Based on these reviews and others, I bought some Hawk Vittles for our JMT trip this month. I violated my cardinal rule of not taking new food without trying at home, but the reviews were so positive. I used the cook-in-bag method and I also placed the bag in a cozy to ensure it stayed hot while cooking. I also let it cook for a few minutes more than the instructions.
First dinner - Beef Stew. Now, we were high (10,000'+) in the Sierra's, but the noodles were undercooked. But more importantly, the taste was bland. Was the double pack sufficient for 2 people? Yes, because we struggled choking it down.
Second dinner - Lasagna. This time, I let it cook 5 minutes longer in the bag in the cozy. But still the noodles were crunchy. And it was more bland than the Beef Stew. This was after a hard day of climbing over Muir Pass and we were starving. I added some hot sauce, but the taste profile was just bland.
Breakfast - Packers potatoes. In the hiker bin at Muir Trail Ranch...
If I'm going to pay twice the price for a specialty dehydrated product, it should be better than Mountain House. I'm tired of Mountain House, but the equivalent product (Beef Stew and Lasagna) is better than Hawk Vittles. Since this product was originally designed for cooking in a pot for 15 minutes over a low flame, my guess is that the cook-in-bag method only works in the low hills of the East Coast. I can't even imagine the result without a cozy.