Ziplock freezer weight bags will hold up to boiling water. I double bag mine. Put in an insulting coozy to rehydrate, the bag will be very hot, and shoujld keep it hot enough for 30 minutes or so, enough to rehydrate most properly dehydrated foods. I like to carefully open and check for enough moisture at about 10 minutes.Great post.
At the very end, she writes to pour boiling water into a ziplock freezer bag containing the dry ingredients. Seems like It would melt the bag.
Add an ounce or 2 of cheese.
I hadn’t thought of bringing a thermos for a hot lunch on a cold, rainy day. What a great idea. For that matter, a thermos of hot tea would not go amiss on under similar weather conditions..
I, too, like the spanish rice.If you're into the Knorr sides, I like their Spanish rice side, which I pair with a can of black beans, drained, rinsed, and put into a plastic bag before the trip. The meal is hearty and tasty - can be eaten in flour tortillas as a burrito or staight from the pot. One package rice + 1 can beans = hefty meal for two ppl. Throw in summer sausage or similar to add interest/fat calories. No idea how long black beans last in a ziplock like that - I've only done this on 3 day trips or where I had cooler with ice. In cooler weather I'm sure it's less of an issue.
I've also done couscous paired with pre-packaged Indian dishes - curry, palak paneer, dal, etc, available from my local Indian grocery, Trader Joes, and elsewhere. I like that the couscous doesn't require simmering, just bring water to a boil and let sit. But you do have to reheat the pouch meals, and the combo is pretty heavy, so I use this on trips where weight is less of an issue.
My fastest ever dinner was when we decided to go on a one-nighter with about an hour's notice. I went to Subway and got a footlong sub. My friend, a back-country gourmet, was incensed. But my dinner was ready loooooong before his.