Taste Test: Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai

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It’s been a while since I reviewed a prepackaged freeze dried food so I decided to be adventurous and try Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai.  It is a vegetarian noodle dish, and the family elected to eat other foods so I was the only one who tried it.  I was a little “iffy” about the dish at first, but since it was so easy to prepare I figured, “Why not?”

The first step is to take out the peanut butter packet and the chopped peanuts.


Then you squeeze the peanut butter into the dried noodles.  I tasted the peanut butter packet and it tasted like unsweetened peanut butter.  Then you add 2 cups of boiling water, then wait 20 minutes.  The instructions said 2 1/4 cups but I did not want it to be watery so I reduced the quantity.  I gave it an extra 5 minutes to make sure the liquid was all absorbed.  Lastly, you add the crushed peanuts and mix well.

I tasted the Pad Thai and was pleasantly surprised.  It needed a bit of salt, since I like my food on the salty side.  Okay, so it does not win the Most Appetizing Appearance Award.  But the flavor and texture were actually pretty good.   I liked it enough to finish one serving and save the rest for lunch the next day.  The package I bought was a 2 serving pack for about $7 at REI.  I would not mind eating it again, so I give it a thumbs up.

© Apartment Prepper 2011

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  1. I am always surprised at how good the dehydrated foods are when I try them. I am always skeptical… But the quality seems to be there, and they do a fine job when I am hiking… I was at the Campmor (www.cammor.com) store yesterday looking at a few different brands to give a shot.

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