WHY HEATHER'S CHOICE
Growing up, the thought of eating out of a bag was never something I thought I'd be passionate about. But here we are. If you're a backpack hunter especially, you are all too familiar with digging into a bag via spoon at the end of the day. There are many choices regarding freeze-dried/dehydrated foods; not all are created equal. My go-to for years has been the meals from Heather's Choice, and several reasons exist.
Space inside a backpack is a factor on backpack hunts, and it's limited. The more food I can fit in my bag, the more days I can stay in the field. One of my favorite things about Heather Choice meals is that they are pretty small compared to others on the market. I would even say that they are half the size. Each bag can easily be stuffed down into the narrows of a backpack, leaving you even more room for more food or gear.
Another factor in the backcountry is water. And what flies under the radar is how much water we use for cooking. To put it black and white, the more water we use for cooking, the more often we will have to go on water missions to filter said water. Heather's Choice meals only use about 8-11 ounces of water, which is excellent compared to many other products requiring 16 ounces. So, these meals are more efficient. Efficiency is everything in the backcountry.
As I've gotten older, I've started paying way more attention to what foods I put in my body and how those foods make me feel. To make a long story short, I feel like garbage when I eat like garbage. Fueling myself with good food out there makes me feel better. Heather uses quality ingredients in her meals. Don't believe me? Please read the ingredient list and tell me how often you don't know how to pronounce something. You'll see things like wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef, and organic chicken, to name a few. There's no "What is that?"
Here are a Few of My Favorites
I love most of Heather's lineup, but these are a few of my favorite meals. Aside from the dehydrated meals, check out her famous Packaroons. They are basically a macaroon for your backpack. Delicious is the only word I can think of there. They are also tiny, so they pack well.