Turkey Entrees

RICHMOOR Turkey Tetrazzini 5.5 oz, 2 servings, $6.25
ALPINEAIRE FOODS Wild Tyme Turkey 6 oz, 2 servings, $8.32

I’m always happy when we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and there’s a protein other than a turkey. No matter how good it looks coming to the table, it is always a disappointment. (That is, other than the first 15-pound turkey I made last Thanksgiving, which I accidentally cooked upside down, but that seemed to do the trick for ensuring a moist breast.)

I was surprised then, to discover that I had more excitement over freeze-dried turkey entrees recently enjoyed over a campfire. AlpineAire Foods Wild Tyme Turkey was particularly good and Richmoor’s Turkey Tetrazzini proved an adequate noodle dish.

The Verdict: If you’re into trying a grainy dish that has depth of flavor, AlpineAire is a very good bet. If you’re in the mood for the more standard fare that a noodle dish can offer, and you like peas, Richmoor’s dish might satisfy you.

 

100 Point Scale:

ALPINEAIRE FOODS Wild Tyme Turkey = 80 (Very Good)
RICHMOOR Turkey Tetrazzini = 60 (Mediocre)

Assessment

I expected (correctly) that AlpineAire’s product would be better than Richmoor’s since that is Katadyn Group’s higher-end line. I would not have expected to describe a dehydrated or freeze-dried meal as “complex” but AlpineAire’s Wild Tyme Turkey managed to do what so few dehydrated or freeze-dried meals have done. It had a textural, color and flavor diversity that was really unexpected; sometimes it was the rice and grains that you tasted, other times the turkey and carrot shone through, still others the Parmesan cheese was most noticeable. So often with outdoor food, regardless of whether you bite into the beans or the meat, it all kind of tastes the same. That was not the case with this meal at all. A quick glance at the ingredient list lends some explanation to the complexity: brown and wild rice, bulgar, barley flakes, sunflower seeds and almonds. (By the way, there is no thyme in this dish.)

In Richmoor’s dish, you primarily taste the sour cream sauce and the peas. The pasta is adequate but flavorless and soft, as freeze-dried pasta tends to be. The peas are prevalent but not overpowering and add a good amount of freshness to the dish. Unfortunately, the mushrooms are not at all noticeable, nor is the sherry flavor, which is disappointing considering this is a “tetrazzini.”

AlpineAire’s turkey dish has a higher than average vitamin content, and the complex grains makes the quality of the carbohydrates very good, in contrast to the simple carbs that come from white pasta. As in all of its products, AlpineAire advertises that it has no preservatives, artificial flavors, colors or MSG. Richmoor cannot make such a claim and, also like it’s other products, Turkey Tetrazzini has no resealable bag, which is a bit of a headache even if it is not of great consequence.

 

AlpineAire Foods

Richmoor

Calories

340

310

Calories from Fat

100

70

Total Fat (g)

12

8

  Sat Fat

4.5

4

  Trans       Fat

0

0

Cholesterol (mg)

50

40

Sodium (mg)

300

490

Total Carbohydrates (g)

44

54

  Fiber

6

2

  Sugars

7

5

Protein (g)

19

17

Vitamin A (%)

100

8

Vitamin C (%)

15

6

Calcium (%)

15

15

Iron (%)

20

15