Wise Company – Noodles and Beef in Savory Mushroom Sauce
A few hours into hiking a rimrock plateau, it was time to take a break. While the day was sunny, the wind kept it chilly. Needing something warm to eat, I reach into my pack and dig out the Wise Company Noodles and Beef in Mushroom Sauce.
While preparation of this meal was simple, it didn’t quite come out as desired. The result was a mediocre tasting stroganoff that can be found in the canned soup isle of any grocery store.
Specification: Wise Company – Noodles and Beef in Savory Mushroom Sauce
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Preparing the Noodles and Beef in Mushroom Sauce is quite simple and straightforward. Simply add 2 cups of boiling water to the dry ingredients, stir, and wait 15 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 20 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.
The Wise Company Noodles and Beef in Mushroom Sauce was exactly what we thought it would be, a very average but easy to prepare meal. A creamy sauce that held just the right amount of salt and seasonings covered well cooked noodles and small pieces of beef. While this meal was identical to most packaged stroganoff, the occasional bit of not-quite-rehydrated beef was a detractor.
- Ideal balance of noodles to sauce
- A balanced mix of salt and spices
- Low quality ingredients
- Spots of dry ingredients
- Beef 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: