In preparation for hitting the trail – we decided to taste test several dehydrated and freeze dried offerings.
The boy isn’t too keen on oatmeal – and all of the lightweight hiking blogs talk about making your own oatmeal/granola mixes. Time for some other ideas.
I went off to REI and picked up a few ideas. We’ve been fans of the Mountain House camping meals for a while – they are quite salty though. More recently we tried a few of the Good-To-Go meals – which were pretty good.
This was also a great time to check out the camping stoves, teach the boy how to light them – and get the water boiling.
Here are the details. All prices are correct at the time of purchase.
This was always going to be hit or miss. The reviews on REI are like Marmite – love it or hate it. Let’s see.
We followed the instructions to the letter. What resulted was a really strange gloop. The smell was kind-of-spicy, kind-of-porridge. The consistency was nutty. The taste was, in our opinion, quite vile. The vegetarian of the house however demolished a bowl after returning from a trail run.
3/10 for taste
2/10 for cost
We won’t be taking this on the trail. A real disappointment.
Backpacker’s Pantry Huevos Rancheros
Ok – I did what quite a few others have done – and picked this up without reading the details. This is dried eggs; not freeze dried and dehydrated cooked eggs. It makes up about 300ml of egg/beans/cheese mix – that then needs cooking up in a pan. Not really backpacking food at all. That being said – it was good.
Following the instructions – this turned out really well. Could have done with a few minutes more to rehydrate the black beans – some were still a little crunchy. With some hot sauce this could be a real hit for car camping.
8/10 for taste
6/10 for cost
Not for the trail – but great for car camping.
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
Reading the reviews and the instructions – there’s a “remove excess water” comment. Urg. Not what we want to be doing in bear country. Again – we followed instructions to the letter.
Very wet. Lots of excess water. Salty bacon too. Strange egg texture. As noted in the REI reviews – it’s unlike scrambled eggs and bacon. We would certainly try this with a tortilla and hot sauce. Concerned about the extra water though.
7/10 for taste
6/10 for cost
Mountain House Breakfast Skillet
Pricier than the rest – but two huge servings. Hash browns, egg, sausage, pepper and onions.
This took a good while to rehydrate – but in the end was worth the wait. It looks a lot like beige gloop – but certainly textures and tastes were good. We think this would be great in a tortilla – and adding some hot sauce really lifted this one.
8/10 for taste
7/10 for cost
This was the best of the four.