Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Facts Behind Butter Powder

Fresh Butter is something that’s nearly impossible to take on a backcountry camping trip, but tastes oh so good in all types of food!  Dehydrated Butter [aka Butter Powder] bridges that gap and allows campers to enjoy the flavor of butter, even if they’re mid-trek!

So that we can all enjoy the advantages of Butter Powder, here are the facts on what it is, how it’s rehydrated and how it can be used in your backpacking meals:

Rehydrated Butter Powder

Packit Gourmet Butter Powder Ingredients:   Butter (cream, salt), Dry Buttermilk

Our butter powder is as close as you can get to pure butter in a powder form – the only ingredients are Cream, Salt  [Butter] and Dry Buttermilk. Butter can’t be powdered in its pure form because it has very little water that can be removed. Incorporating Dry Buttermilk, adds the extra liquid needed to allow the Butter to transform into a powdered state. Since Buttermilk is added rather than Plain Milk, Packit Gourmet’s Butter Powder has a flavor closer to pure butter than most, although it does still have a slight milky flavor.

Uses: Butter Powder blends smoothly and easily into mixes for pancakes, baked goods and sauces. In addition to mixes, Butter Powder can also be added to cooked vegetables, pasta, instant rice, potatoes and just about any other cooked dish you can think of.

Rehydrated Butter Powder looks a lot like whipped butter and tastes like Butter with a little milk added to it.   It even looks and spreads much like Fresh Butter – it will even melt on your hot biscuits or pan bread! In traditional recipes, rehydrated butter can be substituted for traditional butter.

Instructions:  Butter Powder rehydrates instantly when blended with cool or warm water; or sprinkled over hot food.

2T Butter Powder (packed) + 1t water = 1T Rehydrated Butter

For a creamier rehydrated butter, add one drop of water at a time until your ideal consistently is reached. Butter will stiffen and retain its shape at a lower temperature, similar to traditional butter.

The Evolution of Butter Powder -- from the bag to the bread!

Packit Gourmet Packaging: Powdered Butter is sealed in a plastic bag along with a natural clay desiccant. Packit Gourmet sells a 2oz (heaping ½ cup) and 8oz (heaping 2 cups) bag of butter.

• 72% Fat
• Kosher
• Average shelf life of 6 to 12 months if stored in a cool, dry place (ideally at temperatures between 55˚F and 70˚F).
• No refrigeration needed

What our customers think:
According to, we’ve had 110 customers sign in and rate our butter powder. On a scale of 1 to 5, our butter powder ranks at 4.25.

Allergen information: Contains milk. This product is processed in a kitchen that handles wheat, egg, fish, shellfish, soybean, peanut and tree nut products.

Have a hankering for some butter powder? 

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Deluxe Meal Sampler Giveaway from Women's Adventure Magazine

Want a little extra Packit Gourmet in your pack? Sign up for the Women's Adventure Magazine meal sampler giveaway and score 22 of our most popular meals AND a Cook-In-Cozy! Oh, yeah!

Click here to enter the Packit Gourmet Giveaway and win a Deluxe Meal Sampler!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Our Meal Labels Get a New Look

Every once in a while, we try to step back and take a fresh look at our labels to make sure they're delivering all of the info our wonderful customers need. Usually the updates are minimal, but this time we've changed things up a little more than usual by placing the emphasis on Cook-In-Bag prep in our meal instructions. Alternate instructions that focus on traditional Cook-In-Pot prep at camp or at home are also included.

Why? Well, it turns out that a large number of our customers are going the cook-in-bag route, for a number of reasons: fuel conservation, just-add-water ease, minimizing the need for camp pots and pans and easy clean up... just to name a few.

But that's not to say that Cook-In-Bag prep is for everyone or for every meal. Cook-In-Pot prep at camp or at home may require a little more effort and clean-up than its Cook-In-Bag counterparts but this more traditional method will deliver a more robust flavor that, according to backcountry chefs, translates quite well to the 'at home' dinner table.

We've had reports of people using Packit Gourmet at home for a quick lunch or dinner, in emergency situations when the power has been cut off, when stuck working late at the office and keeping on hand as an easy meal that the kids can prepare. Who knew?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Auction Alert! Win a Basic Meal Sampler for Two

The amazing people at Wilderness Volunteers is auctioning off a Basic Meal Sampler for Two! All proceeds go to Wilderness Volunteers - a nonprofit organization created in 1997 to organize and promote volunteer service to America's wild lands.

