• Dry Weight 90 Grams
  • Calories/Serve 408 Calories
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  • Cost $10.95

Back Country Cuisine Chicken Tomato Alfredo

Single serve

Rating

Rating:                          8.0 / 10

Value for Money              1.6 / 2.5

Taste                              1.6 / 2.5

Convenience                   2.3 / 2.5

Weight                            2.5 / 2.5

Back Country Chicken Tomato Alfredo Review

The Back Country Cuisine range of outdoor meals is probably the best known in Australia. These meals are stocked by the majority of outdoor stores and many people consider them the staple meal choice for outdoor activities. Back Country has a huge range of meal choices and many stores seem to select a ‘top ten’ so you are unlikely to find the full range in any one store.  I guess the assumption is that hikers must be meat eaters on average, right? In addition, to the large variety of single serves (entrée size/single person), the company also has twin serves although the single serve options don’t seem to have as large a variety at least as far as the stores I visit.  

The taste of the Back Country Chicken Tomato Alfredo meal, while nothing spectacular isn’t offensive in any way, it isn’t too spicy and as such I would happy to eat this anytime that it was on offer. I’m not quite sure where the tomato comes in as I can’t really taste it, for me this is just a chicken pasta dish. As is the case for most freeze dried pasta dishes, you really need a spork or a fork to eat them as spoons just don’t manage the pasta as well.

With many of the Back Country Cusine freeze dried meals I suggest reducing the amount of water added as the recommended amount of water often leaves the meals a bit on the wet side and this meal offering is no different. In fact it’s one of the worst. The packet recommends to add 220 ml of water and after deciding to play it safe and only adding 200 ml that was still way too much. I would suggest trying around 180 ml and if you find this a bit thick then add a tiny bit more after about 5 minutes of rehydration time. I would however suggest increasing the rehydration time to around 12 minutes rather than the recommended ten minutes.

The normal price sits around the $10.95 mark for a single serve pack which works out to be less cost effective than the twin serves that usually cost around $15.95. Most of the larger chain stores offer member discounts or have regular sales so its worthwhile looking around.  These products do have a long shelf life so you can stock up at the sales come in anticipation of an upcoming trip.

The meal comes in a bag that is well designed and the bottom opens out to provide a flat base for those minimalists who want to leave the bowl at home. The option exists to tear the top off the bag to allow easy access to the food but you if you have a long handled spork/fork you won’t need to tear the bag. My other reason for not tearing the top off the bag is that you minimise any mess and after you’re done, you can re-zip the zip lock for clean disposal.

So what is the final verdict? This meal won’t make my top five however I would happily eat it if there wasn’t another option or to provide a bit of variety for longer trips. If you don’t like spicy food then this is a good option.

We Like

  • Three year warranty which means you can buy these when you see them discounted thereby reducing the price. You also know the meals will always be edible
  • Minimal preparation time.  All you are doing is rehydrating these meals so once you add boiling water there’s only a 10-12 minute wait
  • If you eat from the bag there is only your eating implement to clean up. In fact you may not even need to carry a bowl at all thereby limiting the weight you carry
  • A very large variety of meals from which to choose both single and double serves so it’s unlikely you will become bored unless you are on a really long hike
  • Freeze dried. This takes much of the weight out of the meals and helps to limit the impact on your body
  • Single serve option provides just the right size for solo travellers on a short trip. Twin serves are great for couples or for big eaters

We Don't Like

  • The main negative of any commercially preprepared dehydrated/freeze dried meal is the cost.  These meals are cheaper/serve when bought in the twin serve size than the single serve entree size
  • Single serves can be a bit small after a couple of weeks on the trail. Having said that I will usually pack a mix of single and double meals on longer trips as my need for calories increases
  • The recommended amount of water to add to Chicken Tomato Alfredo is way off, probably more than other back country meals (see suggestion above)

Best Uses

  • Great for those who don’t like spicy food
  • An easy to prepare meal whether it be on a short or long trip for camping and hiking

Buy One

You can purchase the Back Country Chicken Tomato Alfredo meal online from Wildfire Sports

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Investment

$10.95 AUD

Back Country Cuisine Chicken Tomato Alfredo as purchased

Meal bag with the base folded out

Back Country Cuisine Chicken Tomato Alfredo unrehydrated

Back Country Chicken Tomato Alfredo rehydrated and ready to eat

Disclaimer

This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer

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