|Rating:||7.3 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.3 / 2.5|
|Taste||1.2 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.5 / 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 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. In addition to the large variety of twin serves, the company also has single serves (entrée size) although the single serve options don’t seem to have as large a variety at least as far as the stores I visit. I’m still working my way though the very large range but I am finding this adventure is a bit hit and miss. But then again, everyone’s tastes are different!
I love moroccan lamb and have occasionally been known to make it at home so I was looking forward to this offering from Back Country. Unfortunately this meal didn’t really excite me. When I think of Moroccan food I think spicy and for me, and probably anyone else, I found this meal a bit bland. While I found this meal bland it was passable so I would eat it if I didn’t have any other option.
Again like many of the freeze dried meals I would recommend reducing the amount of water added as the recommended amount of water leaves this meal a bit on the wet side. I would suggest reducing the water added from 220ml down to about 190ml. In addition to reducing the water added to this meal I would also suggest increasing the rehydration time to around 12 minutes rather than the recommended 10 minutes.
The normal price sits around the $11.99 mark for a single serve pack with the twin serves working out more cost effective at $16.99. 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/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 what is the final verdict? While this meal was OK I found it too tasteless for my liking. There are so many other good choices from Back Country and Outdoor Gourmet that this offering is never going to make my hiking meal rotation.
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 Australian Hiker