This is a list of instant foods. In contemporary times, instant foods can be defined as foods that provide convenience to consumers and assists in reducing "the time of preparation/cooking and drudgery", whereby no more than five minutes of time is required from the time of food preparation to the food being consumed. Some instant foods include food products that involve the dissolving of a powder in hot water, or the dilution of a concentrated stock solution, such as occurs with condensed soup. The category of "ultra-instant food" comprises instant foods that require less than one minute of time to prepare, such as instant tea. Some instant foods are prepared using freeze-drying.
Mixed Bird's Custard
A prepared chicken & vegetable cup-a-soup
A box of U.S.-made powdered eggs, prepared using whole dried eggs