Why dehydrated food?
Dehydrated food weighs much less than fresh, and when you're traveling over long distances, weight matters! The weight of dehydrated food can be nearly one-tenth of the original product. Our meals weigh four-ounces and are approximately 600 calories per serving. In addition, dehydration is one of the least energy intensive ways to preserve food. We're excited to provide lightweight, shelf-stable foods that requires less energy inputs than freezing, canning or freeze-drying.
How do you rehydrate your meals?
Simply add BOILING water to the bag! We know how important it is to reduce weight in the backcountry, so we've created recipes that you can simply add hot water to. Let the dinners sit for 20 minutes, the breakfasts for five, and enjoy! This cuts down on clean up and mess at camp compared to meals that require cooking.
What do you use for packaging?
We use foil lined stand up pouches that hold hot water. You might notice that our packaging is quite small compared to other options. It is our intention to reduce bulk in your pack. Our dinner bags are less than 7-inches tall, so you can stir the bottom of the bag without having to stick your hand in the bag.
Is each pouch one serving?
Yes! This will fill one hungry person(or two small appetites)! We recommend researching your caloric needs before determining how many meals to purchase. Remember, these meals are higher in calories because they've been created to be consumed in the backcountry!
How much water is needed for each pouch?
Start with 4-ounces of water for the breakfasts and 10-ounces for the dinners. After that, add more to reach the desired consistency.
How much protein is in each meal?
A lot! We aim for a 6-ounces of protein per meal. In the backcountry, it's easy to get a lot of carbohydrate calories, but protein is a little harder. Protein is our favorite macronutrient because it's very satisfying (you will feel comfortably full after our meals) and is critical for muscular repair, growth and maintenance. Eating our meals will help ensure that you're getting enough high quality protein each day, which will help with your recovery, energy levels, cognition and stamina.
How many calories are in each meal?
Our breakfasts contain more than 500 calories, and our dinners range from 450 to 600. If you need more calories than that, we recommend having packaroons for dessert, which will add an additional 320 calories to your meal.
How long does your food last?
Because we don't use any preservatives, we recommend you eat your meals and snacks within the season you purchased it.
Where is it made?
We have partnered with our good friends from CavemanChefs in Colorado and Tilgner's Specialized Smoked Seafood Products in Ninilchik, Alaska to produce our breakfasts + meals + snacks. Our ultimate goal is to utilize kitchens throughout the country to cut down on our carbon footprint due to shipping! If you have ideas, please contact us!
Who is it for?
While Heather's Choice® Meals for Adventuring are made with the backcountry athlete in mind, these meals are good enough to eat in the front country as well! If you appreciate good quality food, have food allergies, follow a Paleo diet, or simply want convenient, shelf stable meals to bring on planes, trains and automobiles, our meals are a GREAT option!
Our vision for Heather's Choice® is that it will not only be the new standard in backpacking food, but will be a great option for military personnel, fire fighters, or any one who needs nutrient dense food in a non-perishable, portable package.
We take our meals not only into the backcountry, but also stock them in pantry for quick and easy dinners at home, in the car for long road trips, in our suitcases for travel, and in our backpacks for day hikes - just in case it turns into an overnighter!
When can I expect to receive my order?
We also offer USPS Priority Mail Express, which takes 1 to 2 business days. Larger cities have more frequent mail routes, but if you're in a smaller town or rural area, please add one more day to your orders ETA.
There are many factors which can cause shipping delays (federal holidays, weather, etc), so we encourage you to plan ahead. We want to make sure we get your orders to you in time for your epic adventures!