Food Labs

Poor Man's Pantry - Beef Stroganoff

1     Knorr Sides Stroganoff
1/4 Cup Dehydrated Beef Gravel
1/8 Cup Dehydrated Peas
1/8 Cup Dehydrated Mushrooms
1 Tablespoon Beef Gravy

Combine all ingredients in a Quart Freezer Bag. Add 2.5 Cups boiling water to bag and insert into pot cozy. Let stand for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!!!!


Packit Gourmet - Dottie's Chicken and Dumplings

I recently purchased a meal to try from Packit Gourmet - Dottie's Chicken and Dumplings.  I really didn't know what to expect as this is a relatively new company to me. I can definitely say that I was not disappointed.

The meal comes in a very well thought out package that allows you to cook the meal right in the bag. You will more than likely need to construct a pot cozie (or purchase one from their website) to keep the meal piping hot while it re-hydrates.

The ingredients are all high caliber from what I experienced. The chicken base which comes in a viscous form is very flavorful and much better than what I have experienced with boulon based flavorings. What really caught my attention was the little pieces of what I perceived to be real chicken. As I expected the vegetables take a little bit longer to rehydrate, but the longer the meal sat in the water the more tender they became.

The only thing that I would have changed would have been to add slightly less water than what the packaging recommends. This is not to say that the quality is degraded from what is called for, but based on MY personal thoughts of what dumpling texture should be I  would have preferred it to be slightly thicker and more concentrated (but that is solely my opinion and would recommend experimenting to meet you own personal preferences).

I would highly recommend trying this meal if the flavor profile sounds like something you would enjoy. The quality of the product is excellent!! I will definitely be trying more products from this company!

More Trail Food - Black Beans, Spicy Sausage and Rice

 The above video will give you an idea of my latest concoction that I adapted from a soup recipe that I had found and tried at home.  It tastes very good!!


Dehydrated Trail Food - Chili Mac

This is my version of Chili Mac.  I have adapted my previous recipe that I use at home for chili to accommodate a larger amount of servings and to also kick up the heat a notch (which my wife would not enjoy if I was just making it for us at home).   You can dial the heat down by cutting out the red pepper flakes and adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper and jalapenos that you use.


Dehydrated Trail Food Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

This is my version of pasta with meat sauce, mushrooms and peas.  I apologize for the blurry video during some sections.  This recipe can be adjusted to suit your personal needs and also used with a store bought pasta sauce. I spent under $20 to make a batch which produced 16 5.5oz servings.  I hope you enjoy the recipe and please feel free to leave comments about your modifications.  Thanks for taking the time to watch and I hope this helps in planning meals for your future hikes.

Dehydrated Trail Food - Creole Shrimp

I have been busy getting other Appalachian Trail meal ready and I thought I would give dehydrating sea food a try.  The flavor in this meals was amazing (and very spicy so you may want to tone down the tobasco if you don't like your food hot), but the texture of the shrimp came out a little chewy.  I wish I could find freeze dried shrimp to add the the meal after the sauce has been dehydrated as I think this would fix the problem.

Happy Trails!


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