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I have the 1L version of this, but I would rather have the 700ml version because of its handle. When full, the 1L is quite heavy to be using just the pot lifter. It dented the "lip" of my bot when I tried to lift it with the pot lifter. I guess when your hands are cold and numb and are wearing gloves, it's hard to control how much force to use to grip the lifter.
I use a leather man on mine and it doesn't dent the metal, even when full.
I used to use my charge tti, until i caught some of the steam while pouring the water in the MH pouch... then I started using pot lifter.
Ouch... I rehydrate meals in the bot while I hike, so I've never encountered that. I dehydrate my own meals so I don't have to deal with pouches.
I need to start learning that, but I'm not there yet... thanks for the tip though.
It's really not hard to do your own dehydrating. A little time consuming at 1st as I learned, but now it's easy. And you control what goes in.
would like to know what / how you're dehydrating your meals...and what meals...please.
I use an Excalibur dehydrator. It has seen heavy use for about 10 years with no sign of quitting any time soon. As far as what to dehydrate... The sky is the limit. There are so many websites and books with excellent ideas. I like stew, chilies, soups, meat sauce for pasta, rice and beans, yogurt (turns out like taffy), dried fruit. So many choices...
which Excalibur model do you use?
9 tray plastic with the timer. I dehydrate for groups though, so you could probably get away with the 4 or 5 tray models. If you have space though, why not go big? You will use it for more than backpacking meals...
I haven't got a Bot yet Fbut I was always spilling the contents of my cooking pot using the lifter. A veteran hiker suggested that I buy a pair of leather riggers gloves from a hardware store and I don't use a lifter anymore. You can pick up the pot straight off the stove and no danger of burning yourself or dropping the heavy pot. I found this a great tip for me.