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Best Freeze Dried Meals in Canada to Take Camping or Backpacking

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My partner and I recently completed a 5-day, 82.6 km canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park in a group of 6 – our 3rd and longest journey through the park.

The previous trips had either been only a couple of days long or covered much less ground, so we could afford to bring some luxuries from our camping list including full pre-prepped meals such as marinated steak and tofu burritos.

Due to the duration of this trip, sealing fresh food in the food barrel in the summer heat for more than the first day or two was a no-go (although the carrots held up quite well). There was also a heavy incentive to pack as lightly as possible so we didn’t have lug too much across the 20 portages.

So like most backcountry campers on longer trips, we chose to rely on lightweight and portable freeze dried meals for a significant chunk of our calorie intake. We each brought a few dehydrated dinners to share and ended up with quite the selection:

Our selection of freeze dried meals for the trip

I’ve organized our reviews in order from most to least overall enjoyment and award each a “best for” category:

Best overall – Mountain House Pasta Primavera (V)

This one was a winner and the favourite amongst the group. It has large, identifiable chunks of a variety of vegetables in a creamy sauce with just the right amount of salt. The pasta and veggies both rehydrated well in the estimated time which was a bit surprising given their size and the whole meal is filling and satisfying.

  • Price: $11.95
  • Weight: 136g
  • Ingredients: White rice, carrots, potatoes, coconut milk powder, spinach, garlic, shallots, green chilis, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, cumin, coriander and turmeric.
  • Time: 10 min
  • Calories: 520 (3.8/g)
  • Protein: 20g
  • Dietary: Vegetarian
  • Line: No

Once a trip – Mountain House Sweet & Sour Pork With Rice

Not as good as the primavera, but still a solid option as it stands out as not being just another mish-mash stew. It’s a bit on the sweet side and is pretty heavy on the pineapple, but the sour still comes through. The pork’s texture is decent. If you like ordering sweet and sour takeout, this meal does a good job of calling back to the memory of those dishes. Unlike the primavera, eating this more than once a trip would get a bit old.

  • Price: $12.50
  • Weight: 173g
  • Ingredients: Cooked pork (pork, salt, natural flavor), pineapple in light syrup (pineapple, sugar, citric acid), green pepper, vinegar, onion, red pepper, brown sugar, sugar, modified corn starch less than 2% of: chicken base (chicken meat, salt, maltodextrin, sugar, chicken fat, yeast extract, onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric, spice extract), Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, corn oil with spice extract, sesame & soybean oil, seasoning (yeast extract, safflower oil, natural flavoring), sea salt, garlic powder and spice.
  • Time: 8-9 min
  • Calories: 720 (4.1/g)
  • Protein: 30g
  • Dietary: Contains soy, milk, wheat and anchovy
  • Line: No

Most filling – Backpacker’s Pantry Spicy Thai Peanut Curry With Vegetables (V, GF)

Backpacker’s Pantry’s highest calorie (1100) and protein (42g) meal is filling and definitely big enough to share. The package is on the heavier side as it comes with packets of real peanut butter inside and not everything is freeze-dried, but packs an above average calories per gram at 4.6.

The downside to this meal is it has a separate sealed packages of peanuts and peanut butter within the pouch which you have to take out and add back in at different stages – making preparation a bit awkward if you don’t have a flat surface nearby.

The spice has just the right amount of kick, but be sure to have some water handy as it builds a bit as you eat.

  • Price: $12.75
  • Weight: 240g
  • Ingredients: Long grain brown rice, peanut butter, sauce (soy sace, maltodextrin, salt), sesame seed, fructose, garlic, onion, coriander seed, crushed red chili pepper, cumin seed, roasted peanuts, textured soy protein, freeze-dried: potatoes, sweet corn, , broccoli and peas, onion, carrots, red bell pepper, dried tomato flakes, celery, cabbage, green bell pepper, parsley.
  • Time: 15 to 20 min
  • Calories: 1100 (4.6/g)
  • Protein: 42g
  • Dietary: Vegan, gluten free. Contains peanut and soybeans
  • Line: No

Best seafood – Happy Yak Rosa With Shrimp Linguini

Unlike the others, this one had to be prepared by bringing 2 cups of water and the contents of the pouch to a boil in a pot over the fire – like making pasta at home – which took a lot longer than simply pouring hot water into the pouch like the other meals on this list.

