Hot packs can easily be stored for long periods as they have a shelf life of years. The items that hot packs usually include are cutlery, water, meal, heater and salt and pepper. Hot packs are ideal during leisure activities such as camping, fishing, cycling, hunting, skiing, boating and many other outdoor activities. Other than that, hot packs can also be used at home in emergency situations (in case you need instant food).
There are many professionals who use hot packs on a daily basis. These include fire fighters, police, rescue teams and many others. The workers in industries like mining, transport and logging also use hot packs frequently. While being away from home, hot packs are the best choice in terms of a meal because they are very easy to carry and store. While getting a hot pack, you have the choice of several recipes and you can get the one you like the most. In this way you don’t have to compromise on the food’s quality or flavor, just because a home cooked meal is not available.
Hot packs should be stored somewhere dry, at room temperature. Care should be taken that the hot pack is not stored in a place where pressure is exerted on it. This can crush the plate and the food contents. Hot packs should not be placed in areas of high temperatures. This can affect the food quality. It is recommended that hot packs should be put in insulated containers during summer and winter.
While heating the meal, you should take care that the area is well ventilated and has a good supply of oxygen. The water included in the pack should be used in the provided quantity because it is measured, and the use of extra water can delay the heating process. The extent to which the hot pack meal gets heated depends on the temperature of the surroundings. The pouch in hot pack containing the food should not be opened unless it has been heated.
The hot pack is very easy to carry. However, if you still feel that the weight needs to be reduced, you can always remove the cutlery and the water sachet and take only the meal and the heater with you. But you will have to make sure that you note the amount of water that was in the sachet, and then use that same amount of water during the heating process.
After you have used the contents of the meal in the hot pack, you can use the same pack for storing the used food materials and cutlery, for disposal at a later time. With the increasing demand of hot packs, new types of meals are being introduced, hence increasing the variety of choices for the people on the go.
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Article Added on Saturday, December 13, 2008
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