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FAQs

1) How to make a Backcountry Wok meal?

Super simple and ready in 3 steps! (1) Just boil water or snow 2) Add it to the heat-resistant, 100% compostable pouch. (3) Seal the pouch and wait for 15-20 minutes and enjoy directly from the bag!

Compost in a certified industrial compost or backyard compost when done.

 

2) Who can enjoy these meals? Are they only for backcountry hikers?

Our meals are for everyone and anyone who are looking for delicious and nutritious food. It is the ultimate way to re-energize yourself on your outdoor adventures. Many customers love them as lightweight meals to bring to the crag, on day hiking trips or long multi-day treks. It is also perfect on the go travel meals on planes, as a quick office lunch, or when you just don't have time to make a dinner. For every day healthy convenience, check out our Wok Fresh brand of dried meals.

 

3) What is the difference between dehydrated and freeze-dried food?

Freeze drying is a technique wherein food is frozen and then placed in a vacuum chamber under low heat to dry. In this vacuum, the frozen water in the food sublimates from ice to water vapour. The food is now preserved as it has lost its water content. Similarly, dehydration also removes water from food. However, the process is slightly different.

In dehydration, warm air is passed over food in a dehydrator to remove moisture, this slow process retains the essential nutrients and vitamins you find in fresh produce.

At Backcountry Wok, we hand cook all our meals before we dehydrate them to ensure that all the flavours blend perfectly together to make an appetizing meal!

 

4) Do you have any vegan or vegetarian options?

All three of our meals (Bibimbap, Thai Green Curry and Fried Rice) are vegan! 

 

5) How many calories are there in one Backcountry Wok packet?

The calories in our meals vary on the recipe. We work with a dietician to ensure each meal meets the requirements for an active day in the outdoors. Check the nutritional label on each product page for details.

 

6) What is the shelf life of the products?

The shelf life of our products is one year.

 

7) Can I cook the meals at high altitudes and minus temperatures?

Yes. Although it might take a little longer to cook, our meals can be cooked at high altitudes and at negative temperatures, making it a warm meal for winter camping. For every 1,000 ft elevation above sea level, simply wait an extra minute.

 

8) Do you use any preservatives in your meals?

We do not add any chemicals and preservatives to our meals. Our long shelf life is a natural result of dehydrating and removing moisture from our food.

 

9) Where do you source your ingredients?

Our produce are sourced without packaging from local Canadian producers within 50km from our production facility. We also cook, dehydrate and package our meals in-house.

 

10) Is Backcountry Wok an ethical and sustainable company?

Being an ethical and sustainable business is one of our core values at Backcountry Wok. We believe in being eco-friendly and sustainable not just in our final compostable meal product, but throughout our supply chain. This means we sourcing our produce locally and without packaging. We make every effort to reduce food waste and compost. We use only compostable packaging to reduce our impact on the environment. We ship products to customers and retailers as sustainably as possible, in repurposed cardboard boxes from retail stores or in Better Packaging's compostable shipping bags.

 

11) What should I look forward to with Backcountry Wok?

We have lot of exciting things planned! We are working on new recipes, which would include a gluten-free option and other delectable Asian meal options. We are also working on revamping our meal packaging. Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know.

 

12) Do you want to know more about us or have any suggestions? Are you interested in partnering with us?

We love collaborations! DM us @backcountry_wok or reach out to us at feedback@backcountrywok.com.