That said, we were pleasantly surprised by how well the shrimp rehydrated and really enjoyed their resulting texture and taste. There isn’t much else to the dish, but the sauce is rich and creamy and there is a good amount of shrimp included. And hey, it was pretty special to eat a seafood dish while deep in the woods without having to catch anything ourselves.

  • Price: $15.45
  • Weight: 160g
  • Ingredients: pasta (wheat), rosé sauce, freeze dried Matane shrimp.
  • Time: 20 min (1.5 cups of water)
  • Calories: 680 (4.3/g)
  • Protein: 38g
  • Dietary: Contains milk, wheat, shrimp
  • Line: No

Best vegan & gluten free – Off the Path Provisions Thai Green Curry Rice (V, GF)

Noticeable and tasty coconut milk and lemongrass flavour with a little kick of spice as an aftertaste that never builds to more than a tingle. More flavour, but less salty than their original fried rice.

However, while the bags state that they take 15 to 20 minutes, we found that even after 20 minutes, the vegetables were still somewhat chewy and could have used more time. The meals have a tested shelf life of 2 years, which is considerably shorter than other options, but still plenty of time to use them up.

  • Price: $12.50 to $13.49
  • Weight: 154g
  • Ingredients: White rice, carrots, potatoes, coconut milk powder, spinach, garlic, shallots, green chilis, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, cumin, coriander and turmeric
  • Time: 15 to 20 min (2 cups of water)
  • Calories: 560
  • Protein: 11g
  • Dietary: gluten free
  • Fill line: No

Best dairy-free – Happy Yak Mediterranean Pork (DF)

Tasty without being too salty and filling thanks to the generous amount of calories and protein. You may need to add a bit more hot water than recommended to rehydrate it fully.

  • Price: $14.45
  • Weight: 185g
  • Ingredients: couscous (wheat), freeze-dried pork, dehydrated vegetables (green olive, black olive, onion, tomato flakes, carrot, potato, celery, leek, green and red bell peppers), dehydrated prunes, vegetable broth powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, spices, dried herbs.
  • Time: 12 to 15 min (375ml of water)
  • Calories: 700 (3.8/g)
  • Protein: 40g
  • Dietary: Dairy free
  • Line: No

Best umami – Off the Path Provisions The Original Fried Rice (V, GF)

Very similar to the Thai Green Curry Rice, but with a savoury instead of spicy flavour profile. High protein and quite filling thanks to the defatted soy flour that had a similar texture to very firm tofu. Taste is salty with onion and a hint of umami – reminiscent of soy sauce. Make sure to shake well during cooking and stir well once opened as the flavour of ours was almost all resting at the bottom of the bag.

  • Price: $12.50 to $13.49
  • Weight: 160g
  • Ingredients: White rice, carrots, potatoes, textured vegetable protein (defatted soy flour), spinach, garlic, shallots, parsley, onion, salt, thyme, black pepper, celery seed
  • Time: 20 min (1.5 cups of water)
  • Calories: 540
  • Protein: 25g
  • Dietary: Vegetarian, gluten free. Contains soy
  • Line: No

Best chili – Nomad Nutrition Hungarian Goulash (V, GF, DF, SF)

The goulash tasted like a chili with strong kidney bean, paprika and chili pepper flavours and felt good after eating it. Could have used some salt and used hot sauce to jazz it up a bit. The beans did not rehydrate fully and the portion and protein weren’t enough to stay full for very long.

  • Price: $16
  • Weight: 112g
  • Ingredients: potatoes, kidney beans, onions, red peppers, carrots, lentils, tomatoes, olive oil, mushrooms, garlic, smoked paprika, spices and sea salt.
  • Time: 13 min
  • Calories: 600 (5.3/g)
  • Protein: 20g
  • Dietary: Allergen free
  • Line: No

Best stew – Nomad Nutrition Indian Red Lentil Stew (V, GF, DF, SF)

Well spiced and the coconut milk and sun dried tomato combination tastes pretty good. Unfortunately as with other Nomad Nutrition meals, some of the ingredients did not rehydrate fully and stayed hard/chewy after the recommended time and also not as filing.

  • Price: $15.95
  • Weight: 112g
  • Ingredients: potatoes, carrots, lentils, coconut milk, onions, peas, olive oil, sundried tomatoes, garlic, spices and sea salt.
  • Time: 13 min
  • Calories: 680 (3.8/g)
  • Protein: 24g
  • Dietary: Allergen free
  • Line: No

For longer days – Backpacker’s Pantry Vegetable Lasagna (V)

Calling this meal “lasagna” is a bit of a stretch (and technically incorrect as the pasta is rotini noodles) and I’d say it’s closer to a vegetarian stroganoff and presents like it went through a grinder, but this is a freeze dried meal packet – not a microwaveable dinner – so this is the closest the presentation is going to get.

It rehydrated really well and the cheese and tomato are hearty and tasty, but it’s a little heavy on the salt and oregano and lacking in depth/variety of flavour so by the end it becomes quite one-note and your taste buds get tired. My partner is vegetarian and she passed me the bag after finishing half of it, not because she was completely full, but she had had enough of it.

Note: It upsets some reviewers’ stomachs and in our case caused some gassiness.

There is a large “2 servings” on the bag and I’d say this accurate for all but the hungriest of campers as it makes about 3 cups worth of a dense pasta and cheesy sauce mixture which packs 44g of protein.

  • Price: $12
  • Weight: 198g
  • Ingredients: Sauce (organic textured soy protein, tomato, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, butter powder, skim milk powder, potato starch, onion, mushrooms, salt, bell pepper, celery, garlic, parsley, sugar, basil, oregano), pasta (durum semolina).
  • Time: 13 min
  • Calories: 760 (3.8/g)
  • Protein: 44g
  • Dietary: Vegetarian, nut free. Contains milk, soy, gluten, wheat
  • Line: No

Best low sodium – Nomad Nutrition Ukranian Borscht (V, GF, DF)

While it is technically a borscht since it includes beets, it tastes similar to minestrone soup and only calls back to the memory the taste of an authentic borscht. Beets and beans did not rehydrate fully and the portion and protein weren’t enough to stay full for very long.

That said, it tastes quite good. The beet flavour isn’t too strong and the pepper, dill, kidney beans and tomato are what stand out in this hearty soup which would be perfect for warming up on a rainy day.

  • Price: $16
  • Weight: 112g
  • Ingredients: potatoes, cabbage, onions, carrots, beets kidney beans, black beans, red peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, spices, parsley, sea salt, smoked paprika, turmeric and dill.
  • Time: 13 min
  • Calories: 760 (3.8/g)
  • Protein: 15g
  • Dietary: Allergen free
  • Line: No

Nomad Nutrition Irish Shepherd’s Pie (V, GF)

Before adding water. Credit: Trailspace

While there is sadly no “pie”/pastry part of this meal, it is a vegetable stew with chunks of potatoes (mashed potatoes would have been a better fit) that evokes distant memories of a slice of shepherd’s pie.

It is made of only recognizable, healthy ingredients – many of which are certified organic – and tastes pretty good considering how low in sodium it is.

The seasoning is good with plenty of flavour, but didn’t rehydrate as well as some other brands. The lentils did not rehydrate fully and still had a bit of a crunch after being left for the recommended time.

  • Price: $16
  • Weight: 112g
  • Ingredients: Potatoes, Lentils*, Carrots, Coconut Milk*, Onions, Peas, Corn, Sundried Tomatoes*, Olive Oil*, Garlic*, Rosemary*, Thyme*, Coriander, Parsley*, Black Pepper*, Sea Salt*.  * = Certified Organic Ingredient.
  • Time: 8 to 12 min
  • Calories: 790 (7/g)
  • Protein: 21g
  • Dietary: Allergen free
  • Line: No

Happy Yak Moroccan Feast (V, DF)

Quite bland, probably wouldn’t order again.

  • Price: $12.45
  • Weight: 175g
  • Ingredients: couscous (wheat), red lentils, toasted slivered almonds, chopped dried apricots, powdered vegetable broth, raisins, dried onion flakes, spices, dried parsley, garlic powder.
  • Time: 12 to 15 min (200ml water)
  • Calories: 660
  • Protein: 28g
  • Dietary: Vegetarian, dairy free. Contains soy, gluten
  • Line: No

AlpineAire Mountain Chili (V, DF)

Edible, but it’s quite bland compared to other options. Can be grainy/mealy if your water isn’t hot enough. It has a lot of beans, so prepare to be gassy. Probably wouldn’t order it again.

