Freeze drying involves freezing products. Then the ice is evaporated without melting it. An extraction of last water molecules is finally done. This process allowed to take off 94% to 97% of the water that contain aliments. As chemical reactions are maintained at a very low level, all nutritional and biological quality of products are saved. This process is however very expensive, and is only used for some products and meals used by people in extreme conditions (journalists, astronauts, sailors…).
Conservation: 2 to 5 years after the date of production for meals in bags, and 10 to 25 years for box packaging.
As it’s said above Freeze drying is a food preservation method that retains the food’s taste, flavour and nutritional properties. Dehydrated meals (like those found in supermarkets, such as Bolino) are certainly less expensive, but they have less flavour and a shorter shelf life, as they are only dried with heat. While, freeze drying, has the main advantage of conserving the food’s structure, flavours and many more of its vitamins and nutrients. Furthermore, there is no need to refrigerate freeze-dried food. The food's weight is also significantly reduced, which is advantageous when having to carry or transport it. Finally, freeze-dried food rehydrates quickly since it has a very porous structure.
The secret of the long conservation of these product is freeze drying, the canning proceeding and it sealing. Only 2 of our suppliers use this way of conservation: Mountain House and Katadyn (Trek’n’Eat). They use the same recipes for their long and shorter conservation dishes. The taste doesn’t change.
The dishes with long conservation (10 to 25 years) are tested in laboratory, to be conserved longer than other freeze dried meals. Freeze drying, the canning proceeding and it sealing are the reason of this long conservation.
Katadyn extract all oxygen in the can, and replace it by azote.
While Mountain House they extract all the oxygen of the boxes thanks to the oxygen absorber (don’t forget to take them off before eating).
If you put the cans in the freezer, they would be damaged, and reduce their conservation date. The best way to conserve them, is a dry and cool place. The two producers confirm that even if the conservation delay is exceeded, products can be consumed.
They are usually called “vacuum packed” meals even though they are actually only sterilized. After sterilization, the meals are packaged in DoyPack-type retort pouches. The advantage of these meals is their flavour: this preservation method does not alter the food’s flavour or consistency in any way, like a homemade meal. They are in general sterilized caterer dishes. Even if these products are admittedly heavier, they do not require rehydration, so there is no need to carry additional water. All you need to do is to place the pouch in warm water for ten minutes, in a microwave oven, or with the self-heating system if you are outside, and the meal is ready!
It is a ready-made meal, with a self-heating system. They are usually used by the army members, rescue services, journalists in mission, but also by airsofters, ocean racers, and others. Self-heating meals are also another option to sandwiches at work, a long trip by car, they can even be used for a music festival.
These are vacuum-packed drinks and meals which are equipped with internal heating systems. The first self-heating products used to be in the form of metal tins or cans with various triggering systems. They had the disadvantage of creating significant volumes of waste. Today, can systems are still used for soups and drinks, for obvious practical reasons. But for years now, they have invented new vacuum-packed self-heating system, which work with the chemical reaction of water, lime and aluminium. Conservation: 1 to 3 years after the date of production.
Of course! We have different products, for different specific diet, without lactose, without gluten, vegetarian, organic or Halal. Then you can use filters to select your products according to your criteria.
The preparation is easy and quick! All you have to do is to place the pouch into warm water for ten minutes and the meal is ready! You can also heat the food by simply emptying the contents of the pouch directly into a pan. Finally, you can prepare it with the self-heating system.
With this new system, you no longer need to heat water for your meals! It is a completely autonomous system, which allows you to eat hot meals whenever and wherever you like! Self-heating meals are very easy to use. You just need to follow indications on the pouch.
According to your activity, the type of meal changes. For outdoor or sports activities, such as trekking, walking, Airsoft, and expeditions… It is better to use freeze dried meals. Actually, they are very light and offer the necessary daily energetic amount.
For indoor activities, if you want to eat hot and good meals at work for example, ready-to-eat meals are perfect for your situation.
Finally, if you need our products for activities such as Bushcraft, survival situation, or emergency situations… The perfect products for you are self-heating dishes. They allow a total autonomy during your activities.
The meals we offer for sale come from the best-known producers of outdoor meals. These producers are mainly European (France, Germany, UK, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain and Sweden) and have been certified as meeting the applicable European standards. We also work with other brands in addition to the ones available online! If your favourite brand is not available online, let us know, and we will do our best to satisfy your request.
Freeze-dried meals in pouches have a shelf life from 2 to 5 years from the production date. Freeze-dried meals in cans have a shelf life from 10 to 25 years according to the brand. Ready-to-eat meals and self-heating meals have a shelf life from 1 to 3 years.
From cans to Doypack bags, all types of packaging protect the products from moisture and light, and allow long-term storage at cool temperature. For a meal weighting 500g after rehydration, depending on the recipe, you will carry between 114g and 144g. This is another criterion to consider when looking to take the lightest possible provisions! Each brand has it way of packing, some of them are resealable, and other are not for example. All products are simple serving meals, except the Travellunch, Mountain House and MSI ones. We are also able to propose you special packaging, according your activity, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Meals can contain between 200 and 1000 calories per pouch. You can find the amount of calories for each product in the product details section provided on the website. The total amount of calories contained in your order also appears in your basket online.
