Big Easy Gumbo

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Big Easy Gumbo from Packit Gourmet really caught my eye. I wondered, though, just how close to homemade gumbo it would be. Eventually curiosity got the best of me and I decided to give it a try.

The package arrived in a sealed boil bag with all of the ingredients and even some Tabasco. Even in its dehydrated state I could sense my mouth starting to water.

Gumbo Packaged

Opening the packaged revealed further details. Gumbo wouldn’t be gumbo without the roux. A small pouch of powder was provided along with a packet of olive oil. A packet of turkey broth concentrate is also included.

Gumbo Opened

The main ingredients are provided inside a small, inner bag which includes a clay dessicant to keep things fresh. Mix the olive oil with the roux powder until it’s thoroughly mixed. Pour the contents of the inner bag into the boil bag.


Contents Mixed

Boil 2 cups of water and pour into bag. Mix the ingredients well and seal the bag. Let it steep (preferably in a cozy) for about 10 minutes.

Ready to Steep

After steeping give the mix another good stirring. Now’s a good time to add the Tabasco if you prefer a little kick. I was very pleased with how the dish turned out. Everything was perfectly hydrated. There weren’t any crunchy or chewy pieces that hadn’t rehydrated well.

Let's Eat!

This is a meal that not only tasted great but was also filling. It’s incredibly simple to make and won’t keep you waiting after a long day on the trail. There’s something special about a nice, hot meal as you finish your day and the Big Easy Gumbo fits the bill. I would certainly encourage you to give it a try yourself for a little bit of New Orleans in the backcountry. I can say that I enjoyed it enough that I have more on the way.

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