  • Price: $12
  • Weight: 170g
  • Ingredients: Crushed pinto beans, caramel coloured textured vegetable protein (soy four), tomato powder, corn meal, chili powder, freeze-dried sweet corn, low sodium salt, mixed red and green bell pepper, chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, garlic granules, cumin seed, oregano, and basil.
  • Time: 10 to 12 min
  • Calories: 540 (3.2/g)
  • Protein: 42g
  • Dietary: Gluten free, diary free, vegetarian. Contains soy
  • Line: Yes

AlpineAire Spicy Sausage Bolognese

Credit: EdWeird

Basically spaghetti with spiral pasta. It isn’t the tastiest (too strong on the tomato) and certainly not that spicy aside from a tingle. The “sausage” is of questionable quality. It also likely caused some gassiness. Probably wouldn’t order it again.

  • Price: $12
  • Weight: 188g
  • Ingredients: pasta, spiral (ground durum wheat semolina, water, salt), tomato powder, pork sausage crumbles (pork, less than 2% salt, spices, sugar, sodium phosphate), potato starch, beef cooked powder, white onion, tomato flakes, food starch-modified, parmesan cheese [(partially skim milk, culture, salt, enzymes) and disodium phosphate], sugar organic, sea salt, garlic granulated, garlic minced, natural flavor (baker’s yeast extract, salt), paprika, oregano, chives, parsley, basil, natural flavor (baker’s yeast extract, salt), black pepper.
  • Time: 10 to 12 min (2 cups of water)
  • Calories: 740 (3.9/g)
  • Protein: 34g
  • Dietary: Vegetarian, nut free. Contains milk and wheat
  • Line: No

AlpineAire Himalayan Lentils & Rice (V)

Has a bit of a spicy tingle, but is generally bland and low in salt – you’ll need to add your own seasonings. Rehydrated pretty well and has a good amount of protein thanks to having both beans and lentils and fibre thanks to the apples and mango (which add a nice sweetness). Healthy, but not the most enjoyable – probably wouldn’t order it again.

  • Price: $12
  • Weight: 170g
  • Ingredients: Instant white rice, lentils, crushed black beans, diced apples, freeze-dried diced mango, black bean flakes, mixed red and green bell pepper, sweet cream powder (pasteurized sweet cream, skim milk solids, sodium casinate, lecithin, bht), chili powder, low sodium salt, cumin, allspice, ground turmeric, crushed red pepper, sassafras leaf powder, ginger, natural butter flavour.
  • Time: 13 min (1.75 cups of water)
  • Calories: 620 (3.6/g)
  • Protein: 22g
  • Dietary: Vegetarian, soy free. Contains milk, may contain gluten
  • Line: Yes

Happy Yak Merry Berry Couscous (V)

Great for a high energy, high protein breakfast and an excellent alternative to usual oatmeal packets – but not recommended as a dinner. In my experience, couscous is used in savoury dishes, but with the creamy milk powder, brown sugar, vanilla and sweet cranberries it was sweet but not too sweet and went down easy.

  • Price: $4.95
  • Weight: 105g
  • Ingredients: Toasted wheat couscous, skim milk powder, dried cranberries (sugar, sunflower oil), brown sugar, vanilla powder (corn maltodextrin, modified corn starch, caramelized sugar syrup, arabic gum, natural flavor), nutmeg.
  • Time: 15 to 18 min (1.5 cups of water)
  • Calories: 380 (3.61/g)
  • Protein: 16g
  • Dietary: Contains milk, wheat
  • Line: No

How to make a freeze dried meal

All we had to do to make dinner in the evening was:

  1. Filter water from the nearest body of water using the Platypus GravityWorks Filter System
  2. Get a fire going (or use the backup Pocket Camp Stove and isobutane)
  3. Boil water in our lightweight MSR pots
  4. Pour the hot water into the dehydrated meal bag of our choice
Boiling water over the fire to rehydrate the meals

Top freeze dried meal brands in Canada

Mountain House

Pros

  • Very tasty
  • Filling and comforting
  • Mid-range prices

Cons

  • High/very high in sodium
  • Some unrecognizable ingredients/preservatives

Mountain House’s parent company has been making freeze dried food for the US military for over 50 years and started serving consumers looking for outdoor recreation, convenience and/or emergency food in 1969. They make their meals near Portland, OR which are guaranteed to last for a shelf life of 30 years.

