You know this has happened to you - you're walking through your local outdoor store and you come across a meal in a bag and immediately you're thinking astronaut food and there is NO way that could taste good! We are here to tell you that you are wrong folks!! I'll be honest, up until a few months ago we thought the same thing. There is no way. I am not that desperate. But after a few curious Google searches we found that people actually like these things! WHAT?!? Alright, alright, we'll grab one and take it hiking. That sounds safe. Along with a backup lunch...just in case. We agreed on Mountain House's Chicken Breast and Mashed Potatoes for our first taste test.
Fast forward to one of these lovely random 68 degree March days here in Colorado and we decided to take the boys out hiking. We head over to Waterton Canyon in the southern Denver suburbs, one of our favorite couple hour hikes by the way, grab our gear and head on up. Jason pulls out his handy dandy backpacking stove (we'll talk about that another day) and within 10 minutes we had a hot meal. After discussing who was the first bite guinea pig we were both stunned! You would never have guessed this was freeze dried chicken and potatoes.
First, open the meal pouch and remove the oxygen pack and potatoes.
Do not forget to find the oxygen pack in the pouch and toss it in the trash.
Measure your water, boil it, then add it to your chicken and close the meal pouch.
After the a few minutes remove the chicken and set aside. Add your potatoes to the remaining water, stir, and close the pouch again.
That's it! Your meal is ready to go!
We were prepared to season the heck out of it and there was no need. It doesn't look like much, but the meal fed both of us - we each had a chicken breast and shared the potatoes with leftovers. And to my biggest surprise, one of our potato hating boys actually asked if he could finish the leftovers!
Now, we do have some tips:
- Let the chicken sit in the hot water about double the time the directions say
- Stir the potatoes very well before closing the pouch to cook
- Take a bite before you add salt or seasoning - you might be very surprised you don't need anything
Now our minds are racing with all the possibilities these bags hold. Camping meals! Heck, full camping trips with no cooking!?! 72-hour kits (which we have already purchased). Easier and lighter hiking. Backyard camping. The list keeps going.
We challenge you to try one and let us know what you think? The kids LOVED this one.