Backpacker's Pantry Review

Backpacker's Pantry Freeze Dried Meals Review

In business since 1971, Backpacker's Pantry and its parent company American Outdoor Products sells freeze-dried food meals. Their meals are perfect for all outdoor enthusiasts including backpackers. In 2017, The US Ski Team asked the company to provide food for them during their trips to foreign countries.

Just like their customers, this Boulder, Colorado company also loves the outdoors. They support many environmental causes like Leave No Trace, SOIL, Conservation Alliance, 1% For the Planet, Access Fund, and others. They are a leader in innovative agriculture and renewable energy.

Not only is their dehydrated food perfect for outdoor lovers, but also in emergency situations like hurricanes and other disasters. In 2017, they donated over 3,000 pounds of their food to Houston and Puerto Rico after devastating hurricanes.

Meal Types and Nutrition

Their backpacking food packets are small enough to easily carry enough food with you. Most of their food packets weight between 6-7 ounces, about as thick as a deck of cards, and measure 10 inches by 8 inches.

Their meals usually contain 2 servings, and have plenty of calories and protein to keep you going through the day. A few of their freeze-dried meals and their nutrients per serving include:


  • Fettuccini Alfredo and Chicken: 360 calories and 22 grams of protein
  • Three Mac and Cheese: 430 calories and 20 grams of protein
  • Pad Thai with Chicken: 420 calories and 23 grams of protein
  • Lasagna: 340 calories and 19 grams of protein
  • Rocky Mountain Scramble: 290 calories and 19 grams of protein

    In addition to their entrée meals, they also carry breakfast and desserts. You can also choose from their special diet meals like:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Tree nut free
  • Soy free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Peanut free

    Dehydrated food is easy to take along for any type of outdoor activities. They are lightweight, easy to prepare, can be eaten out of the packet, good tasting, and easy to clean up. The only minor negative would be that they need boiling water to prepare.

    To make eating out of the packets easier, take along extra long forks or spoons. Or you can cut and roll down the packets for easier access to the food.

    Even though most of their packages say 2 servings per packet, many of us have found that eating one packet made a good and filling meal. The cooking instructions are clearly written including the proper amount of water to use and re-hydrating time for the elevation you’re at.

There are numerous things to like about BP’s dehydrated foods. They offer a wide choice of meals including meals for special diets like vegan, organic, dairy-free, and nut-free choices.

Their meals are tasty and easy to prepare. Each of their meals contains plenty of protein, carbohydrates, and calories to fuel your outdoor activities. The packets of food are lightweight, easy to carry, and easy to prepare.

The only minor disadvantage is that you need hot water to prepare the meals, and they take slightly more time than just opening a container and eating. In most outdoor situations, boiling water should not be a problem.

The Bottom Line

Backpacker's Pantry sells good quality freeze-dried food that is perfect for backpacking, hiking, camping, and all other outdoor activities. Their meals are tasty, filling, and easy to prepare. Since their food packets are small and lightweight, it's easy to carry enough food for however long you plan to be in the backcountry.

The company is also actively involved in the health of the planet with a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. They have been in the business of freeze-dried food long enough to know just what backpackers need and want in the outdoors.

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