Rating: 8.2 / 10
Value for Money 1.7 / 2.5
Taste 1.7 / 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. The Roast Chicken offering is one you will find in just about every store nationwide. 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!
The Back Country Roast Chicken is one of those meal choices that may not make my top five but is definitely not one I would knock back if it was offered. Again like many other meal choices on the market this one comes with a seperate mashed potato pouch which I mix through before rehydration. The taste of this meal offering is OK, but not spectacular. Having said that it won’t offend anyone and will be appreciated by just about anyone at the end of a long day.
Like many of the Back Country Cusine 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 by about 20 millilitres. In addition to reducing the water you add to this meal I would also suggest increasing the rehydration time to around 12 minutes rather than the recommended ten minutes.
The normal price sits around the $15.95 mark for a twin serve pack which works out to be more cost effective than the single serves. 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 for clean disposal.
So what is the final verdict? While not spectacular and not likely to make my top five the Roast Chicken is worthwhile adding on longer trips to reduce boredom at meal time.
An easy to prepare meal whether it be on a short or long trip for camping and hiking
You can purchase the Back Country Roast Chicken meal online from Wild Earth
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Back Country Roast Chicken as purchased
Meal bag with the base folded out
Back Country Roast Chicken unrehydrated
Unopened potato sachet
Back Country Roast Chicken rehydrated with the mashed potato mixed through. It may not look pretty but it tastes fine
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker