Using dry ingredients also greatly reduces the time spent preparing the meal at home which is another one of our goals. If meals are easier to prepare at home, we hope folks will be less likely to purchase expensive freeze-dried meals online. The recipe packs a load of calories at 998 calories per serving and would easily satisfy a hungry thru-hiker. If the hiker isn’t a fan of ramen, precooked and home dehydrated angel hair pasta or mini bowtie pasta also work well. Less water also means less fuel is required to heat the meal which also reduces pack weight because a small canister can be packed.