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Stowaway Gourmet Comrade Doeganoff

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: Stowaway Gourmet Comrade Doeganoff meat entrée

Delicious. An excellent freeze-dried meal for one.


  • Excellent flavor
  • Real, identifiable ingredients


  • Difficult rehydration
  • Cost

Wow, a venison freeze-dried meal available in the United States? Sign me up

On the strength of previous dehydrated red meats, I added an extra half cup of water and an extra five minutes of time. BIG chunks of tasty venison, big chunks of mushroom. This is a delicious meal, and just about the right size for a midday meal on a long day hike. It might feel just a little on the small side for a dinner on high-exertion backpack...maybe.

My only gripe is that the extra water and rehydration time didn't quite serve me. Even with the extra water and "cooking" time, some of the venison chunks were still a bit crunchy, while those same additions left the pasta a bit gluey. Oh, it tasted fantastic to this old former-Midwesterner, but the textures were a little disappointing.

At $18, it's a little spendy. But wow, is it tasty. If you're on a long trip, looking for something *different,* looking for a treat, this will do for you.


Decades of backpacking and day hiking with freeze-dried meals from a wide variety of major manufacturers and boutique producers. I tried this on a 12-mile day hike at approximately 300 feet elevation.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $18

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Price MSRP: $17.95
Reviewers Paid: $18.00
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