Our products are all inherently gluten free by design meaning they include no ingredients which contain gluten. Paleo Meals To Go meals are produced in a USDA-inspected packaging facility that employs Good Manufacturing Practices to eliminate cross contamination. All product labeling has been approved by the USDA/FDA with the following claims: gluten-free, soy-free, milk-free, grain-free and some meals are also nut-free. Our meals have been submitted to the University of Colorado Food Processing Lab for further analysis to confirm a < 20ppm gluten threshold and we routinely conduct in-house gluten testing utilizing the The EZ Gluten TM Test kit, an easy to use kit that quickly detects the presence of gluten in foods and beverages. It is sensitive enough to detect levels of gluten as low as 10 ppm. The test is small and portable enough for use at restaurants or when traveling, and is sensitive and robust enough for use in industry and food manufacturing. The EZ Gluten TM Assay has been validated and certified as a Performance Tested Method SM (#051101) by the AOAC Research Institute as an effective method for the detection of gluten in a wide variety of foods and environmental surfaces.
Tastes Fresh. Freeze-dried foods, like frozen foods, retain virtually the same flavor profile and nutritional composition as the fresh food. Freeze-drying removes the water, not the flavor.Looks Fresh. Freeze-dried foods maintain their original shape and texture, unlike dehydrated foods, which shrink and shrivel due to high-temperature processing. Freeze-drying removes water under low temperatures (typically a maximum of 100° – 130° F), which keeps intact the moisture channels and food fibers. Just add water, and in minutes, every fresh food attribute returns.Stays Fresh. Freeze-dried foods can be stored at room temperature, without deterioration or spoilage. Freeze-drying and packaging remove both water and oxygen—the two primary causes of food deterioration.Lightweight. Freeze-dried foods have approximately 98% of their water removed. This reduces the food’s weight by approximately 90%, making it easier to handle and less costly to ship. For example, 25 pounds of celery weighs only one pound after freeze-drying.
Products that adhere to a Paleo diet, like many other specialty diets, including organic, gluten free, raw, whole, and clean, source pure, high-quality ingredients and proteins optimal for your health. In turn, they are often more expensive than cheap grains and filler ingredients used to manufacture products that are not only detrimental to your health, but also contain the top eight allergens. As the adage goes, an investment in your health is the best wealth.
We’ve had several folks who are early planners and who order well in advance of their hiking, camping, or backpacking trips ask us why they need to pay for Priority Mail and why we don’t offer a less expensive shipping option. Upon further investigation we discovered that in most cases using Standard Post (when it is even an available option) only saves from $0.50-$1.50 on most orders and increases the shipping time from 2-3 days (in the US) to 6-10 days (in the US). We decided it would cause more issues if people chose Standard Post and their packages took 6-10 days to arrive. It’s probably worth an extra dollar to receive your delicious Paleo Meals To Go in a couple days.
The freeze-dried ingredients used to manufacture Paleo Meals To Go backpacking meals have an average shelf life of 12 – 18 months. Ingredients arrive in sealed packaging from our suppliers and are only exposed to oxygen for a short period of time during packaging. Each meal includes a 100cc oxygen absorber packet, reducing the oxygen level in the surrounding atmosphere to 0.01%.1
Paleo Meals To Go estimates the shelf life of their products based on several factors including the shelf life of ingredients comprising the meals, microbial testing, and organoleptic testing. The shelf life for the meat meals including Caldera Chicken Curry, Canyon Chicken Chili, Mountain Beef Stew, Bedrock Beef Chili, and Summit Savory Chicken backpacking meals is 15 months. The shelf life for Cliffside Coconut Berry, Butte Cacao Banana, and Palisade Pineapple Mango is 9 months and 15 months for Apex Fruit Snacks.
Paleo Meals To Go packages are produced by the IMPAK Corporation. The products are packaged in IMPAK’s Foil Kraft Lamination, a barrier material used to keep oxygen and moisture levels low. The package has a brown Kraft paper exterior and its foil layer can be seen through the interior sealant layer.2 All our pouches meet FDA standards and are BPA free.
Meals To Go is researching the process of conducting real-time testing for shelf life per the recommendation of the Colorado State University Food processing Laboratory in the Department of Food Science and Human Health Nutrition in Fort Collins, CO.
1. IMPAK Corporation, and Sorbent Systems. Packaging Process Documentation. 2013. Raw data. 13700 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA.
Yes! If the power goes out or you’re stuck weathering a storm, Paleo Meals To Go are a great option to include in your emergency preparedness kit. Our backpacking meals are shelf stable and the only preparation required is adding water to the pouch. Paleo Meals To Go are your go-to option for all your prepping and survival needs.
Once you have added water to the package and rehydrated the ingredients, grab a fork or spoon and dive in. Skip the dishes and the mess.
When water is added to the freeze-dried ingredients, the food does not expand significantly. One might expect it to “puff” up, but during the freeze-drying process, the cellular structure does not change significantly, so adding the water back in creates little increase in size.
One cup of water weighs approximately 8.34 oz. Using the recommended 1 ¼ cup water to rehydrate the Mountain Beef Stew, for example, the rehydrated meal will weigh approximately 13 oz.
Most customers report feeling fully satisfied after eating any backpacking meal from Paleo Meals To Go. Some report that one serving of Cliffside Coconut Berry Breakfast is more than enough to fuel a vigorous adventure.
The premise of The Paleo diet is to consume a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, grass-fed meats, poultry, eggs, fish, seafood, shellfish, and nuts that mimics the dietary eating habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. We recommend you pick up The Paleo Diet by Dr. Loren Cordain, the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic diets and founder of the Paleo movement. The book teaches that the healthiest foods are the simplest ones, and provides a nutrition plan not only for weight loss and good health, but also for peak athletic performance. Many who have adopted the Paleo diet lose weight, improve their health, and feel great because eating the foods we were meant to eat is the most natural thing you can do!
For more information as to why the Paleo diet is optimal for your health, as evidenced by a plethora of scientific studies and praises from individuals adopting a Paleo diet, visit www.ThePaleoDiet.com.
Paleo Meals To Go understands there is a wide spectrum of Paleo dieters and we strive to develop products that meet the needs of our customers following a strict Paleo diet and those adopting the 85:15 Rule leniency. Mountain Beef Stew is nightshade free to comply with the Autoimmune Protocol. We welcome suggestions and recommendations. Email us at [email protected].
Our clean and delicious meals require minimal preparation, and are a great option for members of the military. Contact us at [email protected] for your military discount code.
We strive to fulfill orders as quickly as possible. Standard turnaround time is two days. When volume is high or if ingredients are ever out of stock, we will communicate this to you and provide substitution options.
If you are dissatisfied with the quality of your purchase or if there are any extraneous, mis-shipped items in your order, please call us immediately for instructions on returning those items. We accept returns on all unopened food packages if returned within 30 days of purchase.
Depending on the particular item or quantity of mis-shipped items, we do not necessarily request their return. If an item is defective or has quality issues, we will request it be returned so we can ascertain the nature of the problem. If a return is warranted, we will ask you to prepare the product for pickup and we will refund your shipping charges when we receive the package. To be eligible for a refund, all non-defective items must be returned in saleable condition.
We will ship out any replacements or substitutions as soon as possible, free of any shipping charges to you. If you request a refund or credit, we will process the refund or credit when we receive the returned items. We ordinarily will not include the original cost of shipping in the refund or credit.