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Lightweight DIY meals – only boil water to cook

Four-cheese instant mashed potatoes

This suggested meal is based on packaged Idahoan mashed potatoes available in many grocery stores. The packaged potatoes are supplemented with freeze-dried Lite House veggie mix, unsalted butter, and powdered ginger (not shown) all combined in a zip lock bag. Alternately the ingredients can be carried separately and combined at meal time. Typically yields about 700 calories (the Idahoan mix is 440 calories/bag). Pour two cups, (500 ml) of boiling water into zip-lock bag, stir completely, let stand one minute prior to eating. This meal can also be cold-soaked….not so much for the butter. 🙂

Ramen and “stuff”

Here’s a favorite bikepacking meal.  Ingredients can usually be found in most grocery stores.  Super easy to prepare in advance and loaded with about 750 calories.  Typically costs less than $3/meal.

2 – blocks Organic millet & brown rice ramen = 480 calories (Costco product) This is sold as a gluten free product.

1 pouch of Lipton Chicken Noodle Supreme Cup-a-soup = 60 calories

1 teaspoon Litehouse freeze-dried ginger

1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze-dried poultry herb blend (both Litehouse products are usually in the refrigerated salad dressings area of grocery stores)

1 can solid light tuna packed in olive oil ˜200 calories (weight 85 grams) or substitute nuts, jerky, Hot Rods, etc.

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Preparation: Break up the ramen in a bowl and then add to a 1 litre  “medium” zip-lock freezer bag …. not a sandwich bag.

Combine rest of ingredients, except tuna, in bag, and seal.

When ready to “cook” add a can of tuna with the oil and then add 450 ml of boiling water, and seal bag.  Wrap bag in something to keep it warm.  Wait 5-15 minutes* while stirring bag occasionally to mix contents. Enjoy. *altitude dependent

Breakfast Hash

A friend highlighted Golden Griddle hashbrowns as a staple bikepacking food. Thanks Bob! These containers of dehydrated potatoes are widely available in North America. Marketed as gluten-free, the spuds are an excellent base for adding your favorite ingredients. The sodium levels of ~1,800 Mg/container are worth considering relative to your daily activities and needs. “Cooking” is as simple as adding 500 ml of boiling water to the container, stirring, and enjoying a hot beverage while the mixture rehydrates. At 1,800 metres it takes about 15 minutes for rehydration.

1/4 teaspoon Litehouse freeze-dried ginger

1 tablespoon Litehouse freeze-dried poultry herb blend (both Litehouse products are usually in the refrigerated salad dressings area of grocery stores)

1-3 tablespoons of unsalted butter.

Mixed nuts and/or shelf stable bacon bits, etc. Note: Cheeses make the mixture VERY difficult to stir and rehydrate completely.

Ingredients for breakfast hash

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