|At £1.24 a pack in Sainsburys – I just had to buy 2 boxes of these tasty meals|
OK – post title is a little extravagant. But what with all my trips out in the Peak District filming, budget for food and other essentials has come to the forefront of my mind and planning.
Purchasing a weeks worth of meals can prove to be quite expensive – especially where freeze dried or dehydrated meals are concerned.
The best freeze dried food I’ve ever had the pleasure of munching on are produced by Fuizion. Even so, they are quite pricey when I need to buy in bulk. And when it comes to the equivalent with other brands such as Expedition Foods or Be Well – I find the taste and texture somewhat disappointing in comparison.
Wet meals such as Wayfarers or Look What We Found – though very tasty, are inevitably bulky and heavy.
All said and done, as time has passed I’ve become accustomed to taking a mixture of the above meals for the sake of taste, weight, pack size and cost. But it all makes a dent in my pocket – and my budget can be quite tight at times.
So, inevitably I’ve come round to the idea of making my own meals for backpacking trips.
Now, I know there’s a great deal on this subject to be found online (unbelievable the concoctions some people come up with) but I want to keep things simple.
The aim for me is to produce hearty meals that don’t weigh too much (the lighter the better), reasonable pack size and require only my Trail Designs Caldera Cone meths stove with MSR Titan Kettle
And if I’m honest – I’d love to come up with a way of producing a good old fashioned english breakfast! Not a tinned version or the common ‘baked beans and sausages’.
So, for a first attempt at this malarkey – here’s a poor mans version of a Thai style meal:
John West Sweet Thai and Red Chilli seared tuna steak – 142g’s and 160kcals approx. Cost? £2
Rice done in about 7 minutes, and the tuna steak is added – which you can eat cold by the way – but mixed in for a bit of a warming up. And job’s a gud’un!
So, calorie wise it’s not too bad – usually, I’ll have a chocolate drink or some nuts to bump up the energy – and the packs are slim and small and the total weight aint too bad. A little less than a standard wet meal but a lot more filling.
It transpired to be a bloody tasty meal and a cheap one, too!
So, every couple of weeks or so, I’m gonna post up a meal such as this that I’ve been trying to concoct and let you know if it was easy to make and tasted good etc.
Feel free to recommend any you have come up with or produce. I’m all ears – but it must stick closely to my aims and set up as mentioned above. That’s the whole idea to it all.
Oh, and before I log off and get packing for my next soiree into the Peak District (heading for the Upper Derwent Valley, Bleaklow, Kinder area for a few days) it’s worth noting that Look What We Found meals have now started producing their pouches with no labels on.
So, you can chuck the pouch into your pot and boil away knowing you can use the water for a drink afterwards with no glue or bits of paper etc mixed in.
I’ve only come across two meals in their range that have this set up – the others still have labelling on…..