|Rating:||8.1 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.6 / 2.5|
|Taste||1.8 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.2 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.5 / 2.5|
I was keen to taste test this new meal in the Back Country Cuisine range of freeze dried meals. For me the concept of mashed potato with chicken and vegetables is very similar to what I end up doing with the Back Country Cuisine (meat based) Cottage Pie – I mix both packs in into one meal rather than rehydrating them separately.
Beyond that this meal was a bit of a surprise because I expected it to have less taste and texture. Usually I don’t read the ingredient panel before I eat a new meal so I can enjoy it without expectations beyond chicken and potato. The taste and texture of this meal is best described as ‘comforting’ and I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. It was more than just potato mash with some extras thrown in with the ratio of components being well thought through. In fact it just had that ‘comfort’ feel to it but that may be just me because I was used to this type of meal as a kid.
This meal is tasty but by no means spicy and isn’t going to upset anyone’s tastebuds. As I started eating I also got a slight smokey taste which sure enough when your read the packet, is what it’s supposed to have.
These meals are very easy to prepare – as long as you can boil water then you’re set. The suggested water addition is 250 ml and it was spot on. If you are on trail there a marker level on the back of the packet to make things a bit easier. Recommended rehydration time is 10-15 minutes and I randomly chose 12 minutes which work out well.
Being a new offering, this meal isn’t as commonly available as the other more established options from Back Country but if you look around you’ll find it in both the single and two person serves. These meals are slightly smaller than those from the Outdoor Gourmet range (by approximately 8-9%) and with this, the price is also lower. The normal price for a single (small) serve sits around the $12.99 mark while the twin serve is around $19.99.
Most of the larger outdoor stores offer member discounts or have regular sales so it’s worthwhile looking around. These products do have a long shelf life so you can stock up during the regular sales. Size wise I find the single serve to be spot on for shorter hikes but and if I’m doing a multi-week hike, I will intersperse the odd larger meal for when I’m really hungry.
Like the rest of the Back Country range this meal comes in a bag that is well designed given the bottom opens out to form 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 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 given you can re-zip the zip lock.
So what’s the verdict? I really like this meal and it will definitely be added to my hiking mix on both short and long trips.
An easy to prepare meal for short or long trips when camping or hiking
You can purchase the Back Country Cuisine Tasty Chicken Mash (single or regular) meal online from Wildfire Sports
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Back Country Cuisine Tasty Chicken Mash as purchased
Bottom of the bag flattened out
Back Country Cuisine Tasty Chicken Mash ingredient and nutrition panel. The suggested addition of 250 ml of water is spot-on
Back Country Cuisine Tasty Chicken Mash dry ingredients in open bag and uncooked
Back Country Cuisine Tasty Chicken Mash rehydrated and ready to eat. The mashed potato has been mixed through ] the vegetable component. It doesn’t look as pretty as the artistically displayed image below, but it tastes the same
Back Country Cuisine Tasty Chicken Mash artistically displayed
This review was done with product provided by the Australian distributor of Back Country Cuisine