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    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    I’ve been a major PackitGourmet snob since I discovered them and really haven’t carried another brand in my pack for almost 10 years.  I just received an email about the Good To-Go food and, quite frankly, I’m intrigued.  For anyone who has tried them, can you give me some feedback on:

    • How’s the taste and overall experience of eating the Good To-Go meals?
    • Is a 1-person meal filling for 1 person?
    • Any favorites?

    Thanks for your help!

    #3743995
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I’ve tried the smoked three bean chili with caramelized onion. Not that flavorful and I’ve been requested by my hiking buddies to NEVER bring it again…..

    #3743997
    jj
    BPL Member

    @calculatinginfinity

    ive been waiting to catch the risotto on sale for awhile now

    #3744004
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    @JJ – You’re in luck!  I’m not sure why I got the email from them, but there wasn’t anything in it that restricted it to me:

    Good To-Go Spring Sale

    The risotto looks like a winner…

     


    @Chris
    – I’ll stay away from the 3 bean chili – Thanks for the warning

    #3744012
    AK Granola
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    Packit Gourmet is def the tops. I haven’t tried Good to Go because the calorie-to-weight ratio was not so great. But taste matters too. Let us know how they are!

    #3744020
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    When they first came on the market I tried the 3 meals they offered.

    Mushroom Risotto – bland and boring.
    Smoked Three Bean Chili – hated the taste, not to mention “the effect”
    Thai Curry – Really liked this one and bought it several times.

    Looks like they have since significantly expanded their offerings, so cannot comment on those.  I haven’t carried a FD or commercially dehydrated meal in years, preferring DIY dehydration.

    #3744185
    Bob Kerner
    BPL Member

    @bob-kerner

    I started with GtG, then went to Pack-It and won’t go back. As others have said, the stuff is just rather bland. Also my local REI was only carrying the two-serving sizes and it’s entirely too much food for me.

    #3744236
    rubmybelly!
    BPL Member

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    I tried the good to go meals years ago. They were okay, but I agree with most posters here. Also agree that the Thai Curry was the best of the bunch. I also liked the risotto, though it was a bit bland.

    I definitely enjoyed packit gourmet meals when i ate such things. Another i enjoyed lots, though expensive (but was worth it to me when i ate such things) was Heather’s Choice meals. Made by a company in Anchorage (a very small company when I first started using them), they were quite good and different from just about anyone else. Their menu has changed significantly since I use to order them (many of my favorites are no longer offered) but I wouldn’t doubt they’re still quite tasty.

    My favorite for the last few years is Next Mile Meals. While they are keto/low carb, they’re very tasty (and one could easily add carbs with tortillas and such). Some of them (especially the Italian Beef Marinara) are good enough to eat at home (as I’ve done before).

    #3744240
    Chris FormyDuval
    BPL Member

    @chform

    Locale: RTP

    I like some of the packet gourmet (mostly the chili)  but don’t find myself ordering enough to make the shipping seem worthwhile. I’ve been using more peakrefuel lately, larger calorie amount makes splitting a better option on low calorie days or use singly on a big calorie day. Also like that they tend to need less water than some others.

    #3744255
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    Thanks all for your posts and suggestions.  I just saw Heather’s Choice in a blog posting as I was looking for a trail to do next weekend.  They look interesting as well.  It looks like the Next Mile Meals are having sourcing issues – only one or two of their items seem to currently be in stock.

    I have enough PackitGourmet here to get me through next weekend and will think about these for my trip at the end of April.  Thanks again!

    #3744259
    John B
    BPL Member

    @jnb0216

    Locale: western Colorado

    I have used Mary Janes Farm meals for 3+ years now, and love them–huge selection of vegetarian meals (which I am):  https://shop.maryjanesfarm.org/Backpacking-Meals

    #3744279
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Since we are all mentioning our favorite meals, I think both of the slaws from Food for the Sole are excellent. The Triple Peanut Slaw is particularly nice. It cold soaks quickly and is 178 cal/ounce. I crave vegetables when backpacking. This one hits me in my happy place.

    #3744311
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    @Matthew – Thanks for that suggestion.  I really like a protein salad for lunch (Packit’s Many Bean Salad is a favorite).  What can you tell me about the full versus taster (lunch) sizes?

    #3744342
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    I can finish a full size one no problem. your could buy two and repackage into three ziplocks.

    #3744343
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    I just noticed the cauliflower curry option. Fewer calories/ounce but it sounds nice. I may have to try that one.

    #3744502
    Mark Cashmere
    BPL Member

    @tinkrtoy

    Locale: NEOH

    The G2G meals are a mixed bag for me. The Thai Curry is one of my favorite BP meals, but be aware there is some spice to it. I like the Mushroom Risotto, but I can see why others said it was bland (hot sauce helps). The Chili and the Bibimbap both suffer from being way over-seasoned. The Chowdah was on sale and sounded like it would be something I would like so I bought a few, but it was terrible to the point that I threw the last package away. A fellow hiker I met on the JMT was eating the Chicken Pho and gave it great reviews – it’s on my list to try. That’s it for the varieties I’ve had.

    #3753482
    bradmacmt
    BPL Member

    @bradmacmt

    Locale: montana

    As a whole-food / plant-based vegan I’m alwyas on the prowl for good meals given I have more limited options (though it’s gotten MUCH better in recent years). I keep a notebook of my thoughts on various meals. My ranking system is 1-4 stars – here’s my ranking of Good To Go vegan meals:

    Herbed Mushroom Risotto – 2.5 Stars. Just Ok.

    Smoked Three Bean Chili – 2.5 Stars. Meh.

    Thai Curry – 4 Stars. Excellent.

    Pad Thai – 1 Star. Yuk.

    Classic Marinara – 4 Stars. Excellent.

    Mexican Quinoa Bowl – 4 Stars. Excellent.

    Bibimbap – 3 Stars. Very Good.

    Kale & White Bean Stew – 2.5 Stars. Meh. Needs seasoning and LESS H2O.

    Indian Vegetable Korma. 4 Stars. NOT VEGAN. Ate it before I realized it was just vegetarian. But if you don’t have my proclivities, it’s excellent.

     

     

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