A few weeks ago while we were hiking in Waterton Canyon we had our first Mountain House taste test which actually surprised us and turned out to be a great meal. That same trip, our boys decided against their typical PB&J's and asked if they could bring the Mountain House Macaroni and Cheesethey had picked out a few weeks previously at Cabela's. They are not adventurous eaters so we were surprised, but their excitement was worth the risk. Today we're sharing our preparation tips and what we thought about the meal:
When you open the pouch there isn't much surprise if you've been eating the boxed mac and cheese forever like us, except the powdered cheese is already on the noodles.
Find the oxygen pouch and throw it away in the trash can.
Pre-measure your water and bring it to a boil. We had previously read online that the meal created a lot of cheese sauce when prepared as directed, but we didn't want to mess with it too much so we used the full two cups. For our kids' taste, the sauce was a little too much. **See the tip at the bottom of the post.
Once the water is at a boil, pour it in the pouch and stir well. REALLY WELL!
Seal the pouch and wait. The directions suggest 8-9 minutes cooking time, we waited 10 minutes just in case.
Open and stir well. REALLY WELL again!
It's hard to tell in the picture, but these are good sized kid bowls - there was plenty for our 7 year old and two 5 year olds to split. Being the great parents that we are, we made the kids try it first! We held our breath as they took the first bite and immediately "yummy" was mumbled times 3. There was plenty of thumbs up and a few suggestions for what to do differently next time. Mom and Dad even liked the taste.
Yeah, they really loved it.
TIP: Since this hiking trip the boys have had this meal again - we brought it camping with us in Ft. Collins and made a few changes - we used 1-3/4 cups water, stirred longer, and let it cook for 12 minutes. All these changes made for the perfect macaroni and cheese. Keep in mind these changes are most likely due to our altitude here at about 5500 feet.
This is definitely a new favorite for the kids to being camping and hiking and again to our surprise they are excited to keep trying more of these pouch meals.
As we continue to explore more Mountain House meals we're looking for suggestions - what's your favorite meal?