Based in Kittery, Maine, Good To-Go produces one of the best-tasting dehydrated meals I’ve yet tried. And unlike the gazillion-ingredient sodium bombs that have long dominated the ‘meal-in-a-bag’ backpacking market, Good To-Go focuses instead on simple ingredients (you can pronounce and recognize all of them) and uses far less salt.
To prepare the meals, you simply pour a cup of boiling water into the bag, reseal it, and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then open and enjoy. Four offerings are currently available: Thai curry, classic marinara with penne, smoked three bean chili, and herbed mushroom risotto. The latter three are all vegan; the Thai curry is suitable for pescatarians (it contains fish sauce).
My friend Chris and I had the opportunity to sample all four meals this past week. In order, here were our preferences.
Good To-Go meals are available in either single- or double-serving sizes ($6.75 and $11.50 respectively; each serving contains 340- 460 calories, depending on the meal). You can order them online or find them at a range of retailers in the Northeast.
I must admit that I’ve never been much for pre-made dehydrated backpacking meals, but I would definitely consider the Thai curry option for a future trip. It was delicious—and a dinner option that I certainly could never prepare on my own in the backcountry.
I will also say that these types of meals are an excellent option for winter camping, when easy-to-prepare dinners are always welcome. (Indeed, Backpacker magazine gave Good To-Go an Editors’ Choice Snow Award in 2014.) And buying from Good To-Go helps support our local outdoor gear industry right here in New England!
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Disclaimer: I received four meal samples from Good To-Go for this review.