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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bla Band Dehydrated Foods

  Outdoors Grub, who sell Drytech Real Turmat dehydrated foods are now UK supplier of these cook in the bag Scandinavian Meals from
Bla Band Dehydrated Foods. (That’s "Blue Ribbon" in English).

Currently they are offering 5 Main Meals only, which you can check out below.
  What caught my eye was the excellent Kcal count for the meals being a rounded 650 per meal, precisely what you need after a day in the hills.
  The price is a bit high at £6.95, but that is in line with other high quality meals, such as Real Turmat.
My current favourite is still Fuizion freeze dried foods but i am going to give these a try. Outdoors Grub have always been an excellent supplier so i am expecting good things from these too.

  One thing i liked was the package, the bag is wider than the depth and so easier to rehydrate and get every last morsel out of the bag without getting hands covered in food.

  The average weight per packaged meal is 169.2 gr.

20 comments:

Louise said...

I too am a Fuizion fan. There's a lot of choice, they are good quality and very tasty. They've just got even better as it's free P&P! It was the P&P on top of the cost of the meals that put me off Real Turmat, although they were tasty too. There didn't seem much choice either. Might have another look if Outdoor Grub are offering a new range.

Alan R said...

Thanks Louise, Although the choice is limited to 5 offerings i like them all.

-maria- said...

These Blå Band foods are common in Finland. They can be bought in my nearest supermarket (while usually you need to visit an outdoor shop to buy e.g. Real Turmat), so I've bought several bags. I've not tasted the apple-cinnamon porridge, but I think the main meals are all quite ok.

-maria- said...

I enlarged the picture now, and it seems the selection differs from the selection we have here (or at least had when I checked them the last time!), so I can't really comment on how these main meals taste. But at least the quality has been good.

Alan R said...

Thanks Maria, its always good to have local knowledge. I read that the company have been around for about 30 yrs in Scandinavia, so thats good testament.
We have only main meals at this time in UK but i hope they get some deserts soon. The Apple and cinnamon sounds ideal to start with. Yummy.

afootinthehills said...

Good timing Alan since we are just about to start buying food for a two week backpacking trip in May. Well done!!

Greg said...

Usually make my own with a dehydrator bought from Bob. But these look good Alan. I never liked the look of the ones in the usual high street outlets.

Tor Magnus said...

It's interesting looking at how much Real Turmat costs outside of Norway. Usually when buying it in Norway it's between £5.50 and £7.50 depending on the meal.
http://www.prisjakt.no/search.php?query=real+turmat

Shipping might just kill the gain though... :(

Martin Rye said...

I shall check those out Alan and thanks for that.

Alan R said...

Hi Gibson,
I'm pleased to have been helpful. At least having something different will give you something to look forward to.

Alan R said...

I have never dehydrated food myself Greg. I should have a go really. These do look good and the Kcal is excellent.

Alan R said...

Hi Tor,
Yes Real Turmat are very nice but are getting a bit expensive to do a long trip with. £9 is for me the straw that breaks the camels back. I might just get the odd one now rather than a whole batch.
And like Louise says, the Fuizion are post free.

Alan R said...

Hello Martin,
No problem. Glad to help.

afootinthehills said...

Hi Alan

Are Fuizion foods prepared in the same way as the others ie. add water to the pouch etc?

I contacted Fuizion on Friday to ask but have had no reply. Poor for an internet company in my experience, but the product looks good.

Many thanks for your help.

afootinthehills said...

Just got a reply Alan.

Alan R said...

Hi Gibson,
Apologies for not getting back to you straight away. But as you already know, the answer is yes.
Glad to have been of help.

afootinthehills said...

Hi Alan

Thanks Alan. The meals look worth the extra cost over say, Mountain House, although I find these fine as well.

Claona said...

Have now tried Bla Band in testing conditions on Skye in winter camping trip. They are all excellent esp the risotto, they do need a slightly alarming quantity of hot/boiling water but this produces a very tasty sauce which also improves the re-constituting(?) Quantity is very good, better than Fuizion, although Fuizion does have better texture.. esp. the chinese style meals. Hopefully the range of Bla Band in the Uk will improve. Bla Band packaging is great in all respects apart from not being so useful as a night time pee receptacle due to its shallow height.

Claona said...

Should point out that the 'pee receptacle' is only AFTER the contents have been consumed and is not a survivalists way to prepare the contents!
Has anyone else discovered how useful the (used) bags can be .. for cooking trout.. re-constituting dried veg (esp porcini).. and for transporting and storing water.

Alan R said...

Claona, Thanks for bringing a little toilet humour to the table.
Its good to hear that you have enjoyed them and if they are on a par with Fuizion then thats great. Especially with the price being on par also. We need quality choice.
As for re-using the bags for anything else apart from urgent night time needs, no it's never been suggested. I just use mine to store all my unwanted rubbish until i can dispose of it.

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