Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

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Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby cat793 » Fri 08 Jul, 2016 10:05 pm

Hi all,

What is the verdict? Is a single portion of the pre-prepared dehydrated meals enough? Or is a double portion more realistic? I am thinking of brands like Strive, Back Country. the Outdoor Gourmet.
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby ofuros » Sat 09 Jul, 2016 6:12 am

A single serve is big enough for me.....try a single first, if your still hungry go for double or make up your own serving size that sits between the two.
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby Gadgetgeek » Sat 09 Jul, 2016 8:59 am

I find a single to be enough most times, but I also have extra food to either take up the slack, or keep in reserve. Some people eat the same amount every day, and others fluctuate widely, so its a bit of a guessing game until you know how much you will want to eat. I'd start with the singles, but have some food as a spare.
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Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby RonK » Sat 09 Jul, 2016 10:04 am

Can anyone actually stomach a double portion of Back Country? :wink:
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby Kristin » Sat 09 Jul, 2016 3:41 pm

Some companies provide bigger portions. Recently we took a single strive and a double of something else (backcountry cuisine? )
The strive portion was definitely more filling ....or maybe because it tasted more like a home cooked meal? :)
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby taipan821 » Sat 09 Jul, 2016 8:41 pm

single serve of strive food or a double serve of backcountry cuisine while hiking

A single backcountry cuisine for everything else (plus chemical heater)
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby Ant71 » Sun 10 Jul, 2016 2:37 pm

Just bought some 2 serve back country for my wife and i for our first multi day hike i also bought a 2 serve desert for each nite as well so hopefully it will be enough for us
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby cat793 » Sun 10 Jul, 2016 11:44 pm

Very helpful replies. I think I will go for single portion Strive meals with some back up (rice/pasta). Thanks.
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby north-north-west » Mon 11 Jul, 2016 11:54 am

Single Strive is usually plenty. Single Backcountry needs a bit extra (like a packet of instant noodles, or some dehy mash).

Strive is far better value - cheaper and bigger serves. Generally tastes better, too.
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby peregrinator » Mon 11 Jul, 2016 4:58 pm

Single serve of Strive also suits me. If you are in doubt, you could try adding a little bit of extra from:https://www.strivefood.com.au/meal-complements
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby zhenjie » Sun 31 Jul, 2016 10:33 pm

I always 'feel' like a double serving of Backcountry and even Strive. But I know I can get away with a single serving of Strive or Backcountry + a snack of some sort.

With Strive Laksa I can add more water as it's still quite concentrated. Add another pack of instant noodles and that's a cheap second portion :)
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby paul_gee » Mon 01 Aug, 2016 2:02 pm

A single serve + half a packet of Deb + a cup of soup beforehand does me just fine. :)
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby JohnStrider » Wed 17 Aug, 2016 7:24 pm

north-north-west wrote:Single Strive is usually plenty. Single Backcountry needs a bit extra (like a packet of instant noodles, or some dehy mash).

Strive is far better value - cheaper and bigger serves. Generally tastes better, too.


^^^ This.

I like the single serves, but every so often i lash out on a double serve. It'll all depend on how hungry you get. If I know I'm going on a big multi-day hike, I will often take double serve portions.

But yeah definitely go for Strive dehy meals. Can't say enough about their customer service. Absolute A1. Also, I highly recommend the Laksa.
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby dagsands » Fri 19 Aug, 2016 9:12 pm

For 5 days my partner and I shared a double serve at each meal or each had a single serve - this was the case regardless of whether it was outdoor gourmet, backcountry or strive. Note that we ate these meals at lunchtimes too so that may have helped abate hunger - having two hot meals per day, along with a good breakfast and plenty of little healthy snacks.
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby Stew63 » Thu 29 Sep, 2016 8:05 pm

RonK wrote:Can anyone actually stomach a double portion of Back Country? :wink:


Mate - these days we are just spoilt with the quality and range of freeze dried hiking foods in comparison to what we used to eat as 'lightweight' hiking food in the 70s/80s - remember Rice-a-Riso? At the time - after a solid days hiking a Rice-A-Riso meal was just ambrosia to eat - but to think of it these days is just BLAH! How could we eat that sh1t!
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby Stew63 » Thu 29 Sep, 2016 8:07 pm

I find a single serve Backcountry meal too small and a double too big - with wastage :( If they made a 1.5xSingle meal that would be perfect for me.
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby Aztec » Thu 06 Oct, 2016 7:17 pm

Stew63 wrote:
RonK wrote:Can anyone actually stomach a double portion of Back Country? :wink:


Mate - these days we are just spoilt with the quality and range of freeze dried hiking foods in comparison to what we used to eat as 'lightweight' hiking food in the 70s/80s - remember Rice-a-Riso? At the time - after a solid days hiking a Rice-A-Riso meal was just ambrosia to eat - but to think of it these days is just BLAH! How could we eat that sh1t!


I *still* love Rice-a-riso...
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby entreat » Mon 24 Oct, 2016 5:26 pm

I've been reading some hiking recipe books, and the nutritional value for the recipes (carefully considered and planned by the authors who have done their due research) are way higher than that of Back Country or Outdoor Gourmet (and most Strive meals).

Is this a significant issue? Are we meant to pad out the freeze dried meals with other food?
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby Neo » Tue 25 Oct, 2016 4:05 pm

At a glace the freeze dried meals don't appear to be particularly high in calories or nutrition. I don't think it would matter for a few days but if you were out for a week or longer it would be worth considering. I'm happy to burn up a bit of stored excess...

I'd go for single serves with a bit of real food to supplement such as jerky, nuts and flat bread or whatever you fancy.

I've tried a few double serves but struggle to finish them due to the 'packet seasoning' flavour.

Tastier and cheaper off-the-shelf options I've tried are snack size pastas and Ainsley's couscous accompanied with cashews and Jacks black label jerky.
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Re: Single or double portions of dehydrated meals enough?

Postby entreat » Thu 27 Oct, 2016 7:59 pm

Thanks!
My husband is being a real pain. He flat out refuses anything like couscous, which irritates me no end because it's so darn easy to prepare.

I'll try to have him read some more about it. And hope he grows up a bit.
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