Re-packaging freeze-dried food

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  1. Stroked 550

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    I purchased several peak refuel freeze dried packs... each pack has 2 servings however i want to have to separate meals per pack

    Can i put the food in a couple zip lock bags so i can portion out servings accordingly ?
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  2. lkraus

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    Yes, I've done that with Mountain House products. I put half in a ziploc at home, and put it back in the original cooking bag. Temporarily removed it while cooking the other half, rinsed out the cooking bag, and repacked the ziploc for another day. All the repackaged meals were used on one trip, so I'm not sure how well long-term storage would have worked. Sometimes it's a challenge to maintain equal proportions of all the dry ingredients, as some items separate by weight and size.
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    thanks for the info thats good to hear, have you ever tried cooking them in the ziplock bag?
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    2 serving size is just right for my meal.:dukegirl
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  5. Stroked 550

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    Me too but Im trying to spread it out so I have enough for every day since I can survive on 1 serving per meal lol
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    I do get hungry at the end of the day. My routine is a snack first thing packing up, burn a tank off, then stop for a meal. Then one last meal for dinner.
    That's probably why I'm hungry, eating only 2 1/2 meals a day.
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  7. AntiSuperEgo

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    Ziplock bags are not meant for cooking in.
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  8. Stroked 550

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    I've heard myths of people using them to rehydrate the dried food
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  9. AntiSuperEgo

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    Rehydrate with cold water is fine, they are not meant for hot food or water. Don't really want to be eating that plastic.
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    Your are right. But I remember about 10-15 years ago, when everyone should have known better, that the Boy Scouts were teaching 'ziploc' scrambled eggs' as a quick camp meal. A few of us adult leaders questioned that, but we were dismissed.
    Boiling that kind of plastic, and eating the food in it, is not really a good idea. Better than starving, but still not a good idea.
    Anyone know if there are food-safe bags that can take that kind of heating?
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  11. nk14zp

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    Can you reheat in the seal a meal bags?
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    Look for Sous Vide bags.
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    The freeze dried backpack meals are packed in Nitrogen just like potato chips or other food products. You open them up to split them and start the clock on them going south.
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  14. SATEX

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    No, but the Zip Lock FREEZER bags handle rehydration with boiling water ... just don't boil in the bag. I don't recall exactly where I read that, but it was an answer from them or a competitor. My experience has been good.

    My purpose is to make the backpacker meals more compact. I also do it right before a trip because I understand that the expiration clock starts as soon as I do it.
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  15. oldgordon

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    Zip-n-Steam bags work at higher temps and are designed to handle the heat. Walmart has them.
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    The " Outdoor Herbivore " sells reusable, sealable cooking bags for seventy cents a piece.
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  19. pceire32

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    Zip lock freezer bags can be used to reheat, they are used a lot in Sous Vide (a lot cheaper then dedicated Sous Vide bags.) used at around 120f- 140f that is all you need to reheat, you do not need to boil.:-)
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    Nice, but if you read all the info the bag slider will warp If heated. No better then the much cheaper Zip lock freezer bag.
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