Where is the food of HOT PACKŪ self heating meals
- HOT PACKŪ meals are
manufactured in a government approved food
processing plant in Canada.
How long can
I keep HOT PACKŪ meals
before I use them?
- HOT PACKŪ meal pouches have
a minimum five (5) year dating, but can be eaten
long after this providing the pouch is still
sealed and has not been damaged. The process
compares to a can of food. As in all canned
foods, the meal pouches must not be preforated,
bent or abused in any way..
A can of food
can be kept good for 10 years. Are you implying that this
is the same?
- Yes, but
like anything else, while the safety of the
product is maintained, there will be certain
flavour losses over a long time.
If the meal
pouch is bloated but appears undamaged, is the food
- No, do not
eat it. On very rare occasions, a pouch could be
damaged with a minute pinhole. This would allow
air to contaminate the food. We will replace the
How can the
food keep for so long without spoiling?
- The food
pouch is filled and sterilized with super heated
steam. Each pouch is foil lined with a special
tri-laminate polypropylene material which acts as
an occulsive barrier to elements or bacteria.
Food in a can
takes on a metallic taste. Is this the same for the food
in the pouch?
some concerns that contact between food and aluminum
(foil) is related to Alzheimer?
- The food
never comes in contact with the aluminum. The
pouch is made up of three (3) layers. The inside
one is polypropylene, not aluminium. No aluminium
contamination is possible.
if the food freezes?
- Because the
food is contained in a flexible aluminum foil
pouch HOT PACKŪ meals
can be defrosted and used normally with the
heater sleeve. If it should burst do not use it.
Like all freezing cycles, the structural
integrity of some foods may be somewhat affected.
Generally avoid freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw cycles as
much as possible.
Is the food
Before introducing HOT PACKŪ self-heating
meals, the recipes were tried and tested by many
people. The taste is excellent. Tasting is
believing! In 1997 3 million pouched meals were
Is the food
manufactured by a reputable company?
Canadian manufacturer of this food has a federal
government seal of approval (see the Crown and
the number 119 on the pack). This seal means that
an Agriculture Canada inspector is on site and
inspects the premises to insure that the meals
are prepared to a specific recipe and standard.
- The recipes
have been designed to meet the standards of
today's health conscious individual. They were
submitted to Agriculture Canada which carefully
reviewed all the ingredients, recipe and
nutritional profiles before giving their seal of
approval. Without this approval number, the meals
could not be produced and sold.
Sauce (water, tomato paste,
onions, canola oil, modified corn starch, green
peppers, salt, sugar, spices), potatoes, sausages
(pork, water, salt, dextrose, corn syrup spices,
spice extracts, hydrolysed soy protein, autolysed
yeast), white beans.
& vegetable Casserole (265g)
Sauce (water, modified corn
starch, dehydrated onion, salt, wheat flour,
canola oil, spice extracts, spices), chicken,
fresh potatoes, carrots, green peas.
Beef, fresh potatoes, corn,
onions, water, binder (wheat bread crumbs, salt,
malto dextrine, modified corn starch, garlic
powder, xanthan gum, parsley flakes, spices),
Water, beef, rotini
(pasta), tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt,
cream, dehydrated onion, green peppers, carrots,
there any additives or preservatives in the food?
- HOT PACKŪ meals are not
made safe with additives or preservatives. All
menus contain wholesome ingredients. No additives
or preservatives are added to make up the recipe.
are sometimes added by processors of potatoes to
keep these white and are cosidered to be
preservatives. In some cases, the potatoes that
are bought have sulfites in them. We do not add
these to the recipes.
are considered to be additives. Tomatoes produce
their own nitric acid and could be considered an
additive. We do not add additional amounts to the
naturally occurs in soya. We do use soya products
but never add MSG to any of our recipes.
How do HOT
PACKŪ meals compare to the (Freddy
Chef) Canadian Forces Individual Meal Packs (IMPs)?
- HOT PACKŪ meals are larger.
They contain a minimum of 265g of food. The
military meals contain only between 200g and 240g
depending on the recipe.
- The taste
of HOT PACKŪ meals has been
rated very highly. The major difference is that HOT
PACKŪ meals have a better
balance of protein/carbohydrates/fats. They
contain additional vegetables/fiber/etc. The
military meals have a very high meat content that
is sometimes difficult to digest.
How do HOT
PACKŪ meals compare to MREs?
- MREs (Meals
Ready to Eat) are produced by a number of
companies in the United States for the American
military. MRE entrées contain approximately 7oz.
of food. HOT PACKŪ meals have a
minimum of 9.3oz. HOT PACKŪ meals have no
added preservatives, no MSG, and have a balance
nutritional profile. There is no retort pouched
meal on the market in North America comparable to
HOT PACKŪ meals in taste or
flavour. Tasting is Believing!