I’d bought this on a whim to take with me on a recent trip to the Rhinogydd, and I didn’t really expect much from it as I’d had a bad experience with a Wayfarers sponge a few years back and avoided the brand ever since. These were on special, and normally cost around a fiver for the kit or a bit less for the breakfast alone. That’s a bit cheaper than a dehydrated meal, and a lot more expensive, though lighter, than a tin of all day breakfast.
Simply add some water to the pouch, which contains a sachet that reacts with the water in order to heat your meal. It reacts readily, and warms up quickly enough, but while we left it the stated 14 minutes, it was only warmed through. If we did use one of these again, we’d give it 20 minutes perhaps, as we’ve found similar products in the past to understate the time needed.
The All Day Breakfast contains, as you’d probably guess, some beans, sausage, diced bacon and a lump of omelette. It was warm enough to eat, and it vanished so quickly that I think it was a hit. Even the lump of omelette tasted fine. You’re not getting gourmet food here, but it was definitely on the same level as a tin of beans and sausage from the likes of Heinz, while I’d expected it to be more like cheap beans. The 400 odd calories provided is also just right to start a hill day off. It doesn’t look too appetising in the images, probably as it wasn’t piping hot, but tasted fine.
The kit comes complete with a knife, fork, spoon, tissue and some salt and pepper sachets, so it really is all you need for a wild camping breakfast. It doesn’t even weigh much, with the heater itself weighing a matter of grams while dry, and dries itself off from the heat if you’re lucky! Ours seemed to keep warm for ages afterwards, even resulting in a steaming rucsack incident!
Would I buy this again? The meal got a total thumbs up from me, but the heater wasn’t overly effective. I think that a bit longer would certainly be beneficial. I’ve no doubt that I’ll be picking up a few more of these for my wild camping breakfasts in future, with perhaps a slice of bacon and a perfect camping fried egg thrown in for good measure.