Salt Lake City-based ReadyWise offers a large selection of survival, out door, and everyday food products. They sent me a large box of samples to test out for review, showcasing the breadth. of foods they have for purchase.
It’s Fall and a great time to camp or just generally get outside. Less bugs, cooler, leaves changing color, so many benefits to getting out this time of year.
Readywise’s meals come in a wide variety of flavors and dietary restrictions, so you’re likely to find something that works for you. If you’re allergic, many Readywise foods contain milk, soy, and wheat (gluten), but generally don’t have shellfish, fish, peanuts and tree nuts.
Readywise foods is the first company I’ve seen that suggests their meals can be re-hydrated and ready to eat with any temperature of water, though hot water speeds up the process of reconstitution. I didn’t try using cold or tepid water, as I prefer my camp food hot.
In general, the foods reconstituted without issue, though I will say the meats generally stayed on the chewier side, so if that’s an issue for you, I would suggest extending the time in the bag.
Readywise states that their freeze-dried and dehydrated foods will last up to 25 years or even longer, as long as they are stored in a cool, dry place, such as a basement, with room temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees.
Readywise Outdoor Foods turned out to be one of my favorites, taste-wise. They pretty uniformly were ready according to the package directions – for best results I found kneading the bag during the heating process made for the best results.
Price-wise, Readywise Outdoor Foods seem quite reasonable, especially sine the bags are large and the food is tasty.
Though the bags are on the larger size, the weight doesn’t seem extreme. In fact, they seem on the lighter side to me. That’s good news if you want to bring these along on a backpacking trip – many calories in a light package, win-win.
Readywise Outdoor Foods are tasty, come in larger packages, but remain lightweight enough to bring along on a multiday trip.
*Products provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.