The key to keeping food fresh and safe to eat is cooking, storage and managing moisture and oxygen levels. To keep our meals fresh and tasting great for four years required us to develop a very hard-working pouch made up of three layers flushed with nitrogen gas and sealed tightly.
Starting from the inside, the first layer of the pouch is a special plastic that is safe to use with boiling water and protects the meal and your spoon from the next layer of thin aluminium foil. Aluminium forms the heart of our pouch and provides a very high barrier to oxygen, moisture and light entering the pouch from the outside. Another benefit of Aluminium is that it can be fully recycled and reused an infinite number of times. The last layer is the colourful outside layer of plastic which protects the Aluminium foil from being punctured from the outside.
The future of Back Country Cuisine’s packaging involves either recycling the pouches we use today as they do in America, or switching to new packaging materials that have less environmental impact. We’re actively working to find and test materials that meet our needs. To date the materials we’ve shelf-life tested haven’t come close to the performance of our existing pouches, but we are continuing our search and testing.
Here’s what you can do with our packaging. If you’re travelling light or just want to avoid doing dishes, use a long-handled spoon to eat straight from the bag. Another option is to put the meal onto a plate. The advantage with these options is you can use the pouch as a resealable rubbish bag. The third option is to use the tear tabs half way down the bag to make the bag into a bowl. Do this by carefully tearing one side at a time to the middle or using a sharp knife to cut the top of the bag off.
Enjoy your Back Country Cuisine meal but please don’t leave pouches in the outdoors or burn them - aluminium won’t burn and burning plastic pollutes the environment. Wherever you are in the world, be a tidy Kiwi and take all your rubbish out with you.