Packaging | Meal Sizing
Outdoor Herbivore's meals are available in two sizes - Single and Double.
1) Hungry Single (serves 1) is a generous individual size serving. The prepared portion generally makes 1½ cups of food, about 50% larger than other "single" size commercial camp meals. This size is appropriate for most active adults engaging in moderate to strenuous activity.
Single meal pouches measure approximately 7L x 7W inches with an expandable bottom up to 3.75 inches. Our machines squeeze out as much air as possible during sealing, and the meals should arrive with a depth of 1 inch or less.
2) Hungry Double (serves 2) is our large portion double meal size. It is precisely double the Hungry Single size, and the prepared amount generally makes 3 cups of food. It will feed two adults engaging in moderate to strenuous activity. An excellent option for most couples, one adult and a child, or one adult with a voracious appetite.
Double meal pouches measure approximately 7L x 8W inches with an expandable bottom up to 4 inches. Although our machines squeeze out as much air as possible during sealing, these will arrive with a depth around 3 inches. The double meals are more bulky given the larger amount of food inside.
Our packaging is now more functional and uses less plastic. As of May 2020, we have transitioned all meals to heat-safe and waterproof plastic-lined paper-based pouches. You can now add boiling water/cold water to rehydrate meals inside the pouch. For hikers that prefer to use actual dishes and utensils for eating, you can still opt to use a separate container and prepare meals outside of the pouch. While our new packaging is less compact than before, it is smaller than other brands.
Example of Apple Quinoa Oatmeal Prepared in Dish or Included Pouch
Bulk Meals and Ingredients
Bulk meals are limited. Most entrees are unsuitable for bulk packing because powdered ingredients such as spices separate from the grains.
We carry bulk ingredients; see our bulk section. Buying in bulk is the perfect option for long-distance hikers, thru-hikers, or groups looking to save money or keep food aside for later use. All bulk meals and ingredients are packaged in gusseted metalized barrier bags with a zipper to allow you to reseal. The bulk package size will vary depending on the product. We also sell high-temperature pouches approved for storing dry food and adding boiling water for hikers that prefer to make meals.
We know backpacking meals are expensive, especially those made with organic and less processed ingredients. To make them more affordable for you, we spend less on marketing, social media, and glitzy packaging. Instead, we focus on producing higher quality backpacking food with appropriate portions. Cheers to eating well and living free!