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05/09/2016 09:50PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
I'll be going on a solo trip, and the 7 ounce bags of chicken are just too much for me. Anyone know if there is a smaller size of a similar product?

I am bringing my dog; I'm sure he'd eat the extra chicken if I cared to carry the extra weight...but...
 
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OldFingers57
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05/10/2016 06:00AM  
I get a large can of freeze dried chicken and open and then reseal the chicken into smaller two person servings with a vac sealer. You could do the same and make up single serve vac sealed bags if you have a vac sealer.
 
billconner
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05/10/2016 07:52AM  
I think there use to be smaller but no longer. I have searched and even called companies tgat market the 7 ounce packets. There are half size tuna packets.
 
05/10/2016 09:34AM  
quote billconner: "I think there use to be smaller but no longer. I have searched and even called companies tgat market the 7 ounce packets. There are half size tuna packets. "


I know. I hate tuna. :(
 
billconner
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05/10/2016 11:18AM  
Spam singles?

We take summer sausage, cheese, peanut butter, crackers, and dried fruit and mix it up day to day.

Would you try dehydrating chicken? I would think mixed with cold water that by lunch time mixed with some mayo it would be pretty good, but would want to try at home.

Or try TVP Chickenish . One session presenter at Canoecopia raved about it. I've been planning to expirement at hoe but not gotten to it yet. This page mentions chicken salad. Might call them and ask how well it works with cold water only, though I don't know if there is a hazard in keeping this for a few hours - as in add hot water at breakfast.
 
05/10/2016 11:33AM  
quote billconner: "

Or try TVP Chickenish . One session presenter at Canoecopia raved about it. I've been planning to expirement at hoe but not gotten to it yet. This page mentions chicken salad. Might call them and ask how well it works with cold water only, though I don't know if there is a hazard in keeping this for a few hours - as in add hot water at breakfast. "


Sounds like I can soak it, or simmer. From their FAQs:

Use directly in soups, stews, or rehydrate to use as a healthy,
meatless option. Add 2 cups water to 1 cup TVP, soak, or
simmer for 5-10 minutes. Because this product is already precooked,
you can use it “raw,” without cooking.

 
sdebol
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05/12/2016 12:25PM  
quote OldFingers57: "I get a large can of freeze dried chicken and open and then reseal the chicken into smaller two person servings with a vac sealer. You could do the same and make up single serve vac sealed bags if you have a vac sealer. "

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billconner
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05/12/2016 02:23PM  
I see both Backpackers Pantry and Alpine Aire have single packets of fd chicken, diced. Both appear to be 1 ounce freeze dried, but BP says 1 serving and AA claims 2.

In cans, Honeyville has the smallest at 6.6 ounces (6-8 servings?) but point out:
"Shelf-Life:
can be stored for 10-15 years in a sealed #10 can
in a cool dry place
once opened, if refrigerated, it’s 1 month
if not refrigerated, 1 week"

Not sure I'd ever use enough of a can in one trip to make it worth it, and not sure I trust home resealing as really extending the one week un-refrigerated life. But the Apline Aire packets - at around $5 - might be worth it.

The Tyson packets at maybe $1.50/serving seem like a better way to go, even if you feed half to your dog (or use as bait?).


 
Twins87
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05/16/2016 10:49AM  
If you have time to dehydrate it yourself, I know that Luft is going to try this for her upcoming trip. And I may as well, just haven't pulled the dehydrator out yet this season. We still have a ton of food left from last year but I would love to stop carrying the weight of foil pouch chicken. we leave for our first trip in ten days so not sure I'll get it done by then. I'll keep you posted.

dehydrating chicken
 
05/16/2016 12:51PM  
I was hoping to use the foil pack chicken with a cold water meal, and I'm not sure the dehydrated chicken would re-hydrate so well with just cold water and less than a 2 hour soak time. (IMO, more than 2 hours risks food poisoning)

I think freeze dried would do better with a cold water soak.
 
OldFingers57
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05/16/2016 03:43PM  
Yes we have used the freeze dried and hydrated it with cold water and it works well and actually doesn't take as long as 2 hrs.
 
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