Re: Freeze dried meals....
I've been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the FDMs these days because, like some of you, I remember when they weren't so good, to put it kindly. I think Mountain House is the best.
That being said, I don't use them on my wilderness trips. Instead, I purchased a dehydrator and a Food Saver and do my own sauces, fruits, jerky. For me, it's analogus to catching a fish on a fly you tied yourself. And I know what's in the bag - quality stuff from the local farmer's market. And as those who have them know, a dehydrator and the Food Saver are truly the kind of tools that pay for themselves.