Rating: 8.2 / 10
Value for Money 1.5 / 2.5
Taste 2.0 / 2.5
Convenience 2.2 / 2.5
Weight 2.5 / 2.5
The Back Country Cuisine range of outdoor meals is probably the best know in Australia. These meals are stocked by the majority of stores and for many are considered the staple meal choice for outdoor activities. They 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 addition to the large variety the company also provides single serving (entree) and two serve options although the single serve options don’t seem to have as large a variety. I’m still working my way though the very large range but without a doubt my personal favourite so far is the Cottage Pie. It reminds me of a favourite childhood meal.
These meals are slightly smaller than than the offerings form the Outdoor Gourmet range (by approximately 8-9%) and with this the price is also lower. The normal price sits around the $15.95 mark and at about $7.50 per person. Most of the larger chain stores offer members 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 melas 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 easy to prepare and as long as you can boil water then you are set with preparation time requiring only ten minutes. This offering comes with a seperate bag of mashed potato with the suggestion preparation being to add boiling water to each of the bags. I find this a duplication so I just add the potato mix to the main meal, mix and then add the combined amount of water which works well. I also tend to let the meal rehydrate for an extra minute or two. I have yet to use cold water (and there is no reason why you couldn’t) however you would need to allow more time (a couple of hours) to be ready for eating. 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.
Taste wise you definitely know you are eating cottage pie and I am more than happy to eat this night after night, which for means means that it must be good. This is well worth a look for your next outdoor aventure.
An easy to prepare meal whether it be on a short or long trip for camping and hiking
You can purchase the Back Country Cuisine Cottage Pie (2 serve) online from Wildfire Sports
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In addition they also do a range of soups, side dishes, desserts and breakfast options. a number of th meals are available in one and two person servings.
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
The meal opened showing the seperate potato pouch
Uncooked meal in the now opened bag
The meal now rehydrated and the bag torn down