Their bags reseal well, but are larger than they need to be and therefore a bit deceptive in size. They contain plenty of food and calories, but the depth of the bag makes it a bit challenging to scoop out the food with a spork.

Off the Path Provisions (prev. Backcountry Wok)

Pros

  • Made in Canada
  • Simple ingredients
  • Eco-friendly bags
  • Plant-based and gluten-free
  • Good prices

Cons

  • Could rehydrate better
  • Meals are basically the same, but with different spicing

We brought these after seeing their ads on Instagram because their products are plant-based and my partner is vegetarian. They are made in Canada out of a facility in Ottawa, ON by a Canadian company using produce sourced from Canadian producers.

Off the Paths’ bags are uniquely 100% compostable – kraft paper on the outside and a corn lining for the inside and zipper all of which is food safe and certified for home composting. However, they take between 400 and 450 days to decompose, so don’t leave them on the trail! We ended up using them as fuel in the fire pit – 1 less thing to go in the garbage bag!

Nomad Nutrition

Pros

  • Made in Canada
  • Simple ingredients
  • Allergen free

Cons

  • Doesn’t rehydrate as easily
  • More expensive

Founded in 2017 by avid climber Denis Mikhailov, their meals are made in Canada in Burnaby, BC from plant-based proteins in a meat and peanut free facility. All of their meals are dairy, gluten, soy and preservative free and most of their ingredients come from local farms and they used certified organic ingredients whenever possible. They too made an appearance on Dragon’s Den on which they accepted a $100,000 investment for a 12% stake.

The meals are slightly smaller portions and more expensive than other options from other brands (you’ll want at least 1x112g packet, and then possibly some more if you’ve been active as they are lower in protein), but their ingredient lists are short and recognizable and easier on the digestive system. You may want to add some salt as many of their meals are low in sodium.

Being a relatively new company, they only have testing that confirms their meals have a shelf life of 4 years, but they likely last much long as they are freeze-dried.

Their meals do not rehydrate as easily as other brands’, so we recommend them if you’ll have access to plenty of water at a full rolling boil.

Happy Yak

Pros

  • Made in Canada
  • Tasty
  • Great variety of meal types

Cons

  • Smaller portion sizes
  • Higher prices

Founded by Christine Chénard and Guy DuBuc in 2013, Happy Yak makes all their meals in Canada out of their own manufacturing facility in Cowansville, Quebec. The pair was on Dragon’s Den, where they were offered $ 100,000 for 10% by Dominique Brown. They donate 1% of their annual gross revenue to organizations that share their values, including Leave No Trace, BC Wildlife Federation, Scouts Canada and Santé globale.

The meals have a best before date 2 to 3 years after production, but they likely last longer than this as they are freeze-dried.

Be sure to confirm your meals are from their “Express” line if you want to prepare it inside the bag. Otherwise, you may have to boil the food in a pot separately.

Backpacker’s Pantry

Pros

  • Tasty
  • High calorie and filling
  • Cheap

Cons

  • High in sodium
  • Preservatives
  • Unrecognizable ingredients

Founded in 1951, Backpacker’s Pantry is a family owned and operated manufacturer based on Boulder, Colorado.

The offer a great selection of gluten free and vegan meals and a couple certified organic options. They source ingredients from the US whenever possible, including tomatoes, green chilies and chicken. Their meals are made up of a combination of freeze-dried and dehydrated ingredients and have a shelf life of 3 years (for high dairy or fat content) to 10 years.

They use 100% renewable energy to power their facility and donate 1% of sales to 1% for the Planet.

AlpineAire

Pros

  • Handy fill line
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Preservatives
  • Unrecognizable ingredients
  • Caused gassiness
  • Unclear ingredient sources

Alpineaire’s meals last 5+ years in proper storage conditions. They are made with a combination of freeze-dried expensive ingredients such as meat and asparagus and other ingredients such as apples and onions are dehydrated. Their plant for packaging beef and poultry has USDA approval, but it is unclear where exactly in the US their food is produced or where they source their ingredients.

