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Best way to reheat pre-maid meals?
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Contributors to this thread:
Elkoholic 02-Aug-19
painless 02-Aug-19
HUNT MAN 02-Aug-19
HUNT MAN 02-Aug-19
Jaquomo 02-Aug-19
joehunter 02-Aug-19
Dale06 02-Aug-19
t-roy 02-Aug-19
wyobullshooter 02-Aug-19
COHOYTHUNTER 02-Aug-19
midwest 02-Aug-19
orionsbrother 02-Aug-19
Junior 02-Aug-19
KHunter 02-Aug-19
trublucolo 02-Aug-19
JL 02-Aug-19
ground hunter 03-Aug-19
Inshart 03-Aug-19
Jaquomo 03-Aug-19
midwest 03-Aug-19
cnelk 04-Aug-19
huntabsarokee 04-Aug-19
DonVathome 05-Aug-19
Rock 05-Aug-19
scrapwood 05-Aug-19
Lone Bugle 05-Aug-19
Maverick 05-Aug-19
Maverick 05-Aug-19
KHunter 06-Aug-19
olebuck 06-Aug-19
SoDakSooner 06-Aug-19
cnelk 06-Aug-19
Yasla 07-Aug-19
pav 08-Aug-19
Yasla 08-Aug-19
pav 08-Aug-19
TD 09-Aug-19
jordanathome 09-Aug-19
cnelk 09-Aug-19
jordanathome 10-Aug-19
From: Elkoholic
02-Aug-19
Looking for opinions on the best way to reheat pre-maid meals? Freeze in disposable aluminum bread pans and heat in a Dutch oven / Coleman stove oven or freeze in vac Pac bags and boil?

From: painless
02-Aug-19
I vote for boil. A lot less messy and much easier.

From: HUNT MAN
02-Aug-19
I have always used food saver bags freeze flat and boil in water . Cut top off and serve. Hunt

From: HUNT MAN
02-Aug-19

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From: Jaquomo
02-Aug-19
I do all mine in vac pac bags and boil. But I don't vacuum the bags. Making up a bunch of Knorr's fettucini alfredo and adding precooked shrimp right now. Yummy, simple.

From: joehunter
02-Aug-19
At base camp - generator or inverter off truck and a microwave! Freeze meals in disposable microwaveable containers in the size you want and then heat them up in the microwave. No prep time. No clean up. No stress.

From: Dale06
02-Aug-19
Vac pack, freeze, then boil the vac pack to prepare to eat.

From: t-roy
02-Aug-19
What’s your reason for not vacuum sealing them, Lou? To give a bit of expansion space when they heat up, or something else?

02-Aug-19
Microwave gets my vote as well! ;-)

From: COHOYTHUNTER
02-Aug-19
I use disposable tin foil pans and set on the gas grill with the lid shut for about 20-30 mins.. easy peasy no mess nothing to clean

From: midwest
02-Aug-19

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I have a pot of water on the stove at all times. Turn it on when I get back to camp and drop in a vac bag of dinner. By the time I get out of my hunting clothes, drink a beer, and restock the pack, it's done.

02-Aug-19
t-roy vacuuming out any air would leave more space for expansion. But I think the difference would be minimal. I don't know why Lou would skip the vacuum and leave air inside the seal.

So, what's up Lou? Inquiring minds would like to know.

From: Junior
02-Aug-19
Probably doesn't like vacuuming liquid! It's a pia.

From: KHunter
02-Aug-19
I have learned to freeze stews/chilis/soups/anything wet in square shaped containers and pop them out of that container and THEN put the nice stackable consistent sized frozen dinners in a vacuum bag and seal. Addresses the trouble with vacuuming liquids and makes food pack better/tighter in a cooler for long trips. and not being oblong maybe stay frozen a bit better...

From: trublucolo
02-Aug-19
I do the same as KHunter, works for me.

From: JL
02-Aug-19
Short freeze liquids/wet meals then vacuum seal. If ya camp near a water source, boiling makes sense to me. You can also bring some hard veggies that will last like taters, carrots, squash, string beans and wrap in foil with some seasonings and olive oil then toss in the campfire to cook.

03-Aug-19
No matter what I do, and use a lot of above, as I get older, I sleep more,,, ha hha

From: Inshart
03-Aug-19
I put the meals into the vac bags, place in the freezer for couple, three hours ... then vac seal, that way the vacuum process doesn't suck the juices out.

From: Jaquomo
03-Aug-19
With pasta, vaccuming tends to squish it and make it mushy. Either way, I always cut open a top corner to vent it when boiling. Never found a need to maintain the vaccum while it's reheating.

From: midwest
03-Aug-19
Al dente if you're going to reheat it, Lou. :-)

From: cnelk
04-Aug-19

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I tried something this morning. I bought a can of ravioli and sealed it into 2 meals.

My vac sealer has a moist setting so it takes some air out and then seals without pull the juices out.

Now I’m freezing them flat and can reheat in a pot of water.

Cost = $2.50 for 2 meals. I can’t spend the time and ingredients for that price.

