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Backpacker's Pantry Summit Breakfast Scramble

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Backpacker's Pantry Summit Breakfast Scramble breakfast

Much less salty than many similar scrambled-egg breakfast offerings, but otherwise not out of the ordinary.

Pros

  • good rehydration
  • lower sodium
  • texture and consistency

Cons

  • small portion size

The humble breakfast scramble. So many manufacturers have tried so many times to get it right. So many manufacturers have failed in one way or another. How would the Summit Breakfast Scramble version from Backpacker's Pantry stack up?

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Nutrition Info:

  • Dietary: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
  • Calories: 260 per pouch
  • Protein: 18g of protein per pouch
  • Servings: 1 per pouch
  • Sodium: 820 mg (36% daily value)
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Even with the packaging assuring me that this meal had less salt than similar offerings from Mountain House, I remained wary. Something about the average freeze-dried scrambled egg breakfast seems to enhance the salt flavor of even lower sodium options.

Taste

I need not have worried in this instance. Salt was definitely a flavor in evidence, but it was not the overwhelming flavor. For me, the bell peppers dominated—but that is for  me a known sensitivity, and not necessarily a negative if I am expecting it. The eggs, beans, and cheese were in no way overwhelmed by either the salt or the peppers, just something less than bold by comparison. A dash of hot sauce would likely have gone a long way toward moderating and melding the flavors, considering my palate.

Preparation

Everything hydrated well in the time specified using the recommended procedure—including, happily, the beans. The cheese was obviously grated real cheddar, and as such stuck to my spoon quite tenaciously. And the eggs hung together in nice clumps instead of turning to mush or goo as has happened in some previous meals from other manufacturers. In terms of texture and consistency, this was very pleasant indeed.

Recommendation:

This was overall a decent meal, and a decent breakfast. My only complaint is that the portion size was very small (260 calories per pouch) I would absolutely have to supplement this meal with a bagel or something similar in the wild. I always crave carbs in the morning to begin with, and this meal was so very light. Honestly, more of a minor niggle than a negative, but there it is.

In the end, I expect I will carry this out into the woods, assuming I have the space in my bear vault for a bagel to go along with it. It was very nice to have a scramble, and to have a scramble that wasn't a saltbomb.

Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by Backpacker's Pantry)

About the Author

Joshua has been hiking, backpacking, and car-camping for more than four decades. He is based primarily in the Pacific Northwest, but has hiked throughout the US, with forays into Hawaii and New Zealand.

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Specs

Price MSRP: $10.99
Current Retail: $9.89-$10.99
Historic Range: $7.78-$11.00
Dietary Vegetarian, Gluten-free
Calories 260 per pouch
Protein 18g of protein per pouch
Servings 1 per pouch
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