Review: Backpacker’s Pantry Freeze-Dried Meals – A Skier’s Tasty Companion

Clay Malott |
Backpacker’s Pantry meals. Credit: Backpacker’s Pantry

As a skier, you know that staying fueled and energized during your adventures is crucial. Whether you’re carving down a resort or poking around in the backcountry, it’s essential to have access to nutritious and delicious meals to keep you going. Enter Backpacker’s Pantry, a brand that offers a variety of freeze-dried meals catered to the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. I had the opportunity to take a look at and test three meals from Backpacker’s Pantry: “Three Cheese Mac & Cheese”, “Pad Thai with Chicken”, and “Blueberry Peach Crisp”.

One of the most significant selling points of Backpacker’s Pantry meals is the ease of transport and preparation. I was certainly impressed by both the ease of transport and preparation. All Backpacker’s Pantry meals come in lightweight, compact pouches that easily fit into your backpack or even jacket pockets. If you’re skiing in the resort, all you need to do is pop into a lodge, get some hot water, and wait a few minutes until you’re good to go. The meals that I tested only took 15 minutes of rehydration time, so I was back out ripping in no time. In the backcountry, enjoying one of these meals means carrying a thermos with hot water. This might add a bit of weight to your gear, but for many, including me on cold days, the convenience of having a convenient, hot meal far outweighs the extra load. For overnight trips, you’ll likely have a stove going for water anyway, making these meals a perfect option for breakfast, dinner, or even dessert. Backpacker’s Pantry sells both single and double serving meals, meaning you can enjoy your meal either alone or with a partner.

Each meal offers a balanced mix of carbs, proteins, and fats to ensure you stay fueled and ready for action. Additionally, Backpacker’s Pantry uses all-natural ingredients and avoids artificial preservatives, ensuring you’re getting the best quality food to fuel your body. After each meal, I felt energized and ready to rip.

Of course, one of the most crucial aspects of any meal is its taste. Backpacker’s Pantry absolutely delivers on this front. The “Three Cheese Mac & Cheese” offered a creamy, cheesy comfort food experience that was perfect to warm me up on a cold day. The “Pad Thai with Chicken” brought a taste of Thailand to the slopes, with a tangy, savory blend of flavors that hit the spot after a long day of skiing. And finally, the “Blueberry Peach Crisp” served as a delightful and fruity dessert that’s both sweet and refreshing, providing a fitting end to my ski day. Personally, I loved the Pad Thai most, but all of the meals were quite delicious.

Backpacker's Pantry | Freeze-Dried Emergency & Backpacking Food |
The rehydrated Pad Thai. Credit: Prep SOS

In conclusion, Backpacker’s Pantry freeze-dried meals prove to be a tasty and convenient option for skiers looking to stay fueled during their adventures. And if you’re skiing in the resort, would you rather pay for that 20-dollar hamburger or a delicious 8-dollar meal of curry or lasagna? With easy preparation, nutritional value, delicious taste, and packable design, these meals have earned their spot as a must-have for both resort and backcountry skiing.

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