Trail Food: Uncle Ben's Microwave Ready Rice

PhotoLike many of you I'm always on the lookout for new foods that I can take with me when I go backpacking.  I've tried many of the Mountain House dehydrated food packages and for the most part they taste great and are easy to prepare on the trail, but the portions are typically for two people and the amount of sodium/salt in them is outrageous!

I'm a big fan of freezer bag cooking in general and like to pre-package my own ingredients that I can easily rehydrate with hot water and let sit in my bag cozy. In fact I highly recommend that you check out the Trail Cooking website (formerly for much more information and hundreds of recipie ideas.

But wait, back up, you said microwave rice, right?  I sure did. Last week, my wife came home from the grocery store with a multipack (6) of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Whole Grain Medley that she picked up for next to nothing using some manufacturer coupons. We've had Ready Rice before and found that it's a convenient way to whip up some rice in the microwave when we're in a time pinch, but I've never thought of using it for hiking - after all, who carries a microwave? However, my wife noticed that as well as being able to be prepared in the microwave in 90 seconds, the Ready Rice packages had directions for being heated in a skillet by adding two tablespoons of water and heating until warm, usually under 2 minutes!

I had given up on rice as part of my freezer bag meals because the normal quick-rice options are kinda bland. The Ready Rice Medley collection however, is perfectly seasoned and comes mixed with other ingredients like vegetables or different rices to make it much, much tastier.  Combined with some tuna or even chicken and you have a delicious, quick and easy hot meal for the trail.  Each package is two portions, so I have to open them and divide the contents which is no big deal, but it beats couscous any day of the week. In fact I've eaten enough couscous to be done for life.  I definitely recommend that you check it out, it may not be the most light weight food option but it sure is a tasty one.

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