Does local climate affect how fast the Hot Pack Meals heat up?

This question was asked by
James G

Does the temperature of the region affect the speed with which the hot pack meal heats up?

HI James
It can make a difference, but it is the actual temperature of the meal that makes the most difference, for example in a cold climate, if the meal is extremely cold or frozen it will take longer to reheat.. If you have packed it or stored it a higher temperature it will take less time.

In warmer climates, the meal is already warmer and will then not take any longer.

It is best not to store at very high temperatures as this may effect the best before date.

 

Here is a link to our Hot Pack Meal

Dave

Delivery Fees for Hot Pack

This question was asked by
Carl S

What are your delivery fees?

It mainly depends on weight, size and desalination of your order.

For UK mainland deliveries for orders up to 20kg, the cost is typically between£4.50 to £8.00 for a standard delivery.

The heavier the package the more it will be.
Around 80% of the orders we send out are £4.50

Highlands, Islands and other destinations around the world will vary.

Dave

Food pouches for camping?

This question was asked by
Gary S

I’m looking for food pouches for camping, what would you recommend?

Hi Gary

Thanks for getting in touch.

We have two types of meals very popular with campers.

Freeze dried,
This is very lightweight, and is also very compact.
To eat it you need to add hot water, and depending on the recipe
wait 7 to 10 minutes before eating. It is real food that has been freeze dried.
Depending on the portion size, the weight is 125g for an average of 500 Kcals up to 1000 Kcals in 200g, with several options in between.

MRE also know as ready to eat wet meals
These already have the water inside, they can be eaten cold if needed, but ideally you would heat them up, either by putting them in a pan of hot water for 7 or 8 minutes, or by using one of our flameless heaters, you add water to the heater, and that will heat the meal up, no need to carry a cooker.
These are normally 300g but you do not need to find or carry any water with you.

It depends on the type of camping you are doing, if you want to travel light when camping wild, and have access to water and a cooker the freeze dried option is worth considering.

Dave

What is the difference between Hot Pack Meals and Adventure Packs

This question was asked by
Will A

What is the difference between your hot pack self heating meals and your adventure packs?

There are 2 types of Hot Pack meals.

A Hot Meal in a box, comes in a box, it includes a meal, the flame-less heater, water activation sachet, cutlery, salt and pepper, tissue and a tray to put the hot food in. They are used in many situations for example I have some in my car as I travel quite a bit, on more than one occasion I have been stuck on the motorway for a lengthy period, I get my Hot Pack box out and have a hot meal.

An Action pack is a little different, often used by campers, backpackers or those traveling lighter.
It is packed in a sealed bag, and it contains the meal, flame-less heater, water activation sachet and a long handled plastic Spork that can be reused and is recyclable.

Here is a link to our Hot Pack Meal

Dave

Are Hot Packs suitable for all types of meal?

This question was asked by
Joe A

Are these hot packs suitable for use with any kind of meal?

The flame-less heaters are designed for use with MRE ready to eat meals.

However successful experiments shows you can heat the contents of tins
in flame-less heater pouch. But you will need to move the tin around inside the heater, but be aware the activation water in the heater gets hot, so care must be taken when handling the hot water.

You can also add cold water to a freeze dried meal, and heat the meal, but is is very important that you do not allow the water from the heating pouch to be mixed with the food

Here is a link to our Hot Pack Meal

Dave

Heating Hot Pack Meals on a flat surface?

This question was asked by
Adam W

Do these hot pack meals need to be placed on a level surface while heating or can they heat while you are on the go?

https://www.hotpackmeals.co.uk/hot-pack-self-heating-meal-in-a-box-meatballs-and-pasta-qty-6.html

Ideally a surface that is as level as possible is best, but it does not need to be perfectly flat, while it is re heating the meal, you need the water to be
around the whole meal for best results.

Dave

Hot Pack Meals ok for Expedition Food?

This question was asked by
Karen L

Are your self heating meals suitable to be used as expedition food?

They are frequently used for Expeditions, they are also very popular with young people taking part in award schemes.

They are heavier than Freeze dried meals, but unlike Freeze dried meals they already have the water included in the meal.

Add to that a flame-less heater with a weight of 25g, there is n need to carrier a cooker.

Dave

best way to store mre packs

This question was asked by
Emily G

What is the best way to store these mre packs when not in use?

The best way to store them is in a dry location, and not expose them to extreme temperatures.
The meal pouch is quite strong, but make sure there is no damage to the pouch, if there is hole or air can get inside, its shelf life will decrease very quickly,

Extreme temperatures can effect the best before date.

Dave

Are there utensils in the food pouches?

This question was asked by
Lloyd D

Do I need to bring my own utensils when packing for our camping trip or are they provided in the food pouches?

Hi

In each Action Pack you get:
The meal of your choice
A flame-less heater
Water activation sachet
and
A long Handled plastic Spork
( the Spork can be reused many times and is recyclable )

For eating Hot Pack meals it is not necessary to bring any other cutlery

 

Dave