For our two Spring Break road trips (Easter Weekend and southern Illinois), Backpacker’s Pantry generously provided sample meals for us to try out and review (way more than we could eat in that time, so we’ll keep tasting and reporting, haha).
The company was founded in 1951 to supply the Girl Scouts with lightweight, nutritious food for the trail, then sold in 1971 to a family that still owns and operates the company out of Boulder, Colorado. Backpacker’s Pantry meals are made up of a combination of Colorado Spice products (sister company), and freeze-dried and dehydrated ingredients. The first time all of the ingredients are cooked together is in the bag.
Backpacker’s Pantry bills itself as the gourmet camp food provider, and the entrées do have some unusual options (pesto salmon anyone?), which is great as it gives a lot more choices when out join the field. We did struggle a bit to get the amount of water right; overall the tastes were great, but sometimes a bit too much or too little water. Breakfasts really shine, as their Granola comes with powdered milk for a taste reminiscent to home. The multigrain pancakes cooked up beautifully, though I needed more salt and some sweetness – a bit plain for my taste.
We’d definitely bring along Backpacker’s Pantry on future trips – the unusual options and wide variety of diets accommodated (Milk Free, Wheat Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, and Vegan) means most people should be able to find something that works for them.
As mentioned, Backpacker’s Pantry provided us with many samples of their entrées, so keep an eye on all the Midwest Basecamp social media channels for ongoing mini-reviews.
Products provided for review purposes – all opinions are my own.