On my recent trip I decided to re-bag my Real Turmat meals. RT meals are vacuum packed, which is good for maintaining freshness, but means that the packs are rigid. The rigidity means that they are more awkward to pack and take up more room. I decided to experiment by decanting them into some Lakeland Soup ‘n’ Sauce bags. To prevent them accidently opening, I sealed the top with a strip of clear tape. I also thought it wise to write what was in the bag 😉 and how much water it needed.
Bag, cosy and base
The Soup ‘n’ Sauce bag is a different shape to the RT bag, so I made a new pouch cosy (above right). I thought it would also be sensible to have an insulated base to stand the meal on while it was rehydrating (above top left and below).
Bag on insulating base
The system was very effective in ensuring that the meal remained piping hot. I usually allow double the recommended time for food to re-hydrate.
Inside the pouch cosy
The Soup ‘n’ Sauce bag has the added advantage of being shallower, so the food is easier to reach.
Ready to eat
I was very pleased with the system It improves packability and it is easier and less messy to eat.