I love getting out and exploring and I’m also rather fond of food, so when I was asked to sample some expedition meals from Summit To Eat I jumped at the chance!
I was sent four pouches containing the following meals to try:
Breakfast – Morning Oats with Raspberry
Main – Pasta Bolognaise and Vegetable Chipotle Chilli with Rice (one of the vegetarian options)
Dessert – Chocolate Mousse with Cherry and Granola
The meals were very straightforward to prepare: just tear open the pouch, add water (hot or cold depending on the meal, using the handy lines on the inside of the pouch so there is no need to measure out the water), re-seal and wait for as long as instructed… then open, stir well and eat! Quick and easy meals for when you’re on the go!
I tried the Morning Oats with Raspberry for breakfast and, I have to say, I was pretty impressed. The raspberry flavour was lovely and the consistency of the oats was just right… in only four minutes I had a lovely, hot porridge breakfast which was very welcome on a cold February morning!
For the main meals, I had the Vegetable Chipotle Chilli with Rice and my daughter had the Pasta Bolognaise. The Chilli was very tasty with a bit of a kick to it (which I loved) and it was not at all like I expected – it tasted like a ‘proper’ meal, rather than something out of a packet! Having looked into it, I found out that the meals are cooked in the conventional way and then freeze dried, hence they taste so much like a regular meal – because they are!
My daughter absolutely loved the Pasta Bolognaise (it’s her favourite meal anyway!) – she thought the flavour was scrummy and that it was very filling… and as she is a competitive swimmer she has a pretty big appetite!
But probably our favourite pouch was the Chocolate Mousse with Cherry and Granola – we both agreed it was an absolutely delicious dessert and it was so easy to make as you just add cold water! The chocolate flavour was rich and went beautifully with the sharpness of the cherry pieces and the crunchy granola.
So I loved the meals themselves, but how do the pouches stack up from a practical point of view:
- There is no mess… this would make them great for festivals or expeditions where pot washing facilities are generally limited. You eat them straight from the pouch and then throw it away – simple!
- The only thing you need to make a decent meal is water (and something to heat it up in for the pouches that require hot water).
- They are lightweight and do not take up a lot of room.
- The nutritional information is clearly displayed on the front of each pouch.
I can think of a number of different situations where this type of food would be perfect (due to limited space/time/utensils/fuel/etc), such as:
- Long-distance walks/treks
… and there are probably more that I haven’t thought of!
The pouches retail at between £4.50 and £5.50 each or you can buy kits containing various pouches priced from £9.95 to £49.50… so they are not particularly cheap – however, it’s worth bearing in mind that they cost significantly less than it would cost you to eat out whilst camping or at a festival! They are also extremely convenient and, in my opinion, they are definitely well worth the money if you are in a situation where you do not have proper cooking facilities…
I will definitely be taking some of these Summit To Eat pouches next time we go camping/to a festival – they are easy to use and the breakfast, mains and dessert we tried were all delicious!
**This post was sponsored by Summit To Eat**