Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $6 or $7 I think
This is a staple. I never go out without 1 of these. A very good gut filler with a reputation stretching back years.
- big servings
- tastes good
- too salty
It's hard to knock this product. In the same class as Gore-Tex in my opinion. Not as good as homemade of course, but look where you are. The pro packs are really cool.
Prep time is about average for this kinda fare. No surprises, either during or after the meal.
All this being said, this, and meal of the like are way over loaded with sodium. I wish they'd fix that.
Yeah, I'll buy this again...and again... :-)
Price Paid: $6
This is my new favorite backpacking dinner. I used to swear by Chili Mac but after having this super cheesy meal I am in love. I am a cheese lover and this thing has real cheese and lots of it! It's so delicious, what else can I say.
Highly recommended for cheese lovers. The best way to clean your cheesy spork is with your mouth. If you eat it out of a container the best way to clean that is with your spork and then eat the cheese!
Price Paid: $6
Took this meal out while hiking the AT. It was the best meal I've ever had while out and about.
Pros: delicious. easy to cook. will feed two with no problem.very little water needed to rehydrate. light weight. easy to pack.
Cons: rehydration time is off, you'll need to let stand for twenty minutes to get complete hydration without any crunchy pasta bits. Cheese will clump on your eating utensil. Other hikers will hate you because you'll be complaining about all the cheese on your eating utensil.
Bottom line: I wish I had brought more of these on the trip, they are absolutely the best trail food money can buy. BTW they are not as expensive as some proclaim. Found mine at Walmart for ($6). Enjoy!
Price Paid: around $8 and tax
The good: Had this on a canoe trip. It looked and smelled pretty good.
The weather is still fairly cold (below freezing) at nights. Boiled some hot water and let it sit in the bag for 10 minutes. It provided a tasty hot meal on a cold night and one bag can decently feed 3 "Americans" if you add a little extra water, but, of course, it will be more like soup.
Didn't have any heartburn or ill effects after eating it. Not a lot of meat inside but not a skimpy amount either. Easy to follow instruction and you can eat right out of the bag.
This lasagna has REAL cheese in it. After I put the hot water in, there was actually stringy cheese in it. Not at all what I expected.
The bad: The downside is the price. All freeze-dried meals seem to maintain a pricey nature, so if you don't have very much spare change rattling around then you're better off with something like canned soup. But for you hiking/camping/biking fanatics with plenty of money to spare, these meals are exactly what I would recommend. As with all Mountain House products the packaging could be more compact.
The ugly: It was considerably more acidic tasting than I expected. I personally didn't really enjoy it, but I admit that it's not much worse than the frozen stuff you can pick up in a grocery store, aside from the texture (which still wasn't horrible).
Price Paid: $7.50
You don't get much better when it comes to rehydrated meals.
As with most of these meals, avoid overwatering and stir just enough to mix in all the dry contents that hide in the corners.
Nice hearty portions (bag for 2 does).
Decent tomato flavor, good noodle flavor and LOTS of cheese. It's no Olive Garden, but I've yet to have a fellow hike say anything other than compliments/appreciation for this meal at the end of a long day of hiking.
Clean up can be a bit challenging because of all the cheese, but it's worth it.
Price Paid: $5.99
Good stuff. The melty-cheese factor - pivotal for lasagna - actually gummed up my spork. The squiggled lasagna pasta edges were as discernable as its diced tomato.
Sauce was more sweet than savory, without being too acrid. The meat part spoke more of sausage than of ground beef, which was cool.
Don't over-stir or add too much water, otherwise this self-respecting lasagna turns into red baby food mush.
Price Paid: $5
Decent for a dehydrated meal. Do not put too much water in it.