Salsa is the essential topping for any corn chip and makes burritos and tacos taste even better, but until now there has not been a satisfying salsa option for ultralight backpackers. B.Redi Foods hopes to change that with their new line of Salsa packets. These Salsa packets only require the user to add hot water and stir for a delicious salsa. I will be reviewing the B.Redi Salsa packets over the next few weeks. Read on for my initial thoughts.
B.Redi Salsa is the brainchild of the Saucedo Family who run a restaurant called The Stand in Seaside Oregon. They developed their salsa packets after repeated requests from customers for the ability to make their salsa at home. They offer four different flavors of salsa – Tangy Tomatillo, Roasted Red Salsa, Relleno, and Chipotle. They sell the salsa in individual flavors in 10 packet boxes which retail for $22.50 or they sell a 10 packet combination with a mix of Tangy Tomatillo, Roasted Red, and Relleno for $25.
One of the things that stands out about the B.Redi salsa are the ingredients, they are very simple. Peppers, Tomatoes, Salt, Garlic, Onion, Agar, and Xanthan Gum. That’s it, no ingredients I can’t pronounce or some long list of things that make me wonder why they are in there. In general the packets contain between 30 to 60 calories depending on the flavor. The only other nutritional factor that stands out to me is the sodium, it is fairly high – 200 mg to 250 mg per serving and each packet is six servings.
The second thing that drew me to the salsa is that the directions are super simple. Stir the packet into 8 oz. of water and bring to a boil. Stir and boil for 1 minute. Let cool, stir and enjoy. They do note that the longer that the salsa cools the thicker it will become. It can also be prepared with cold or room temperature water, it just needs to sit for 10 minutes and the company notes it will be thin.
I will be reviewing the combo pack and plan on using the salsas backpacking and camping as well as while watching football on the weekends. Please check back in about a month to see my thoughts on the B.Redi Salsas.
Final Update December 2, 2016
I have used the B.Redi Salsas over the past couple months while out backpacking and they are awesome! My backpacking partner is my 11 year old daughter with a discriminating palate, and even she loves it. The salsa is easy to make, provides great flavor and generous portions. Read on for my full review.
I used the Salsa while backpacking on the Tuxachanie trail in DeSoto National Forest in southern Mississippi with my daughter. We used the various salsas with our freeze dried breakfast burritos in the morning and as a snack with chips in the afternoons on this 3 day trip. In addition, we have used the salsa with chips at home.
As I noted in my initial thoughts, I was drawn to the easy to use instructions. Stir into 8oz of water, stir, bring to a boil and boil for one minute, even I can follow these instructions. I found that when I did this the salsa came out thin, even when I allowed it to sit for up to 10 minutes. However, if I boiled the salsa for a couple more minutes and let it cool the salsa thickened up significantly and I found that I preferred thicker salsa to thinner salsa.
Thick or thin, the taste of the various salsas was amazing. Just enough tang and spice to enjoy the various flavors without overwhelming my palate or the food that we were eating. My favorite was the Tangy Tomatillo. It has a nice cilantro flavor and a slight kick of heat at the end. This flavor was particularly good on the freeze dried breakfast burritos. We did a taste test of the burritos, which we both like before the salsa, and the salsa kicked it up another notch. My daughter usually does not each much for breakfast but the salsa was so good she had two burritos instead of her usual half a burrito. The salsa was also good with chips, and we had to restrain ourselves or we would have eaten all of our chips on the first night.
The portion size for each packet is very generous. I would suggest it is plenty for a group of 4 to 6 or 2 very hungry hikers. My daughter and I found that we had a significant amount left over at each meal which made clean up somewhat challenging if following leave no trace principles.
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with the taste, quantity, and quality of the B.Redi Salsas. They have great taste, are easy to make, and the generous portions mean that they have earned a permanent spot in my backpacking kit!
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and B.Redi Salsa for providing the Salsa for the review.