Going stoveless is a growing trend among backpackers and other long-distance athletes. By not packing a stove or fuel, you can easily reduce your backpack weight by pounds. Cold soaking freeze dried meals on the trail means rehydrating your breakfast, lunch, or dinner with cold water rather than hot water.
I always bring a stove as I make cowboy coffee with dinner, but the last few trips I’ve become more fuel conscious and try to only burn fuel at night.
Cold soaking your breakfast and lunch not only saves you fuel, but time too. Add water and let your breakfast rehydrate while you pack up your tent; if using a thermos or other portable dish, add water and let your lunch rehydrate while you knock out miles during the morning.
While all our freeze-dried meals can be eaten cold, the dishes I prefer to cold soak are the Citrus Chia Morning Bowl and the Zesty Zoodles. The breakfast bowl rehydrates within a minute or two with cold water (pro tip - give the bottom of the pouch an extra stir!), and the Zesty Zoodles only takes a little longer, clocking in at 6 minutes for the noodles to be at the al dente stage.
(Please note, these times might vary depending on how cold your water is!)
Whether you’re going without a stove, carrying minimal fuel, hiking in extreme heat or a fire restricted area, or simply don’t feel like taking the time to boil water (anyone else a lazy morning person?!), try cold soaking on your next hiking trip!
Let me start by saying I hope you are safe and healthy during these uncertain times. I am writing to assure that everyone in the Bushka family is healthy and in good spirits (and using the lessoned traffic to spend more evenings night hiking. Not all social distancing needs to be done at home!)
Due to increased demand, some meals are currently out of stock or we have limited supply on remaining freeze dried meals. At this time, we are waiting for our next shipment of packaging so we can begin making more freeze dried meal pouches. We thank you for your understanding and patience.