First, much thanks is necessary to the good people at Fish People Seafood for sponsoring Hell Hike and Raft and providing our team with product to try out during our expedition. Typically when one thinks of pre-packaged backcountry meals a few things come to mind, heavy in sodium, void of taste and huge portions which typically means waste to then carry out. The Hell Hike and Raft crew along with our awesome guides from America's Rafting Company broke into our packets of Fish People Seafood on our second night on trail at Hibb's Cow Camp.
My first recollection about cooking the meals was how easy it was and fast to feed a group of fifteen people. In a matter of less then 15 minutes all of were quiet and happy as we sat around the campfire all independently enjoy and devouring our meals. At the same time we scarfed on our own meals we all were wondering what the delightful aroma was to our left and to our right was. Soon, titanium sporks started to dip into our closest neighbors Fish People Seafood packets to try what was making our crew mate next to us audibly voice their approval with mouthful nods.
Picking a packet of which dinner to have is was not an easy affair. As mentioned earlier, most backcountry meals offer the very basics. If you want flavor you better bring that separately. This is definitely not the case with Fish People Seafood. Wild mushrooms, Chardonnay Sauce, Lemongrass and Curry for just a few examples are not things you find in your average backpacking meals. These meals are anything BUT average.
As a born and raised "New Englandah" I consider myself a connoisseur of New England Clam Chowder and those similar. Given this I tried the Fish People Seafood Creamy Razor Clam and Bacon Chowder. Hands down, I have never had a more complex and interesting chowder. This meal was bar none restaurant quality dining from a pouch, that took less then five minutes to cook and cost half of what other backpacking meals cost on average. One of the best things about this meal in addition to the taste was the amount was just perfect. Typically, you are left with extra bland and undesirable food that you can't even pawn off on your fellow hikers. No so with these meals, we all were able to finish our meals and well all loved them.
The other thing about this experience is...how often do you get fish on trail? Without catching it yourself? Freshness? Without a question, I believe that Fish People Seafood, starts with an excellent product and packages it fresh. Clams and fish if not done correctly won't maintain their taste or consistency without care being paid to it. Am mentioned, you could have blind folded me and told me I was in a seafood restaurant in Seattle, Boston or Portland.
Bravo to Fish People for creating a fresh, sustainable and amazingly tasting alternative to the "average" backcountry meal. I can't to have more fish on my next trip into the backcountry.
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