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Average cook time:

15-20 minutes

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What we like:

Great bang for your buck and incredible selection.

What we don’t:

These take a long time to cook.

Backpacker’s Pantry has been making meals in dehydrated form for many years and is still among the most popular food brands for backpackers. The company offers one of the most extensive options of backcountry food that are available, with several gluten-free, vegan, and organic choices. They’ve also been keeping up with the times offering meals to satisfy those who love food such as Jamaican Jerk Rice with Chicken, Kathmandu Curry, and Pad Thai (which even comes with a tiny package of peanut butter and a handful of peanuts that are packaged separately). Furthermore they guarantee that all Backpacker’s Pantry meals are MSG-free and come with a shelf-life seven year (25 years for big cans).

If you walk through the food section at almost any outdoor retailer You’ll see Backpacker’s Pantry, Mountain House and AlpineAire fight for the title of the most common backcountry food. The three are all priced reasonably and are available in flat, baggable pouches, big portion sizes and a variety of options for special diets. However, we believe that Backpacker’s Pantry meals taste better than other brands and, with 69.9 calories for each dollar they provide excellent value for your buck . (Mountain House as well as AlpineAire meals have an average of 54.6 respectively. 65.8 dollars worth of calories and 65.8 calories per dollar, respectively). Actually there are some 2-serving meal options (like Kathmandu Curry) are priced as low as $6.95. You’ll need to wait for a while to have the Backpacker’s Pantry meal, but it’s a bargain that’s hard to beat.

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