On review; Fuizion Freeze Dried Food – Rating; 7 out of 10 (7 being my level for an item you can safely bring on an Expedition)
Good food is extremely important on any journey. More on some than others. If you are heading up the mountains for a 10 day trek far away from any so called civilization and you have to carry all your food or if you set off on a 45-60 day trip to the South pole, I really have to make a difference those days you fell like you have had enough. There are such freeze dried food on the market. I had a 6 month ration of it with me on my Siberian Journey 2004-5. Before leaving on my second journey to Yemen, involving a long desert crossing where I had no idea if I would find local food or not, I received an offer of sponsorship from a UK firm named Fuizion Freeze Dried Food. It made me really happy. They sent a selection of their freeze dried choices plus granola bars. I said we loved the granola bars, the whole family, and I was interested. They than sent me an offer of a 20% discount of the food, the granola bars for free and they could assist me in preparing food with a high calorie intake. I was shocked. This is the first time in my life I have been approached and than asked to pay for it. It would have been one thing if they would have told me immediately what their intentions where, but like this, that gives them a 4 in rating as regards to their behavior.
However, this taken into account I will still try to assess their products objectively. Let me first say that I just tested it back home in Malmö and never brought any of it a trip, so making a judgement isn´t the same as opening a bag on a trip when you are tired, extremely hungry, wet and even more hungry.
They have a selection of plat du jours like Chicken Jalfrezi with Rice, Seafood Tagliatelle and Chili Con Carne With Rice. They cost almost 7 pounds ( a bit more than 11 dollars, 8.7 euro) and for example Chicken Jalfrezi offers 548 kcal per meal. The food is packed in dull grey package, which is basically a copy of Real Turmats, but quite boring package. The food is prepared like most outdoor food, see here, and it was more than passable and filling, but generally I found it too salted and free of any excitement. Some dishes didn´t look that appealing when opened, but tasted good. I talked to Ben Saunders who was dealing with them as well and he had tried them on Expeditions, thought they did the job, but preferred like me another brand. And all this taken into account with a very high price and the competition they have on the market;
They rate a weak 7. Passable, does the job on an Expedition, but is behind its competitors.
This doesn´t apply to their granola bars, which gets a 8+! Really great and I miss them!
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