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Thermos Cooking

Here at Backcountry Staples we’re diehards about thermos cooking, but we realize not everyone knows what that means so we’ve created this informational resource.

Thermos cooking is a means of preparing a hot meal using only boiling water. It requires a food thermos and a meal compatible with thermos cooking. The simplicity of the method has so many advantages. It’s the most convenient, efficient, easy, and portable way to prepare food for life on the go. A food thermos functions as a cooking vessel, storage container, and bowl all-in-one. Your meal will be ready to eat 5-15 minutes after adding the boiling water but can also be enjoyed several hours later. When it comes to thermos cooking not all quick-cooking meals are created equal. Our Backcountry Staples meals are specifically designed with thermos cooking in mind.


  • Food thermos (make sure the size is appropriate for the meal you plan to make)
  • A meal compatible with thermos cooking
  • Boiling water


  1. Add the meal to the insulated food thermos
  2. Pour in the recommended amount of boiling water
  3. Stir everything together
  4. Screw the lid on to seal the food thermos
  5. Let the meal cook in the food thermos for the minimum amount of recommended time
  6. Enjoy your meal anytime up to a few hours after making it