This is the third UKClimbing.com user review of Travellunch, the freeze-dried meals distributed by Rosker. In the first Alicia samples the delights of Pasta in a Creamy Sauce with Herbs, Scrambled Eggs and Mousse au Chocolate. You can read here review here and the associated debate about trans-fats / hydrogenated veg oils here. CarolineMc's added to the mix with her tasting of Vegetable Risotto, Creamy Herb Pasta and Chocolate Muesli with Milk which can be read here.
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We have several other user reviews of Travellunch coming up in the next month. Now it's Antwan's turn and his kitchen was Stanage where he sampled Chocolate Muesli with Milk, Beef Stroganoff and Peppered Beef with Vegetables..
Dehydrated meals. Must taste like cardboard surely? Well, actually the Travellunch range is far from that.
When the package arrived in the post with the three meals I was to be sampling I was making two ham sandwiches to take out with me on a trip to Rylstone. So immediately I ripped open the package revealing my three meals - Chocolate Muesli with Milk, Beef Stroganoff and Peppered Beef with Vegetables. I stood them like soldiers on my sideboard in their tough precision packaging and the first thing I noticed was that all three meals put together weighed less than my two sandwiches!
Adding up the calories, they drop short of a full days worth so you would need to top yourself up with additional food, or take an extra meal, so I decided I would have a wander down Stanage and see how easy they are to prepare outdoors and if they are as practical as they claim.
I did cheat slightly and make breakfast at home, I prepared the Muesli with hot water, stirred and tucked in. As far as muesli goes this was tasty and really hit the spot, although it got better after a few minuets, so maybe letting it stand for a while could be worthwhile
Peppered beef rice and veg was for dinner. By this time I had found a small ledge 10ft of the ground overlooking the Plantation. Boiling the 250-350ml of water required uses less fuel than if you were making a 'boil in the bag' meal. As soon as the water hits boiling, rip the top of the bag, fill, stir and close the top for 5-10 mins. Just enough time to make a decent brew. The meal 'swelled' more than I expected to make a fairly substantially sized meal. Not being a big lover of spicy food it was peppered just below my tolerance limit and had quite a nice balance of flavours going on. They were a million miles better than a Pot Noodle. Disposing of the packaging was easy enough too, I rolled it up and stored it around the inside edge of my pan until back at civilisation.
The Beef Stroganoff was my favourite. Made in the same way as the Peppered Beef, it just seemed more filling and 'Mmm...'
UK Availability and details of the full range at : www.rosker.com
Travellunch are available all over the UK from:Snow and Rock, Cotswold Outdoors, Tisos, Nevisport, Blacks, Footprints, Up and Under, Joe Browns, Outside, Penrith Survival, Outdoor Wharehouse, One Step Beyond, Hitch n Hike, Go Outdoors, FaceWest, Oswald Bailey, Open Air, Tackle Up, Trail Venture, Taunton Leisure, Outdoors and Active and more.
Travellunch is made in Augsburg, southern Germany. It is good food that is freeze-dried to retain more flavour and nutritional values than simple dehydrated food.
Each menu has been produced to meet the energy and more complex nutritional requirements of outdoor enthusiasts.There is a wide choice of breakfasts, main meals, soup and desserts with numerous options for vegetarians.
Apart from 4 of the menus, the meals are prepared simply and quickly by adding hot water (or cold water for desserts and muesli breakfasts) to the foil pouch which expands as the meal prepares itself ready for eating. The pouch becomes free standing and the foil retains much of the heat. These meals can be eaten straight from the pouch.