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What’s the difference between Pick-a-Pouch and Custom Meal Kit?

With Pick-a-Pouch you can select individual meals, just like you would in any online store. Custom Meal Kits are appropriate if you’re planning a trip and want us to do the menu planning and food preparation. We can accommodate a wide variety of food preferences with our custom line, and choosing this option allows you to focus on all of the other aspects of your adventure.

So how do the Custom Meal Kits work?

Are you planning a trip in the Great Outdoors?
Not sure what food to pack?
We’ll help you out.
Based on the information you provide, we’ll send custom, made-to-order meals to your door.

How much does TrailFork cost?

Our standard meal kits are $30 per day; Paleo and Keto meal kits are more expensive for us to make (Meat! It’s pricey!), so those will run you $40 per day. A one-day supply includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you can also choose to include delicious and freshly ground pour-over-style coffee from Latigo. We’ll also send a short list of recommendations for trail snacks.

What can I expect in my Custom Meal Kit?

That depends on you! Your meals will be tailored to your caloric needs and dietary restrictions and preferences. A typical day’s worth of food could include Cinnamon Roll Oats, Loaded Veggie Hummus, and Coconut Chana Masala; or, it might include our Grain-Free Paleoats, Sweet Potato Chicken Curry, and Hearty Beef Stew.

Do you make meals for thru-hikers?

Yes. If you have a long hike planned along the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, etc., we would be happy to send meals to resupply points along the way. This requires a bit more planning on our end so if this is you, please send us a message through our “Contact” form at the bottom of the page. 

What do you put in your meals?

We choose organic ingredients whenever possible, and we aim to move to 100% organic ingredients soon. We support independently owned companies that embody the same business ethics for which we strive. Each of our meals comes with an ingredient list, so you know exactly what you're eating. If you have a specific allergy or preference, make sure to say so on your order form.

How do I cook my TrailFork meal?

Each shipment comes with directions specific to your provisions. For hot TrailFork meals, you'll need hot water and something to put your food in. (We really like insulated vacuum containers—they keep stuff nice and hot.) Cooking most of our meals is as simple as heating some water, pouring in the contents of your TrailFork package, and waiting for your provisions to rehydrate.

What's with your packaging? Why can't I cook my meals in the bag they come in?

We make every effort to package TrailFork meals in lightweight, compostable packaging. We've been on too many trails, hung out at too many crags, and floated too many rivers where styrofoam, plastic-coated cardboard, and foil packages have been left behind. We believe firmly in the principles of Leave No Trace, and environmental stewardship is central to our company mission. So, we really try to minimize our footprint. We hope you'll consider purchasing an inexpensive and lightweight cooking pot that can also serve as a bowl for your TrailFork meals. We'll have cook sets available through our "Order" page soon!