I dehydrate everything. It is cheaper than buying mountain house or mary janes or anything else. My grocieries are 50 dollars a week. I dehydrate daily. you can do it on the cheap, suggestions:
buy ziplock bags in 200 count packs at sams
Great value, cheap as hell
- gv is fine for some things like nuts, bread, etc. But some other things from them suck.
- Buy meat at sams club, chicken bres**(censored by BPL, wtF) is super cheap (not for craig, for the others who may be reading this)
To make your meals taste better:
idaho instant spuds
powerdered cheese(hard to find, might have to get online)
pepper, salt, curry powder, ms. dash, chef pauls, etc.
I buoght a few recipe books, i bought laurie ann march's-turned out to be very little FBC, instead shes packing ovens and cookin gear in the backcountry, making pizzas and steakes. Was too heavy of an approach for simple guy like me. Sarah's was pretty good. I found i could only really use 2-5 from lauries book for fbc realistically without going out and buying 50 more herbs/fresh veggies/expensive ingredients.
Just use your man taste buds. You like cheese, butter, meat(well actually you don't my bad), etc. I load up on cheese and powdered butter to make my meals extra tasty. Nido powdered milk is also good and availible in huge tubs at walmart in a vitamin fortified and non-fortified version. Instant rice, Instant noodles you should have as well. Kepp it simple and flavorful. I don't have a lot of vitamin content in my meals, other than delicious meats. But i pack a drink called MILO, its philipino and has nearly every vitamin and tastes like hot chocolate-actually better. And its cheap as well.
Some things i make for the trail:
chicken adobo (adobo powdered mix availible @ asian food stores)
Beef adobo (again asian food stores)
Sweet and Sour chicken (asian food stores, see a pattern?)
Chicken soup with mixed veggies(great value)
couscous spicy chicken
meatloaf (substitute for tofu)
spaghetti (just don't use the noodles from home, use instant rice or instant noodles, you can dehydrate the sauce as well)