Today was the second day in a row where temperatures have been over 90 degrees F in Massachusetts and firing up my stove was not on the agenda. So I decided to try Packit Gourmet’s Cajun Ranch Chicken Salad this evening, which just needs 3/4 of a cup of regular water to make.
This meal comes with a seasoned bag of dehydrated chicken, a small packet of cranberries, a packet of ranch dressing and two small packets of mayonnaise. To make it, you combine all of the ingredients with the water, stir, and let stand for 5 minutes. That’s it.
Weighing only 6.7 oz dry, this meal packs a substantial 900 calories of energy, most of it in the form of fat from the mayo and dressing. When I’m backpacking, I’m burning more energy per day than I can consume, so I try to catch up up at night with a larger meal that is high in fat or carbohydrate content like salami, cheese, olive oil, and pasta.
This evening, I ate the Canjun Ranch Chicken Salad with Wheat Thins. I regularly carry these crackers on the trail because don’t break up in my food bag and because they have enough salt to keep my electrolytes balanced.
Tastewise, this chicken salad tastes like the stuff you’d get in a restaurant and not at all like the crunchy chicken you get with dehydrated meals sold by other commercial backpacking food vendors.
I have to say, that Packit Gourmet continues to amaze me with the tastiness and quality of their dehydrated backpacking meals. You owe it to yourself to try a few of them on your next trip. They’re so good, that there’s almost no point in trying to make your own.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.