Bushka's Story and Our Mission to Make Great Freeze-Dried Food

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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.

Laugavgur trail Iceland Mountains adventure food
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?”

Bushkas Kitchen Deana Del Vecchio backpacking beautiful iceland

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.
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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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