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Information about Backpacker's Pantry Gourmet Meal Pack - 2-Person, 3-Day

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Reviewed by Colorado prepper from Colorado on Thursday, January 12, 2012
These are great meals and really a value for the prepper. I ordered these on sale in jan 2012 and bought 6 units. I have ordered these in the past and did a taste test with my wife comparing them to mountain house and wise meals and they were by far the best. Everyone should have a some of the meals... Read More
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  • Reviewed by Edison in SM from California on Saturday, September 12, 2015
    We bought a number of these packages in order to be able to go backpacking at a moments notice. My wife has celiac, and so we purchased some other gluten-free packages to supplement this,
    We took this package on a recent three day trip, and we were pleasantly surprised by the variety and tastiness. Even though dehydrated will never truly compare to fresh food, the convenience factor is amazing. The desserts are great (and since things like crust are in separate packages, even my wife could share... darn). The entrees are all very satisfying. The packages are supposed to be for two people - and most of them are adequate portions, though I was disappointing in some of the vegetable packages (very small), but overall, we are pleased. I would still recommend that this package be supplemented with snacks, dehydrated/freeze dried fruit, etc., but you can't go wrong with this package - particularly when they are on sale!
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Mom of a hiker from Georgia on Thursday, August 13, 2015
    Just right for a 2-3 backpacking trip!
  • Reviewed by Tick from California on Thursday, July 9, 2015
    Although this package deal gives you a good variety and cross section of items several of them are extremley low calorie & only 3 items are 2 serving full dinner meals and one is a very basic oatmeal and blueberry which could be bought in mass for cheap at any grocery store. At $6 for a larger 2.5 serving Mountain House you could pick up 5 of those and have A LOT more calories per $ and make up the
    rest of your diet in snacks rather than dehydrated meals just some food for thought :).
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Anonymous from Michigan on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Excellent taste & quality. Tried eggs & Vegetable dish. I had never tried dehydrated food. Excellent seasoning & consistency. I didn't know what to expect. Little hints though, leave it in bag longer then it says & don't count on one bag being enough for 2 people. Very few calories for 2 people if you were hiking.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Andy from British Columbia on Monday, June 22, 2015
    Good to have around. I would not want to live off it but for a few meals it is OK. I found the granola very rich and sweet and the main meals very salty. Easy to prepare though so convenient for a camping trip.

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    • Answer Since I like to be self-sufficient as much as possible, I recommend going to backpackerspantry.com, clicking the "Adventure Food" tab at the top of the page and checking each meal type individually, since each one is going to be different. When you click on each product, one of the pictures provided for each product is the nutrition label, and that will give you all the information you need.
      Answered on 6/29/2015 6:24:02 PM by TM from SD
    • Answer calories 200 per serving, 14 grams of protein, carbs 24 grams, says 2.5 servings per pack. This is beef stew. have not tried this one yet.
      Answered on 6/30/2015 5:29:58 AM by Anonymous from Michigan
  • Question “how many pack for total?”
    Asked on 5/16/2015 2:43:29 PM by Backpacker's Pantry Gourmet Meal Pack - 2-Person, 3-Day from North Carolina
    • Answer There is 2 servings in each package:
      1 package each of:

