Could I keep this pack in my car for emergencies?
But be aware that extremes in temperature are to
be avoided. For example, The inside of a car in
summer can reach +30°C (+87°F). Such a high
temperature could affect the quality of the meal.
No bacteria would enter the pouch but the heat
activates enzymes present in the food itself. We
suggest that, in both summer and winter, you keep
your HOT PACKŪ meals
in a insulated container.
How can I use
the water sachet if it freezes?
- Put the
water sachet in your hands or near your body to
melt some of the water. Even if the total content
(40 ml = 1.5 oz.) is not totally melted, add it
to the heater sleeve. The heater will start
generating heat and will melt the rest.
Is the water
It is ordinary tap water that has not been
sterilized and therefore, is not for drinking.
The only special thing about it is that it has
been measured to 40 ml (1.5 oz.) to activate the
heater. Too much water would hinder the heating
process as would too little water.
Can I use HOT
But always use in a well ventilated area because
there is a minute amount of hydrogen given off
with the steam. Hydrogen displaces oxygen.
Will there be
other recipes available?
As the demand increases, we will introduce other
Can I store
this box anywhere?
- In a dry
area and at normal room temperature. Do not crush
the box as you could damage the food pouch and
would certainly crush the Styrofoam plate.
Do I open the
food pouch before I add it to the sleeve?
When I was
out in the cold and I activated the heater as shown, I
noticed that the food did not heat up as much as when I
tried the same process in the house. Why?
- The meal
will reach 83°C (178°F) from ambient
temperature. When the food is stored in a very
cold area, you might consider placing it between
layers of clothes to keep it protected from the
elements or, if you are outdoors, place it inside
your jacket 30 minutes or so prior to activating
the heater. If the food is frozen, it is best to
use a heater to defrost and another to heat the
Are there any
toxic elements to the product?
All the components of HOT
PACKŪ self-heating meals
are recyclable. They are not, however,
I do a lot of
backpacking and find the packaging bulky and heavy. Are
you planning to change your packaging for that market?
- For those
who consider total weight of a product is
important, our packaging can be easily modified
by eliminating the plate, eating kit, water
sachet and carrying only the meal, heater and
flattened box. Please note that we do recommend
that a box be used because it acts as a small
oven keeping the heat in a confined space and
protects the user from getting burnt. It does get
When was the
product introduced in Canada?
- The concept
and product was introduced in Canada in October
1995 by a Canadian company called Canland.
Canland has been incorporated and is now
known as Hot Pack Enterprises Inc.
- The food
pouch technology has been used for some years in
Canada as well as a number of other countries.
- The heater
is a fairly recent technology and is used
extensively by the American military and,
recently, by the Canadian and UK military.
Are the meals
available without the heaters?
- In Canada,
the meals, in pouches only, are not readily
available for retail sales. Arrangements can be
made for groups who are interested in obtaining
the meals in bulk but, keep in mind, these can
not be resold because they do not have labelling
approval from the Canadian Government.
- In the USA,
at the present time, the meals are available only
in a complete kit. If the demand warrants it, we
could work on a special packaging to allow it to
be sold as a meal only.
PACKŪ self-heating meals
available in other countries?
September 1996, it was introduced in the UK. The
concept and the name is the same but because of
government regulations on meat products, the
product is manufactured in England.
- In April
1997, the product was launched in the United
States. The product is made in Canada and has
received USDA approval (FDA deal with non-meat
products, USDA deal with meat-based products).
September 1998, HOT PACKŪ was launched in
Australia and New Zealand.
countries are interested in this unique product.
Availability in other countries is dependent on
the regulations regarding exporting food items to
Who uses HOT
question today is who does not use it. A few
examples of Canadian users follow:
of Natural Resources (Forest Fire/Parks) such as
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, etc.
(Canadian Coast Guard)
(Royal Canadian Mounted Police) for operations in
the field including patrolling in remote areas,
snowmobile tracking, tactical, covert operations,
special events (parades, etc.), search and rescue and
Detachments for in-prisoner feeding,
tactical/emergency response, covert operations, etc.
Departments for on-site crew feeding.
(Ontario Provincial Police) for various police
activities as mentioned above.
(Search and Rescue) groups for feeding of
participants as well as victims.
(Emergency Preparedness) Groups for emergency
such as Utilities, Transport, Road Repair Crews,
Logging, Mining, etc.
Companies to include in survival kits.
Enthusiasts (Fishing, Hunting, Climbing, Skiing,
Snowmobiling, Boating, Sailing, etc.)
are special circumstances that would benefit a person in
using HOT PACKŪ?
- You are in
one of the major parks and there is a fire hazard
You want to camp and have a hot meal but are not
allowed to start any fire.
- You are in
a sailboat going on a long journey and you have
the night watch. You are hungry and cold.
- You are
fishing in a great spot and do not wish to move
but hunger pangs are making concentration very
- Every home
should have an emergency supply for power outages
during storms, etc.
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