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John Reichle
(mammoman) - M

Locale: NE AL
Repackaging Food on 09/22/2012 15:16:36 MDT Print View

I'm leaving in 2 weeks for a 6-7 day hike (about 80 miles), and I'd like to repackage my food so that it will all (or mostly) fit into an Ursack. What I have are dehydrated meals from Hawk Vittles and Packit Gourmet. I will be preparing these FBC-style. I know that you can go 2-3 weeks after repackaging freeze-dried food but am afraid that dehydrated food might spoil faster. Can I pull this off?

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Repackaging Food on 09/22/2012 15:57:25 MDT Print View

Sure, you can pull it off, but it depends a lot on your food choices and whether dehydration was done properly. Most dehydrated food doesn't really spoil, but it gets harder and difficult to rehydrate. Plus, the flavor will go bland. Probably vitamins and things will degrade. But, hey, for 6-7 days, it doesn't matter too much.

One of my recipes works great unless I fail to dehydrate it fully. Then it grows tiny little fuzzy things. Some of that I can flick off with a knife point. Some of it is waste.

--B.G.--

John Reichle
(mammoman) - M

Locale: NE AL
Repackaging on 09/23/2012 07:53:44 MDT Print View

Redhawk said that I should be good for at least a week. I'm probably going to throw in a dessicant packet into each bag as I repackage it. Will report back later if it worked out well.

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Repackaging Food on 09/24/2012 15:02:21 MDT Print View

" Will report back later if it worked out well."

And, if you don't report back we'll know how it went.

John Reichle
(mammoman) - M

Locale: NE AL
It Worked on 10/13/2012 07:45:52 MDT Print View

No problems last week on the FHT in humid conditions. I threw a dessicant packet in with the repackaged Hawk Vittles meals (Packit Gourmet already had them with theirs) and everything remained fine.