|Rating:||8.4 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.9 / 2.5|
|Taste||1.8 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.4 / 2.5|
This is the first of the beef options that I’ve tried from Radix Nutrition and if I’m honest this meal ended up being a bit hit and miss. First up let’s look at the positives. As is common with the rest of the Radix range, the packaging is very attractive and grabs your attention in store which is half the battle with this ever growing segment of the market. The packaging across the range is also very small and while you could be fooled into thinking there isn’t much food in the bag, its comparable if not lighter weight-wise when compared to other brands. As big an eater as I am, I found that the meal size I tried which was the 400 calories sizing (this meal offering is also available in 600 and 800 calorie sizes), was a great single serve size and did fill me up.
In all honesty when travelling as a solo hiker I think that this size will suit me well for what typically ends up being my dinner. The other plus with this compact packing is that it takes up less space in your pack. One thing that the Radix packaging doesn’t do that other outdoor companies offer, is that the base doesn’t open out. Having said that the interior of the Radix packaging doesn’t have any narrow corners to trap food – the packs are stable as they are. The packaging also contains all the relevant nutritional and ingredient information you need and the ingredients are very recognisable with Radix using real ingredients. Be warned that if you have a nut allergy, this meal isn’t for you if you have a nut allergy – while it doesn’t contain nuts the packaging does have a nut warning.
The recommendation for rehydrating was to add 175 ml of boiling water and let sit for five minutes to rehydrate. Both the quantity of water and timing was again spot on providing a good consistency. The thing I’m coming to love about the Radix meals is the texture and this meal is no different adding to the overall eating experience.
Taste wise this meal was enjoyable meal, not bland but not spicy with a ‘barbecue’ taste that can best be described as Lapsang Sousching tea. As such the taste is polarising and you’ll either love it or hate it. I loved it while I was eating it but I was left with a bit of an aftertaste that detracted form the meal. This is going to be a very personal consideration so I’d suggest testing it out to see what you think before taking it on a hike.
Price-wise this meal sells at AUD $12.90 RRP and is comparable to to other brands of the same size, even more so when you look at the quality of what you get and all in a tiny little package.
So what’s the final verdict? I think that the smokey taste of this meal will be polarising with some hikers loving it and others not. While I thoroughly enjoyed this meal the smokey aftertaste means that while I will happily eat it if its on offer, other meals like the Radix Turkish Falafel or the Radix Lamb, Mint and Rosemary will be my first picks.
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Radix produces a wide range of meals providing a range calories. The Radix Nutrition Barbecue Beef comes in 400, 600 and 800 calorie sizings
AUD $12.90 RRP
Radix Nutrition Barbecue Beef in the packet
Tear points on the bag. Either open-rehydrate-serve-eat, or tear down the bag and eat from the ‘bowl’
Radix Nutrition Barbecue Beef – the facts for the 400 calorie size image 1
Radix Nutrition Barbecue Beef nutrient and ingredient list
Radix Nutrition Barbecue Beef in open bag
Radix Nutrition Barbecue Beef rehydrated and ready to eat
This review was done with product provided for test by Radix Nutrition