Friday, March 1, 2013

Food Storage Friday #27: Tin Foil Meals in a Bag
















One of my fondest memories from scouts were the many camp outs we had that involved Tin Foil Dinners. Could there really be anything more manly than cooking an entire meal with foil and fire? I loved the excitement of watching the foil pocket slowly cook over the amber's of the fire, followed by the joy of opening the foil to find a hot, delicious meal ready to eat.

But as many of you have come to find out, there are two major setbacks to foil dinners. The first is that you have to prepare the meal at home. This means you have to carefully and awkwardly pack it up with your gear and hope the foil doesn't rip apart before dinner time. The second setback involves time. Foil dinners take a long time to cook on a fire. This is not ideal if you arrive at your campsite long after the sun has gone down.

Well, we've got the solution for both these problems, and it involves your Honeyville Food Storage. Foil Meals in a Bag! Here are some of the benefits these Meals in a Bag offer:

  • They're super light weight and easy to pack
  • They contain everything you'll need to put your foil dinner together at the campsite
  • They use all Honeyville food storage products, so all you have to do is rehydrate and cook!
  • They cook up in minutes rather than an hour

These are the perfect meals for any boy scout or camping enthusiast, and they're simple to make! We put together two Meals in a Bag (one for lunch and one for dinner) that you can make right now with all of your Honeyville Food Storage products. Each meal can serve 1-2 people. Check them out and see how easy it can be.

Lunch - Chicken Fajitia Casserole


Ingredients:
1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried White Chicken
1/2 cup Honeyville Quick Cook Black Beans
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Bell Peppers
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Sweet Corn
1 1/2 tsp Chef Tess Southwest Fajita Seasoning

Directions:
Combine ingredients, starting with the chicken and working down on the list of ingredients, in a resealable sandwich bag.


Place Southwest Fajita Seasoning in it's own resealable bag, roll up, and place on top of ingredients in the bag.


Cooking Directions:
Rehydrate ingredients in a separate bowl or in the bag. Once ingredients are hydrated, drain excess water and add ingredients to 12" x 24" sheet of foil. Season with Fajita Seasoning, then wrap foil to make a pocket shape, and seal off edges.


Bake on fire until ingredients are warm and ready to serve. Should take around 10-15 minutes, depending on how hot the fire is. Remember to flip the foil pocket at least once to ensure the meal is thoroughly cooked on both sides.


Dinner - Beef and Potato Casserole


Ingredients:
1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Beef Dices
1 1/2 cups Honeyville Dehydrated Potato Slices
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Bell Peppers
1/2 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Mushrooms
1/2 cup Honeyville Dehydrated Carrots
1 tsp Chef Tess All Purpose Seasoning

Directions:
Combine ingredients, starting with the beef dices and working down on the list of ingredients, in a resealable sandwich bag.


Place All Purpose Seasoning in its own resealable bag, roll up, and place on top of ingredients in the bag.



Cooking Directions:
Rehydrate ingredients in a separate bowl or in the bag. Once ingredients are hydrated, drain excess water and add ingredients to 12" x 24" sheet of foil. Season with All Purpose Seasoning, then wrap foil to make a pocket shape, and seal off edges.


Bake on fire until ingredients are warm and ready to serve. Should take around 10-15 minutes, depending on  how hot the fire is. Remember to flip the foil pocket at least once to ensure the meal is thoroughly cooked on both sides.


Both these meals cook up super flavorful and filling. These are definitely hearty meals, made for any outdoor adventure. And since you can make them right at the campsite, you don't have to worry about carefully wrapping and packing your meal before you leave.

You can use these for scout camp-outs  family outings, overnight adventures, ore just a quick meal at home. Remember though, these ARE NOT long term food storage meals because they are not sealed in airtight containers. But when it comes to quick trips and excursions, these meals work just fine!

So, when's the next camping trip?

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

How long will it take for the ingredients to hydrate?

Cookin' Cousins said...

It should take around 10 minutes for everything to rehydrate, but may rehydrate quicker. The Potato Slices will take the longest. Thanks for the question!

Anonymous said...

How much water do you use to rehydrate meal?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Each product uses a different amount of water. That's why i suggest filling the bag completely, letting the products soak for a bit, then draining any excess what remaining in the bag.

Road To Forever said...

I know the recipe says these aren't long-term storage recipes but they could be if stored in jars with an oxygen abosrber, right?

Cookin' Cousins said...

Road To Forever,

Yes, if you transferred the products from the sandwich bag into a jar with an oxygen absorber, they could be stored for a long-term. But remaining in the bags, the shelf life wouldn't be much longer than a few weeks. Thanks for the question!

Kim said...

What other techiques do you suggest heating besides in the foil method?

Kathy Buckley said...

I love this idea for traveling on the road as we can control the quality of the ingredients that go into the meal WITHOUT any chemical additives! Can these recipes also be stored using a Food Saver vacuum sealer? What would the shelf life be? Thanks for all of the great ideas!

Cookin' Cousins said...

Hi Kathy! Yes, you could seal these up and stick them on the shelves, though I wouldn't push the shelf life past 10 years. Thanks for the question!

Kelley said...

How long would the recipes last if stored in a jar with an oxygen absorber?
Thanks!

Cookin' Cousins said...

This should last 10 years sealed with an oxygen absorber.

Kelley said...

Fantastic! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Could these be cooked @ home in th oven? time/temp? Taanks.

Cookin' Cousins said...

You could totally cook these in the oven. Because all the ingredients are already cooked before they're freeze dried, all you're doing is essentially warming them up, so I'd say 350 degrees and no longer than 10-15 minutes.

Thanks for the question!

Tamra said...

Rather than put the spices into an extra zip-lock, try folding them into the center of a coffee filter. They're super inexpensive, durable, and you're not using more plastic (petroleum) near the other ingredients.

Julie said...

I love this! My daughter and I were just planning a backpacking trip and wished there was a way to have tinfoil dinners without he meat going bad. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

So, with either recipe, what would you estimate the cost per meal to be? All discounts aside, just the standard price of the ingredients only. I can see many uses for this, especially larger group camp outs. Light weight, healthy, easy.

thanks,
T

Mary said...






Tamar has a very good idea using a coffee filter for the spices. This is similar to the "dinner in a jar" recipes I made for our kid's Christmas presents last year, Just in smaller amounts.

lasmt said...

Hi, Love this idea and the two basic recipes gives me approx. amounts to gauge off of to create my own versions say scalloped potatos with ham etc. Anyway my question is...How many does this serve? Two People? approx is fine. I can always adjust once I get the hang of it but since I want to make these up to take along in a week I'd hate to be too shy of food for 3 adults.

In The Kitchen With Honeyville said...

Hi Lasmt! Thanks for the great comment! These meals will serve 2-3 people, depending on how much each person wants.

agunnell said...

If I wanted to put them on a BBQ'er how long at what temp?

In The Kitchen With Honeyville said...

They wouldn't take very long at all agunell! I'd say 10-15 minutes. You're essentially just heating up the food, not cooking it. But doing it on the grill sounds amazing!