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    anyone use "hawk vittles" in replacement of mountain house on backpacking hunts? was wondering/considering tryin them on a sheep hunt this season. wondering if anyone's used them or has any pros/cons etc.
    hawkvittles.com is the website...
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    They look interesting, but expensive. Any retailers in Alaska carry them?

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    Don't hawk taste like eagle
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    Don't hawk taste like eagle
    I though it was a new recipe, Getting tired of spotted owl soup. Oh well!!!

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    I like the Back Packers Pantry dehydrated food, the Beef Stroganoff is the best, I used it on a Adak Bou hunt, at night filled the pouch with warm water and helped keep me warm in the sleeping bag. I have used it on many float trips. Lots of variety, available lots of places.

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    Say AMIGO, haven't you ever heard the saying "taste just like chicken "

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    lol, yeah yeah...ha ha. just wonderin...a guy gets a little tired of mountain house from time to time...and the prices arent any higher when you consider the actual serving size of each...anyway, mh is the best tasting freeze dried i've had...the spice of life and all that good nonsense...just wondering if anyone had tried this other stuff...lol, and hey man, i didnt name the stuff...they did.

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    I had back packer's pantry on a sheep hunt that was inedible. It was feticcini alfredo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninefoot View Post
    anyone use "hawk vittles" in replacement of mountain house on backpacking hunts? was wondering/considering tryin them on a sheep hunt this season. wondering if anyone's used them or has any pros/cons etc.
    hawkvittles.com is the website...
    zack

    After eating Mountain House and Backpackers Pantry for more than 10 years on backpacking trips, I decided to mix things up a bit and ordered from Hawk Vittles. I was blown away! Nothing from the big box stores compares. I think it's because they're dehydrated, not freeze dried. Besides, he's a retired chef who hits the trail fairly often. I don't think he'd make anything he wouldn't eat himself.

    Actually, if this guy ever stops selling his meals, I'll learn to dehydrate my own meals.

    For me, it's a bit cheaper ordering Hawk Vittles. The single serving meals are enough, whereas I always ate double servings of MH and BP.

    My favorites are the Hot Italian Sausage & Pasta and the Stirfry Salmon. Although, I've never been disappointed in any of the meals.

    I would suggest looking at the calorie count per meal. Some of the meals are on the low end for me. I like to stay above 700 per meal. But, if I go with a lower calorie meal, I just pack a bit of minute rice or powdered mashed potatoes to make up the difference.

    Try it ... you'll love it.

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    photosean: can you cook them in the plastic bags they come in or do you need to carry separate boil a bags? I couldnt figure out by reading the site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photosean View Post
    After eating Mountain House and Backpackers Pantry for more than 10 years on backpacking trips, I decided to mix things up a bit and ordered from Hawk Vittles. I was blown away! Nothing from the big box stores compares. I think it's because they're dehydrated, not freeze dried. Besides, he's a retired chef who hits the trail fairly often. I don't think he'd make anything he wouldn't eat himself.

    Actually, if this guy ever stops selling his meals, I'll learn to dehydrate my own meals.

    For me, it's a bit cheaper ordering Hawk Vittles. The single serving meals are enough, whereas I always ate double servings of MH and BP.

    My favorites are the Hot Italian Sausage & Pasta and the Stirfry Salmon. Although, I've never been disappointed in any of the meals.

    I would suggest looking at the calorie count per meal. Some of the meals are on the low end for me. I like to stay above 700 per meal. But, if I go with a lower calorie meal, I just pack a bit of minute rice or powdered mashed potatoes to make up the difference.

    Try it ... you'll love it.
    Nice advertisement for your first post.

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    You can cook them in their plastic bags they come in, although you have to make sure they don't fall over. I use a an alcohol stove and a Heineken pot to boil water, which fit nicely in a 1 quart round ziploc tupperware container. I dump the food in the ziploc container, then boiling water(in ziploc container), close it up for 15 minutes and I'm ready to eat. All I have to clean is the plastic container and I don't have any wet garbage to carry out of the woods. It keeps the smell down.

    It sounds like a lot, but my cookset (including the stove, Heiny pot, titanium folding spork, sponge, windscreen, fuel measuring cup and priming pan) weigh in at about 3 ounces.

    Here's a similar kit to what I use -- get ready for another cottage industry plug:

    http://ultralightdesigns.com/product...k-CookKit.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    Nice advertisement for your first post.
    Lol. I thought that too after I posted. I have no affiliation with Hawk Vittles. I buy as much backpacking gear as I can from cottage industry folks. Most of them do their thing because they love the outdoors. I have no problem "talking up" a little-known company -- in hopes they stay open and keep inovating.

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    Something often overlooked and is simple and light and cheap and good is the Mac & Cheese today. Many types from ones in boxes to small cups you can eat out of. Just another suggestion....
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    Sure looks like a nice menu. Might just have to order some and give them a shot.
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    Ninefoot - I haven't tried "Hawk Vittles" yet though I have tried Alpine Aire products. They're a freeze dried meal in a bag with numerous flavors which aren't too bad. I know it doesn't answer your original question but its another alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photosean View Post
    After eating Mountain House and Backpackers Pantry for more than 10 years on backpacking trips, I decided to mix things up a bit and ordered from Hawk Vittles. I was blown away! Nothing from the big box stores compares. I think it's because they're dehydrated, not freeze dried. Besides, he's a retired chef who hits the trail fairly often. I don't think he'd make anything he wouldn't eat himself.

    Actually, if this guy ever stops selling his meals, I'll learn to dehydrate my own meals.

    For me, it's a bit cheaper ordering Hawk Vittles. The single serving meals are enough, whereas I always ate double servings of MH and BP.

    My favorites are the Hot Italian Sausage & Pasta and the Stirfry Salmon. Although, I've never been disappointed in any of the meals.

    I would suggest looking at the calorie count per meal. Some of the meals are on the low end for me. I like to stay above 700 per meal. But, if I go with a lower calorie meal, I just pack a bit of minute rice or powdered mashed potatoes to make up the difference.

    Try it ... you'll love it.
    right on, thanks man. was beginning to wonder if anyone had used them. am planning to use them for a sheep hunt this year. will report back good or bad if i end up using em. thanks for all replies.

    zack

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    Default Generally tasty and nutritional

    Tried Hawk's food last year and liked it a lot better than the freeze dried stuff from REI etc. Didn't seem expensive, especially since each pkg is generous in quantity and contains a good amount of calories, also presumably nutritious. He sells (used to?) mylar insulated holders that hold one pkg upright after you put the hot water in the food, keeps it hot and upright while it reconstitutes.&#160;<BR><BR>We used some of his meals that were a bit over a year old, still barely in date, and at least one didn't reconstitute so well, so I wouldn't keep left overs more than say 6 months. But I definitely will give him my money again.<BR><BR>For the guy who said mac &amp; cheese, it sounds like a good cheap idea but maybe you have to be sure to not use the kind that you're supposed to microwave. We did and were sorry. And since you're really trying to carry the least amount of stuff every piece should be ideal for its purpose and I don't think much of that would say Kraft on it. Oatmeal with appropriate flavorings is okay, still probably not as good an idea as an "engineered" backpacker meal.

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