Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon

I was first introduced to non-fresh scrambled eggs years ago through a frozen breakfast meal -- an actual frozen, in the fridge meal, not freeze-dried. That experience left a permanent mark on me and it wasn't positive. The memory still lingers: powdery, like eating a chunk of wet, uncooked flour saved only by the mass of salt I added. Naturally, I was obligated to try the freeze-dried version of scrambled eggs.
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
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Paid:  CA$ 6.95

Overview: Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon

Unboxing and Cooking
There were indentations on the bag that made it easy to pull open the Mountain House pouch of scrambled eggs. Once inside, I noticed a zip-lock style seal along the top of the bag -- beneath the torn away section.

The directions on the bag, other than the amount of water to add, were used as a guide. A stainless steel pot was used as the cooking vessel. I want to emphasize the water added because the final product consisted of a plate of scrambled eggs sitting in a pool of water. A measuring cup was used to add approximately the amount of water specified in the directions. There should not have been any extra added. No salt or pepper was used.
Inside pouch of Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
How was it?
If eggs were in the package of Mountain House scrambled eggs with bacon, I wouldn't really have known through blind tasting. However, no blindfold or sharp utensil was used to block my eyesight, so I could read the label and saw yellow bits of food that looked like scrambled eggs. The taste that popped out and essentially drowned everything else away was that of bacon during my meal. I love scrambled eggs and have made a lot of it in the past. This didn't really taste or feel like it in my mouth. That's not to say that it was bad.

I actually really enjoyed this freeze-dried scrambled eggs package of food. There was plenty of flavor from the bacon, the texture didn't remind me of egg, but it was relatively soft and pleasant. The amount of food provided also seemed sizable. It looked like there were at least 2 or 3 eggs in there. Instead of strips of bacon, I was reminded of bacon bits available for sale in jars for use in salads.

While a small pool of liquid sat at the bottom of the plate, it wasn't really off-putting. I can understand why it was there, so I'm not really complaining -- it probably needed excess water to ensure the dry contents of the bag were well saturated and cooked. And the eggs didn't taste powdery to me. There were a few small bits that weren't well saturated -- I should have cooked it longer -- but they weren't really distracting.

It was definitely expensive at CA$ 6.95. That was a lot of money for a couple eggs and some bacon bits. However, my research suggested that this Mountain House pouch had a very long shelf-life. I doubt a carton of eggs would last as long sent through the mail without refrigeration.
Cooked Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
Not super impressed but pretty impressed. Aside from the price, I enjoyed the Mountain House scrambled eggs with bacon meal a lot. It didn't taste or feel like freshly cooked scrambled eggs, but it wasn't remotely bad.

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