|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|
Campers Pantry have been known over the past couple of years as producers of high quality freeze dried vegetables but in late 2017 they became the newest entry into the Australian freeze dried meal market releasing ten main meal options in addition to three dessert choices. These meals are progressively becoming more commonly available and can also be ordered both online, in store and through the supplier.
The Campers Pantry Vegetarian Pasta is one of the two new vegetarian options to come to the market from this company. I’m not a vegetarian but am happy to eat vegetarian meals provided they taste good. This meal is best described as a pasta and vegetable dish and while this is usually not my first choice for camping meals I didn’t mind this meal and in fact found it to be very filling, leaving me with a warm full stomach. As is the case with other Campers Pantry meals the taste is not that typical artificial flavour you come to expect from commercially prepared meals and there has been minimal salt used; as someone who doesn’t add salt to food, I appreciate this.
The Campers Pantry bag recommends adding 250 grams of boiling water to rehydrate this meal but the supplier informed me that when he reprints the bags he will increase this recommendation. I added 300 mls as suggested and found this created a meal with a good consistency and texture.
Campers Pantry recommends allowing 20 minutes for rehydration with an occasional stir but I checked as I went and 14 minutes worked out well on this meal offering.
The normal price for these meals sits around the $15.95 mark for a single serve pack which if you compare this to the offerings from Back Country Cuisine single serves is expensive. However these meals are great tasting and provide a variety to what already exists on the market so I don’t see this pricing as being prohibitive.
The meal comes in a bag that is well designed and the bottom opens out to provide a flat base if you want to leave the bowl at home. Unlike Back County and Outdoor Gourmet, the Campers Pantry meals don’t have a tear point to make the food easier to access. This doesn’t bother me as I prefer to use a long handled spoon and leave the bag intact otherwise you can end up a big mess in your rubbish bag.
So what is the final verdict? I must admit that while the taste of this meal is pretty good and I’m generally not a fan of vegetable and pasta dishes. While I would be quite happy to eat this I usually prefer a bit more spice as well as a bit of protein. I think that vegetarians along with most hikers will find this a good option.
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$15.95 AUD RRP
Campers Pantry Vegetarian Pasta meal as purchased
Meal bag with the base folded out allowing the bag to remain upright while rehydrating
Campers Pantry Vegetarian Pasta meal unrehydrated
Campers Pantry Vegetarian Pasta meal rehydrated and ready to eat
This review was done with product provided by Campers Pantry