This March, I will be going on a 60 mile hike. I like to eat Mountain House dinners when I go on hikes. I think they taste awesome especially after a long day of hiking up and down hills and being exhausted. I think they are better than Coleman or BackPacker dinners. Working on my menu for a five day hike, I knew that I was not going to be able to afford to have a Mountain House meal each breakfast and supper so I had to do some research on what works best.
I came across Eric the Black’s website chocked full of good information. I ran across one post where he mentioned Knorr Pasta Side dishes. I looked more into them and thought it may be a good idea to try them. My wife went shopping and bought me a couple of the meals. I knew I needed to be sure they were gonna work before I went out on the trail so I decided to test one of them in my cook-set.
The pack says to use 2 cups of water. I’ve always felt that was too much for any freeze dried meal I’ve had. Eric says to use 1 3/4 cups of water. I still feel like it was a little much. I think 1 1/2 cups might be just right. I went with Eric’s recommendation of 1 3/4 cups of water.
I used the Knorr Alfredo Broccoli. You can see in the picture that it looks like strips of dried pasta. It smelled rather nice in the bag. Don’t be fooled to think that there’s not much in the bag. It’s not like Lays potato chips where most of the bag is fluff. Sure the bag is full of space but when rehydrated the pasta makes a nice sized meal.
I boiled the water then turned the stove off and poured the pasta into pot. If you’re an ultralight hiker, try not to criticize my painfully heavy cook-set. I use a Coleman stove and fuel tank. I also use a Coleman pot set. One day, maybe my wallet can afford the lighter side of life. 😉
I let the pasta sit for ten minutes while I went to my office to work and let it sit there and do it’s thing. I stirred it once about five minutes in. As you can see, it didn’t soak all the water so it was a little soupy. This is why I feel a cup and a half would be sufficient. All the pasta strips rehydrated just fine.
I added some tuna to the pasta for protein. The one mistake I made (but had no choice really) was I added spicy tuna to an Italian seasoned pasta. It’s all I had. I must admit, it wasn’t bad. To a hungry hiker who’s ready to sit and enjoy a meal regardless of what it is, this meal would make one heck of a dinner at the end of a long day of hiking. I highly recommend it. It’s far cheaper. The pasta costed me a dollar. The tuna was a dollar and some change. Compared to the Mountain House dinners ranging from $5-$8, this meal comes in at a bargain. It feels a tad heavier but not enough for me to make a fuss. Maybe to an ultralight hiker it would weigh too much but I’ll deal with the weight to save me some money.