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This Salt Lake City, UT-based company started off as one of the leaders of the emergency food storage industry and in 2020 rebranded and expanded into the outdoor industry, launching a line of freeze-dried and dehydrated camping meals through its Simple Kitchen line. Just launched in August, the range of products includes 19 options of fruit snacks, such as Sweet Apple, Mango and Cookie Dough Medley; and hearty meals like Cheesy Potato Soup, Creamy Cheddar Broccoli Soup and Hearty Veggie Chili Soup. I love the simplicity in the ingredients list. Some products contain only one ingredient, such as organic apples, strawberries or mangoes, while those that have more do not have unpronounceable, unrecognizable words or chemicals. Packaging in airtight mylar pouches includes prominently displayed descriptors (like vegetarian, gluten free, no sugar added and 100% real fruit) and many have fun, clever riddles related to the snack or meal on the bottom of each pouch. The snacks are ready-to-eat and the meals simply require water to prepare. Although there are “best by” dates extending two or three years, studies have proven that freeze-dried and dehydrated foods will last up to 25 years or even longer. Other advantages are freeze-dried and rehydrated foods maintain the original flavor, shape, color and texture; better retain nutritional value; are condensed, taking up less space; with all of the water extracted, are extremely lightweight; and when water is added, the food completely reconstitutes itself. While ideal for camping, outdoor treks and emergencyfood storage, after trying several I found them to be delicious and suitable for enjoying anytime.
About the Author:
Bob Barnes is a native Las Vegan, editorial director of The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional and covers the LV restaurant scene for Gayot.com. He welcomes your inquiries.