04-Aug-19
I tried the boil frozen meal thing for our group of 4 it didn't save a lot of time on cooking but clean up yes. The problem for 4 is its a lot of food and requires a big pot. I did Jacq's shrimp and alfredo but I could have probably did it faster out of the pack in 10 minutes with pre cooked shrimp which would have been faster than the frozen pre made meal. It works well for some items that require lots of prep but for us not for other meals. Pre made ribs and meat it was a good idea.

From: DonVathome
05-Aug-19
Good zip lock bags food spread flat (think pancake not ball). Put in pot of hot water with something on the bottom to prevent direct contact. Outside of a microwave there is no faster way top reheat. Nothing in your kitchen could do better. FYI canned ravioli fit perfectly into a jetboil to reheat with a little water under can. crack lid. Takes a while but sure easy. 1/6 the cost of mnt house and tastes as good.

From: Rock
05-Aug-19
I pre-make Burritos and other meals to take on my hunts. If I am truck camping I just lay them on the dash of my truck in a ziplock bag or even plastic resealable container and leave them there all day in the sun between the windshield and the sunshade. It will melt the cheeze in the burritos and many time I have to let the meals cool before eating them. This even works when it is cold out during late season hunts. This works very well for me as I am lazy and prefer to get more sleep than waiting for dinner to heat up.

From: scrapwood
05-Aug-19
Breakfast burritos, rolled in aluminum foil. To heat, add a little bit of water, just enough to make some steam and not get into the foil in a small pot just big enough for the burrito(s). Burrito from cooler (not frozen) into pot and heat on stove on low heat, like 5 to 10 minutes. Too hot and you get a blackened breakfast burrito, but they're not bad :-)

From: Lone Bugle
05-Aug-19
I wish I had a maid.......

From: Maverick
05-Aug-19

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Surprised that none of the weight weenies have mentioned this one yet.....

From: Maverick
05-Aug-19

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From: KHunter
06-Aug-19
“bought a can of ravioli.....Cost = $2.50 for 2 meals.”

But then you have to eat garbage instead of food. I get being short on time but chef boyardee? at that point just bring that can o nasty and forgo the freezing? LOL, just razzing you a little...pre leftover list sale jitters... To each his own of course.

From: olebuck
06-Aug-19
we take a deep freeze - a small one - a small inverter generator and a microwave... Everything is precooked - we throw it in the ice chest that morning - its completely thawed by evening. zap it for 2-3 min and enjoy home cooked goodness.... we quarter - debone and drop the elk meat in the deep freeze as well.... cuts way back on ice....

From: SoDakSooner
06-Aug-19
cnelk you have it backwards....2 cans for 1 meal. Don't know if I could do that. Used to love it as a kid, but not so much now. I guess a guy could make his own and seal it up...lol.

From: cnelk
06-Aug-19
And as if Mtn House isnt garbage - for $9.

Sure, better garbage for more $$

From: Yasla
07-Aug-19
How long would you trust a thawed, vacuum sealed meal that had meat or cheese containing recipes etc.? Assume you left for backpack hunt with them frozen solid, would you trust them for a week on the mountain?

From: pav
08-Aug-19
Backpack hunt? What?!

From: Yasla
08-Aug-19
backpack style hunt- not car camping, just hiking in and setting up tent and living there for a week on mountain?? Not hunting backpacks! can do that at walmart

From: pav
08-Aug-19
Sorry, guess my response didn't get the point across. The pre-made vacuum sealed and frozen meals discussed on this thread are most likely kept on ice in a cooler at base camp until time to drop them into a boiling pot of water....and then consumed at base camp. Can't imagine anyone hauling that stuff around in a backpack on a week long hunt?

From: TD
09-Aug-19
pav x2.

WRT the canned, why freeze it when it's canned already? If cleanup an issue or want to eat out of bags.... freezer ziplocks work. I can remember cracking open a can of.... um, food.... and go right direct to the campfire or camp stove, heat, eat out of can. Cleanup, water, can weight, etc. is no issue when truck/base camping. You can literally take the kitchen sink.....

Many years ago a hunting buddy's dad always left his trailer in the field all deer season. He told us boys we could use it one week, (he was tagged out). Just bring water or whatever, no worries about food.... lots of food, all stocked up. He was right..... 4 or 5 CASES of those little Vienna sausage.... that was it, that was all. 40+ years ago. I still can't even look at one to this day.....

From: jordanathome
09-Aug-19

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Ah hell...someone beat me to it.

From: cnelk
09-Aug-19
@ TD

I used vacuum bags because I dont trust ziplocks to stay sealed. Clean up is much easier and just because Im truck camping, no it doesnt mean I can bring the sink

From: jordanathome
10-Aug-19
Well this was inspirational since I'm truck camping this year.....so I started sealing leftover meals to reheat in boiling water during my hunt the first week of elk archery. Got two packs of butterflied porkchops with gravy and stovetop. I'm thinking some hamburger steaks with mashed potatoes would be tasty. And some lentil/split pea soup with smoked ham chunks. I'm coming back FAT from elk camp this year!!!

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