Rating: 5 / 5
I just got back from a Wind River Range traverse in which I tried a couple of Mary Jane's Farm meals for the first time- I had never heard of them- and I'm impressed.
Fist, my caveat: I have learned that I HATE instant rice, and the instant Red Beans & Rice MJF meal that I tried proved to be no exception. But I think that's my foible, not an issue with the meal.
Otherwise I tried two pasta dishes: the Mac & Cheese and the Red Pesto Pasta, and both were frankly outstanding! Both are boil-in-bag style, which is what I do. At the very bottom on each a couple of elbows (literally, 1 or 2) of pasta were still slightly crunchy, but I think that was a function of my impatience and hunger leading me to not let it sit long enough. The water volume quoted in the recipe otherwise seemed spot on.
As usual with prepackaged hiking meals, it probably takes more like two of them to satiate a ravenous post-hike 40-something male.
I'll make two further comments that I believe are apropos:
First, the bag: these are rather neat. They are a sort of waterproof lined paper in which the boil-in-bag meal can be made. It is much easier to trim this bag down to an appropriate bowl size with scissors than it is to do so with a ziplock. This avoids the need for a cumbersome long handled spoon or potentially-messy edge-folding schemes. They have fold-out flat bases so that they can stand upright, which work quite well and also makes for a better bowl. And they are burnable (we used one as kindling).
Second apropos point: I am delighted to learn on shop.maryjanesfarm.org that these meals are all available in bulk 3-lb (~18-serving) bags. I think that these bulk bags do NOT include the neat paper bags that I just mentioned, though. Still, bulk ordering is a nice feature.
Rest assured, I'll be trying out more recipes from MJF.