Emergency Essentials is an excellent source for high-quality dehydrated and freeze-dried food. Unlike other manufacturers, their products come in a variety of different packages, from large cans to nice sized pouches. Emergency Essentials offer all the foods you may need for a backpacking trip, including fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, spices, baking supplies, and of course, desserts.
The range of products from Emergency Essentials is simply huge. You will either get lost in the abundance of goods, or simply go broke because you will want to buy EVERYTHING. I chose a few products, which in my opinion, are universal and can be used to prepare a variety of backpacking meals. They are:
1. Instant Nonfat Fortified Milk
I’ll tell you honestly, I do not like the smell and taste of Nestle Nido Powdered Milk. But in trail conditions, powdered milk is a necessity. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Emergency Essentials Instant Fortified Milk. It has a neutral smell and tastes like ordinary cow’s milk from a store. The ingredients consist of nothing but the milk itself, lactose, palmitate* and vitamins.
(*Palmitate is an antioxidant and a vitamin A compound that is added to low-fat and fat-free milk to replace the vitamin content lost through the removal of milk fat.)
Emergency Essentials Instant Fortified Milk dissolves easily in both hot and cold water and can be used in many backpacking recipes including cereals, pancakes, pasta and rice dishes.
There are about 10 servings in the package. If you do not use the full amount at first, pour the remaining milk powder into an air-tight container, glass jar or zip-lock bag and store in a dry, dark and cool place.
2. Freeze-Dried Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Freeze-Dried Cheddar Cheese helps you in situations when traditional, fresh cheese isn’t an option. It tastes great and rehydrates into the same cheese you’ve known and loved your whole life. Just rehydrate it or grind into a powder and use in casseroles, soups, Mexican dishes, or in “Mac and Cheese” recipes.
3. Freeze-Dried Pork Sausage Crumbles
These pre-cooked and freeze-dried Sausage Crumbles are a key component for many backpacking meals, including casseroles, pastas, soups, and more! Crispy and moderately salty, they have an excellent, slightly spicy taste and a pleasant aroma.
Each serving consists of about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of these sausage crumbles, giving you the energy you need to make it through a backpacking trip.
4. Freeze-Dried Beef Crumbles
Beef is one of the most common types of meat used in backpacking meals. And most of my recipes containing meat are made with ground beef too. Home cooked and dehydrated beef tastes great, but rehydration takes a little more time when compared with freeze-dried. Emergency Essentials Beef Crumbles rehydrate quickly, taste very good, have a great texture and a very mild flavor.
5. Freeze-Dried Corn
This crunchy, flavor-packed freeze-dried corn is delicious right out of the pouch, and incredible when re-hydrated and served as a side dish, in stews, or in soups.
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