If you’ve invested in the most nutritious and best tasting food to keep you going in arduous expedition environments, why would you use contaminated water for cooking or rehydrating it?  An aquapure traveller can provide you with safe water for more than just drinking.

While attending the Royal Geographical Society’s Explore 2017 event, the Pure Hydration team were lucky enough to sample several portions of the excellent FIREPOT dehydrated meals produced by Outdoorfood Limited.  In addition to the delicious taste, we were  particularly impressed by what we learnt about the FIREPOT hand-cooked production process (and the important difference between dehydrated and freeze-dried foods), the choice of locally sourced healthy ingredients used, and also the ingredients they exclude (such as palm oil). We suspect that food this good is probably enough of an excuse to start planning an expedition to somewhere remote for as long as possible, but, if you can’t quite run to such extremes, it’s also great for those days when you just want quick + delicious with minimum effort during your travel overseas.

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The choice of FIREPOT meals currently consists of Chili con Carne and Rice, Dal and Rice with Spinach, Porcini Mushroom Risotto,  Posh Pork and Beans, and Orzo Pasta Bolognese, with Beef Stew with Pearl Barley launching very soon, and more options currently in development.  For more information visit the FIREPOT website, and, for an independent review placing FIREPOT meals as a premium choice for expeditions, take a look at Tim Moss’ “The Next Challenge“.

Appreciating that the importance and numerous benefits of high quality expedition food is matched by the need for safe water, we couldn’t help but notice that there’s an obvious connection between these two essential requirements.

The instructions for preparing a FIREPOT meal give you two options.  You can either a) use the “pan method, where the dry food is placed in a pan, water is added, brought to the boil, and then the heat is turned off, allowing the covered food to rehydrate and heat, or b) use the “pouch method”, where boiling water is poured directly into the pouch containing the food, stirred, and then the pouch is resealed for for the requisite time for re-hydration and heating.

The important common factor in both methods is that boiling water is used, as this will inactivate microbial pathogens (bacteria, parasitic protozoa, and viruses) in the water.

However, we see little point in investing in a healthy dehydrated meal if you’re then going to re-hydrate it with a potentially harmful ‘chemical sludge’.

While boiling your water for cooking will kill harmful microbial contaminants, there are many chemical contaminants that it won’t  remove.  Should your water source contain such as heavy metals, pesticides, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) then you are at risk of environmental exposure through drinking it and using the water for cooking.

Whatever you use to boil the water for your meal in, filling it from an aquapure traveller™ will remove not only microbial pathogens from the water, but also help to significantly reduce the risk of harm from chemical contaminants.

In order that you can be assured of advanced protection, Pure Hydration has had the performance of the aquapure traveller™ tested against 117 different chemicals using U.S. NSF 42 and NSF 53 standards. The testing was conducted by an independent laboratory in the United States which is accredited in accordance with National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) standards, and which is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The chemicals tested include

    14 HEAVY METALS such as

        • Arsenic     • Cadmium     • Chromium     • Lead

    44 PESTICIDES such as

        • Atrazine     • Chlorpyrifos     • Glyphosate    

    58 VOCs such as

        • Chloroform     • MTBE    • Toluene

We also tested against sodium fluoride; you can find the full list and the results here.

Added to our independent testing results for the performance of the aquapure traveller™ against waterborne bacteria, viruses and cysts, you can now treat both your food and your body with the respect it deserves.

Having first ensured that your pan, pot or kettle is clean and free from contaminants, filling it with safe water from an aquapure traveller™ couldn’t be easier.  Simply fill the bottle from your water source, replace the purifier cap, pull open the pop-top and gently squeeze the bottle to fill the receptacle for boiling.

Bon appetit!

Pure Hydration for safe water rehydration of FIREPOT expedition meals