Great question - there is a BIG difference.
Our meals are all freeze-dried. Freeze-drying removes moisture through sublimation, NOT evaporation. The food is frozen at very low temperatures in a vacuum chamber, and the frozen water turns to vapour without going through the liquid phase. The food maintains its shape like it’s frozen in time, and the moisture is removed. Our meals also rehydrate much more quickly (5 mins) because of their light and airy texture when dry, and they return to their original texture when prepared. Freeze-drying also maintains the vast majority of nutrients and vitamins, and can achieve a lower moisture content which makes it more lightweight.
In contrast, dehydration involves applying heat and steady airflow to evaporate the water. The food shrinks and becomes hard and tough, and can be chewy after rehydration. Rehydration also takes much longer (10-30 mins), and the heat used in the process creates a greater loss of nutrients.
Freeze-drying is a longer process and takes more time to dry. But good things take time, and we’re putting in the extra effort to bring you a premium product.
If you’ve tried dehydrated meals before and weren’t a fan, you’re going to want to give our freeze-dried Feasts a try. We eat these even when we’re not in the backcountry because they’re that good, and super convenient.
Absolutely! Our meals are for everyone. Instead of using rice, pasta and potatoes, we pack our meals with just the good stuff: meat, vegetables, and cheese. These ingredients cost us more, but give you a much better bang for your buck. Plus, protein digests slower than carbs, giving you more consistent energy for longer. You really can’t go wrong.
Tons of carb-lovers enjoy Flat Out Feasts. We’re just making great food with great ingredients, for great adventures.
Each of our meal pouches are 1 REAL serving. We don’t pretend it has 2 servings like other meals on the market because we all know they really don’t, and most people eat the whole thing as 1 serving. So we don’t mess around - our Feasts are 1 proper serving, and are satisfyingly filling.
If you compare the nutrition content of a Feast vs another brand, you'll likely find that our Feasts have the same (or higher) amount of calories in our single serving than another brand's two servings combined. Our protein content is usually much higher as well.
Nope! We don’t use them, and we don’t need them. The freeze-drying process is what makes our products shelf-stable. It removes moisture to such a low level where bacteria and microbes can’t grow.
We recommend enjoying our meals within 1 year of purchase. We expect they have a much longer shelf life than this as most freeze-dried food does. However, as a startup we have not yet had the opportunity to do long-term shelf life testing. We use high quality ingredients and no preservatives in our meals, and keep in mind that proteins (meat) and fats are much harder to preserve long term than rice or pasta. Store meals in a cool dry place.
Our meals are so tasty, we think you’ll have trouble resisting them for too long ;)
It’s super easy - all you need is hot water. Each bag has preparation instructions:
- Tear open the top of the bag, and remove the oxygen absorber.
- Add the specified amount of boiling hot water into the bag.
- Stir well and seal the bag.
- Let stand for 5-7 minutes. Stir well, and enjoy.
Our freeze-dried meals rehydrate very quickly compared to dehydrated meals because the food maintains its structure, is more porous, and isn’t shriveled up (see Freeze-Dried vs Dehydrated above). It doesn’t need to be cooked - it just sucks up the water and looks almost exactly like it did before being dried. It also maintains its original texture and, of course, its amazing taste.
The amount of water varies per meal, from ¾ cup to 1¼ cups, and each bag has preparation instructions. Feel free to adjust the amount of water to your preference. It’s always better to start with slightly less - you can always add more, but you can’t take away!