All essential information for choosing your food supplies are available on our website. Of course, we are more than willing to offer you any advice you to choose your food supplies. Since needs vary according to each person, we recommend that you consult your doctor or nutritionist in order to ensure that the food supplies you select cover your specific needs. We have also prepared food kits in collaboration with nutritionists/consultants, don’t hesitate to contact us!
The ingredients used, the size of the freeze-dried pieces, the amount of protein included, the product’s shelf life and the type of packaging used are the main factors influencing the difference in price between products.
Freeze drying process is very expensive. Actually, the bigger is the aliment, more time and energy are needed to freeze dry it (from few house to one week!). That why, in general pieces in the dishes are small. However, some brands such as Fuizion, Lyofood, or Mountain House have chosen to keep big lumps of meat, fish or other, that why they are more expensive. Used ingredients also determine the price, some o brands use only natural or organic raw materials and others don’t.
This tool is a basket configurator. That mean, it helps you to constitute your basket, thanks to 5 questions. They are about the type of meal wanted, your selection criterions, the type of menu desired, duration of the excursion, and the number of participants. At the end, you have a selection constituted with the necessary product according to your needs.
“My menus of the week”, permit you to compose your basket according to 5 questions. You just need to click on “My menus of the week” on the top right of the web page. At the first question about the type of meals wanted, you need to choose between freeze dried dishes, and ready-to-eat meal. Then, at the second question, you answer if you favour the price or better the best quality. At the third question, is about the type of menu wanted, with or without snacks. At the fourth question, you need to inform the duration of you trip or activity. And the last question is about the number of participants.
This tool allowed you to order quickly and easily, only by informing your selection criteria and needs.
This tool allows you to share whenever you want you basket with your family or friends on social networks, and then ask to your entourage to help you to pay your order. It the same aim that the participatory financing by your entourage.
This tool helps you to calculate your energetic needs according to the information filled in “I calculate my daily calories needs”.
It is very easy to use. When you click on “My nutritional needs” at the right top, a pop up window appears. In it, there is a table, where you need to inform your gender, your average weight, your age, your activity, and the climate where you are.
Our team is available to help you from Monday to Friday from 9:0 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. without interruption, but if you visit our offices, you may find us at our desks quite late!!! We are also available to help you without these hours by appointment.
It’s easy to create an account on Lyophilise & Co website. Just click on "My Account” area, on “New Customer”, fill the necessary information, and choose a username and password. Reconnect to your Freeze Dried & Co account to track your orders or change your personal information.
You have the choice: you can directly order via the online store, by telephone at +33 (0)2 97 87 23 73, or by email at email@example.com, If you prefer, you can even order by mail using the following address:
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You can also complete our online quote request form. We commit to get back to you within 48 hours (business days) of receiving your quote request.
The vast majority of the products you’ll see on our website are available immediately and shipped within 24 hours. For some products (items that are bulky, out of stock, on order…), delivery times may be longer. In order to avoid any confusion, this information is clearly indicated in the product details section and/or during the checkout procedure. And, if you need to order quantities that are not immediately available from our stock, we have set up an ordering system that allows you to order the exact quantities you need. In such cases, we restock specifically to fill your order; that means it’s also takes longer to process the order. If your order includes available and unavailable products, the order will be sent in a single shipment once we have all the ordered products on hand. If you wish, we can send you the products that are available first; however, additional shipping charges will be applied.
You can follow the progress of your order by logging in to “My Account” area. You will also be notified by email as it passes through the various stages of delivery. In case of specific problem regarding your order, we commit to contact you personally within 24 hours to come up with the most suitable solution.
To modify or cancel your order, please contact us by telephone at +33 (0)2 97 87 23 73 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll try our best to accommodate your request depending on how far along your order has been processed.
We try our best to package the order as effectively as possible. Nevertheless, if a package is delivered to you damaged, you need to inform directly the delivery man.
In cases where the package is intact but the product itself has suffered damage, we recommend that you take a photo of the product as you found it and send it to us by email at email@example.com. You can also contact us by telephone at +33 (0)2 97 87 23 73.
You need to generate a quotation if your country is out of Europe. In that case, you fill your basket, you click on generate a quotation, and then you our team will complete the quotation, before sending it back to you.
To generate a quotation, you need to connect to your account (if you don’t have one, you need to create it). Then, you fill your basket, verify you selection and shipment way, confirm your order with accepting general terms and conditions of sale and click on “Generate a quotation”.
You can pay using the following methods: - Debit card via PayBox, our secure online payment solution, when purchasing from our online store. - Debit card, by calling us at +33 (0)2 97 87 23 73 from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - PayPal - Bank transfer (bank account information provided at the end of the order) - Cheque, sent along with a printout of your purchase order to the following address: Lyophilise & Co, 6 bis, rue du Sous-Marin Venus, 56100 LORIENT France or by coming directly to the store.
Your order will be shipped within 24 hours of receiving payment.
Secure payment is assured by our partner PayBox, which provides an effective tool that uses filters and alerts to fight fraud. Lyophilise & Co never has access to your information nor is your information stored on its servers. This is why you are asked to enter your information each time you place a new order on our website.
You will receive your invoice along in the parcel upon delivery. Your invoices are also available by logging in “My Account” area.
If you don’t find the answer to your question, don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +33 (0)2 97 87 23 73 or via the contact formulary, we will answer with a pleasure.