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Mashed Potatoes & Gravy with Beef

rated 2 of 5 stars First time I had it I really liked it. The second time, not so much. The pieces of beef are small (vitamin size) and occasionally tough. You really have to stir it or some of the potatoes will remain powdered.  I have backpacked with better meals. Go with Mountain House Stroganoff. Full review

Outback Oven - 10"

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent way to mix up those tired freeze-dried meals. I am a gear junkie, always looking for new ways to spice up my trips. So I decided to give this a go. I have added it to my go-to kitchen gear and never looked back. What I like: Easy to set up and use. Holds heat in well and great for meals for 2 to 3 people. Best if used on 3 to 5 day trips, unless you have the luxury of not worrying about pack weight (fuel). I would suggest making a few meals at home first, as it is tricky to get the timing… Full review

Granola with Bananas & Milk

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good backpacking breakfast. Easy to prepare and pretty nutritious. More tasty than most freeze dry packaged foods. Price, like all freeze dry, is fairly hefty. Background: When I started camping, backpacking, and horse packing with my family as a child, there was no such thing as freeze-dry. Your only choice in dried food was jerky for meat, powdered eggs, KLIM (milk spelled backwards – still exists) for powdered milk, and a range of dried fruits and vegetables (raisins, apples, apricots, tomato… Full review

Cheddar Cheese Spread

rated 4 of 5 stars It's not bad if you've had MRE's before. I've eaten enough MRE's in my last job to know that this stuff actually isn't that bad. It's saved a meal or two because they've tasted so crappy from the beginning. Heat it up with the main entrée, such as spaghetti, and add some to it and you've got a bangin meal. Full review

Pad See You with Chicken

rated 5 of 5 stars For a dehydrated meal, this is one of the best ones I have had. I took my girlfriend backpacking for the first time and warned her about dehydrated food. The Pad See You with Chicken was the first meal we ate, and she was very pleasantly surprised by how good it was.  She was a little disappointed by the rest of the meals after we ate the best one first.   This meal is also gluten free, which is good for us, because she is on a gluten free diet.   The Pad See You with Chicken was by far the best… Full review

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Backpacker's Pantry Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Instant Camp Eggs Cook-Off
Dehydrated and freeze-dried instant eggs can inspire strong reactions among outdoor enthusiasts. We wondered which, if any, were worth packing along on the trail and put a batch to the backcountry taste test. Read more
September 20, 2011


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