Muji freeze-dried meals

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by Balagan, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Had a chance to pop back into a Muji store and have a closer look at their (new to me) range of freeze-dried meals (I was only aware of their wet curry pouches).

    These are all priced at 3.25 euros, weigh 90 gr and are 350 to 370 cal a pouch. The pouch is quite small as the content is supposed to be poured into a pan rather than rehydrated by adding hot water (instructions call for 300ml). The eight varieties are: Asparagus Risotto, Mushroom Risotto, Cheese Risotto, Seafood Risotto, Macaroni with Cheese Sauce, Penne with Mushroom Sauce, Fusili with Tomato Sauce, Spaghetti with Seafood.

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    In addition, there are also four instant soups (there are 4.50 a pack with four 5 gram sachets): Hot and Sour Tomato Soup, Spinach and Cabbage Miso Soup, Sakura Shrimp and Bamboo Shoot Soup, Okra and Nalta Jute Soup.

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    Finally, there are two rice porridges (17 grams and 160ml of hot water needs to be added) : Adductor and Seaweed Rice Porridge, Whitebait and Laver Rice Porridge. Additional flavours available in Asia are Chicken Rice Porridge, Ishikari Rice Porridge

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    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
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  2. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Tried any? I’m feeling a taste session coming!
  3. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Not yet. I discounted them at first because I remembered the price incorrectly but they are actually cheaper (per gram and per package) than Decathlon meals which are the cheapest (and not the best) out there.

    Most outdoor freeze-dried are 120 gr and often more than twice the price. If you are prepared to repackage before a hike and turn 3 packs into 2 meals, you get meals that are 4.90 euros and at least 525 Cal each.
  4. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Are these available in the UK, interesting menu choice :)
  5. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I would guess so although they are not on any European Muji website.
  6. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    So, at long last, I remember to update this. It's been a while since I ate my stash so this is a little vaguer than I had planned.

    After eating everything Muji offers (except for the rice porridge) here are my summary conclusions: the quality is pretty good, I did find the pasta rather too salty but the risottos were fine. Having said that they don't rehydrate all that well in a cosy with the rice and/or pasta remaining very crunchy after a looong hot soaking. Bottom line is that these are way better if you can afford the fuel to simmer for the required 10 (pasta) or 15 (rice) minutes. They are not quite free of the industrial taste that ruins so many freeze-dried meals but I prefer them to most freeze dried I've tried.

    The real surprise was actually the soups which are just broths with greens but they manage to give you a feeling of actually eating greens. If nothing else, I'll definitely be packing a few of these on my hikes.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2020
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  7. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    I was dragged into the hell that is The Trafford Centre outside Manchester recently and saw these in the Muji shop there so they do seem to be in the UK shops. I seem to remember there was a lot of plastic wrapping on these things.
  8. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    The freeze-dried are in regular freeze-dried pouches (albeit on the small size as they are meant to be poured into a pan) but the soups are quite bulky and come in plastic packages of 3 or 4.

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