Cooking method:


Average cook time:

5 minutes

Calories per ounce:


What we like:

Tasty, convenient, and a fun cooking method.

What we don’t:

Way too heavy to be practical.

All the meals mentioned below are made of dry ingredients. However, Omeals is a ready-to-eat option which can be consumed right out of the box cold or hot. It also comes with an element of heating that can be activated by 3-5 ounces of any liquid (even coffee or sea water). There’s no need for an oven or even running water in order to make an enticing meal which makes convenience the main feature of Omeals. Omeals dinner. Because Omeals aren’t dehydrated, Omeals taste a lot superior to the standard food for backpackers. Their texture and flavor are more in the vein of canned chili, rather than Rehydrated soup.

If they’re delicious and convenient so why do Omeals far down in our list? Check out their calories/ounce information above: an average Omeals meal weighs 10.4 ounces (including the heating element) and has just 300 calories. To carry the weight of an Omeals box, one can take up to five Mountain House meals, which will result in more than 1,300 calories. In addition, the heater is large when it’s activated, so the weight won’t drop too drastically when you’re eating dinner. It’s unlikely to see us carrying Omeals in the backcountry too often, but for specific scenarios–having no stove, preparing food for emergencies inside the vehicle, kayaking or simply the pleasure of watching a heater that isn’t burning working–they are an appealing option.

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