Freezer Bag Cooking for Backpacking using only Supermarket Ingredients

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Yes this has been done before (not here), but from what I have found they never made anything I would eat. More than that they always used ingredients that require shopping for freeze dried goods (expensive) or time consuming using a dehydrator with possibly dangerous results. Scouring the supermarket reading some labels and some experimentation can save you serious money when shopping for backpacking food.

I have been doing this for over 5 years once I discovered you could "cook" in a freezer bag (more like re-constitute and heat up).

The bags / cozys you see in the photos are about 5 years old an instructable will follow very soon if not already, they are simply a pouch made out of foil backed bubble duct insulation, foil tape and sticky Velcro pads. They are also multipurpose: 1 they can be used to pad your back in your pack, 2 you can use them as a pillow (stuffed and a cloth wrap), 3. Cold spot cover for low spots on your sleeping pad.

The photos you see are of scouts in my troop prepping a backpacking meal for 12 (two pouches used). The meal is Chicken with gravy mashed potatoes and stuffing. Not bad after a day of hiking, I have also done other chicken dishes using rice taco seasoning, powdered black beans (Finest Foods), also a beef version.

This has two phases preparation and cooking. I am a firm believer in preparation that way you do not carry in or out packaging. Secondly, there are no surprises at prep time, miles into the woods there are no stores.

Preparations Materials:

Freezer Bags (quart and gallon)
Measuring cups (in this case a graduated 1 cup measure will do)
Permanent Marker

Cooking Materials / Equipment

Watch cap gloves to insulate your hands while you handle the freezer bags when hot.
Freezer Bag Cozy (shown here easy enough to make but an instructable to follow)
Scout or GSI mess kit cup (with graduated English measures in my case)
Cooking Pot  2 quarts normally 4 quarts for a large group should be fine
Potable Water (drinkable water you brought or filtered)
Can Opener (in my case you can use foil pouch meat)
Stove (heat is a good thing here)
Optional camping spice rack (round container with 6-8 spices in pie shaped compartments)


what_to_do2 years ago
Clever guy!
IdahoDavid2 years ago
This is a great approach for Scouts and other first-time cooks. Provides some options for a hot meal that don't involve a weenie and a stick. Also, gives them the opportunity to experiment a bit. And you can't beat the cleanup.