Freeze dried meals aren’t just for astronauts anymore. In fact, they’re some of the most popular meal options for hikers heading into the backcountry. They’re convenient, calorically dense, lightweight, and tasty at the end of a long day. All you have to do is add boiling water, wait a bit, and then eat your delicious meal straight out of the bag. Also, no dirty dishes makes for a happy backpacker.
Ok, before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s probably important to set your expectations. This is not your grandma’s home-cooked dinner; it’s a backcountry meal. Chances are, even if the flavors aren’t quite what you were expecting, you’re going to be hungry enough to wolf it down with a smile. Everything tastes better in the wilderness. That said, we always bring a small container of hot sauce, olive oil, and some salt and pepper packets for when we need to kick a meal up a notch.
There are tons of different freeze dried meal flavors, and some are better than others. It’s tough to get more subjective than ranking personal food tastes, but we feel like sharing our opinions anyways. We hope this guide helps you upgrade your backpacking food game and find some tasty treats. For more information on backpacking meal planning, check out our Lightweight Backpacking Food Guide and our Backpacking Meal Recipes & Food Dehydration Tips posts.
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