How Backcountry Wok sources fresh local ingredients
At Backcountry Wok, our mission is to provide you with delicious yet sustainable and nutritious meals with locally sourced ingredients for your every day and adventures on the go.
If you’ve searched for prepackaged or adventure meals, then you may notice that many camping meals and convenient foods tend to be bland, in single-use packaging, and don’t source ingredients locally.
Part of caring about nature is ensuring the joys of the outdoors for future generations.
One way to care more about the environment and your natural surroundings is to support your local food systems in low-impact and respectful ways.
Think of going to local farmers' markets. Order from your local butcher instead of buying meat from across the country or vegetables from another continent. Supporting local farmers benefits the environment, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and your carbon footprint because you buy food closer to home.
How does Backcountry Wok source local produce and ingredients?
We choose to work with local farmers, where possible, within a 100km radius of Ottawa to reduce transportation. In addition, we are package free as all our vegetables come in huge crates or reusable bins.
Backcountry Wok’s process from farm to production to package
Step 1: Source produce from local farms in Ottawa
We focus on ordering in-season produce from local Ontario farms near Ottawa. Our sustainability model helps local farms deal with excess crops or a surplus of a particular crop. We also take imperfect produce as it doesn't matter what our vegetables look like because we chop and dehydrate them
Step 2: Transportation of produce
We reduce our carbon emissions by having a facility in Ottawa close to the farms to pick up local ingredients.
Step 3: Wash and chop veggies
We wash and scrub all our vegetables, especially the carrots and mushrooms. We do not peel our carrots -- peeling the carrots creates a lot of food waste, and there is also lots of nutritional value from the skin.
Step 4: Dehydrate the ingredients
After washing our crops, we use our dehydrators to remove the moisture from our ingredients. Surplus crops? Not a problem! Since all Backcountry Wok camping and on-the-go meals are dehydrated, we can keep for 2 years. Dehydrated foods are known to last longer than 2 years, but due to our compostable packaging and current shelf life test, we can concretely say 2 years. They’re so delicious, we bet it won’t take you that long to enjoy them!
Step 5: Prep dehydrated meals and package to go
We combine the ingredients for each on-the-go camping/ convenience meal, and we add them into our heat-resistant and compostable bags.
You can read more about our compostable bags on our FAQ page.
3 set recipes help to minimize food waste
At Backcountry Wok we currently have 3 main dehydrated meals with simple ingredients:
- The Original Fried Rice (ingredients white rice, carrots, potatoes, textured vegetable protein (defatted soy flour), soya puffs, our homemade vegetable bouillon, spinach, garlic, shallots, parsley, onion, thyme, salt, black pepper, and celery seed.)
- Bibimbap Korean Fried Rice (ingredients white rice, carrots, potatoes, textured vegetable protein (defatted soy flour), red peppers, spinach, garlic, onions, shallots, corn syrup, red pepper powder, cooking rice wine, soybeans, glutinous rice, salt, rice flour, and koji.)
- Thai Green Curry (ingredients white rice, carrots, potatoes, organic coconut milk powder, spinach, garlic, shallots, green chillis lemongrass, lemongrass, salt, galangal, kaffir lime peel, cumin powder, coriander seeds, and turmeric.)
Why is it important to buy locally sourced ingredients?
The importance of buying locally sourced ingredients means you are supporting your local community and food systems. You also put money back into your community while reducing your carbon footprint.
Try one of our three Asian inspired dehydrated meals, and let us know what quality local ingredients mean to you!