Gear Review: AlpineAire Freeze Dried Foods

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Last week I had a chance to try out  a breakfast, two dinners, and a dessert from AplineAireAplineAire Foods has been producing quality freeze-dried , dehydrated and ready-to-eat instant meals, side dishes, breakfasts, soups and desserts for over 30 years.

AplineAire was kind enough to send the following meals:
Blueberry Honey Granola with Milk
Bananas Foster
Black Bart Chili with Beef & Beans
Texas BBQ Chicken with Beans

Blueberry Honey Granola with Milk

A nice hearty breakfast full of blueberries and granola. I honestly did not really taste the honey and the taste of milk was slightly there. Overall a nice meal however I would suggest adding a bit more honey to be able to taste it. If asked If I would take this meal on my AT thru-hike I would.

Bananas Foster

A very interesting mush that had the consistency of melted peanut butter with bananas but yet very tasty. This one was quite the surprise. I really enjoyed this one. Full of flavor and oddly satisfying. I would give this one a thumbs up.

Black Bart Chili with Beef & Beans

A very spicy in a good way Chili with beef and rice. This one is by far my favorite of the bunch. I am not a huge spice fan so some of you who are might say that this dish is actually quite mild. This one is a must have for any backpacking trip.

Texas BBQ Chicken with Beans

Out of the 4 meals this one was my least favorite. I do not know if it was the lack of flavor or the consistency of the food that turned me off.  This one to me missed the mark. I really did not taste much in the way of BBQ and the chicken was really bland. I even put the food back into the pouch and stirred for a few minutes longer to see if I could churn up more spices.

In conclusion the meals were easy to make required very little water and were overall tasty. Not everyone will like the same foods and not everyone will enjoy the same spices or consistencies. I will be considering AplineAire foods for my Appalachian Trail Thru-hike.  On average the foods cost roughly $4 – $10 per meal. To learn more about AplineAire food and take a look at what meals they have you can check out their website

Full Disclosure: The AlpineAire Food used in this review were provided to me by the manufacturer at no charge however this did not influence my review in any way.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own and were not guided in any manor.

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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