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Where to buy freeze dried in bulk
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George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Where to buy freeze dried in bulk on 05/03/2010 08:50:33 MDT Print View

Where are good sources for buying freeze dried foods from in bulk?

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder on 05/03/2010 08:59:50 MDT Print View

I get mine from The Epicenter ( You'll be on their mailing list after your first purchase, which gives you "return customer" special deals. They usually have a killer sale each spring (you just missed it), where you get Mountain House #10 cans for 25 percent off.

Logan Kidwell
(Logan) - MLife

Locale: Maine
re: freeze dried in bulk on 05/03/2010 09:20:47 MDT Print View

The companies I have dealt with in the past (whose names escape me at the moment) had a serious backlog of orders related to limited production.

The lesson I learned and the one I'll pass along is two parts: 1) have a backup source just in case and 2) order well in advance of when you'll need the things.

I eventually got my order in packets rather than #10 cans, but it was nerve wracking with my departure date imminently looming.

Have fun.


Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Where to buy freeze dried in bulk on 05/03/2010 09:23:49 MDT Print View

Do you want individual items or meals?

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Mary Jane Butters on 05/03/2010 09:38:55 MDT Print View

Of her food I have tried, it has been excellent, without exception. Also, for what it's worth, besides being an organic farmer, this woman supports and has supported a number of important environmental causes.

Edited by rustyb on 05/03/2010 12:05:29 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Mary Jane Butters on 05/03/2010 12:18:15 MDT Print View

The meals they sell are not freeze dried ;-) They are a combo of FD and dehydrated.

If a person wants components check out and - Be Prepared also sells the large cans of prepared FD meals as well. I have found them to be a good company.

Be wary of buying from EBay is all......

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Where to buy freeze dried in bulk on 05/03/2010 12:40:01 MDT Print View

I haven't checked this out recently, but I used to buy f.d. food for lots of group backpack trips, maybe 30 years ago when Mountain House was king. As you may know members of the Mormon church believe that they should have six months worth of food stockpiled in their basement for the next Armageddon. As a result, they buy f.d. food, air dehydrated food, bags of wheat, water filters, and all of that stuff. I found a local store that supplied the local Mormon community, and they had all sorts of special deals on a case of M.H. assorted f.d. meat, for example. That was six #10 size cans. Another one was six #2-1/2 size cans. As long as they were sealed cans, they kept. Once I opened a can to transfer it to bags, it would be perfect for about a week or so. Then its flavors and texture would slowly decline.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: Mary Jane Butters on 05/03/2010 13:16:54 MDT Print View

Sarah is correct. I forgot to mention that Mary Janes food is not all freeze dried but rather a mix (mostly dehydrated). Sorry about that. Regardless, it's still great backpacking food, in my humble opinion.:-)

Edited by rustyb on 05/03/2010 13:19:18 MDT.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
thanks: Where to buy freeze dried in bulk on 05/03/2010 20:18:20 MDT Print View

Thanks for the links. I checked out the products.

I have a Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator with 11 trays that I got for a really good bargain two years ago. Due to time constraints I am far from mastering the process.

I'd hear of the FD foods and buying in bulk.

The other thread about the difference between FD and dehydrated has helped me understand.

I will probably dehydrate some items at home and supplement with individual items bought at the good sites. All I'm asking for is...
low weight
low volume
high calorie
high nutrition
just add boiled water
ready in ten minutes or so
ready to eat
and tastes good

That is all : )