Fresh food vs dehi - weight and water content

If you are going for one night it hardly matters how heavy the food is. However, on longer trips the weight of fresh food becomes a serious problem. Fresh food is mainly water - 80% or more: you do not need to carry all that water. That means looking at d

Fresh food vs dehi - weight and water content

If you are going for one night it hardly matters how heavy the food is. However, on longer trips the weight of fresh food becomes a serious problem. Fresh food is mainly water - 80% or more: you do not need to carry all that water. That means looking at dried or dehydrated foods, or at least fairly dry foods. Some dehydrated fooods have a bad reputation, but that is no longer entirely deserved. With the correct choices you can live very well on dry or dehydrated foods.

That said, there are some 'damp' foods which we all do carry. Butter, jam, honey: these all have a bit of water in them. I don't think the amount matters so much however. Cheese and nuts can be a bit damp, but the energy content is very high because of the high fat levels. 'Dried' fruits such as sultanas, raisins, apricots etc are not really dry, but the taste is worth it. Be careful about the orange-coloured 'dried' apricots and white 'dried' apples though: in addition to being very wet, they contain a lot of sulphur dioxide as a preservative. This gas can easily give some people severe asthma attacks. Finally, small quantities of rich dark plum pudding carry a bit of water, but they do make a lovely desert with cocoa.