Too many outdoor meals on the market?

Are you an outdoor enthusiast or a hiking fan looking for the perfect meal to fuel your adventures? With so many options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right fit for you. Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll discuss the two main technologies used in outdoor meal production: freeze-drying and dehydration. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a newbie, our guide will help you make an informed choice.

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Different outdoor meals in a market – freeze-dried, dehydrated and combined technologies.

What sets dehydrated and freeze-dried meals apart? Both are lightweight, easy to store, and quick to prepare. However, there are some significant differences you need to know:

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Most popular outdoor meals on the market

When it comes to outdoor meals, both freeze-dried and dehydrated options are fantastic choices. However, freeze drying has some distinct advantages, which is why it tends to come with a slightly higher price tag than dehydrated meals. But wait, there’s more! Some brands even use a combination of these two technologies – for example, freeze-drying the meat since it takes in water the longest, while dehydrating the rest of the ingredients. This option is also great because you won’t have to suffer from hunger pangs during your hike, and you’ll still get a delicious meal. However, it’s important to note that the mixed meals have lower amounts of nutrients and vitamins than those where all ingredients are freeze-dried. Speaking of taste, the difference in flavour can also be influenced by whether the food is mixed together from different dehydrated or freeze-dried components, or if it’s first fully prepared to have the best flavours and then freeze-dried or dehydrated.

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Freeze dried outdoor meal before freeze drying, after freeze drying and after rehydration.
Tactical Foodpack / Pasta and Vegetables

And finally, it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients list as well. Some brands may use artificial flavours, colors, and preservatives, while others opt for natural ingredients. Additionally, some ingredients may not be as healthy or sustainable as others, such as those containing palm oil or too much sugar. If you’re looking for a healthier and more sustainable option, consider choosing meals with natural ingredients and minimal additives, so you can enjoy your outdoor meal with peace of mind knowing that you’re making a conscious choice.

In conclusion, whether you choose freeze-dried or dehydrated outdoor meals, it’s important to consider all aspects of the meal, including the preservation method, nutritional content, shelf life, preparation, and flavour. Don’t forget to also pay attention to the ingredients list and choose meals with natural and sustainable ingredients for a healthier and more satisfying outdoor experience.

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Tactical Foodpack Beef Spaghetti Bolognese – freeze dried and rehydrated outdoor meal

All Tactical Foodpack meals are made from carefully selected ingredients. Each meal is prepared with the same attention to detail as a home-cooked meal, allowing the meat to stew for several hours and the spices and sauces to develop their flavours. This ensures that each dish is perfectly balanced and mouth-watering. No flavour enhancers or preservatives are used in the preparation of our meals.

After the meals are prepared, they are freeze-dried and packaged in an airtight, unique container that can even be heated over a fire if necessary. The easiest way to prepare the meal is by adding hot water, mixing it in, and waiting just 8-10 minutes. This means you can enjoy a full-fledged gourmet meal whether you’re on a hiking trail, at sea, on a road trip, or just at home.

Choose your favourite meal from our selection and experience the convenience and delicious taste of Tactical Foodpack.