If you missed last week’s explanation about what this “Ask A Question” thing is about, you can find it here.
For today’s question, Robin and Kate asked for an update on the dehydrated food experiment I first wrote about late in July. As a quick recap, I bought a box of dehydrated soups from an online company to replace one meal a day while I was boondocking. In the original article I noted how the soups were cheaper per meal than the Campbell’s Chunky Soup cans I had been buying. The flavor was surprisingly good and the meal was filling.
After finishing the full run of the soups a month later (12 varieties, three meals per type, or 36 meals), I did indeed still enjoy them. The flavor didn’t get old since there was quite a variety. One thing I did notice (TMI?) is that my bowel movements were more, uh, regular. Perhaps because the soups I tried were vegan with a ton of veggies and probably had a high fiber content. I didn’t notice any other changes in health or energy level.
Right now as I have full hookups and less time I’m enjoying the microwave foods I’ve had to forgo the past nine months boondocking, but yes, I will be ordering more dehydrated stuff from Harmony House before I leave Texas and start boondocking again. I’d actually planned on ordered more early in September but then the truck broke down and I didn’t have motorized transportation for three weeks.
In short, I found the dehydrated soups to be a cost efficient, easy to carry, and quite tasty alternative to frozen food and canned soup. I consider the dehydrated food experiment to have been a complete success and will be making that a staple of my diet when boondocking.
Note: I really enjoyed what I got from Harmony House, but readers of the original post listed a bunch of other sites in the comments to get dehydrated and freeze-dried food from, there are a lot of options out there!
Since the response to the first question was pretty short, Mark asked on an older blog post how I came up with the names for Bertha and Cas, and I thought that might be worth sharing here too as I don’t think I’ve explained it before.
Bertha is named for a kooky song that my Dad likes from the early 70’s – Troglodyte by the Jimmy Castor Bunch:
“She was a big woman. BIG woman.
Her name was Bertha. Bertha Butt. She was one of the Butt sisters.”
Bertha is by far the largest vehicle I’ve ever owned and the camper shell she came with makes it look like she has a big butt, so I started calling her Bertha Butt, or just Bertha for short.
As you can probably guess, Cas is short for Casita, but you’ll notice I tend to refer to Cas as male. I watch a TV show called “Supernatural” which has a male character named Castiel, but it’s often shortened to Cas. I got use to thinking of it as a male name.