Here’s another quick backpacking food review for everyone. Today I tried out the Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes from Backpacker’s Pantry. For a side dish, this is a great little pouch to carry with you when on a short weekend backpacking trip or just an overnighter. The package has two servings and only weighs 3.2 ounces.
The package calls for just 1 and 3/4 cups of boiling water. The most important part is to make sure you fully stir the flakes with the water before sealing the bag back up. Now, the package doesn’t really say if you should add the water to the package or if you should add the flakes to your pot/bowl. If you are going to add the flakes to your pot, you need to be sure to cover it for the heat to stay in.The waiting time on this meal is 13 minutes, which is a little long for me.
If you leave the flakes in the bag and at the water to it, it can be hard to completely stir all the contents up. I was using just a regular length spoon and it was hard to reach the bottom of the bag to be able to
The bottom is where the garlic and herb spices are so you could wind up with pockets of flavoring or flakes that are not mixed in.
Two solutions here: One is if you add the water to the bag, be sure you use a long handled spoon like the GSI Outdoors Rehydrate Spoon or the REI Campware Long Spoon. The second would be to mix the flakes and water in your pot and use the lid to keep the heat in while everything hydrates.
Overall the taste is pretty much what you would expect for mashed potatoes flakes. The “garlic” flavor is not really there and the herb doesn’t do too much either to the flavoring. Adding salt and pepper to your serving is most likely a must to help the flavor.
Retail price for the package is $3.00 but you can find them for close to $2.25 around the web.
Would I recommend them? Yea, sure. They are a nice little addition to a backcountry meal and there is nothing to really screw up when making them. But be sure to have your spice kit handy to help spice them up a little bit.
|Serving size||1/2 package|
|Servings per container||2|
|Calories per serving||190|
|Calories from fat||50|
|Total fat||5 gram|
|Saturated fat||3 grams|
|Trans fat||0 grams|
|Dietary fiber||3 grams|
Anyone else had this issue? Do you like the Backpacker’s Pantry Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes? Let me know your experiences in the comments!