review: Official Astronaut Beef Stew

Reviews of Civilian MREs (Sure-Pak, aPack, etc.) as well as other civilian ready-to-eat food
Post Reply
User avatar
ak70g2
Posts: 999
Joined: Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:53 am
Location: Romania, Wild East of Europe
Contact:

review: Official Astronaut Beef Stew

Post by ak70g2 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:45 am

So, another lazy evening, another review :D
IMG_4979.JPG
The pouch
IMG_4980.JPG
Back of the pouch
IMG_4981.JPG
Dry
IMG_4983.JPG
Hydrated
IMG_4984.JPG
The corn
IMG_4986.JPG
Cocolate pudding
IMG_4987.JPG
The stew: some small pieces of meat, good vegetables (some potatoes and green peas) and a goo-like sauce. I eaten with some bread and meat spread, to enhance the protein intake.

The corn: not very sweet, very ok for a side plate. For one un-accustomed with "american cuisine" is just some starch added.

Chocolate pudding: the amount of sweetnes was ok, a very good dessert for ending a lunch. I don't think is enough food for a dinner, but for a quick lunch on the trail/field is very ok.

Final conclusion: e very good, not very filling (I'm a big guy, involved in some energy sapping activities, so I'm a big eater). It' a nice addition to any backpack. :D
'cuz hunting ain't catch and release...

supergtr77
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:11 pm
eBay name: susnikba
Location: Ohio

Re: review: Official Astronaut Beef Stew

Post by supergtr77 » Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:35 pm

neat! all ive seen are the ice cream stuff. where did you get it?

User avatar
ak70g2
Posts: 999
Joined: Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:53 am
Location: Romania, Wild East of Europe
Contact:

Re: review: Official Astronaut Beef Stew

Post by ak70g2 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:21 am

TurtleNomad sent it to me. :D
'cuz hunting ain't catch and release...

User avatar
housil
Moderator
Posts: 5231
Joined: Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:04 am
Location: Germany, Bavaria
Contact:

Re: review: Official Astronaut Beef Stew

Post by housil » Sun Jul 29, 2012 5:40 am

Great find and review! How do they rehydrate in zero gravity?

User avatar
dirtbag
Posts: 1367
Joined: Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:56 pm
Location: central coast,california

Re: review: Official Astronaut Beef Stew

Post by dirtbag » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:28 pm

housil wrote:Great find and review! How do they rehydrate in zero gravity?
Its a marketing scheme... :wink:

But, some Mountain House freeze-dried meals are used, and they have a hot water injection system for them, just squeeze it out.
Most of their food comes prepacked in plastic trays though, just peel off the top as you eat.
Some MRE items too!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_food
Avid practitioner of the martial art: KLIK-PAO

TurtleNomad
Posts: 129
Joined: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:49 pm
Location: USA, northern MidWest

Re: review: Official Astronaut Beef Stew

Post by TurtleNomad » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:14 pm

Over the course of our first few PMs, I kept badgering poor Adrian about what exactly he wanted, and after much patience on Adrian's part, he finally got thru to me that he wanted to be "surprised" (other than the core stuff that had started our discussions).
See, I'm a software engineer, and regularly deal with "specs", so a spec of "surprise me" is not something my brain knows how to deal with. ;)

When I spotted this:
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/backpa ... r~p~4389k/
I figured it qualified as a "surprise me". :)

I ordered two, and did some rigorous Quality Assurance Testing, before sending the other to Adrian.

Bad news: it's no longer in stock at STP.
Good news: I Binged it, and found this, which appears to be the actual manufacturer ("Backpacker's Pantry"):
http://www.astronautfoods.com/Inventory ... _no=130061
It's currently on sale ($4.50 (that's about a dollar more than I paid at STP)).

I thought it was kind of cool that it had three separate items (in separate bags). BP has a bunch of such FD "complete" meals, but the rest are multi person (typically four).
Here's a partial list of BP's "complete" meals:
http://www.backpackerspantry.com/invent ... omplete%25
They don't list their calorie counts, so it's hard to tell if those are really enough for four adults.


Inspired by Adrian's review, I just prepped the first post in a review of the Backpacker's Pantry 3-day kit. I sent a couple of those pouches to Adrian, so between us, we'll give you a new batch of reviews!


P.S. Dirtbag, yes, it's definitely marketing. :)
Though if they hadn't titled it "astronaut", I'd still have bought one to try (beef stew FTW!), but probably wouldn't have thought to buy a second to send to Adrian. :)
The important thing is the spices.
A man can live on packaged food from here til Judgement Day if he's got enough Marjoram.
- Shephard Book, "Serenity" (the pilot), Firefly
Image

Post Reply