We have always loved to camp, but since we bought our teardrop trailer earlier this year, we have been doing a lot more of it. While I love to camp, one part of it I don’t enjoy is coming up with camping meals and getting all the food together. I like to have all the food prepped and organized before we leave and the whole process seems to take forever. So when I was introduced to Valley Food Storage and their great selection of food storage meals, a light bulb went off in my head. Their meal packets would make quick and easy camping meals for our upcoming trip to Mohican State Park. No prep work required!
Valley Food Storage offers a great line of meals for food storage that can be stored for years. They are meant to be a food supply in case of a natural disaster or emergency. Their food storage meals are hand-sealed inside mylar pouches and have a 25 year shelf life. These same pouches make the meals ideal for camping. The mylar protects the food from moisture and bugs. In addition they are lightweight and easy to pack for a camping (or backpacking) trip. I was impressed with all the different varieties they offer. To see all their options, be sure to check out Valley Food Storage Camping and Backpacking Foods.
Valley Food Storage sent me three meal pouches to try on our recent camping trip to Mohican State Park. We got to try Beef Stroganoff, Southern Style Chicken and Rice Soup, and Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes. I loved that these are complete meals as-is. Whenever we go on a long weekend camping trip, there never seems to be enough space in the cooler for all the food we will need. So I really appreciated that these are all complete meals that didn’t require any additional space in the cooler.
We got to our campsite late Friday evening and I set about starting the Southern Style Chicken and Rice Soup while the rest of the family set up the tent for the kids and the EZ-Up. Preparing our meal couldn’t be easier! You bring water to a boil, add the package and let it cook for 25 minutes or so. The soup serves 5 so I chose to add some leftover diced chicken breast to it to make it stretch further.
By the time the tent and everything was set up, our meal was done. After the long drive, we were all starving. So I really appreciated how quickly it was finished. Our soup thickened up quite a bit. (I would call it more of a stew than a soup.) It had a great flavor with just the right amount of seasoning. It had a tiny bit of heat to it, but wasn’t overly spicy. It’s great as is or topped with a bit of cheese or sour cream. My kids tend to be picky eaters, but they gobbled it up. I wasn’t sure if it would be enough as the main entree, but to my surprise it was hearty and filling.
The next day, after a long day of hiking, we had the stroganoff for dinner. Again, it was very easy to prepare. I added some pre-cooked beef tips when I added the pouch contents to the boiling water to make it stretch a little further. A half hour later, dinner was ready. We all devoured it. The package suggested stirring in some sour cream, but our sour cream container got submersed in the ice water in the cooler and water got in the container. So we left that out. The stroganoff was delicious without it. We loved the rich beef flavor. The stroganoff was a hit with all of us. The kids even asked for seconds!
The morning of the last day of our camping trip, we made the honey whole wheat pancakes. My youngest loves helping to make pancakes, so she was daddy’s little helper for this meal. The pancake batter was so easy to prepare, she did that all by herself. All you need to make the pancakes is water, but we did as the package suggested and added egg as well. The pancakes cooked up nice and fluffy on our camping griddle. Sometimes whole wheat pancakes are dry but we didn’t find that to be the case with these. They were moist and yummy – the perfect start to our day!
Each pouch makes 15 servings, so we didn’t use the whole pouch. The mylar pouch is resealable so we were able to take it home and use the pancake mix for other breakfasts. One thing I have done since getting back home is make the pancakes with added fruit. You can add fresh, frozen, or dried fruit to mix things up a bit. We really loved them made with about 1/2 cup of dried cranberries added to the batter. Yum!
I was definitely impressed with the meals we received. I loved that they didn’t require a lot of time or effort to prepare. Although I do enjoy cooking outdoors, I don’t want it to take all day. The easy camping meals from Valley Food Storage allowed us to spend more time hiking and exploring, instead of spending all day over the camp stove. If your family loves to camp or backpack, I would recommend you check out the selection of easy to prepare meals from Valley Food Storage. So tell me… What are your favorite foods to take camping? Have you ever tried any of Valley Food Storage Camping Meals?