Dehydrated meals

Dehydrated meals

Dehydrated meals for camping expeditions.

AD: The meals featured in this blog were given to me to test and review. I only review products that I believe in and use myself.

Dehydrated meals are the mainstay of long camping expeditions where you may need to be self-supporting for several days without access to shops.

They are lightweight and all you need to do is add water, wait a short while, then eat and enjoy. It is the ‘enjoy’ part that has always been a problem for me but when you are cold, tired and hungry almost anything tastes ok! Then I discovered ActivEat Foods and everything changed.

ActivEat Dehydrated meals
Camping meals
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ActivEat foods are a small company based in Essex who make the most amazing home cooked, dehydrated meals. The company started when the founder took part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge and was looking for great tasting, dehydrated meals that would help to provide the 6,000 calories needed each day. Unable to find anything to meet the requirements she decided to make her own and, in 2019, ActivEat foods was born.

ActivEat Dehydrated meals
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As with all dehydrated meals you will also need to carry a small stove to boil the required amount of water, which is then added to the bag. Take care at this point as the bag will get hot and you don’t want a burn to spoil your expedition.

Dehydrated camping meal
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Once the required amount of water is added then ‘stir like crazy’ until all the dried meal is mixed with the water.

Lightweight camping food meal
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Seal the pouch with the self sealing strip and then wait about 15 minutes while the meal re-hydrates. On a warm summer evening you can sit and enjoy the view from your tent whilst waiting for your meal. If the weather is cold, however, a great thing to do is to place the pouch inside your jacket where it will keep you warm whilst you wait for it to be ready.

Dried food meal camping
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After about 15 minutes your meal should be ready and it is just a case of open the pouch and enjoy. With ActivEat foods this is easy with a great range of flavours such as Mixed mash shepherds pie, Sweet potato Biryani and my personal favourite Sweet Beef Noodles.

If you are looking for breakfast options they also offer fruit and nut muesli, red berry breakfast, banana and nutmeg breakfast and apple, sultana and cinnamon breakfast. All of these can be made with either hot or cold water.

Each meal contains 500 – 600 calories which I found to be just enough when on a long expedition if supplemented with other foods but there are plans to introduce more calorie dense meals of 800 -900 calories. These would be great for those on more demanding expeditions in extreme conditions.

Take a look at the ActivEat website and check out their new flavours. Even better place an order using my discount code MAXINEOUTDOORS for a 15% discount. Try them and let me know what you think in the comments below.

All photographs used in this blog were taken by my son @table.cr2 (Instagram) and as such are subject to copyright.

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