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Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Packit Gourmet on 04/18/2010 20:49:30 MDT Print View

I made the Austintacious Tortilla Soup for my wife. She loved it. I followed the cook in the pot directions. How much difference in taste/texture is there with the cook in the bag method? Taste and texture are very important to her.

Is their chicken good? I was considering raman noodles and foil pouch chicken for another meal, but with the success of the soup I'm considering trying their chicken

They included some instant coffee. Is it even worth trying? I won't drink "standard" instants and the Starbucks via is okay.

I'm hopeful that I've found a winner here. My wife was VERY skeptical of "backpack food". She's very hopeful that their other stuff will be good now. :8^)

Edited by Hitech on 04/18/2010 20:50:08 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Packit Gourmet on 04/19/2010 09:50:12 MDT Print View

If the instant coffee was an Asian one they are quite good but you might find it sweet.

On the chicken, yes, freeze dried chicken is great tasting.

On the soup, the in-the-bag method won't be as good but is still great tasting. But for other meals they sell the bag method is great (like the couscous cranberry salad they sell - fantastic done in a bag).

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Tuscon Beef Stew on 04/19/2010 10:23:56 MDT Print View

That's next. I'm assuming it is better done by the cook in pot directions.

Thanks! I was hoping you'd respond to this post. :8^)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Tuscon Beef Stew on 04/19/2010 15:00:22 MDT Print View

Yeah....stews, chowders and soups are the one type of meal that does better in a pot - and I will freely admit that!

Haven't tried the Tucson Stew though (wow, a PIG meal I missed??) Have to try that one out!

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Thanks, again! on 04/19/2010 15:14:20 MDT Print View

Thanks. I kinda figured they would, but you never know.

I will have to let you know what we think of it. Next after that is the burger wrap and the breakfast burrito. I'm not too hopefull with the breakfast burrito (eggs just don't seem to reconstitute well), but we'll see.

BTW, thanks for all the information you have provided in this area. It was thru your web site that I found Packit Gourmet in the first place. :8^)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Thanks, again! on 04/20/2010 09:26:29 MDT Print View

The breakfast burritos are tasty!!

Btw, unlike so many dried eggs out there the ones that PIG uses actually taste like eggs. Do use plenty of oil when cooking them and preferably a slick non stick pan.

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
eggs on 04/20/2010 10:36:04 MDT Print View

and which ones does pig use?

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: eggs on 04/20/2010 11:20:20 MDT Print View

Ova brand is one of two they use, Ova is amazing for taste. Personally, just buy a packet of Ova and try them out!

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Tuscan Beef Stew on 04/21/2010 21:09:52 MDT Print View

Just had the Tuscan beef stew for dinner. It was excellent! Not excellent for backpacking food, but simply excellent. If the burger wrap and the Texmex breakfast taco are even remotely good we will be ordering from Packit Gourmet without hesitation. And I'm very optimistic now. :8^)

Who knew FD food could be so good?!? Their choice of spices really makes a difference.

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Final review :8^) on 05/05/2010 12:16:37 MDT Print View

Just thought I'd update this.

Tried the American Burger Wrap and it was okay. Certainly better than I expected, but then I expected it to not be editable. ;^)

Also tried the breakfast burrito. Pretty good. I went back for seconds, so how bad could it be. I did add cheese, and I'll do that on the trail also.

We've decided that we can order anything that sounds good from Packit Gourmet and not worry about going hungry on the trail. Best of all, we'll probably eat well. :8^)

I can't wait to give some of my "all backpack food tastes like crap" friends some of the tortilla soup.

Marilyn Pitts
(Maire) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: OvaEasy Eggs on 05/12/2010 11:04:40 MDT Print View

Just wanted to give an additional huge thumbs-up to the OvaEasy egg mixture that Packit Gourmet sells. This has become our typical backpacking breakfast of choice. I mix a little dried milk in, some water--and instant scrambled eggs that pass for the real egg thing. In fact, my fellow packers were amazed how it tasted "just like real scrambled eggs." I typically add in some rehydrated veges, such as tomatoes, broccoli, onions, spinach, etc.