Keeping yourself fed while out walking the countryside, hills and mountains of Scotland is essential.
Like any activity, walking burns energy and keeping your body provided with that energy is important.
When, as a youngster, I headed off to the hills for a weekend camping trip, I used to throw tins of beans, soup or some other kind of tinned food in my pack and off I would go. As I became more accustomed to walking and camping I realised that every gram that I put in my pack meant burning more energy carrying it.
I began to look for better solutions in the form of fresh food prepared at home. I found that by preparing my own food my pack weighed less and my camping trips were more enjoyable thanks to better tasting and healthy meals. Not everyone has the ability to rustle up their own tasty ready to go meals and this is where off-the-shelf solutions come into play.
Outdoor Ready Meals
There are numerous manufacturers producing ready meals for the outdoors community and I am sure that many of you have seen these in your local camping store or favourite outdoors website and wondered if they are actually any good and that is why the Walk Fife team have decided to run a series of reviews covering them to let you know what they are actually like.
We will be each be reviewing different meals while out on our adventures and we will give you an honest opinion of what we think of each.
Be Well Expedition Food – Mixed Fruit Custard
Be Well have been producing expedition foods for years and have become well known for their easy to heat and tasty to eat ready meals. I was first introduced to their ready meals many years ago when winter camping in the Scottish Highlands by a good climbing friend of mine.
For the review I thought I would chose their “Mixed Fruit Custard” which is a freeze dried dessert. Most of the meals from Be Well have a high energy count and this option comes in at 732kcal per pack which should give you enough fuel for an adventure in the mountains.
The dessert is supplied in a tough foil package and it has a long shelf life.
Freeze dried foods are generally very easy to rehydrate and heat up. In this case you firstly have to loosen up the content of the packet by giving it a good shake. Next tear open the packet and open it up so base of the packet is expanded. This allows the packet to be free standing (see picture right).
New you need to boil up some water on your stove. You can choose to eat this particular dessert cold but I wouldn’t advise it. Once the water has boiled, carefully pour it into the packet up to the fill level marked on the external of the packet.
Stir the contents thoroughly and then carefully seal the packet up and allow it to sit for 6-7 minutes. The food will begin to rehydrate.
Once the time has elapsed, open the packet carefully and stir thoroughly again before eating. You can eat directly out of the packet or serve it up into bowls or mugs. There is enough in this packet to give a generous portion to two people.
Appearance, Smell and Taste
The custard looks like you would expect from a dessert and looks appetising (especially a chilly snow scape). The custard tastes really nice and the fruit mixed throughout adds some nice taste and texture.
The fruit consists of dried currants, sultanas, black currants, orange peel, lemon peel, apple flakes and raisins all of which adds to the sweet and tasty smell of the dessert.
The taste, texture and smell of food is good morale raiser when out on the hills especially in the colder months when you may be cold and wet. A good meal can make the difference between having a good day or a bad day when out on the hills.
Be Well have really hit the mark with this dessert and provides plenty of energy especially when served up after a main meal. I will be sticking a packet of this in my rucksack the next time I go wild camping.
A tasty treat to keep you going!