Fuel the Outdoors Dehydrated Meals and Snacks

Pennsylvania is home for a couple who recently started a home-based business to combine two of their passions: hiking and cooking. They make dehydrated meals and snacks. While this is not a novel concept – theirs are made really fresh just like you would at home, with some ingredients right from their own garden and others sourced locally. After all, why can’t we eat the same level of food while we’re hiking as we do at home?

Fuel the Outdoors is an Etsy shop that presently offers more than 20 hydrated meals and snacks to choose from. Look for a wide assortment that includes complete meals that only require water and heat, to snacks and desserts, even jerky and dehydrated fruits and veggies to give you a head start on your own trail mix. They are cooked and dehydrated per order so that freshness is guaranteed on all meals.

Disclosure: Fuel the Outdoors contacted me with an offer to try one of their hydrated trail food meals. It was provided at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete this review after trying the item. I was not pressured in any way to make a positive endorsement.

 

Fuel the Outdoors Choices (As of August 2017)

 

  • Dehydrated Broccoli Risotto
  • Cinnamon Apple Oat Chips
  • Dehydrated Mashed Potatoes with Meat and Veggies
  • Dehydrated Curry Chicken with Rice
  • Dehydrated Taco Mac N Cheese
  • Dehydrated Veggie Mac N Cheese
  • Dehydrated Ratatouille
  • Dehydrated Sloppy Joe On The Go
  • Dehydrated Beef & Bean Burrito
  • Dehydrated Rice Pudding with Raisins and Cinnamon
  • Dehydrated Hot Chicken Lunch
  • Dehydrated Fruit & Oatmeal
  • Dehydrated Apple Pie
  • Dehydrated Peach Cobbler
  • Trail Angel Cake
  • Dehydrated Rice and Beans for Two
  • Kiwi Chips
  • Dehydrated Chili
  • Homemade Beef Jerky
  • Homegrown Cucumber Chips

 

What Did I Think?

 

I tried the dehydrated mashed potatoes with meat and veggies. Total comfort food with mashed potatoes along with either chicken or beef and vegetables (green beans, corn and carrots). Just add 2.5 cups of water, bring to a boil, then uncover and remove from the heat for another minute. What could be easier, whether you’re on the trail or at camp? The package contains two servings.

My experience was that the ingredients rehydrated well. The mashed potato chips actually tasted like mashed potatoes. Pretty amazing. The one I sampled had ground beef mixed with the vegetables, and a seasoning that accentuated the taste. While this isn’t a gourmet meal, it’s not bad at all for something you can throw together in less than 10 minutes out under the starry sky.

 

How to Get Some for Yourself

 

These dehydrated meals and snacks are reasonably priced with the meals being between US$6.50 and $7.50, and the desserts in the US$4.00 to $5.00 range. I found the one I tried to be generous in its portioning.

You can purchase them directly from the Fuel the Outdoors Etsy store.

The proprietors of Fuel the Outdoors are offering a 10% discount to Meanderthals readers with code BLOGTHANKS2017.

 

Disclosure: Fuel the Outdoors contacted me with an offer to try one of their hydrated trail food meals. It was provided at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete this review after trying the item. I was not pressured in any way to make a positive endorsement.

 

This post was created by Jeff Clark. Please feel free to use the sharing icons below, or add your thoughts to the comments. Pack it in, pack it out. Preserve the past. Respect other hikers. Let nature prevail. Leave no trace.

 

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