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 – Sausage Casserole
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. 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.
This time around I chose their “Sausage Casserole” which includes pork sausages with vegetables in a savoury gravy. These meals typically have a high energy count and this one comes in at 475kcal per pack which should give you a good start for a day’s walking.
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 9 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
The appearance at first is not too appealing when you compare it to a traditional home-made sausage casserole as it does look slightly gloppy. The smell on the other hand really does get the mouth watering. The combination of the smell from the sausages and vegetables really make the meal tempting.
The taste is wonderful.
The sausages are moist, full of flavour and really do hit the spot. The vegetables in the meal consists of potato, carrot, onion and peas with each retaining their flavour and texture really well which is a rare treat for a ready meal of this sort.
Beyond The Beaten Track’s “sausage casserole” is a very tasty meal packed with loads of energy and is easy to heat up while on the go. After a tough day of walking this meal really does hit the spot for those wanting something filling to help them to continue to enjoy their adventure and for a very reasonable price.