We now have an option for backpackers looking to cook (re-hydrate) meals directly in a ziplock bag. These custom high-temperature plastic zipper pouches are safe for boiling water with temperatures up to 230 deg F (110 deg C). Pouches are a shorter, bowl shape and are reusable. Great for packaging your own trail meals. These bags are clear plastic (aluminum-free). Redesign effective March 2022: the construction of the pouch is slightly thinner to allow for improved sealing and flexibility, the zipper seal has been reinforced, and the corners have been rounded to eliminate sharp edges.
How to use: Place food in the bag, pour boiling water over the food, stir, seal shut, and allow food to reconstitute for several minutes.
- Temperature rating: for heating food up to 230 deg F (110 deg C)
- Short size for ease in stirring and eating. Rounded bottom to prevent food from getting trapped in the corners.
- Dimensions: 8″ wide x 7″ tall x 3.5" gusset
- Bag Weight: .60 oz (17 g)
- Bag Thickness: 5.0 mil
- Wet Volume: holds 4 cups (.95 L) of water when zip sealed.
- One size fits all. Fits all Outdoor Herbivore Hungry Single and Hungry Double prepared meals.
- Reusable. These durable bags eliminates cleaning dishes on the trail but can be packed out, washed at home, and reused multiple times. Allow bag to air dry open before storing.
- Not recyclable in most municipalities due to the multi-layer plastic films.
- BPA free and Dioxin free.
- Great for packaging homemade DIY trail meals. Includes a tear strip if heat sealing the top for secure storage or to prevent tampering.
- Other uses: Sous-vide cooking, freezing food, pouring hot soups and storing in fridge/freezer, general food storage.
- Not recommended for microwave use.
Dishwasher: Prop open the bag and place on the top shelf and dry with the air-dry setting. Keep bags clear of water jets to prevent bags from moving around and closing.
Make sure the bags have no moisture present before storing; otherwise, they will host mold/bacteria and become unsafe for food reuse.
How the bag is handled and used will impact the number of times it can be reused. Discard the bag if the plastic begins to break down, which you can see if the inner layer begins to separate, tear, or de-laminate.
For more information, see our article about boil-soak cooking.