Food Finds · Trail Cooking

Backpacking Meal Review: Firepot Bolognese

Firepot is a British company of backpacking meals. REI is where we sourced ours, to give them a review. Firepot will ship to the US, and they have the directions on this page (scroll to the bottom). REI carries 7 of the meals. Firepot meals are dehydrated, rather than freeze-dried, and are cooked in large… Continue reading Backpacking Meal Review: Firepot Bolognese

Food Finds · Trail Cooking

Backpacking Meals Review: Trailtopia Pasta Dishes

Trailtopia was a brand of backpacking meals I had overlooked until recently. I picked up two pasta dishes to check them out and see how they were. The company sells a breakfast line, hot lunches, dinners and desserts. The lunch meals picked my interest me as they serve 1 person. I became a fan of… Continue reading Backpacking Meals Review: Trailtopia Pasta Dishes

Food Finds · Trail Cooking

Backpacking Desserts: Freeze-Dried Ice Cream Roundup

Over the years I have tried and reviewed many freeze-dried/instant desserts while backpacking. Most have come up...rather lacking. They are often just weird textured, and too sweet (yes, too sweet even for my sweet tooth can be a thing). It's not shocking that the big companies have trimmed down their dessert selections, I can't imagine… Continue reading Backpacking Desserts: Freeze-Dried Ice Cream Roundup

Hiking · Trail Cooking

There I was….Trying To Eat The Worst Freeze Dried Meal

The year is 2003. It's summer, in the middle of July. My oldest son had just gotten out of school and graduated kindergarten. The summer was upon us again, and we were on the trail once again multiple times a week. It was his first year backpacking with me (not just doing long dayhikes). He… Continue reading There I was….Trying To Eat The Worst Freeze Dried Meal

Food Finds · Trail Cooking

Why Are Freeze Dried Meals So Expensive?

This post comes from something I see over and over on social media. I often am shown ads for backpacking freeze-dried meals, by various companies. And often I see: "Your meals are too expensive!" "Who can afford this!" and so on, posted by other readers. And so...why are they so expensive? Or....are they actually expensive?… Continue reading Why Are Freeze Dried Meals So Expensive?