      -Jamaican-style jerk rice with chicken

      -Stroganoff sauce with beef and noodles

      -Mexican rice with beef

      -Huevos rancheros

      -Colorado omelet

      -Granola with blueberries and milk

      -Sicilian mixed vegetables

      -Garlic herb mashed potatoes

      -Vegetable medley

      -Mocha mousse pie


      -Hot apple cobbler
      Answered on 5/16/2015 5:32:01 PM by Shaun from Puyallup, WA
    • Answer You only need the means for hot water and a utensil to eat it. You can eat it straight from the bag. You pour your boiling water into the bag, seal it up and let it sit till its rehydrated, then you can eat it straight from the bag or pour in into whatever you used to boil water. I only carry one multi-purpose pot and use it for everything.
      Answered on 1/28/2015 10:58:24 AM by Crazy hiker girl from Bonney Lake, WA
    • Answer thanks but I see a lot from reviews some of these packets can not just pour boiling water over but have to cook in what some say a pan.
      Answered on 1/28/2015 11:49:47 AM by AD from Philadelphia
    • Answer You should be able to do everything with a single pan/pot/bowl that you are able to boil water with.
      Answered on 1/28/2015 11:53:50 AM by Product Specialist Greg from Company Headquarters
    • Answer Just a small pan or cup to heat water in, you pour hot water directly into pouch and eat from there.
      Answered on 1/28/2015 12:48:44 PM by Old Scouter from New Mexico
    • Answer Steel pot with removeable handle; cover; portable burner; long handled steel spoon.
      Answered on 1/28/2015 3:25:55 PM by jhcj from New York
    • Answer a good sized bowl should be good enough. They're calorie dense, but not too large in terms of volume.
      I enjoyed everything but the eggs.
      My brother-in-law and I had this food for a fair portion of our section-hike of the AT this year, and we did NOT go hungry.
      Answered on 1/28/2015 7:13:53 PM by Tedinski from PA
    • Answer For some of the meals, yes, for others dividing the packages would be more difficult. Veggies: No, Desserts: No, Entrees: Some, Breakfasts: Some.

      The granola package is HUGE and is probably big enough for 3 people to share, so that could definitely be split. Some of the pasta/sauce/protein entrees could be split if you're careful on dividing the contents equally so that you could just also cut the boiled-water needed in half also.

      The veggies I'm saying no to because the packages are small and probably not worth the trouble.

      The desserts are a no-go because there are a few simple steps involved to prepare them, and dividing the package could make prep unnecessarily complicated. Additionally: if you've had a hard day on the trail (or are just feeling crummy because you're out there on your own flying solo) the desserts could be a good pick-me-up and help you add back in the calories from the day that you weren't able to consume for breakfast and lunch.

      Additional Comments:

      Perishability: Yes, these meals are intended to last 5-10-25 years, *but when packaged as intended*. If you open the seal and remove the oxygen absorber, you compromise the hygienic packaging and the shelf-life is drastically reduced. However, If you eat at least the ones you've split on the trip within a few days of opening, I can't see a reason why you'd get sick from the spoiled food, it's all dehydrated anyway, right?

      Climate/Environment: Because these meals are dehydrated/freeze-dried, How they react to elevation or extreme humidity after being opened and split, IDK but for only a few days, it should be just fine.

      Cook/Prep: Dividing the Omelet/Eggs Breakfasts should be simple enough, but I wonder about being able to cook them in the bag with boiling water instead of having to rehydrate and fry them: Food- for- thought (see what I did there?) Part of the charm for these meals is that they prepare with nothing more than boiling water... compromising the packages may not allow them to rehydrate as designed. However, if you use a *thick-walled freezer-style *Zip-bag you could probably boil-in the pouch as long as there is some structure like a bowl or pot to keep it upright.

      Hope this helps answer your question, Have a great trip!
      Answered on 12/29/2014 5:24:25 AM by Jonathan from Virginia
    • Answer You could, but I would do that at home in advance.
      Answered on 12/29/2014 7:43:42 AM by Banshee29 from GA
    • Answer Not in the packaging it comes in. Buy freezer ziplocks and repackage yourself to divide into two (or more) meals. The freezer ziplocks can handle boiling water and are handy to store small bits of trash being packed out.
      Answered on 12/29/2014 9:18:13 AM by Dannio from California
    • Answer I don't see why not. However, the package is designed to add the hot water directly to and eat from the package but I would think you could just use a mess pot and pour in only as much as you want. The packages are large portions and so it seems like a reasonable thing to do.
      Answered on 12/29/2014 10:11:50 AM by Crazy hiker girl from Washington
    • Answer Keeping the unused food from spoiling might be an issue. Try it out at home first, keeping the unused portion at the ambient temperature and for the length of time that you will be experiencing on your trip. If it will be above 40 degrees you may at risk for spoilage, which occurs rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees F for most food. Some of the pouches directions say to add boiling water and reseal for a length of time in order to reconstitute. In that case you could return the unused portion to the pouch and seal it for the next use. You would need to clean the pouch of any reconstituted food debris and thoroughly dry it out before putting the unused portion back into it, which may be difficult to do on the trail, or just put the unused portion in a Ziploc bag before putting it back into the unclean pouch and resealing it. Either way you are at risk of bacterial contamination, depending on exposure to contaminants, the ambient temperature and the moisture the unused food absorbs either from direct contact with liquids or just from the humidity in the atmosphere.

      The following is from the USDA's website on Shelf-Stable Food Safety. At the end of it, it states the food "must be packaged in moisture-proof, hermetically sealed containers." So once you break that seal, you are on your own as far as food safety and possible food poisoning goes.

