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Scott White
(sdwhitey) - F

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals? on 05/14/2007 14:20:10 MDT Print View

Hello:

I was planning on repackaging a Backpacker's Pantry 4-serving meal into 3 separate ziploc bags so that I can use it for 3 separate meals.

I know those type of meals have a long shelf life when stored unopened in the heavy duty packaging that they come in. However, I was wondering if there are any spoilage issues I should be aware of if I were to repackage the meal right before I leave for a trip?

Thanks!

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals? on 05/14/2007 16:50:43 MDT Print View

You have about 2-3 week window once you open them up. Keep them tightly sealed in Ziploc bags. If you have extra desiccant bags (like the one that comes in every freezedried meal) use them in each bag :-)

Scott White
(sdwhitey) - F

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals? on 05/15/2007 10:04:28 MDT Print View

Sarah:

Thank you so much. Thats what I was hoping for.

Scott

Gary George
(Maaax) - F

Locale: Central California
Re: Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals? on 07/04/2007 09:32:47 MDT Print View

I was told by Mountainhouse that I would only have 3-5 days to use them after opened. Something to do with the dairy in them.

Gail Lusk
(AlohaTink) - F

Locale: In the Middle of No Where!
5 to 8 Months later on 07/21/2007 04:33:53 MDT Print View

Really? Well what I had left over from our JMT hike I put in the freezer, in the ziplock bags I had transferred the meal into. My two sons and I used up the rest of the meal on two differnt times with no problems.
Maybe they did not contain any dried milk products?
Yet I am sure the Strawberry Cheesecake one we had must of had milk in it?

Could also be that Mountain House has to say...that you can use them only after 3 to 5 days to prevent any possible law suits in case some one was to get sick.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: 5 to 8 Months later on 07/21/2007 06:30:08 MDT Print View

I would suspect that is most of the reason behind their answer-optimal product use time.

Frank Perkins
(fperkins)

Locale: North East
Re: Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals? on 08/31/2007 18:13:13 MDT Print View

Is there any potential weight savings in repackaging meals into ziplocks? I have a few meals to bring for my next hiking trip, but I don't think it would be worth repackaging...

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals on 08/31/2007 20:22:54 MDT Print View

I'd only do it if I had to carry a LOT of FD meals and/or had to cram several days' worth into a bear cannister. Repackaging the meals into heavy-duty ziplok bags makes it MUCH easier to pack the cannister. Just remember to take along at least one empty (cleaned for re-use) FD foil pouch per person unless you are doing all your rehydrating/cooking in the pot that heated the water.

Alternatively, punch a small hole in the FD pouch and squeeze out all the iar, them put a piece of tape over the hole. This will reduce the bulk somewhat. Note that this is what Mountain House essentially did with their PROPAK line of vacuum-packed FD meals. Those puppies are no fun trying to cram into a bear cannister - they don't compress at all!

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals? on 08/31/2007 22:20:10 MDT Print View

If yo eat smaller portions it helps (splitting up meals) and or if you want smaller garbage out there (the FD bags are bulky).