6 Facts about Freeze Dried Camping Meals for Vegetarians We Bet You Didn't Know

At Base Camp Food, we offer a wide variety of freeze dried food including vegetarian freeze dried camping food. The vegetarian freeze dried food is nutritious, flavoursome, compact, and packed with energy! Here are six facts about our vegetarian freeze dried camping meals we bet you didn't know!

1. Wide variety of flavours and cuisines

Vegetarian food today offers a wide selection of flavours, cuisines, and meal types for you to choose from. For example, if you want something more flavoursome with some spices to it, we have BeWell Expedition Food Vegetarian Thai Rice for you. This freeze dried vegetarian meal includes fabulous thai spices and powder, curry leaf powder, minced onion, sliced mushrooms and vegetarian chicken flavoured stock.

If you want something cheesy and has an abundance of carbs, try Blå Band Pasta with Cheese & Broccoli. This is one of our new additions of the vegetarian freeze dried meal selection. Blå Band Pasta with Cheese & Broccoli is a lightweight vegetarian expedition meal that’s brilliantly simple to prepare. To cook it, simply add hot water, stir and wait approximately 10 to 15 minutes for the delicious vegetarian freeze dried meal to cook.

If you’re looking for something sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth, we’ve got you covered with LYO Expedition Chocolate Pudding. This popular, delightful chocolate-smothered pudding is made out of 100% natural ingredients with no preservatives or artificial additives. It’s definitely a favorite for every chocolate lover!

The meal is incredibly easy to prepare - simply take the following five steps:

  1. Tear off at the notch above the zip lock.
  2. Add the amount of warm or cold water described on the package.
  3. Stir thoroughly
  4. Close the zip lock and leave for 10 minutes
  5. Tear off at the notch below the zip lock and stir again

2. Long shelf life

Freeze dried food can last up to 5 - 7 years. The main reason for this marvelous lifespan is that approximately 90% - 95% of the water and moisture in the ingredients are removed using a vacuum during the freeze drying process. Water and moisture are key factors for causing food spoilage. By removing water and moisture from its ingredients, freeze dried food can last an incredible amount of time compared to other types of storage food. For example, dehydrated, canned, and frozen food only have average lifespans of 4 years, 3 years, and 2 years, respectively.

Additionally, vegetarian freeze dried food can be stored at room temperature without refrigeration as a result of the removal of water and moisture in the ingredients.

3. High Nutritional Value

Freeze dried food maintains 97% of the ingredients’ nutritional value. Other food preservation techniques such as dehydration and canning only contain 60% and 40% of the ingredients’ nutritional content, respectively.

The high nutritional value contained in vegetarian freeze dried food means that each vegetarian freeze dried food meal is completely packed with fabulous nutritional content that every hiker or camper, vegetarian or not, needs to rejuvenate their body.

4. Retains the Ingredients’ Natural Tastes and Textures

Vegetarian freeze dried food preserves ingredients’ nutritional value as well as their original texture and taste. Dissimilar to dehydrated food which can be hard or crunchy, vegetarian freeze dried food is fresh and retains the texture and flavour of the original ingredient. For example, a freeze dried apple tastes similar to a fresh apple.

Freeze dried meals are also full of flavour and true to taste. For example, our Real Turmat Creamy Salmon with Pasta uses fresh salmon and the freeze dried salmon maintains the mouth watering taste and flavour of fresh salmon!

5. Economical Prices

Our vegetarian freeze dried food starts from only £4.00. For example, our popular and scrumptious TentMeals Subtly Cinnamon breakfast is only £4.20 and it offers an array of splendid nutritional content including:

  • Oats
  • Coconut milk (coconut milk powder, maltodextrin, modified food starch), Walnuts
  • Pears (pears, sulphur dioxide), dates (dates, rice flour)
  • Raw cane sugar
  • Linseeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon
  • Ginger

We also have bigger portion main meals to suit most budgets. For example, we have the delicious Real Turmat Squash and Sweetcorn Casserole for £9.99. The Real Turmat Squash and Sweetcorn Casserole is packed with protein, carbohydrates, sugar, and healthy fat. The vegetarian freeze dried meal also include ingredients such as:

  • Rice
  • Lentils
  • Coconut milk
  • Squash
  • Chickpeas
  • Onion
  • Corn
  • Bell pepper
  • Garlic

6. Compact and lightweight

After the moisture is extracted from the ingredients, vegetarian freeze dried food is compact and light to carry. For example, our Firepot Dal and Rice with Spinach is lightweight at only 135g while containing a variety of nutritious ingredients such as basmati rice, onion, tomatoes, spinach, dry red chillies, and chilli powder. This lightweight vegetarian freeze dried food makes the perfect healthy and high energy meal for vegetarians who want to fix their hunger after an adventurous day of camping, hiking, or other outdoor activities!

To see more, come check out our freeze dried food! We also carry breakfast, desserts, vegan meals, gluten free meals, and many more.

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