Rating: 7.6 / 10
Value for Money 1.3 / 2.5
Taste 1.5 / 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 was looking forward to this meal and had high hopes for that sugary tartness that is associated with sweat and sour meals but was disappointed. I could see where the taste was heading but after adding the recommended 250 ml of boiling water and leaving it for 12 minutes rather than the recommended ten minutes the end result was more of a soup rather than a solid meal. I usually recommend using less than the suggested amount of water in these meals to ensure a good texture but in this case I think the amount of water needs to be cut back to 200 ml as a starting point. Having said that the meal texture was good and that’s always part of the experience. All in all the meal wasn’t bad but neither did it leave me raving.
The normal price sits around the $9.95-10.95 mark for a single serve pack with the twin serves working out more cost effective. Most of the larger chain stores offer member discounts or have regular sales so its worthwhile looking around. As these products do have a long shelf life so you can stock up as the sales come on line 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 there are just too many other meal options that are better and I would rather eat given the choice. As such I won’t be adding the Sweet and Sour Lamb to my regular hiking meal list on future trips.
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 Sweet and Sour Lamb (double serve) meal from Wildfire Sports
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Bottom of the bag folded out to form a stable platform. this also allows the water to reach all parts of the dried food
Back Country Cuisine Sweet and Sour Lamb unrehydrated
Back Country Cuisine Sweet and Sour Lamb Rehydrated. you can see from this image with the reopened amount of water (25oml) the meal is more soup like than it should be. I’d recommend dropping the amount of water you add to 200ml to get a more solid rather than soupy meal
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer