislike. why you like or dislike it. and other info like how easy it was to make (add hot water and wait 5 minutes then eat or separate ingredients and cook separately), and the price range.

    this will be an ever evolving thread just like the SMALL bike camping thread so i look forward to all the info that everyone will post on here:clap



    we could do a rating from 1 - 10 (1 being inedible and 10 being gourmet-almost-from-a-restaurant-good)
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  2. DougZ73

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  3. RAZR

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    Backpacker's Pantry "Biscuits and Gravy" was excellent!!!
    i would give it an 8.

    there are two separate parts inside the package.

    you need to mix the biscuit mix with water in a separate bowl and after cooking the gravy in your pot, you put the biscuit mixture on top of the cooking gravy in the pot and COVER the pot and cook for a few minutes until the biscuits cook(bake) thoroughly.

    you will need a pot with a lid, a separate bowl to mix the biscuit mix, utensils.

    i added salt and black pepper to the gravy (i like things salty and peppery).

    this is a dish i would eat at home, no joke ! ! ! :clap :dg

    http://www.rei.com/product/752809
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  4. Callahan

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    +1 and
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    add MH Beef Stroganoff and also I like nearly all the rice dishes by MH.

    I have eaten a truck load of FD and find that rice benefits from a little more water and 50% more soak.

    I have not tried all brands and flavors, but have never liked Spaghetti With Meat Sauce of any manufacturer.

    Tried the Ice Cream too, which is a bit of a joke. More like a meringue and still fun to take as a treat. It is so light it might make you pack lighter.
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  5. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Mountain House stuff is like crack for me after a day's riding. My personal favorites are the spaghetti with meat sauce and lasagna. I- as one would expect from a goon- eat one or 2 of the 2 person servings for a meal and the beast is calmed.

    I like the other MH ones mentioned, but the above are my favs...

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  6. DougZ73

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    MH Spaghetti is the next one I have at home to try. :lol3

    Wife tried the MH ice cream..and tried a bit too. Kinda crappy...but would work as desert if I had nothing else.
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  7. sonoran

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    MH Chili Mac is good too. :dg
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    Storganoff
    Was pretty good, cooked even, nice flavor nothing exciting but filling.

    Lasagna
    Was pretty good, but needed some pepper. Was a bit tame in taste but good. One thing though if you use a fork with the foods with cheese, it is a PITA to clean it off after!

    Chicken and Rice
    Taste was good, would make a good side dish, not too much chicken in it. Pepper again would have helped and some salt too.
    Cooking was even and fast, but did need to beat up the bag to break it up before adding water.

    Beef Stew
    Again pretty tasty but needed pepper, I am guessing they plain it down so it appeals to more folks. Sauce was good and veggies were fresh tasting.
    Anyway the pain with this one was the cooking. Fresh boiling water in the bag and 10min later it was still not cooked all the way. You need to smack the bag to break it up a bit so it hydrates evenly. I added more boiling water and it still was not cooked all the way. This one is not a simple water/wait/eat one like the rice and chicken or lasagna above.

    Chilli Mac and Beef
    This one is a winner! Per previous suggestions I have taken to adding more water/time for anything with beef or chicken so it cooks evenly. I looked at the small print and it said spicy sauce:huh, crap I thought! But it was not spicy at all, might even leave the pepper out on this one :lol3. Would be great with some extra cheese and a side of bread or roll.
    Oh and for the spicy meter, I think chilli's hot wings are a 9 (1-10[hottest]) scale :loco. This meal was a 1. Nice flavor and the noodles and beans tasted fresh!

    Spaghetti with meat sauce
    well another good one. The 120z of water was enough to cook it all, left if for 13minutes and it was fully cooked. Tasted very much like canned spaghetti, perhaps a bit better. Added pepper and a touch of salt which improved things greatly. Maybe even some dried herbs to give a bit more punch. Noodles are cut and small so easy to eat with a spoon. Had to make sure to mix this one as well as other more powdery ones to insure that they hydrated properly.

    Noodles and Chicken
    Another great one, let it sit in the bag a little bit extra to fully cook and used a bit more water than they state. Nice noodles and chicken with peppers and some other spices. Not Bland at all. Would make a nice side dish to something else also.

    also check this, can be great as dumplings in some of these or cooked as a filler/bread for these meals.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8547994&postcount=305
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  9. BeemerBill

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    Beef Stroganof, Chili Mac, Beef Stew are all reasonbly good IMO. A nice glass of Cabernet or Merlot helps.

    Add Fritos to the Chili Mac.
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    Chili and mac is excellent when your hungry

    lasagne is good

    Spaghetti is alright, I prefer the others.

    Jamaican Style Chicken & Rice is good

    Ice cream is okay, kind of like the center of a malted milk ball

    Ice cream sandwich is good

    blueberry cheese cake, I'll pass on.

