Camping Food: Easy & Warm Camping Meals.
Dehydrated/freeze-dried camping food is great for hiking, backpacking, or camping meals because you don't have to keep it cold to avoid spoiling.
While coolers/refrigerators can work well in some situations, ice or electricity is not always available making dehydrated/freeze dried food very attractive. While removing the water helps preserve camping food it also has another benefit...
Camping, backpacking, or hiking food that's freeze-dried or dehydrated can help to eliminate weight by sixty to 90 %. If you're carrying a backpack or other hiking gear with a few days worth of camping food and supplies this can make a BIG difference.
Just like any prepackaged food you'll probably find most camping food portion/serving sizes extremely optimistic or after a long day of hiking...laughable. I am not sure who dreamed the system but maintain it in mind when you're purchasing it because otherwise you'll probably be going hungry, or if perhaps you're carrying a pack all day long you might even be undernourished.
Another thing to keep in mind is the design of the container itself. The containers with corners makes it difficult for the boiling water to combine with the camping food leaving dry spots. Also tall narrow containers ensure it is almost impossible to reach inside using a spoon without getting as messy as a two year-old, as you work your way down to the bottom. (A quick fix is to trim off of the top as you eat.) And if you're a light eater or rely on them afterwards for trash a number of the containers have a "ziplock" type of closure which can prove useful, if they're not trimmed to ribbons. ;-)
Some camping foods can now be heated with a heating pouch with the help of water to a chemical heating source. The advantage is there's no flame. The drawback is they weigh a lot more than the pouch alone and there's more trash to dispose of properly. So it may be better to just bring a little stove if you're backpacking.
Camping food offers tradeoffs. While it isn't usually gourmet that does not mean it has to be bad. All things considered a gourmet meal will make for a lot of extra weight and inconvenience. Not my concept of a fun trip. The main reason people buy it is because it's light, convenient, therefore it may provide a quick hot meal. As for taste.