Rating: 8.3 / 10
Value for Money 2.1 / 2.5
Taste 1.6 / 2.5
Convenience 2.2 / 2.5
Weight 2.4 / 2.5
The Outdoor Gourmet Company provides freeze dried meals to the Australian market. As far as commercially pre-prepared meals go and as the name suggests, they are a high end, high taste product. I’m a big fan of nearly all the Outdoor Gourmet Company meals and while I will very happily eat any of them I have my favourites.
The Outdoor Gourmet Wild Mushrooms and Lamb Risotto is another of these meals I have a love-hate relationship with. I don’t cook and very rarely eat risotto as I have an issue with the rice getting caught in my throat. This is an issue I have with other types of rice (but not all) and a few other foods as well which means when I do eat it, I need to eat very slowly and drink lots of water. Based on this issue you would expect that I wouldn’t eat this offering from Outdoor Gourmet however I like the taste of this meal too much and as a result will take a long time to finish off the meal.
This risotto is excellent, it tastes great, the texture is good and there is the right amount of seasoning. This rice based dish is different enough to all the other dishes on the market from both Outdoor Gourmet and Back Country.
Unlike other companies, Outdoor Gourmet focuses on providing meals for two however their website indicates that this meal is available in a single serve although I have yet to come across it in the stores I visit. I am happy to eat the twin serve particularly towards the end of a two week long trip when I am looking for more calories having used up my body’s reserves by this stage so will often pack some two person servings every 2-3 nights.
The obvious negative with any freeze dried meals, and in particular with Outdoor Gourmet offerings is the price. The normal price sits around the $16 mark and at about $8 per person that isn’t cheap. Having said that, how much do you pay for a fast food meal these days? However the products do have a long shelf life so you can stock up during the regular sales at the outdoor stores.
These meals are very easy to prepare and as long as you can boil water then you are set with preparation time requiring only ten minutes. Although I will usually allow them to sit for 12 minutes and stir half way through. Like all the Outdoor Gourmet meals, the recommended amount of water to add is spot on and provides a good consistency. I have yet to use cold water (and there is no reason why you can’t) however you would need to allow more time (a couple of hours to be ready for eating). 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 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 because you can re-zip the zip lock.
The Outdoor Gourmet Wild Mushrooms and Lamb Risotto is a very good meal option, and despite the issue I have with this type of rice, I will eat this occasionally on longer trips (with care). For most people this is an excellent choice and well worth considering.
Great choice for an easy to prepare meal whether it be on a short or long trip. The Outdoor Gourmet meals are really good for couples being just that little bit bigger which make all the difference after a week on the trail
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The Outdoor Gourmet Company provides a range of nine main meals in a twin serve size In addition to this current review these include:
Outdoor Gourmet Wild Mushrooms and Lamb Risotto as purchased
The bottom of the bag opens out to provide a flat surface. Opening out the base will allow the meal to more evenly rehydrate. If you don’t open the base out, you will get ‘dry pieces’ in your dinner
Unopened Parmesan cheese packet
Outdoor Gourmet Wild Mushrooms and Lamb Risotto rehydrated
Outdoor Gourmet Wild Mushrooms and Lamb Risotto rehydrated with cheese added
Outdoor Gourmet Wild Mushrooms and Lamb Risotto in a bowl
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer