Re: Freeze dried meals....
Ard, making your own is really not very time consuming. I mean you're making some dinners anyway. Take spaghetti. Next time you make the sauce, just make extra, spread it on the tray, turn the dehydrator on and walk away. When it's ready, it takes less than a minute to seal it up on the Food Saver. Same with chili and taco sauce, etc.
What made me really, really nervous is being out in the wilderness and trying my own for the first time. Is it going to work or are we having fish tonight again? But they've all been great.
And then there is the cost savings. Two servings of MH for $7 (maybe more where you are). I can feed six for less than that.
You can purchase Backpacker's Pantry from REI online - don't know about in their stores.