Expedition Foods is a UK-based freeze-dried camping meal manufacturer that makes really good 1000 calorie and 800 calorie meals. You can buy their meals in the USA from Racing the Planet, an organization that runs extreme ultramarathon events in deserts around the world. Not only are they packed with calories, but they are also really great tasting dinners that pack flat and won’t leave you hungry after you finish them.
I first discovered Expedition Foods dinners when I was hiking the Cape Wrath Trail in Scotland in 2019 and a newly acquainted hiking friend I met on the trail gave me some of their meals to try. I was floored at how good they were and sought them out when I got back to the states. They’re really much better than the Mountain House or Good-to-Go Dinners when I’m in the mood for something tasty on the trail. And the dinner, breakfast, and dessert selection is out of this world, including, some of my favorites, which are available in 1000 calorie and 800 calorie servings.
- Thai Green Chicken Curry with Rice
- Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice
- Chicken Korma with Rice
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Hot Cereal with Mango
- Chocolate Chip Biscuit Pudding
Yes, they even have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals.
The “cook’ time with these meals is usually 5-8 minutes and they come in the standard sealed ziploc bags with oxygen-absorbing packets inside you need to remove before you add hot water. That’s a far cry from the 20 minutes it takes to rehydrate some prepared backpacking dinners, which get cold before they’re ready to eat.
In addition to taste, these meals pack some serious calories in amounts you simply don’t find in meals from American camping meal producers. If you’re lucky, you’ll get 500 or 600 calories out of a Mountain House dinner and they take up a huge amount of space in a food bag. For example, a Mountain House Classic Spaghetti Dinner with Meat Sauce has 470 calories total and costs $9.50. That’s highway robbery (rip-off).
Granted, the Expedition Foods meals cost a little extra. But in my opinion, they’re really worth it. The taste alone will blow you away. Try them and let me know what you think.
Note: As far as I’ve been able to find out, Racing the Planet is the only place you can buy them in the US.
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