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Are All Paleo Meals To Go Gluten Free?

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 analysis to confirm a < 20ppm gluten threshold and we routinely have them tested in an independent lab utilizing the Neogen Alert gluten testing process.  http://foodsafety.neogen.com/en/alert#allergens

Why is Freeze-drying Better Than Dehydrating Foods?

Freeze-drying has several advantages over other food preservation methods. Frozen foods retain fresh flavor and nutritional value, but require uniform, low temperature storage conditions. Dehydrated and canned foods are shelf-stable, but high-temperature processing can degrade flavor, texture, and nutritional content.Freeze-drying combines the best of these processing methods. It preserves freshness, color, and aroma similar to frozen food, while providing the shelf-stable convenience of canned or dehydrated food. Because of the complexity of the freeze-drying process, freeze-dried foods are often more expensive than dehydrated foods.

What are the Benefits of Freeze-Dried Foods?

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.

Why Are Paleo Meals To Go Premium Price?

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.

Why Isn't Shipping Cheaper?

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.

What is the Shelf Life of Paleo Meals To Go Products?

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%.1Paleo 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.

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Should I Consider Including Paleo Meals To Go for Emergency Preparedness?

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.

How Do I Eat Paleo Meals To Go?

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.

What is the Weight of the Rehydrated Meals?

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.

What are the Advantages of Following the Paleo Diet?

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.

Are Your Meals 100% Paleo Diet Compliant?

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].

Does Paleo Meals To Go Offer Military MREs?

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.

How Long Does it Take to Fulfill My Order?

We strive to fulfill orders as quickly as possible. Standard turnaround time is two days, sometimes three days, if we’re having a big sale and our fulfillment center is inundated with orders.  Please understand that we do our best to ship your order in a timely fashion and in as secure a condition as possible, and we generally have had positive experiences with the delivery services we use.  However, we cannot ultimately be responsible for your order or its timely delivery by those delivery services once it leaves our hands. Please make sure to provide us with correct addresses and any special delivery instructions to assure your orders reach you in a timely fashion and good condition. Various delivery options are made available to you before you check out and pay for your order, so you can decide if you’d like to pay extra for guaranteed, expedited delivery options.

Should any problems occur during delivery before the shipment leaves our delivery service’s care, we will take responsibility for replacing or refunding your order. If the order is marked as delivered on our delivery service’s records and upon investigation is found to have been so done to the best of their ability and in the best of faith, replacing orders damaged or lost thereafter will be your responsibility.

What is Your Return Policy?

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.