AlpineAire Foods Shrimp Newburg 6 oz, 2 servings, $8.32
I love fish and seafood. But dehydrated? Hmmm. You don’t often see a camping meal comprised of water animals so AlpineAire Foods’ Shrimp Newburg stood out to me.
The Verdict: Fishy
100 Point Scale:
AlpineAire Foods Shrimp Newburg = 50 (No Man’s Land)
I know, I know – what can I expect from freeze-dried shrimp? Well, at least I can commend AlpineAire for trying to be creative with its proteins and it was worth a shot. The package write up is that Shrimp Newburg is “Shrimp, Pasta And Vegetables in a Delicate Dill Cream Sauce.” I don’t know about “delicate, nor “dill” (barely a hint), but shrimp and pasta yes. There was a decidedly fishy aroma and flavor that was not particularly appetizing and very reminiscent of the smell of fish flakes. Freeze-dried shrimp were end up being about 1 cm long and take on a texture a little softer and less gummy than a gummy bear – can I say it was a cross between a gummy bear and a fish flake? It was odd but I guess to be expected. The peas were firm and fresh tasting and, in general, there were a good number of vegetables. Other than the peas, however, all vegetables were cut so small that one taste was indiscernible from any other (a typical problem for freeze-dried meals generally).
The sauce, even if conventional, was surprisingly creamy and hinted of cheese, giving it a nice flavor, and the thin fusilli-type pasta was a good choice for this dish.
Unfortunately, there is nothing of particular note in the nutrition facts so I’ll not say anything more about this other than if you just have to have fish in a freeze-dried meal, this is an OK choice.
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