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Ben Balcombe
(chiefsilverback) - F
Advice for a foreigner! on 09/01/2008 18:53:05 MDT Print View

I'm over from the UK for a couple of weeks and I'll be heading up to the White Mountains for the weekend.

Not having any idea about the brands etc... over here can anyone recommend/warn me off any particular brand of backpacking food?

I was in the Cranston, RI REI today and they seem to have quite a large selection of Backpackers Pantry, any particular flavour recommendations?

Also, out of interest, most of the meals I saw say 'serves 2' but is this true, or are they just right for one person after a good day's hiking?

Thanks in advance.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Advice for a foreigner! on 09/01/2008 19:36:38 MDT Print View

Most serve 1 in true terms - a big 1 serving though. If you can, bring some olive oil to drizzle in for fat.

If you have to buy commercial I recommend Mary Janes! Many REI's carry them.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
meal recommendations on 09/01/2008 20:19:18 MDT Print View

Mary Jane's, Mountain House and Alpine Aire all have some great meals.

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: meal recommendations on 09/01/2008 20:41:43 MDT Print View

Mary Jane's sells organic and reasonably healthy stuff compared to the other two.
I think the MH/AA could be beat out by some careful shopping at the local grocery.
Also, the Backpackers Pantry dinner pouches I've seen are usually twice as big as they should be and require cutting the bag shorter, using a long spoon, or cleaning food from your knuckles when you're done eating.

Edited by back2basics on 09/01/2008 20:44:50 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: knife on 09/02/2008 08:42:37 MDT Print View

Don't forget the knife with Backpackers Pantry - they are tall! I agree, if you use them, whack off the top.

Bill B
(bill123) - MLife
Meal Recommendations on 09/02/2008 08:51:24 MDT Print View

Hi Ben,
I'd stay away from Backpackers Pantry. Mary Jane's farm is much better. My favorites dinners in order of preference are:
Organic Black Bean Flakes
Organic Wild Forest Mushroom Couscous
Organic Kettle Chili Soup
ChiliMac
For breakfast I like either Outrageous Outback Oatmeal or the Organic Hot & Creamy Cereal (not as sweet as the Outrageous Outback Oatmeal)

Edited by bill123 on 09/02/2008 09:14:21 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Meal Recommendations on 09/02/2008 10:31:29 MDT Print View

Also...if in a grocery store the Dr. McDougall's cups are good for breakfast (a cup will fill you up!). They make a great barley oatmeal full of freeze dried fruit. Often sold in the "organic section" in big stores. They also make some very good soup cups as well.