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Bland but filling and lots of protein
I usually try and do physically demanding hikes that require a lot of protein in order to recover properly for the next day. That said, I bought the mac and cheese solely because it has 20 grams of protein per serving and was planning on eating the whole meal anyway (which is usual for me) It was good and filling but like others have said it's a little bland. Bring some salt, paprika,etc or like a previous reviewer said mix it with another mountain house that's packed with flavor like buffalo chicken.
This is some pretty decent Mac n cheese. It's a classic meal, but I think it was jut a tad bland for my taste buds. Bring a little seasoning packet along and you're set.
Good... But my expectations were higher.
I'm going to give this 5 stars, because it was good and filling, but there was still something lacking... I can't quite put my finger on it.
Be sure to use a little less water than the recipie calls for, or you'll end up with soup.
Used for emergency kit
- Gender: Male
I picked up many different meals and sizes of this product for an emergency kit rather than for use camping or backpacking. I have used this brand for backpacking in the past and I am always impressed with their flavor and how fulfilling the meals are.
Feel like a kid again
- Gender: Male
Eating a plate full of mac and cheese makes me feel like I'm getting away with something. This hit the spot just don't know if I could classify it as a meal like I did when I was young
backpacking food favorite!
So I mix this with the buffalo chicken wrap meal http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-house-buffalo-style-chicken-wrap
This meal is quick, easy, and delicious. The mac is a little "plain" on its own, but the buffalo chicken livens it up. Mixing with the mac & cheese makes the chicken a meal without having to tote the tortillas.
My backcountry menu:
Rather than write a small review for each individual item I recently purchased I thought I would share it all in one concise review. (Note with most Mountain House I add 2-3 oz less than it recommends)
Backpacker's Pantry Granola with Blueberries and Milk Favorite :) (serve warm)
AlpineAire Strawberry Honey Granola With Milk healthy and good! (serve warm)
Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet (needs pan) best quick eggs I have tried.
Mountain House Chicken Ala King Favorite :)
Backpacker's Pantry Katmandu Curry - Yum
Mountain House Macaroni And Cheese Oh to be a kid again!
AlpineAire Chicken Gumbo Delicious
Mountain House Potatoes And Cheddar With Broccoli Favorite :)
Mary Janes Farm Organic Garlic Pesto Fry Bread I love bread! (bring oil)
Mountain House Peas Eat your veggies! Add 1-2 oz less water
Mountain House Corn Favorite, Add 1-2 oz less water :)
Mountain House Green Beans Add 1-2 oz less water
Mary Janes Farm Organic Brownies Yes really good!
Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwich Dont get the Neapolitan, this is much better.
Mountain House Blueberry Cheesecake Nice size berries, make in a bowl NOT the package. (Note it will NOT keep
Backpacker's Pantry Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes The Mountain House Potatoes and Cheddar with Broccoli are MUCH
better even the resident mouse in our cave didnt like it.
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs With Bacon - Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet is much better IMO but requires a
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs With Ham - Backpacker's Pantry Denver Omelet is much better IMO but requires a pan.
Mary Janes Farm Organic Couscous And Lentil Curry Not bad but I like my curry with more curry!
Mary Janes Farm Organic Black Bean Corn Bread Not bad but NOT cornbread just a bread with some cornmeal in it.
Mountain House Noodles And Chicken Yet to try will update
Mountain House Pasta Primavera Yet to try will update
Mountain House Mexican Chicken With Rice Yet to try will update
Mary Janes Farm Organic Alfredo Pasta Yet to try will update
Backpacker's Pantry Chana Masala Yet to try will update
Really filling for one person (I almost couldn't finish it) and pretty tasty. However, like others have stated, let it cook longer than it says if you don't like a few partially crunchy noodles.
tasty, but macaroni not fully hydrated
Had this on a 3 day backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada. It would've been great if the Macaroni had cooked all the way through, but I was left with macaroni that was soft on the outside and hard on the inside. Totally edible, and better than a lot of other freeze dried meals I've had, but not amazing. I waited an extra 10 minutes trying to get the macaroni to fully hydrate, but to no avail. I'd be willing to try again and hope that it cooks the next time.
Chee to the eesy
For cheese lovers like myself this is the ticket. Light, easy to pack, and delicious. A crucial combination when on the trail. Pregnant wife approved.
I loved these so much while camping in the desert, with a jetboil there is no easier meal...besides granola of course. I like this mac n cheese so much that I sometimes sneak it while at home.
Has good flavor but the macaroni tends to be a little chewy.
Kids will love it!
My daughter loved this entree! Very hearty! She was only able to eat 1/2 bag. I tasted it and thought it was very good. Needed to heat 12 minutes instead of 10 to thoroughly cook it, though.
Fawkin Great Gut-filler!
I always take these along whether on a day hike, over-nighter, or multi-day treks.
They taste great and very filling.
Not too good
Way to cheesy for my taste. Was more like Mac and Cheese soup. I used less water then recipe called for. I would not recommend this one.
It's not bad, honestly, but it's a little watery so I'd say wait 5 minutes longer than what it says to cook it for. It's like Velvetta but not as cheesy...
This Mac 'n Cheese tastes much better than anything you can buy in the store. It is also extremely light and easy to prepare. I'll definitely be ordering this meal again!
Another great meal on the trail!
This was really nice and you can get it done with 2 cups of boiled water. You leave it for 10 minutes at least, I recommend 15 for a full cook and the sauce mixes nicely. for a dehydrated food this was great and it did feed two!
Stick with other MH meals
This is the least favorite Mountain House meal for me and most of the rest of the group. It was decent because it is easy to make and clean up, but I would rather clean up Kraft M&C than eat this again. It did not taste too bad and we all ate it. Use a little less water than directed and the consistency will be better. If you are really hardcore, drink the cheese juice leftover. I was not that extreme and packed out the juice. The guys that drank the juice were the same rotten banana eaters of the AlpineAire granola.