Rating: 7.5 / 10
Value for Money 1.4/2.5
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 do 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 stock in any one store. In addition to the large variety of twin serves, the company also provides single serving (entree) although the single serve options don’t seem to have as large a variety at least as far as what the stores seem to stock. I’m still working my way though the very large range but I am finding this adventure is a bit hit and miss which is to be expected as everyone’s tastes are different.
I had high hopes for the Beef Stroganoff but given I make a mean version at home this offering fell short of my expectations. I’ll be fair here and say that the taste was passable but from my own preference I had some issues that mean I am unlikely to buy this one again. These issues were:
The normal price sits around the $15.95 mark for a twin serve with the single serves working out more expensive per serving than the twin serve offerings. 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 during the regular sales at the outdoor stores.
While I will prepare some meal options myself and dehydrate, I love to cook, I tend not to worry about making complex meals but rather devote my time to other activities such as hiking. These meals are very convenient. These meals are very easy to prepare and as long as you can boil water then you are set with preparation time requiring only ten minutes. Although I have found leaving the meals for about 11-12 minutes tends to get a better result.
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 spoon 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.
So while I wouldn’t decscribe this as a bad meal it definitely falls short of other offerings in the range.
An easy to prepare meal whether it be on a short or long trip for camping and hiking
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This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer
The bottom of the bag opens out to provide a flat surface. Opening out the base will allow the meal to more evenly rehydrate. If you don’t open the base fully, you will get ‘dry pieces’ in your dinner
Uncooked meal in the now opened bag
The meal now rehydrated and the bag torn down