    There may be others I have tried, but I dont remember them.
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    I love the Breakfast Skillet, I split it in half and each half made two large tortillas, I was wedged. It is a great breakfast, I recommend it with some salsa and sour cream.
    I also like Chicken Teriyaki w/rice, very good. Those are a couple of good ones in my opinion.
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  13. boxermoose

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    A favourite of mine - the only drawback is the bright red poo the next day:rofl
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  14. rockydog

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    trader joes has great stuff...the curry pouches are addictive, plus the Indian food pouches. i like basmati or wild rice, and put the pouch on top of the rice and water. by the time the rice is ready the tent is up, and i've got the fire started, or at least in theory. usually carry a dehydrated food thang as a reserve for a rain day.
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  15. inyang

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    What about pouring the package contents into a pot rather than using the package it comes in for cooking (Mountain House). Anything special to note or just boil the water, dump the quantity you need and cover the pot?

    I am asking because most of the meals say 2 servings and I plan to use half and pack remainder.
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  16. Toompine

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    The problem with most of these as I see it is the very high (crazy high) sodium content. One samll meal can be 70% - 80% of a normal sodium intake. Like over 1000mg of salt in a meal. I watch the amount of salt I get and these some of these meals make my stomach turn..not because they don't taste good, they do, but salt content really throws off my system. They were designed for backbackers walking and sweating out salt. For the most part we are justing sitting on our butts.

    Anybody got a line on low sodium meals?
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  17. RAZR

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    i hear what your saying but one thing i will say is that i'm sweating my butt off when i'm riding. off-road, enduro cross country riding, not interstate highway cruising riding.
    if you're riding on the highway, you can stop off at McDs or some other fast food and fill up.

    also, i started this thread for "freeze dried" food BUT i am also interested in OTHER quick food that packs SMALL for camping off a small bike in the middle of NOWHERE.:deal
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  18. ThatGuy

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    Dont be fooled as the 2 servings are enough for one person. I too always eat the two serving meals as it is enough. The one serving ones (if you can find them) them leaves me ALWAYS hungry after eating it. I'm sure there shouldnt be a problem cooking them. I like MH because its quick and easy to prepare along with trash. The ice cream I think is awesome but I always loved astronaut ice cream and thats what it is. The scrambled eggs gave me the runs after eating it and made the next day a slow traveling day so I will never eat them again! Instead I get the granola and berries. You can also eat that one as a dessert if you put hot water in it; makes like a cobbler.
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  19. Jäger 1

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    Well...

    1. I personally despise freeze dried foods
    2. Weight isn't a concern on the bike like backpacking
    3. I'm too cheap to pay for lightweight freeze dried foods.
    So, what do I resort to? Anything that's fast and easy with minimal cleanup.

    For example... this isn't freeze dried food, but it does meet the criteria of being simple, fairly compact and lightweight, and preparing very, very quickly. Some of it is ready to eat the instant you turn off the bike. So:

    Uncle Ben's Bistro Express rice dishes. Made for microwaving, but tucked into a corner of the bike near the head or radiator, they get warmed up just as good in no time. Eat them right out of the package, no pot required. Anything like this that tastes reasonably good gets a thumbs up from me.

    Kitchens of India, for example, has all kinds of incredibly flavourful soft packaged East Indian food - again, heatable just by tucking in a spot of the right temperature on the bike. I like the Paneer Darbari, Palak Panner, and Mild Chilli Pepper Curry. I jazz it up with whatever little containers of curry I bring with me, the concentrated stuff, because I like my food to bite back. If you can't find it in a local store, Amazon.com will sell you six packages of their meals for about $16. That won't break the bank.

    Lipton's Sidekicks and Cajun Sides, the ones that don't require milk, just water. For these, you have to get a pot dirty. Both these and the Uncle Bens you can flash up by adding a bit of chicken, fish, whatever.

    Western Family canned chili. Again, stash it next to a radiator or somewhere else warm on the bike ahead of time - but put some thought into doing that unless you want to be riding to the sudden smell of burning chili and then have to figure out how to get all the baked-on chili off your bike from where the can exploded.

    The nice thing about all of this is it takes up little more room than a package of freeze dried, the extra weight doesn't matter, you can find at least some of it at any town supermarket you drop into - and it costs about a third or a quarter of the spendy, freeze dried stuff and usually tastes better in my opinion.

    How about no pot, no stove, no hot bike engine?

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    The military will provide... Once you break them down and discard everything you don't want, they don't take up a lot of space and the heater packs are really slick. I tend to use these for breakfasts because the bike is still cold and like I said, I only cook when necessary and I hate washing dishes on the trail.

    If there's going to be fire... bannock mix. Light, doesn't take up room, and bannock cooked over a fire is one of my favourites. And bannock is so versatile, you can make it a little different each time and every meal is an adventure.
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  20. ThatGuy

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    The heater packs are a great way to heat your sleeping bag up too!
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