      "Does freeze-drying make food shelf stable? Yes, freeze-dried foods are shelf stable. Freeze-drying is a commercial process that can be used to preserve such food as dried soup mixes, instant coffee, fruits, and vegetables. To freeze dry, frozen food is placed in a special vacuum cabinet. There, ice changes from a solid state directly to a vapor state without first becoming a liquid. This process, whereby water escapes from the food, is called "sublimation." To use freeze-dried foods, they must be rehydrated with water. They retain their original flavor, texture, and nutrients, but must be packaged in moisture-proof, hermetically sealed containers."

      The USDA web page: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/shelf-stable-food-safety/!ut/p/a1/jZHNTsMwEISfhUOOjjekVC23KBIigSaqIiD1BTmtfyK5dmQbovL0uC2XohbqPXnmG9m7iwluMdH0sxfU90ZTtb-T6TssYZrMcyjrefIARfW6rJ_yHGbNXQBWfwBVemX-wsngv3x5xQO3dpEvBCYD9RL1mhvcCuYR1W5k1uGWG7NBjnLmd4jTtUdOMuaDsdfQwZVUb1SvRdAkUxw5Tzv14x2T-A2T079AEqqo0mbyWFYp1JPfwJlhHYHL0wjtCmW6w2ZWme7SWejLMs4ss_GHDbL0fnD3EUQwjmMsjBGKxWuzjeBcRBrncXtK4mH70n49Z7wpEOl24803pmCQOw!!/#27
      Answered on 12/29/2014 2:13:06 PM by PA Jim from Olympic Peninsula, WA
    • Answer I imagine so. Didn't try, I shared each meal with my son.
      Answered on 1/1/2015 6:01:23 PM by steve from Mississippi
    • Answer The short answer is no, eat a whole hot breakfast or dinner in one sitting. There aren't enough calories for two!
      Answered on 4/25/2015 12:16:29 PM by Climbing Larry from Washington
    Asked on 12/24/2013 5:59:36 PM by ELKINTANA from COLOMBIA
    • Answer The set I got in Nov. says: exp. August 2018. It was made in August 2013. So it is like any other freeze dried food. It lasts just about forever. My guess is that you will eat it long before it goes bad.
      Answered on 12/24/2013 11:28:16 PM by Ozark Hiker from Oklahoma
  • Question “26 packets”
    Asked on 4/8/2013 12:48:26 PM by Joe from Ks
    • Answer There are 12 meal packets with 2 servings in each packet.
      Answered on 4/11/2013 4:24:59 PM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
  • Question “Does each packet contain a 2 meal portion?”
    Asked on 1/5/2013 12:00:00 AM by Leon from USA
    • Answer Each packet is a one meal that serves two people.
      Answered on 1/7/2013 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Unknown
    • Answer Yes there are several meals in the Meal Pack that contain Soy products as listed ingredients.
      Answered on 12/11/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod Spec Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
  • Question “Does this product contain soy or tofu ?”
    Asked on 12/2/2012 12:00:00 AM by Kilo Kilo from Frederick, MD
    • Answer •This product was produced in a facility that processes peanuts, milk, soy, wheat, gluten, egg and tree nut ingredients.
      Answered on 12/7/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod Specialist Lee from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer As of (January 2012) has all items dated for expiration at Nov or Dec 2014
      Answered on 3/23/2012 12:00:00 AM by Prod.Spec. Ryan from Sierra Trading Post
    • Answer Expiration dates are listed on the package. Newly purchased these have a shelf life of 3 years so 2015. HOWEVER. They are required by law to approximate a safe shelf life to protect against legal and civil action. However in reality most properly freeze dried food can last (rehydrateable and safe to eat) 10 years. Do not throw these out simply because it is one month past expiration. For camping trips you may want fresher meals, however in a true EMERGENCY, can you really afford to be picky over a legally required expiration date?
      Answered on 5/1/2012 12:00:00 AM by ritwrestler from rochester, ny
    • Answer I just purchased these and all expiration dates on mine were 2015. Awesome!
      Answered on 12/15/2012 12:00:00 AM by Pack Chick from Los Angeles
    • Answer I just purchased February of 2015 and all expiration dates were 2016 or 2017.
      Answered on 2/9/2015 7:03:32 PM by Sam L from Pennsylvania