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.
Beyond The Beaten Track – All Day Breakfast
Beyond The Beaten Track have been producing ready meals for the outdoors consumer for many years. They recently were awarded with the DoE “Recommend Kit “ status for their ease of use and high quality.
For this review I chose their “All Day Breakfast” which includes bacon, sausage, omelette and beans in a sweet tomato sauce. These meals typically have a high energy count and this one comes in at 405kcal per pack which should give you a good start for a day’s walking.
Each meal is supplied in a tough foil package and they have a long shelf life and do not need to be refrigerated for storage.
These ready meals are produced to be eaten either hot or cold but in my experience they taste much better eaten after heating. Warming them top is fairly simply just empty the content into a suitable pot and heat on your stove or you can place the unopened foil pouch into boiling water for 7-8 minutes then carefully open and tuck in.
Both cooking methods produce the same results but the boil-in-the-bag option means that you don’t have to clean up your pot afterwards which is ideal if water is scarce at your campsite leaving your pot ready for brewing up a cuppa.
Appearance and Taste
To some the meal looks like a unappealing lumpy orange mush which may make some fussy eaters turn their noses up to it but don’t let that put you off. When to comes to camping food, both taste and the ability to provide you with plenty of energy is more important than what it looks like.
It smells like a typical all day breakfast and after a night wild camping on a chilly hillside that is a smell that is very welcome I can tell you.
In terms of taste it is fairly nice. Ok it it won’t compare to the cooked breakfast you may have had at home or from your favourite walkers cafe but it still tastes good and there is plenty of it which gave me a good start to a day’s walking in the hills.
With the “All Day Breakfast”, Beyond The Beaten Track have produced a easy to deploy meal that hits the spot for those wanting something filling and packed with energy to help them enjoy their trip into the outdoors and for a very reasonable price.