Many truck stop travel stores sell foodstuffs, some of which sell "Heater Meals" or "HeaterMeals".
The products use "TRUETECH Self-Heating Technology" (chemically generated heat) to raise the temperature of an 8 ounce food pouch at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit without a flame or electricity.
This preparation method would certainly allow professional truck drivers who do not have other meal preparation methods -- such as 12-volt powered appliances or household appliances powered via inverter -- to eat hot meals on the road.
We are seeking reviews from professional truck drivers about these meals.
A display of Heater Meals on a shelf at a truck stop.
Another view of a display of Heater Meals for sale at a truck stop.
The brand carries a variety of entrees. The ones we have found at truck stops are pictured on this page.
We have also provided close-up views.
HeaterMeals: Zesty BBQ Sauce & Potatoes with Beef
HeaterMeals: Homestyle Chicken & Noodles in Gravy
HeaterMeals: Chicken Pasta Italiana
HeaterMeals: Green Pepper Steak with Rice
The last time we checked, most (if not all) of these products we have seen for sale at truck stops were priced at $5.99 each.
They can be less expensive than some truck stop buffets (lunch and dinner, specifically).
Disclaimer: As of the publication of this page (late August 2010), we have never eaten one of these products.
If you are a professional truck driver and you have eaten one or more HeaterMeals, we invite you to review the product on this page through the form below, answering questions such as these: