When I go camping, I take a ton of food with me. I love to cook, and I love to eat, so why not?!
This past weekend, I went camping again with some buddies, but instead of making every meal from scratch, I wanted to give some pre-packaged meals a shot. So, I brought along a Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet to test out.
Today’s article is my Peak Refuel review of their Breakfast Skillet.
Table of Contents
- Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet Basic Specs
- Preparing the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet
- Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet Taste Test
- Pros and Cons of the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet
- Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet: Success or Flop?
Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet Basic Specs
Let’s begin with a quick discussion of what the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet is in the first place…
Peak Refuel brands this as a “premium freeze-dried” meal. It offers two servings, which I found to be two BIG servings – so much, in fact, that I was absolutely stuffed after finishing off a single package.
This particular meal has eggs, potatoes, sausage, red and green peppers, and onions. There are some spices added to the meal, such as salt and pepper.
All told, the package offers 39 grams of protein – just what you want when you’ve got a long day of exploring the wilderness ahead of you – and about 640 calories if you consume the entire meal by yourself.
Additionally, the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet uses real meat and real veggies, which as I’ll discuss later, really helps in the flavor and texture department.
Preparing the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet
Preparing this breakfast couldn’t be easier. In fact, it’s a simple four-step process.
- Open the pouch and remove the oxygen absorber.
- Boil two cups of water. Add it to the pouch.
- Stir the water and pouch ingredients well. Let stand in closed pouch for 15 minutes.
- Stir the ingredients again and enjoy.
Between boiling the water and letting the boiled water and ingredients sit, it takes about 20 minutes to prepare this meal. It’s a perfect amount of time to get your coffee going, wash your face, get dressed, and otherwise get ready for the day’s fun.
Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet Taste Test
If you’ve ever had freeze-dried meals, you know that they can be hit or miss in the flavor department. The same is true of the texture of the meal. The Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet hits the nail on the head on both counts.
As I noted earlier, this breakfast skillet uses real meat and real veggies, which gives it a much better flavor than you get with many similar meals. The pork sausage is a great addition that gives you that kick of spice, which is paired nicely with the red peppers, green peppers, and onions.
The vegetables were crisp, just as you’d expect when cooking this meal with fresh veggies. Kudos to Peak Refuel for getting that component of the meal right.
This meal did seem a touch heavy on the onion, but I like onion, so it didn’t bother me too much. I also like spice, so to give the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet a little more flavor, I added some Creole seasoning to wake my tastebuds up.
Now, I will say that the skillet on its own was quite flavorful – I didn’t need to add the Creole seasoning. But, I like a kick in my food, so the Creole seasoning was a good option to go with the salt, pepper, and other spices that were already in the skillet.
As you can see, I chose to eat the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet on a plate at camp, but this meal can be prepared and eaten right in the pouch if need be. Having a true MRE option is a great bonus if you’re backpacking and need to cut weight by leaving dinnerware behind.
Likewise, if you do a bit of off-roading, hiking, or other adventures away from camp, having a Peak Refuel meal in your ATV or backpack is a great option for a quick lunch that will refuel you for your afternoon explorations.
Pros and Cons of the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet
On the plus side, Peak Refuel gives you a huge portion if you’re eating alone, or two generous portions for two people to enjoy. Additionally, it only takes two cups of water to prepare, so you don’t have to lug around a lot of water to make this and other meals like it (other Peak Refuel meals only take 5-10.5 oz of water!).
I also like the fact that it’s so simple to prepare – just add boiling water and stir a couple of times. As I mentioned before, you can prepare and eat it right in the pouch, too, so it’s a really convenient mealtime option.
Additional benefits of this meal include:
- Tons of protein to fuel your adventures
- Great flavor and texture
- Real meat and vegetables (100 percent certified USDA meat, no fillers or preservatives, no TVP or soy-based proteins)
- Great blend of ingredients
In terms of downsides, I’m really struggling to come up with anything. This is my first Peak Refuel meal, and I am extremely impressed with the flavor profile, ease of preparation, and the price point (roughly $14.00 for one meal).
These meals are also non-GMO, made in the USA, and use less water than traditional freeze-dried meals. Honestly, what’s not to like?!
Plus, Peak Refuel has a wide range of other meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can stock up for your trip and have tasty food quickly and on the cheap.
Now, some might say that $14.00 is a high price for one meal, but when you factor in how much food you get and the fact that very little effort is needed to make it, this Breakfast Skillet is well worth the price tag, in my opinion.
Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet: Success or Flop?
For me, this meal is a huge success. Even though I love to cook, this is something I’ll buy again and again for a quick breakfast in the wilderness.
Aside from the taste, not having to spend 30 minutes chopping veggies and cooking pork and dicing potatoes and so forth is a nice break – and one that I can use to do other things around camp. So, this is both a tasty option and a time-saving one to boot.
If you’re intrigued by the Peak Refuel Breakfast Skillet, I highly recommend you pick one up and try it today!