We test the commercially available freeze-dried meals and select only those that pass muster with our delicate little taste buds. That doesn’t mean the ones absent from out list are bad. It does mean that we’re creatures of particular tastes, and that we’re a little on the fussy side. Dehydrating and freeze-drying are tried and true methods of getting wet weight out of adventure food, and it takes a fair bit of effort to get it right. So you get the benefit of the R&D that the commercial makers put in.