How Do You Make Freeze Dried Meals for Backpacking?

By Alice Nichols

Freeze-dried meals have become increasingly popular among backpackers, as they are lightweight and easy to prepare. They provide a convenient way to enjoy a delicious, nutritious meal without having to carry heavy cooking equipment or bulky ingredients.

To make freeze-dried meals for backpacking, you will need to start with the right ingredients. Choose nutritious foods like whole grains, dried fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

These can be purchased in bulk or pre-packaged in individual servings. You’ll also need some type of protein such as beef jerky, canned fish or beans.

Once you have your ingredients ready, it’s time to begin the freeze-drying process. This is done by slowly freezing the food over several days in a specialized freezer that has been set at an extremely low temperature. The process removes all moisture from the food and creates small ice crystals that keep the food fresh for an extended period of time.

Once the food is completely frozen, it can be sealed in airtight bags or containers and stored in a cool dry place until needed. To prepare the freeze-dried meal when you are out on your backpacking trip simply add hot water to the bag or container and let it sit for 10 minutes before eating.


Freeze-dried meals are an excellent choice for backpackers looking for a convenient way to enjoy a nutritious meal on their trips. With some simple preparation beforehand and minimal effort during preparation in the field, backpackers can enjoy delicious meals without having to carry heavy cooking equipment or bulky ingredients.