When it comes to freeze-dried hiking food, for most it doesn't get much better than Radix but not all their meals are smash hits in flavor, nutrition and weight. That's why I've popped down to the shops and picked up 7 fan favorite meals to test out while out on some High Country adventures.
I'll be rating them all based on flavor as most of the meals have almost the same water requirements, weight and nutritional value. So without further ado, here is our list from worst to best!
7. Barbecue Beef
For something that is labeled as barbecue you would think that would be what it would taste like, right? Unfortunately it just didn't come through, not even a BBQ sauce taste. The meat was average but by no means bad, it just didn't feel like what you would expect from what was said on the packaging or the rest of the Radix range.
6. Apple & Cinnamon Breakfast
When I was going to try this meal I had my hopes up high but unfortunately I was let down. I'm someone who would typically love a good apple cinnamon combo but when I made my Radix meal it felt like something was missing and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. The flavor wasn't too strong but neither was it strong enough and the consistency of the chunks left something to be desired.
5. Mint & Rosemary
This meal was certainly an improvement on the previous two and had moments of really good flavor but once again I think that minty taste could be a little stronger in comparison with the rosemary. The large chunks of lamb which after the five recommended minutes of standing time were still rather dry and this didn't help this meals case in being anything above average.
4. Mexican Chilli
Now this meal did live up to its name and was really good but wasn't perfect, especially when eating it on its own. I've had this one previously and it made a great addition to a meal such as hiking tacos rather than when just eaten on its own. Unlike other meals, it didn't have any problems in the re-hydration phase which just made it that little bit better compared to its counterparts.
3. Turkish Lamb
Firstly, the Turkish Lamb was an all-round good meal which was balanced in flavor and delivered with what it said on the packet. It wasn't out of this world nor was something I would avoid in future as I genuinely enjoyed eating it after a long day in the High Country. One thing I might do in future is to get a 400 or 600 cal packet and then cook up some instant white rice to go with it. I haven't tried it yet but from what it sounds like, I recon it will be an epic combo!
2. Basil Pesto
Not only did this meal come second, it beat all the other dinner meals on this list and that's for a reason. When I bought this one, I was a little unsure if it would any good as I thought it might be a little too close to the dip you buy in the supermarket but I was convincingly proven wrong. The flavor was spot on and was filling enough so I wasn't hungry or too full. Though it was unusual, this tasty Basil Pesto vegi meal will definitely be coming with me on future adventures.
1. Mixed Berry Breakfast
This meal was frankly exactly what I was looking for in the morning before I start a walk. The flavors were all there and the texture was practically spot on too! It's clear lots of thought and care had been put into creating this meal as it tasted better than some breakfasts I would cook at home. As someone who proudly loves breakfast food, this hit all the right notes in all the right places making it a meal I will go back to time and time again for adventures in the future.
So that's what I thought about some of the meals from the Radix Nutrition range. If you are someone who hasn't tried one of their meals before I implore you to go out and give them a try as they are better than almost every other brand on the market... in my opinion.
Written by Josh Welch
Oh, before I go, I should clarify that I wasn't sponsored by Radix in any way for this article, I'm just one guy who likes sharing good things when I find them and if you are from Radix... my inbox is open.