On my last BP trip I actually finally went whole-hog and bought a food dehydrator. Followed some great recipes, packaged everything out, and felt very accomplished. I was looking forward to some great new eats on the trail.
I was using a Backcountry Boiler, which is of course not a device that can cook or simmer anything, but can only boil water. So, I boiled up an amount of water that seemed useful, eyeball'd the amount to pour into my freezer bag full of dried dinner, stuck it all inside my cozy ... and then waited and hoped.
The results were less than encouraging. Sometimes the amount was spot-on, and the food was great. Other times the meal took so long to adequately rehydrate that it was half-cold by the time I could eat it. Other times there wasn't enough water, so I had to boil up some more -- but I was hungry! Other times, I put in too much water, so of course ended up with a hot soupy meal where a firm one was expected.
Okay, so all this was understandable. Certainly I could have taken the time to measure out my portions more precisely (by weight I presume) and also to measure out particular volumes of water to put into each meal.
My question: is that what's required to make the FBC method actually work?
If not, then someone needs to offer their wisdom to me. How do you actually end up with food that's properly heated and rehydrated without controlling carefully for food mass and water volume? And if you do have to do that ... is it not a pain in the butt?
After I got off-trail, I spent a couple days in a hotel-like setting and had access to a conventional stove. Of course I ate through the rest of my FBC meals, and predictably had great success using the boil-and-then-simmer method (BaS): adding water, boiling, and then simmering until all the water was gone, and the food was properly rehydrated.
The BaS method, though, is more fuel-intensive and water-wasteful (at least slightly), and most importantly it requires a completely different stove device than what I presently have at my disposal. It would require obviously a 'real' cookpot of some kind, and likely then I'd add an Alc stove with a limiter of some kind.
But I don't want to do that, if there's some simple way for me to make my Backcountry Boiler handle the job. I really like this little piece of gear. I just need someone to clear up for me how to make the FBC method actually cooperate.
All make sense? Help me out someone.