The Wilderness Volunteers organization connects service volunteers with public land agencies including the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Go check it out and bid HIGH!

The Auction will run until March 15th.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Donation Recipients

We get hundreds of requests from organizations and individuals for sponsorship or donation for events, and while we can't accept them all, we are happy to accept 2-3 requests per year. To date for 2011, we have selected two fantastic organizations to receive donations from Packit Gourmet - the Alabama Hiking Trail Society and Wilderness Volunteers!

Alabama Hiking Trail Society

The Alabama Hiking Trail Society and its members strive to plan, build, and maintain safe hiking trails for all to enjoy throughout the state of Alabama and educate the public in the careful use and enjoyment of Alabama's great outdoors.

Wilderness Volunteers

Wilderness Volunteers is a nonprofit organization created in 1997 to organize and promote volunteer service to America's wild lands. The Wilderness Volunteers organization connects service volunteers with public land agencies including the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Read about all of our donations and sponsorships and find out how you can apply to receive a sponsorship or donation for your favorite effort or organization!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pasta Puttanesca Earns a Great Review from Backpacker

Pasta Puttanesca was the romantic meal of choice by Backpacker Magazine for their Valentine's Wine & Dine selection least month! Is it any wonder this saucy little entree made the grade?

Market Pasta Puttanesca

Packit Gourmet's Market Pasta Puttanesca is sumptuous enough to have made Backpacker Magazine's Valentine's Gift Guide!

Check out the review of this satisfying, rich meal that tastes great and is a snap to prepare!

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Tasty Valentine's in the Outdoors

February brings with it thoughts of melting snow, upcoming Spring weather (and hiking!) and Valentine's Day celebrations. We've put together a few ideas on how to enjoy the best of both worlds with a LOVEly outing in the backcountry.

Trailside Gourmet Set Menu

Fixe Prix menus often pop up around Valentine's Day - a set price menu offering a delectable selection of options for a three or four course meal. Our Trailside Gourmet menu is much the same, guaranteeing a full day of indulgence! Choose from a selection of our most popular and mouth-watering meals sure to make your romantic weekend in the outdoors one to remember.

Deluxe Camp Kitchen Pack

For chefs who enjoy creating their own lovingly prepared recipes, our camp kitchen packs may be just the ticket! Choose from the wide selection of ingredients included in this kit and turn your own menu ideas into a tasty creation sure to sweep your sweetheart off of their feet.

Choose Your Favorites

Weather you and your significant other go for traditional strawberries and chocolate or find nothing more romantic than a hot-n-spicy gumbo under the stars - you can make it happen with a side trip to Packit Gourmet. Choose from a wide selection of delectable meals and a bounty of chef-inspiring grocery items and make this a memorable month in the camp kitchen!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Pondering Serving Sizes

Are single serving or two-serving portions the way to go?

We've gotten some very strong reactions from hikers on the topic of whether we should stock one or two serving sizes. Some advocate for more Single Serving meals while others prefer a Double.

This is your chance to weigh in!
We're considering phasing out some of our two-serving meals in favor of a solo pack - what are your thoughts?

Participate in a quick poll (pictured on right) and let us know your preference. Have more to say? Email us at and let us know what you REALLY think!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trail Delivery Schedules

We understand that all of the preparation involved in getting ready for a long trek can take the fun right out of planning for a great adventure. There is just so much to consider: the right equipment, the number of miles per day, the right clothing, the food....

So let us make one thing easier (well two if you count the food)! For those thinking ahead to those much anticipated mail drops, have we got a list for you!

Check out our Trail Delivery Schedule for a long list of mail drop locations!

We've listed hundreds of mail drop locations for both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails so you can receive all of your favorite items and quench trail cravings while on your trek!

But it doesn't end here - we plan to continue sharing the love! Keep checking back as we add more mail drop locations along hiking trails, paddling trails and more. And if you have a specific trail request or a mail drop location you can't wait to share, let us know!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Beverages for Cold Winter Days

When cold weather descends and snow and ice blanket the land, nothing quite hits the spot like a steaming hot beverage.

With just a bit of hot water, you can easily enjoy a high quality coffee - take your pick of the basic cream and sugar, a frothy cappuccino or a rich mocha.

For a caffeine-free treat, try a decadent, all-natural hot chocolate made with milk and real milk chocolate.

Tea drinkers may choose to enjoy our Himalayan Blend Chai Tea for a treat in the wilderness or indulge in a refreshing cup of green tea - both guaranteed to warm chilled hikers!