Bushka's Story and Our Mission to Make Great Freeze-Dried Food
Our Mission Is Simple - To Create The Absolute Best Freeze-Dried Food
Summer of 2016 I was planning my much anticipated return to Iceland to backpack the Laugavgur trail.
I was running through my normal checklist when I hit the dreaded “Food” bullet point and mentally groaned at having to cart “over salted, too much rice, never feel full” meals not only internationally, but also along a hike I had been looking forward to for months. With a sigh of resignation, I turned to my boyfriend to warn him, trying to pick my words carefully as this was his first backpacking trip, and I was super excited to share something I loved so much with him. I’m not a good liar, so I cut to the chase and warned him how the trip would be **ahhhmazzzing**, but how the freeze-dried food would just suck. Period. I remember this conversation so clearly because a lightbulb went off in my head when he responded with, “But can’t we just make our own?”
Growing up in a traditional Italian family, I’ve clocked more time in the kitchen than most. I inherited the hiking bug from my father, and as I began researching how to make my own shelf stable food, I hearkened back to the days where he made his own fruits and veggies in the kitchen to take on backpacking trips into the Whites.
Jump forward to today with months behind me of experimenting with freeze-drying food, crafting recipes in the kitchen and then testing those snacks and meals out on roadtrips, kayaking adventures, long days in the office, and, of course, backpacking trips, and that’s how Bushka’s Kitchen was born.
Our mission is simple - we are creating ready to eat, just add water dried meals that don’t suck. Period.
Bushka's Kitchen provides ready-to-eat, lightweight food for every type of busy lifestyle, whether that's backpacking, traveling, parenting, or just plain ol' business. Browse our nutritious, gourmet food and stock up for your busy life!
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Hiking, by nature, is an activity that requires planning – sometimes only a little and sometimes months’ worth of research. So, it should come as no surprise to the serious hiker that the key to safe and respectful hiking during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter-in-place & social distancing mandate is thorough planning and preparation.
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.
If your next adventure is taking you into the backcountry, you’re probably already planning on how to shave some weight off your pack. Chances are, you’re looking at your wallet and wondering what needs to come along and what can stay behind. If the only paperwork you’re bringing is a map, read on!