Dehydrated/freeze-dried camping your meals are great for hiking, backpacking, or camping meals as you don't have to keep it cold to avoid spoiling.
While coolers/refrigerators could work well in some situations, ice or electricity isn't always available making dehydrated/freeze dried food very attractive. While removing the water helps preserve camping food additionally, it has another benefit...
Camping, backpacking, or hiking food that's freeze-dried or dehydrated can help to eliminate weight by sixty to 90 percent. If you're carrying a backpack or any other hiking gear with some days worth of camping food and supplies this can make a BIG difference.
As with any prepackaged food you can likely find most camping food portion/serving sizes extremely optimistic or following a long day of hiking...laughable. I don't know who dreamed up the system but ensure that it stays in mind when you're buying it because otherwise you'll likely be going hungry, or if you're carrying a pack all day long you might even be undernourished.
Another thing to keep in mind is the kind of the container itself. The containers with corners can make it difficult for the boiling water to mix with the camping food leaving dry spots. Also tall narrow containers ensure it is almost impossible to reach inside using a spoon without getting as messy as a two year-old, as you come down to the bottom. (A quick fix is to trim off the top as you eat.) So if you feel a light eater or make use of them afterwards for trash a number of the containers have a "ziplock" type of closure which can be useful, if they're not trimmed to ribbons. ;-)
Some camping foods can now be heated with a heating pouch with the addition of water to a chemical heating source. The benefit is there's no flame. The downside is they weigh a lot more than the pouch by itself and there's more trash to dump properly. So it might be better to just bring a tiny stove if you're backpacking.
Camping food offers tradeoffs. Whilst it isn't usually gourmet i am not saying it has to be bad. All things considered a gourmet meal would make for a lot of extra weight and inconvenience. Not my idea of a fun trip. The reason why people buy it is because it's light, convenient, also it can provide a quick hot meal. As for taste.