So you wanna save weight but eat well? Not alot of time to prep for a trip? Here is THE yummy DIY starter box of important veggies for trail stompers. Its smartly packed and resealable. Comes as advertised: Tomatoes, Celery, Corn, Diced Potatoes, Carrots, Cabbage, Onions, Peas, Lentils, Beans - Black Pinto Northern Red and Green. And PEPPERS ! nothing hot (boo hoo) I was able to make 10 days of large dinners by adding some spices, dehy butter, noodles, rice and cans of meat. Tuna cass, Chicken Stew, Chili and Gumbo. Also did a skillet scramble, with a little help from some eggs and cheese powder, lots of combos. SO for me this would have been 5 stars IF they had some meat with the box, powdered butter and cheese but its a starter box and the nutrition info is on the back (way cool) helps with planning and knowing your intake. In all, its a good no preservative no additives (like tons of salt) healthy way to eat on the trail. I am holding out hope for an organic selection in the future. Gonk tested Gonk approved.
Healthy Foods in the Backwoods
Unhappy with the prepackaged options available on the market, I thought I could create healthier meals on my own so that's what lead me to the Backpacking Kit. The meal kit does not contain sodium so you are able to control the amount in your food. I use the boil in a bag method for cooking. You can reduce cook time if you pre-soak the vegatables before you cook so in the morning before I head out I add water so they are nice and soft by dinner time. I add them to pasta and usually add a protein. Also use bouillon cubes and other seasonings to add flavor. Great recipes included, but you can create your own. Great way to save money while on the trail and have something healthy to eat!!!
My best friend and I split this kit for a 10 day backpacking trip, and loved it. We prepared the meals a head of time by combining ingredients into one of the bags using the provided recipes or our own. You might want to buy rice or noodles and spices. At the end of the trip we still had extra, which we have used for weekend backpacking trips. I probably wouldn't want to use the kit for long trips because I would be too tired to care about a creative meal, but for a 10 day trip and weekend trips the Harmony House pack was awesome.
I would buy this product again and again
I used this product while rafting down the Grand Canyon. It was a great lunch/dinner option for me because I am gluten free and opted out of the group meals.. We didn't have much space so it worked perfectly. I brought along a couple things of chicken broth and just mixed everything with that a hot/cold water depending on the mood. Everything tasted great. I loved the beans, onions, carrots and cabbage the most. I was gone for 12 days and came back with enough to last me another week or so! I would definitely take it on a back packing trip or even camping.
My new standard for thru-hiking
I purchased this amazing box of goodies for a 3-day, 2-night getaway for two, and there was plenty of food left over. I was overwhelmed by how many different ingredients were in the box. The recipe list also helped since I was in a hurry when making the purchase and didn't have time to look up what I was able to make with all the ingredients in the box.
If every stop on the Appalachian Trail carried this box, life would have been so much more simple and MUCH more cheaper when I hiked for 2 months on the AT last year.
You can't go wrong here
As a backcountry cookbook author and recipe developer I have used nearly every item that Harmony House Foods carries. Simply put their items are some of the best out there.
Their items work both in cold and hot meals. The beans are precooked so only need to be rehydrated to eat. All the vegetable are diced for quick use.
If you like eating a wide range of food and you like good taste get the Backpackers kit. It will last you through many trips, has great shelf life and you will find yourself eating better than ever!
I thought this was a great price when I saw it! After I picked it up that day I made a meal with it, just adding rice and it was pretty good! Cooks fast, and there is enough variety to keep your taste buds satisfied (maybe bring a little seasoning to bring up the flavor). Makes a lot of food, so you only have to bring a few bags with you and it will last several weekend camping trips.
This product is great. Not only is it light weight and easy to cook, you don't have to use much of it per meal. These pack small and taste great. They spice up every meal. No more tasteless meals just for energy. They even spice up Ramen noodles! Great for long treks. The pack comes with recipes that are really good and easy to make.
Great and easy to use product.
If you are looking for lightweight, healthy meals (and gluten-free to boot) then look no further.
I have made and combined the meals with the recipes provided, and have also added to other food products to make it either go further, or improve taste.
Great product, and hard to beat the price compared to other dehydrated/freeze-dried food products.
certainly tasty, but not perfect
I love that this pack makes backpacking trips ultra light while having variety. The only problem is the claim that you can just cook and eat with no soaking. Eating without soaking makes the digestive tract unhappy. Soaking is a must. With soaking, these vegetables are simply marvelous to have around.