Good food is a must in the hills. At the end of the day, nothing revives the spirits like a good hot meal. Real Turmat has been the gold standard for freeze-dried meals, but they are not cheap. Terry has highlighted a new kid on the block: Fuizion Food made in the good old UK (RT is Norwegian, in case you didn’t know).
As I’m off on another jaunt next week, I thought it would be a good idea to get some to try out. I ordered four meals on Thursday and they arrived on Saturday. There are nineteen main courses to choose from, although a number are not in stock. I selected Savoury Minced Beef, Savoury Minced Lamb, Coq au Vin with Rice and Chicken and Bacon Pasta.
The packs are a similar size to Real Turmat, but not vacuumed packed. Below is a comparison of the Fuizion packs with a Real Turmat meal and my Outdoors Grub pouch snug. Sorry the photo is not as arty as Terry’s 😉 .
You’ll have to wait for a review until the week after next. However, I thought it would be interesting to make a quick comparison between the Real Turmat Beef and Potato Casserole and the Fuizion Savoury Minced Beef (with Potato).
Price: RT £8.95, FZ £6.50
Net weight: RT 114g, FZ 110g
Water required: RT 390ml, FZ 310ml.
Calories: RT 555kcal, FZ 590kcal.
Salt: RT 4.6g, FZ 0.8g
The Fuizion Food meal is quite similar to the Real Turmat one but cheaper. Although the reconstituted volume is smaller, the calorific value is slightly higher. Also the salt content is a lot lower. The other difference is the best before date on the Real Turmat is 2014, whereas it is 2012 on the Fuizion, presumably because the RT is vacuum packed.
If Fuizion lives up to its claims, then it should be a viable and cheaper alternative to Real Turmat, which would be welcome, especially as the range of dishes is greater.