Tuesday 24 August 2010

Review: Wayfayrer Meals

Garden Girl's favourite bit of camping was snuggling down in her sleeping bag and I have to agree with her on that one. However, when we asked Garden Boy what his favourite bit was he said, 'Breakfast, food and pudding'. Only a boy could give that answer. When it comes to food our camping essentials include cous cous, smash (lovely memories from my own childhood holidays in a caravan), angel delight and of course sausages. We took all of that with us this year but we also had a stack of Wayfayrer meals to try out and review and they were delicious.

Wayfayrer meals are designed specifically for activities such as camping and hiking. They can be eaten hot or cold but I must admit that I would have struggled to eat them cold. But this didn't really matter because they are incredibly quick and easy to heat up. Just pop the bag in a bowl of water. Boil for 7 minutes and then tuck in! We tried the All Day Breakfast, Lancashire Hot Pot, Beef Stew and Dumplings, Vegetable Curry, Spicy Vegetable Rigatonni, Sausage Casserole, Chocolate Pudding and Spotted Dick and Custard. There wasn't one we didn't enjoy. They tasted great and our Little Garden Helpers cleared their plates every day without any messing about. That in itself gives these meals a big thiumbs up. The water we boiled the bags in, we used for a cuppa so there was no waiting around for a brew.

The only downside is that they retail at £4 to £5 per bag of food which is quite a lot when one bag feeds one person or two toddlers. We thought this was a bit on the pricy side however they are incredibly convenient and quick and we will consider getting them for our next camping trip. They were really handy to have in the tent for those days when we arrived back later than expected and we were in danger of having to cook in the dark. And aside from their delicious taste, the best thing is there is no pan to wash up. You can even eat them straight from the bag if you want to avoid the washing up all together! I wish I had known about them in my pre-Mummy life when I camped at archaeological excavations with very little facilities. They are so much better than pot noodles!

Wayfayrer meals are available to buy at amazon or at a number of outdoor stores such as Cotswalds. I recommend trying the Lancashire Hot Pot and Chocolate Pudding but honestly pick any and you won't be disappointed.


  1. sound great and always good to have a standby meal for tired children and adults after a busy day out or good if arriving late when camping, thanks for the info x

  2. What comes in an "all day breakfast"? Other than muesli, the thought of a longlife breakfast sounds.... interesting!