Well, the good news is you have all winter to try things out at home!They can be pretty damn cheap when bought in bulk on ebay - but, point taken! Seems they are only to be considered in desperation. Am absolutely rubbish at feeding myself when I'm on the move so will have to do some research in this area, in my drive to keep costs low. Tins of beans etc are always a winner of course but heavy.
Thanks, awesome advice, v much appreciated! Will get experimenting over the dark and cold months.Well, the good news is you have all winter to try things out at home!
Decanting beans from a tin into a screwtop plastic container can save some weight and improve portion control. Cooking some potatoes, veggies, meat and including them in the container means you just have to reheat, taking reasonable hygiene/storage considerations.
For winter trips I often threw a frozen homemade chili into the pannier. At the end of the day, a complete meal.
I've brought my own flour and made bread! Very satisfying, but not really practical!
Have a look in the supermarkets. You may be surprised what is available.
A lot of it comes down to your attitude to weight. I take the attitude that food is both comfort and fuel - without either touring is either less enjoyable or not possible.
I'll throw in a word for cous-cous - a revelation for me!
A great, simple breakfast (especially if made with milk powder) with fruit & nuts added. A quick dinner if made with a stock cube/bouillon. Throw in whatever else you may have - I always have a salami/chorizo/dried sausage somewhere.
Don't forget, there are nearly always shops!
Cheers for the info. Lancs hotpot and chicken curry sound ideal to me.Dont know which military ones you're looking at... Britsh or US? The former are good these days, the latter are a bit weird to the British palate and I've never had a good one.
Backpacking/ camping ready meals are dehydrated but most military ones aren't, (the clue is in the name, Meals Ready to Eat, I.e. you can eat it cold out of the packet if necessary without adding water). The hot breakfasts are quite good especially the bacon or sausage and beans. Best heated, with some brown sauce. Some of the main meals are decent too, the chicken curry and the Lancashire hotpot are good. If you buy a whole 24 hour box the brew kits are also very good, proper teas, coffees and premium hot chocolate, everything you need.