5 Freeze Dried Foods To Use On Camping Trips {Guest Post}

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A
family campout is a fun time to be together without the distractions of work,
school, electronics and housework. However, moms and dads are still responsible
for purchasing, preparing, serving and cleaning up three healthy and nutritious
meals every day.

For
those parents seeking a delicious and convenient alternatives to hot dogs and
tin foil dinners, consider freeze dried foods on camping trips. Compare these 5
freeze dried meals with their traditional counterparts:

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Spaghetti and
Meatballs

Traditional version: You’d need to make
space for in pasta, a jar of marinara sauce, pre-made meatballs and a pot in
your camp supplied in order to prepare this family favorite. Don’t forget about
keeping the meatballs cold without refrigeration.

Freeze dried version: Since a single
freeze dried meal comes in its own pouch, all you need to do is boil water,
pour in the correct amount and seal it. Wait for the meal to hydrate, based on
the recommended time. Open the pouch and eat right away. When everyone is done,
just toss the pouches in the garbage.

Chicken Teriyaki

Traditional version: This
Asian-style meal requires chicken, teriyaki sauce, fresh vegetables and instant
rice, plus the pot. Even if you brought in pre-cooked chicken, refrigeration is
still an issue, not to mention all that chopping and dicing that would require
a knife and cutting board.

Freeze dried
version
:
Treat yourself to a tasty blend of sweet teriyaki chicken and rice with
vegetables. Simply add water, seal, wait and serve. You’ll get a gourmet-style
meal for one with no more effort than making a pot of coffee. As with other
freeze dried pouch meals, cleanup is done when you throw the pouch away.

Rotini with Beef

Traditional
version
:
Your shopping list must include ground beef, sour cream, green pepper,
mushrooms, shredded cheese, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, and rotini pasta if
you’re going to make this hearty classic in your camp kitchen. Without
refrigeration, this meal would be tough and the additional prep time is discouraging
for any camp chef.

Freeze dried
version
:
Imagine a steaming hot pouch of rotini in zesty tomato sauce with chunks of
beef—it’s enough to make your mouth water just thinking about it. You’ll gain
all the benefits of this Italian-style dinner without the prep and cleanup. You
can have it at your family campout when you choose the freeze dried version
over the traditional style.

Turkey
Tetrazzini

Traditional
version:

This creamy pasta dish generally includes a cream sauce, mushrooms, and diced
chicken or turkey. All the troubles of refrigeration and preparation would be
present if you wanted to make this for your family while camping.

Freeze dried
version
:
Rather than take up tons of room in your already full coolers, a freeze dried
pouch of turkey tetrazzini is compact, portable and lightweight. Just add
boiling water, seal, sit and serve and you’ll be rewarded with this delicious
noodle casserole dish.

Berry Cobbler

Traditional
version
:
Whatever berries you decided to include in a berry cobbler, such as
strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or boysenberries, you’d need a way to
keep all those fruits fresh and flavorful until you were ready for them. Add in
the topping ingredients and you’ve got a sizeable pile to carry just for a
simple dessert.

Freeze dried
version
:
Hot, tangy and delicious, a freeze dried berry cobbler will compliment all the
s’mores you’ve been eating. Most versions of this hot dessert even include a
cracker or cookie crumble topping to make it extra tasty.

Many
parents are discovering freeze dried foods that make full meals that can be
used on camping trips. These hearty, freeze dried meals are guaranteed to
satisfy everyone’s appetites and make cleanup so easy that you’ll have extra
time to sit around and enjoy yourself.

Dirk Puckett enjoys writing about
his camping and outdoor adventures with his family.  He’s also a big fan of integrating freeze
dried food from
Daily Bread Food Storage into family food storage and emergency preparedness plans.

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