December 9, 2018 3 Simple Freezer Bag Recipes

3 Simple Freezer Bag Recipes

Looking for some new freezer recipes to try? It is so easy to pack your own freeze dried meals at home. Many grocery stores carry freeze dried meats, vegetables and sauces. Prepping your own meals at home before your trip can be easier, cheaper, lighter and create less trash than buying prepared dehydrated meals.

Freezer bag cooking is a simple way to get hot meals while on the trail. This cooking method simply involves boiling water to re-hydrate food while you are out and about. All you need is a small pot and simple stove, your food in a freezer bag (not standard sandwich bag – they can’t stand the heat) and a cozy. The cozy keeps your food warm for the 10-15 minutes while it sits and re-hydrates. With no dishes to clean up after, freezer bag cooking is my favorite way to eat warm while out hiking and backpacking.

Here are a few simple recipes created by Sarah Kirkconnell, the mastermind who created the original version of our cozy. You can find many of her recipes in her book Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple.

1) Fruity Couscous

  • 2⁄3 cup couscous
  • 1⁄4 cup dried chopped pineapple
  • 1⁄4 cup ground freeze-dried blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp ground freeze-dried bananas
  • 2 Tbsp brown or raw sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp or 1 packet oil
At home:

Pack everything but the oil in a quart freezer or sandwich bag. Pack the oil in a bottle, or use a packet.

At camp:

Add 1 1/2 cups near boiling water and oil. Stir well, seal tightly and put in a cozy for 10 minutes. Fluff the couscous.

Serves 1.


2) Cheesy Bacon Onion Mashers

  • 3⁄4 cup instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp dry milk
  • 1 Tbsp diced dried onion
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp shelf stable bacon
  • 1 oz french onion shelf stable cheese (see notes)

At home:

Pack the dry ingredients in a quart freezer or sandwich bag. Pack the bacon separately and tuck in with the cheese.

At camp:

Add the bacon, unwrapped cheese and 1¼ cups near boiling water to the bag. Stir well, seal bag tightly and knead till combined. Let sit till cool enough to eat.

Serves 1.

This was a recipe Sarah did often at trail cooking presentations. It is easy and quick to make.
For the shelf stable cheese pick up wheels of Laughing Cow wedges. Often sold with regular cheese it does not require refrigeration till the wedges inside are opened. They make a great French Onion flavor that works well in mashed potatoes.

3) Creamy Chicken Rice


  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 3 Tbsp cream of chicken dry soup mix
  • 1 Tbsp diced dried onion
  • ¼ tsp dried garlic
  • ¼ tsp dried parsley
  • 1 can 3 to 5-ounces chicken

At home:

Pack the dry ingredients in a quart freezer or sandwich bag, pack the chicken with it.

At camp:

Add 1 cup near boiling water and chicken with broth. Stir well, seal tightly and put in cozy for 15 minutes.

Serves 1.


Find cream of chicken soup mixes with the dried soups in your grocery store.


Happy trails! If you enjoyed these meals, let us know! Got others to suggest? We want to hear what tasty goodness you created so please comment and share your own favorite recipes!


Originally posted for Discovering Wilderness on 12/9/18 by Jessica Johnson

5 thoughts on “3 Simple Freezer Bag Recipes

    1. You are most welcome, Jim! If you try any out we’d love to know what you think of your meal. Also if you have suggestions for other tasty trail meals, we are always looking for something new to try. Jessica & DJ

  1. Greetings! I’ve been reading your site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!

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