Gear Friday: Good To-Go Backpacking Food

We can all agree on one thing: dehydrated backpacking food is meh at best. It serves its purpose–massive amounts of calories in the system when you need them the most–but rarely is it tasty. And how nice would it be if you were as excited to eat your dinner as you were to devour the post-meal s’mores?!

Good To-Go food not-so-surprisingly fills this glaring void. Created by Jennifer Scism, Good To-Go is quite possibly the world’s first gourmet backpacking food. Jennifer is an accomplished chef, regularly cooking at 4-star restaurants, and co-owner of Annisa, a recognized restaurant in Greenwich Village. And, if you’re an Iron Chef fan, know that Jennifer even beat Mario Batali!

After meeting her husband, David,  the two of them started exploring the outdoors. Subsequently, Jen began exploring kitchen concoctions, realizing that she couldn’t handle the current backpacking food options. And thus, Good To-Go was born.

As of now, the dehydrated wonder meals come in four flavors: Classic Marinara with Penne, Thai Curry, Smoked Three Bean Chili, and Herbed Mushroom Risotto. I was sent the parcel of goodness back in December, which was perfect timing for our Nokhu Hut adventure. Instead of packing in my good ol’ standby foods, I trekked the Good To-Go bags up the mountain and into the hut.

I’d heard amazing things about the Thai Curry–the most popular flavor–and I couldn’t contain myself. I boiled up some water and dove into the bag on the first night. And y’all, it was so good!

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Traditionally, I’m not willing to brave Asian foods in dehydrated form; I’ve had bad luck and vividly remember almost gagging over one while packrafting in Alaska a few years back. But this Thai Curry wasn’t anything like those foods in the past; it honestly tastes like real-life curry. The flavor is a testament to the fresh vegetables, whole spices and pronounceable ingredients listed on the bag.

I tested out the Three Bean Chili the next night and while I wasn’t quite as blown away, I’d still choose it any day of the week–even when eating in my house. We followed up with the Herbed Mushroom Risotto and Marinara with Penne on subsequent trips and were equally happy. Bottom line: these dehydrated meals are in a class of their own. They’re that good.

Insider tip: Make sure you follow the instructions to the minute, otherwise your food may end slightly crunchier than you want. And if you’re cooking at altitude, I’d tack on another few minutes. Individual bags start at $6.50.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Tina Muir at

    What a cool idea! I really miss having curry from home, and it is one of the things I am most excited about when I get there next month. I can definitely see how this would bring some joy to a backpacking trip!

    • Reply heather at

      Sometimes you only need a GOOD meal to make the pain of a day disappear! 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine at

    Sounds cool! It’s awesome what you can have with dehydrated food!

  • Reply Natalie @ Free Range Human at

    This is excites me to no end. I’ve actually been making most of our own backpacking food for the last two years so it’s good to know there are some other options that don’t take quite as much work! I think this even a little cheaper than some of the more well-known brands out there!

    • Reply heather at

      I’ve toyed with the idea of dehydrating our own stuff, but I’ve yet to find the motivation 🙂

  • Reply Amy Hatch/ Garage Grown Gear at

    Heather,

    So glad you got a chance to try out GTG. I love the food and I love the people behind the company … and they’re one of our best sellers on GarageGrownGear.com. I agree on the Thai Curry being my fav.

    Cheers,

    Amy

  • Reply Alisa @ Go Dairy Free at

    Very cool. I have yet to backpack, but it’s on my bucket list – good to know the dehydrated food options are improving!

  • Reply lindsay Cotter at

    that is so cool! can i try those even if i’m not backpacking? LOL! like travel food, we need convenience there!

    • Reply heather at

      Ha I wasn’t kidding about some of them at home– I totally would!

  • Reply Alyssa Rimmer at

    Definitely sharing this with my family – they love hiking!

  • Reply Cameron Jarman at

    Is one serving enough for a starving dude at the end of a full day of hiking?

    • Reply heather at

      If you’re REALLY hungry, I’d go for the double serving bags. Per their website, the double Thai Curry serving would be closer to 800 calories and run $10.75.

  • Reply Sandra Laflamme at

    These sound so enticing. I would definitely grab these for a backpacking trip.

  • Reply Krysten at

    Admittedly not much of a serious adventure-er over here, but I am slowly expanding my “embrace the wild ways” and the hubby and I are talking about doing some longer bike trips – this may be perfect!

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