Their pouches have an E-Z Fill Line on the side, making it easy to add the right amount of water and get the dishes’ intended consistency.

What to consider when looking for freeze dried meals

Remember to remove the oxygen absorber before pouring the hot water in. But if you don’t, your food is still safe to eat.

Calories and nutrition to weight ratio

The bags may say “2.5 servings” or “serves 2”, but after a long day of hiking or canoeing, half of a 520 calorie bag (260 calories) will leave you feeling hungry after. Check the number of calories per bag (not per serving) and the amount of protein.

If you’re on a longer trip and trying to pack lightweight or ultralightweight, you’ll also want to take into account the number of calories you’ll get per gram of weight.

Freeze-dried meals are typically quite high in sodium, which is used as a natural preservative, but also intended to replenish the salts lost during intense outdoor activity and physical exertion and preventing an electrolyte imbalance. It can also have a big impact on flavour. Health Canada recommends that most Canadians consume 1500 milligrams (mg) per day and not exceed 2300 mg per day, though you may need more than this if you’ve been taking part in vigorous activity.

Rehydration time

Faster is better when you’ve been on the trail all day, are hungry and are waiting for your first hot meal in 10+ hours. I can’t tell you how slow time ticks by as you watch someone else digging in to their dinner while having to wait another 5 to 10 minutes for yours too finish rehydrating.

To ensure your meal rehydrates properly in the recommended time, make sure the hot water is boiling as hard as possible (that you still feel safe handling).

Fill line

It’s not until you’re about to pour the hot water into the bag that you realize you don’t have a measuring cup on hand to add exactly 1.5 cups of boiling water. Eyeballing the amount works of course, but inevitably every other meal will either get too much water – making it runny/soupy – or too little which does not rehydrate the food thoroughly enough, leaving it a bit chewy/crunchy.

When in doubt, add a bit less water than it calls for as you can always add more, but can’t easily remove it.

Some brands’ bags have a fill line showing how much water you should add which is very handy for getting the consistency of the final product just right, greatly improving the overall enjoyment.

Taste

In general, aside from those from Mountain House, the taste of freeze-dried meals is on the blander side and lighter on seasoning (aside from sodium) than you might prefer at home. It doesn’t hurt to have a small bottle or tincture of your favorite hot sauce (eg. sriracha or Frank’s) on hand to spice things up and add some variety for your taste buds – especially if you’ll be eating multiples of the same meal in a short timeframe.

How are freeze dried meals made?

Freeze-drying (a process known as lyophilisation) works by freezing the food quickly at temperatures of −50 °C to −80 °C to avoid breaking cell walls which worsens texture and reduces nutrition. In the drying phase, the food is placed in a low pressure chamber (partial vacuum) and enough heat is applied to turn the solid ice crystals directly into a gas vapour – a process known as sublimation – which can be quickly and easily removed from the chamber. The drying process takes place over several days so as not to modify the structure of the food.

Removal the water minimizes the rate of deterioration reactions, greatly extending the shelf life of the food. It also leaves the food a fraction of its previous weight.

Freeze-drying vs dehydrating food

Dehydrating food is the process of simply using hot, dry air to slowly remove water from the food and has been used for thousands of years to preserve and extend the life of food supplies. Freeze-drying involves freezing food, removing the water by applying a complex combination of temperature and pressure.

While dehydration removes 80-95% of the moisture from the food, freeze-drying removes 98-99%, extending the shelf life of some foods like fruits and vegetables from 15 to 20 years (for commercial, not DIY) to 25 to 30 years.

Compared to dehydration, freeze-drying is better at preserving the quality of the food, including appearance, aroma, flavour, and nutrition – retaining more of their nutrients, compared to 50-60% nutrient retention as the vitamins are destroyed by heat. The ice crystals created during the freezing stage also cause the final product to be more porous, making rehydration much more effective.

However, this all comes at a cost: freeze-drying costs about 5x more than conventional drying, which is why freeze dried meals are not cheap.

How long do freeze dried meals last?

Freeze dried meals can typically last up to 25 to 30 years as long as they are stored in a dry and clean place in cool (below 24°C) temperatures and remained sealed. This makes them useful as emergency preparedness supplies, astronaut food and military rations. Once opened, they should be consumed within 1 week.

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