Mountain House – Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables
Hiking and camping deep into the BLM land of central Oregon. Long miles and hot weather have built up my hunger as the shadows grow and the day cools off. I’ve purified my water and my cook gear is ready and waiting.
While the Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings tasted fine, I could tell right away it was a lower quality meal. The sauce was just way to bready and the meat left a lot to be desired.
Specification: Mountain House – Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables
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Preparing the Chicken and Dumplings is quite simple and straightforward. Simply add 1/12 cups of boiling water to the dry ingredients, stir, and wait 9 minutes.
- We recommend mixing the dry ingredients evenly beforehand. Powdered ingredients tend to gravitate to the bottom of the package and become difficult to mix once wet.
- Once the hot water is added, you need to thoroughly mix the ingredients again. We mixed ours for 2 minutes and still had some hard spots of clumped up ingredients.
- Roughly 15 minutes to fully prepare.
- Most of the preparation time is simply waiting for the ingredients to steep in the boiled water, which is added directly to the original package.
- No recommendation to mix dry ingredients thoroughly before filling the package with boiling water.
- Extremely thorough mixing needed before and after adding hot water.
Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings was closer to chicken pot pie filling than anything else. While it didn’t hold to the being the traditional dish, it was still filling and satisfying without being too heavy. The larger pieces of meat and bread were not fully rehydrated making them chewy and grainy. Unfortunately, we also found several pieces of hard gristle and chewy fat in the low-quality meat.
- Very filling
- Highly processed taste.
- The low-quality meat contained pieces of gristle and fat.
- Grainy texture.
- Not fully rehydrated.
At Outdoor Food Lab, we list our weight ratings as such:
- 150+ calories/ounce: / Ultralight Hiking Food
- 131-149 calories/ounce:
- 111-130 calories/ounce:
- 90-110 calories/ounce:
- Less than 90 calories/ounce: