10 Best Freeze Dried Foods
for October 2022

Freeze dried foods are convenient, nutritious, and portable. They're also delicious, which is why they're a popular choice among hikers, campers, and travelers. Freeze dried foods have a longer shelf life than canned foods, so they're perfect to pack in a backpack, suitcase or an RV.

Our Different Guide has tested dozens of freeze dried foods over the years, including fruits, vegetables, and meats. Our picks are a mix of freeze-dried fruits, such as bananas and strawberries, and freeze-dried vegetables, such as green beans and carrots. We also included freeze-dried meats, such as ground beef and chicken.

We evaluate each freeze-dried food for taste and texture, as well as packaging, shelf life, and nutritional value. We also test each freeze-dried food in our lab, including weighing it, tasting it, and documenting its texture, consistency, and appearance. Finally, we score each freeze-dried food on how well it rehydrates, how easy it is to prepare, and how easy it is to store, according to our testing method. Here are the 10 best freeze dried foods to buy in 2022, according to Different Guide Reviews tests and popular reviews:

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9.9
SCORE
Mountain House Breakfast Skillet | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2 Servings | Gluten-Free

Mountain House Breakfast Skillet

by Mountain House
What We like

We love Mountain House's breakfast skillets--they're easy to eat, convenient, and taste like home. Plus, meals are ready to eat in less than 10 minutes. However, it should be noted that this entree has more fat than other meals we tested, so we recommend cutting back on the added sugars.

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9.7
SCORE
Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2 Servings

Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

by Mountain House
What We like

Best reviewed freeze dried backpacking food. Making spaghetti with beef stroganoff is easy. Adding water and heating the pouch is a cinch and the final product tastes delicious.

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9.4
SCORE
Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2-Servings

Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef

by Mountain House
What We like

It's so easy to make, in the microwave, takes about 10 minutes. It tastes like when you're at home, and they are so affordable, it's unbelievable!

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9.2
SCORE
Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food |2 Servings

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce

by Mountain House
What We like

The Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce was the best tasting backpacking meal we tried. The freeze-dried food improves the taste of the food.

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8.8
SCORE
Mountain House Cooked Diced Chicken | Freeze Dried Survival & Emergency Food | #10 Can | Gluten-Free, 30235-Parent

Mountain House Cooked Diced Chicken

by Mountain House
What We like

Delicious, convenient, and simple to prepare, Mountain House's cooked diced chicken provides the perfect meal for an emergency. The freeze-dried meat is the highest quality on the market, and provides turkey, chicken, and beef all in one can. Its long shelf life means it can be stored for years.

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8.7
SCORE
Mountain House Beef Stew | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food | 2 Servings | Gluten-Free

Mountain House Beef Stew

by Mountain House
What We like

The Mountain House Beef Stew is the best backpacking food that's big enough for two. It's hearty, has all the essentials of a cup to a cup-and-a-half, and it tastes good.

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8.4
SCORE
Mountain House Cooked Ground Beef | Freeze Dried Survival & Emergency Food | #10 Can | Gluten-Free

Mountain House Cooked Ground Beef

by Mountain House
What We like

Our second-best pick for best-tasting freeze dried beef is Mountain House's easiest-to-prepare option. It's packed with 22 total servings and packs in about 310 calories per serving.

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8.4
SCORE
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon | Freeze Dried Survival & Emergency Food | #10 Can | Gluten-Free

Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon

by Mountain House
What We like

You'll need more than one of these to survive an extended power outage. The eggs are rich in protein and vitamin B-12, and the bacon packs more fat than some competing brands.

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8.4
SCORE
Nutristore Freeze Dried Broccoli | 20 Servings | 5.64 OZ | 25 Year Shelf Life | Amazing Taste | Healthy Snack | Emergency and Survival Food

Nutristore Freeze Dried Broccoli

by Nutristore
What We like

This ready-to-eat freeze-dried broccoli food ration for babies and kids tastes as good as fresh broccoli. Its shelf-life has been extended to 25 years so it's more financially feasible than fresh food or canned vegetables. Add freeze dried broccoli to soups, pasta, or stir fry.

10
7.3
SCORE
Mountain House Pad Thai with Chicken | Freeze Dried Backpacking & Camping Food |2 Servings | Gluten-Free

Mountain House Pad Thai with Chicken

by Mountain House
What We like

The food in the Mountain House Pad Thai with Chicken is delicious, and it snack-sized, so it's great for traveling. But we found the packaging to be a little messy.

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