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Helps Reduce Sodium, Sugar; Yucky Eating out of a Sack
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1/29/24. Bought one 4  or 5  yrs ago when they went on sale at local Big Box store. Ditto all the accoutrements needed to do it all correctly. Nothing mechanical…

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Publisher’s Gear Guide Update (Nov ’23)
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The Publisher’s Gear Guide has been updated. This gear guide contains recommendations in various categories by Backpacking Light Publisher and Founder Ryan Jordan. This is the gear he actually chooses to use on his own trips.

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Lite AF Dyneema Flat Bottom Bear Bag Kit
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I have a Lite AF Flat Bottom Bear Bag Kit (19L / 1.3 oz) which will hold 5-7 days worth of food. It has never been used in the field….

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FoodSaver Vacuum Food Sealer for dehydrated meals, snacks, drink powders & backpacking food storage – Free Shipping
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Food Saver 4400 Vacuum Sealing machine, recipe book/instructions, extra bags, and a 11″ heat seal roll. Great for dividing up dehydrated meals, powder energy drinks, and long term storage of…

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Backpacking Food
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A curated guide to backpacking food ideas, meals, ingredients, strategies, skills, podcasts, forums, research, education, product recommendations, and more.

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Home Freeze-Drying vs. Other Trail Food Preparation Strategies
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Drew Smith talks about the place of home freeze-drying in the wider context of trail food strategies, and attempts freeze dried french toast!

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Is Buying a Home Freeze-Dryer Worth the Money?
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Home Freeze-dryers are handy but expensive. Are they worth the cost? We show you how to find out.

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How to Store Freeze-dried Food
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Best practices for storing your freeze-dried food (plus one killer chiles rellenos recipe).

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Why is it hard to freeze-dry liquids?
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In part four of his ongoing series, Drew Smith tackles freeze-drying a smoothie.

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Why Freeze-Dried Food Retains Taste and Nutrition
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In part three of his ongoing series on freeze-drying, Drew Smith explores the science behind how freeze-drying preserves important nutrients – and why it matters.

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(2) Loksak Opsak Bags 9″ x 10″
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I have 2 Loksak Opsak bags lying around. Size 9″ x 10″ Original packaging not included. $11 shipped

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Foodsaver v4440 Vacuum Sealer
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Gear reviews from our staff and members, buy/sell used, shopping tools, and more about the Foodsaver V4440 Vacuum Sealer.

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Packit Gourmet Cook-in Bags
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Gear reviews from our staff and members, buy/sell used, shopping tools, and more about the Packit Gourmet Cook-in Bags.

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WTB gossamer gear warm sak pot cozy
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If you have one that you’d like to unload, hit me up. Medium size please. Thanks.

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How Does Freeze-Drying work? (The Physics of Making Freeze-Dried Backpacking Food)
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Why and how does freeze-drying work? The physics and science of freeze-drying your own backpacking food, plus a killer freeze-dried hash browns recipe.

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Freeze-Drying Your Own Backpacking Meals: How to Eat Your Favorite Town Food on the Trail
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In this freeze-drying installment, we discuss the history of freeze-drying and experiment with using a freeze dryer to prepare our favorite take-out town meal for enjoyment in the backcountry.

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ZPACKS ULTRALIGHT BEAR BAGGING KIT (DCF, LARGE)
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SOLD Like new. Used once. Price includes shipping+fees. Ships USPS Priority Mail next business day after payment received. Large Roll Top Food Bag – 1.5 ounces (43 grams) Rock Sack:…

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How to Plan Food for a Backpacking Trip (Member Q&A)
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Considerations for backcountry food planning, caloric density, packaging, and more for hiking and backpacking.

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Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer Review
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The Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer is a fantastic – and fantastically expensive – way to prepare backpacking meals.

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Harvest Right Freeze Dryer
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Freeze drying is the ultimate DIY process for the passionate backcountry foodie. The food lasts much longer, is more nutritious, and cooks much faster than dehydrated foods. In addition, the…

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