The packaged freeze dried meals that are on the market today have artificial additives added in many recipes and are expensive considering actual food received. Many entrées require additional quality carbohydrates for a filling meal as entrees alone will not supply adequate nutritional value.
You need to consider the ratio of calories from carbohydrates to protein to fat: shoot for about 50% calories from carbohydrates, 15% calories from protein, and 35% calories from fat.
Freeze dried m
eals are very
expensive. You can buy two whole days worth of food for the cost of
a single freeze dried dinner.
As Ryan Porter states in the foreword of my book” Many a hungry backpacker has arrived at camp to the dismal sight of an over-priced, freeze-dried meal..... and resolved immediately with intense conviction that the menu must be improved.
The outdoor experience provides a myriad of different satisfactions for participants, but there is a constant for us. If we are going to stay some duration. in the wilderness, we must pack food with us (unless your friends will tolerate the sight of a llama’s backside all the way up the trail) that means, your food is on your back. And so the great debate is born. How much weight should we be willing to pack to enrich our high-elevation cuisine?
Has any subject been hashed out more than this one over the ol' campfire? The weight vs. taste argument is one old and worthy Multi- day backpacking circumstances demand that people reasonably determine weather he or she shall either consume dehydrated muck, or pay dearly through the quads, hamstrings, and calves, etc., in order to dine well”
I have researched the weight argument as well. Consider taking a Salmon foil pack, a pesto packet and some pasta and won’t really have any additional weight.
Eat well and climb high!