Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#197759 - 02/22/17 12:34 PM Soup mix
GrumpyGord Offline
member

Registered: 01/05/02
Posts: 855
Loc: Michigan
Has anyone had any experience with either Harmony House of Bear Creek soup mixes? They look good and seem to be relatively light but the Harmony House particularly look to be pretty low calorie. Corn Chowder listed at 30 calories per serving. I thought that a cardboard box would be more than that. Hauling empty calories is not my goal but tasty food is high on the list.

I tried dehydrating some commercial soup once and it was shoe leather even after cooking for 30 minutes.

Top
#197763 - 02/22/17 02:49 PM Re: Soup mix [Re: GrumpyGord]
professor Offline
member

Registered: 04/26/11
Posts: 37
Loc: Southern California
I have tried many of Bear Creek soup mixes at home. I like the Tortilla Soup mix and use it on backpacking trips. I add some cheese (cheddar cheese stick), lime powder, and tortilla chips. I am able to make it in a freezer bag by stirring in boiling water and letting it rehydrate for 10 minutes, then I add the rest of the items.

The soups with noodles do best if you let them simmer for 20 minutes to get the noodles soft.

Top
#197765 - 02/22/17 06:13 PM Re: Soup mix [Re: GrumpyGord]
wgiles Offline
member

Registered: 05/19/14
Posts: 140
Loc: Central Illinois near Springfi...
I've used Bear Creek quite a bit and like their Chili. I hesitate to use some of their soups because they contain MSG and MSG doesn't sit well with me. I just tried some Cuginos Cheddar Broccoli soup mix and it seemed to do fine. It doesn't have MSG in it

Top
#197771 - 02/23/17 12:15 PM Re: Soup mix [Re: professor]
GrumpyGord Offline
member

Registered: 01/05/02
Posts: 855
Loc: Michigan
Thanks. I have not tried the Bear Creek mixes at home but it looks like I will have to try. I can simulate backpacking by mixing them up in a bag and adding hot water for lunch. If I do not like them I can just get something else. If I try them on the trail it may be my only option for supper.

Top
#197949 - 03/14/17 05:36 PM Re: Soup mix [Re: GrumpyGord]
JustWalking Offline
member

Registered: 01/12/16
Posts: 124
Loc: PNW
Haven't tried either of those. But the poblano corn chowder at Packit Gourmet is pretty darned good (as well as much of their food, my favorite place to shop for my backpacking meals).

While quite expensive, the Smoked Sockeye Salmon Chowder at Heather's Choice is pretty darned good as well (as is much of their selection, I've had most of it - it's just all so darned expensive comparatively).

Top
#197963 - 03/15/17 12:00 AM Re: Soup mix [Re: JustWalking]
toddfw2003 Offline
member

Registered: 01/08/16
Posts: 318
Loc: Texas
I have used bear creek. not very good. Tastes processed

Top
#197968 - 03/15/17 08:36 PM Re: Soup mix [Re: toddfw2003]
CamperMom Offline
member

Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 1186
Loc: Eastern MA, USA
Consider MYO from preferred bouillon, in s tant rice or ramen noodles for your starch, and preferred d e hgdr as ted or freeze dried vegetables. I actually like ghe tomato-chicken type from the Latin section of the grocery store. Just Tomatoes/Just Veggies are pretty much OK without actual cooking but I am more likely to go cheaper by coming and dehydrating frozen vegetables. A little cooked, chopped or shredded dehydrated meat is good here.

Cheers,

CamperMom

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter
by edfardos
11/19/17 09:54 PM
Shoe question.
by lupacexi
11/11/17 01:34 PM
Went to a gatewood cape and love
by toddfw2003
10/30/17 01:28 AM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Hitting the eagle rock loop, Ark in 3 days
by toddfw2003
11/19/17 11:31 AM
Flamable fabrics?
by
11/13/17 09:31 PM
Arcteryx/general sizing question
by glocke12
11/12/17 01:57 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
Plant based insulation...
by billstephenson
11/18/17 02:58 PM
Primaloft question
by PaHiker
11/07/17 08:57 PM
Quilt thoughts / questions
by PaHiker
10/27/17 02:36 PM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
1 registered (), 26 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Elbonito, scouter0, Aegarth, Bill S., ashrafjaman
12458 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com