Frequently Asked Questions
How do you eat a Firepot meal?
To eat from the pouch simply pour in boiling water, stir and wait. To cook in a pan, tip the contents of the pouch into a pan, add cold water, bring to the boil, turn off the heat and wait.
What is the difference between dehydrated and freeze-dried food?
Both processes involve removing the water from food to preserve it. Freeze-drying involves freezing the food to a very low temperature and drying it in a vacuum to remove moisture. Dehydration involves passing warm air over the surface of the food inside a commercial dehydrator to remove moisture. At Firepot Food we have opted for dehydration because we find it creates food that tastes like it should, with plenty of texture and flavour.
The other major difference between our dehydrated meals and the majority of our freeze-dried competitors is the fact that we cook all our food ourselves, by hand, and then dehydrate each meal without adding anything else. Other companies buy in freeze-dried ingredients and just mix them together in the packet, hoping the flavours will combine by the time you add water — they don’t.
What is the shelf life of your products?
We have a two year best before date. This doesn’t mean it won’t last longer but we would recommend using it in the first two years after purchase.
What are the portion sizes?
Our standard pouch of food (105-135g) will serve one hungry person. These are not the 300g portions you get in a wet packet of food, nor the ungenerous portions you get from some of our competitors. When rehydrated, these weigh in at a hefty 500g or more — perfect for a satisfying and generous meal at the start or end of a long day.
For each of our menu options we also offer an extra large serving size (160-200g dry) which is ideal for more calorie-demanding expeditions and outdoor pursuits.
How many calories are in a packet of your food?
The calorie content of our food varies across the recipe range: we are making food that is nutritious and healthy rather than choosing a calorie target and then adding high-calorie ingredients until we reach that target. Our range extends from 500kcal (Dal and Rice) up to 635kcal (Orzo Bolognese) for the standard portion size, and from 750kcal up to 940kcal for the extra large portion size.
Can I use your meals in minus conditions or at high altitudes?
It is a well known fact that rehydration takes longer at higher altitudes and that a pouch of food will get colder faster in minus conditions, so we have intentionally come up with a range of meals that can be rehydrated and eaten straight from the pouch - just by adding boiling water. This pouch method will work in colder or higher conditions. However our food can also be rehydrated in even less time if you follow the pan method on the packet. This method is particularly useful when in very cold conditions to avoid the problem of pouches freezing before they are fully rehydrated. You will be rewarded with a satisfying meal served at a piping hot temperature.
Are any of your meals vegetarian or vegan?
Yes, we now have five menu items which are suitable for vegans. You can see a list of them here.
Are any of your meals gluten free?
Yes, we offer five recipes suitable for our gluten-free customers. You can find them here in the online shop.
Where do you source your ingredients?
Being based in rural Dorset, we can find almost everything we need fresh at our doorstep. We feel proud to be able to say that our British beef mince comes from the local butcher in Bridport and all our vegetables come fresh from the local greengrocer in Chideock.
Do you add chemicals or preservatives to your food?
No. Because we dehydrate our food and then store it in pouches where oxygen, moisture and sunlight cannot penetrate, we achieve a healthy shelf-life without the need for preservatives or high levels of salt. We do add a pinch of salt and a twist of pepper to our meals, but only to season, just like you would at home. You can find out more about our approach here.
Are you available for sponsorship?
We try to support as many good causes as possible and are always on the look our for more. Please use our contact page to get in touch if you are looking for sponsorship.
Do you ship outside of the UK?
Yes. For deliveries to European countries you can order direct from our website. For deliveries to the US, Canada and beyond please contact us with details of your requirements. You'll find more details on our shipping on this page.
How quickly will you send my order?
Our standard delivery for UK orders is 2-3 working days. Orders received by 3pm are dispatched that day. If you require your package to be delivered faster than this please contact us. There are more details about our shipping on this page.
How much does delivery cost?
Delivery to the UK costs £3.50 for orders up to £15. Delivery is free for all orders to UK addresses over £15. Please see our shipping page for more details.