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Rehydrating your dehydrated camping food
By Kenny Stocker
19, Mar, 2019
Which stove is best for cooking your camping food, we turn up the heat and boil it down
Ideal as adventure fuel or even as an emergency meal at work, our selection of dehydrated foods prove that trail food doesn't have to be bland or unhealthy.
Whether you have chosen a pre-cooked food or a weight saving freeze-dried option such as Extreme Foods or Firepot, all you need is a simple heat source to transform it into a nutritious, tasty food.
How to prepare your dehydrated food
Requiring only water to cook, dehydrated foods are ready in 5-15 minutes and depending on the brand can be heated in either a pan or in the pouch. The convenience of a pouch is that you have less dirty pots to wash up. It is worth noting that most of this time your food is left standing, so that's good for your fuel supply and means you can get on with some chores.
All our stoves boil water that's no big deal but i'm pointing it out as I am paid per word. Let's run through some of the pros and cons of each of our units.
Our little meths burner - who doesn't get all nostalgic following the slightly antiquated process of toping up the reservoir with that pungent purple fluid? It takes me right back to DofE expeditions. It's a little bit heavy, but it's reliable, gentle and satisfying. It is never going to boil your water as fast as a pressurised gas stove, but with a good windshield you should be tucking into your main before your mates have finished their desert.
So small, so lightweight, it is a miracle it can still kick out 2600 watts of brute power. Kraku is ideal for the independent traveller who wants to boil water fast. The arms are not that big so you are probably going to be rehydrating your food in one of our titanium cooking mugs. A MytiMug 400 will give you enough hot water to make up an Extreme Food main but falls just shy of the 420 ml required for a Firepot meal. A lot of people go big and choose the MytiMug 650. You can fit a gas canister in it and have enough capacity to rehydrate 2 packets of Extreme food, or a Firepot and a cuppa while you wait for it to cook.
Based on a design for Everest expeditions this is the stove you would take up a mountain to rehydrate your expedition food. Stable and efficient thanks to the preheat tube, it has 2800 watts to boil water faster so you can eat faster and get tucked up in your sleeping bag sooner. The wider arms mean you can use a larger pot, boil more water, handy if you have found a friend to eat with.
We love the convenience of Brukit and it is incredibly good at boiling water. With the built in Piezo ignitor you don't even need to be rubbing sticks to get it going. It's no slouch either, with an output of 1500 watts and a neat heat exchanger you will be steaming in no time. The large 1000 ml pot will boil enough water for a couple of Extreme Food mains with enough left over for a cheeky brew for the chef.
BrulerMeths camping stove weighing just 150 g with a flame regulator, a simple and reliable cooking system for worldwide adventuringSale: £22.99Was: £29.99
KrakuAt just 45 g this is possibly the world's lightest camping stove, Kraku's tiny pack size makes it perfect for ultralight adventures and flying solo.£26.99
BruKitHeat it and eat it, a 560 g integrated cooking system for quick cooking on the go. Ideal for fresh brews on the trail, hot soup and nutritious one-pot wonders£44.99
LandarSturdy 805 g basecamp gas stove with built-in Piezo igniter for remote camp kitchens capable of cooking up a storm£64.99