Feb 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm #1233957
@strong806Locale: Near the AT
I'm thinking specifically of boxed cous cous and Idahoan mashed potatoes repackaged in freezer bags.
How long should they stay good assuming a good seal on the bags?
I'm thinking a while, but have no clue.Feb 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm #1476972
For best taste use up in a couple months – especially if you have dry milk in them.
On the other hand….one of my friends found some meals she had forgotten about and ate them. They were a year old and she said they tasted fine ;-)
One thing to consider….often we leave boxes of couscous and potatoes not so tightly sealed in our cupboards. They are pretty hardy items :-)
PS: If you have added dried or freeze dried meat to any of the meals, don't let those sit around – keep them in the freezer till trip time. That is why I don't add the meat in till I am out there – I know everything is fresh that way.Feb 11, 2009 at 4:37 am #1477021
Jonathan RyanBPL Member
@jkrew81Locale: White Mtns
what about home made dehydrated fruits and veggies? How long will they normally last? Thank you for the feedback.Feb 11, 2009 at 8:16 am #1477056
On home dried stuff:
Rice and pasta are bone dry so you can get a good year out of them.
As for fruits and veggies – it depends on the moisture left behind. If you got them good and dry you have a year if kept tightly sealed and in a cool dark area (the cupboard). If you like stickier fruit (flexible) a couple months – or stash in the frig or freezer for longer storage.
When I was growing up I would dry strawberries for weeks on end – some years we ate them for 2 years time. I always dried them till very dry so we never had a mold issue. (And if a fruit/berry/veggie turns it is pretty noticeable – the smell is very recognizable – sour – and you would see fuzzy mold).Feb 11, 2009 at 8:50 am #1477063
Tad EnglundBPL Member
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Sarah, a couple of weeks ago I had some oatmeal using your coconut oatmeal recipe, with just the powdered coconut milk, and spices.
It was only about 4 months. When I ate it, it had a weird flavor to it, I wondered if the water was to hot and it reacted to the plastic, but I prepared it the same way as usual. My thought was the coconut powder went rancid.
Do you have any other ideas?Feb 11, 2009 at 8:13 pm #1477248
That it was the coconut cream powder. It has a very high fat ratio. It might have been more stale than rancid though. I try to use my packets up fast when I open them (I buy the 1.76 to 2-ounce packets).
Usually a serving of CCP is 9 grams of fat (hence why it is so good for hiking!)Feb 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm #1477924
I just replace all of mine.
I didn't have much left and it was stored in an air tight jar, but it developed a "funny" smell. Out it goes!
"When in doubt… Throw it out…"
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