On a multi day trip, lunches are always the most difficult meals to sort out. Bread isn’t a viable option for more than a day or two, and even then you’ll need some filling to go with it and possibly butter making oatcakes a much easier proposition. When I saw that you could get long life sandwiches, they had to be tried out.
These Bridgeford long life sandwiches have a shelf life of about two years and are designed primarily for emergency or military use. I didn’t expect much from these, but hoped that they might be more tolerable dipped in soup as lunch. As it happened, they have more in common with pastry slices than a sandwich. The ‘bread’ is thin and crumbly, and somewhere between pastry and bread. The filling in the Honey Barbecued Beef flavour we tried out was sparse and looked like an ill filled meat slice.
The beef was mince rather than strips, but was edible, with the honey adding a welcome sweetness to the whole ensemble. Dipping it in soup didn’t add an awful lot to it.
Tryfan bravely tried out half of the sandwich, and we were totally agreed that it was nothing special. However, as we both polished it greedily off, it could be argued that it does what it was designed to. The provision of an edible, zombie-proof sandwich that provides essential sustenance in an emergency. It may well taste better on the third day of a long trip than it did during a winter day walk, and it would certainly be more welcome than mint cake in a real emergency.
We don’t think we can recommend these for backpacking, but neither were they really designed with long distance walkers in mind. If you *really* need bready products, then it’s probably worth a punt, but I’d go without. These are designed for emergency use, and as such we think they did their job admirably – 4.5/5. However, as a wild camping food we can’t really rate them much beyond 2.5 stars.
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