OR - Just Veggies - David Wilkes
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Just Veggies from the "Just Tomatoes, Etc.!" company is a combination
of dried carrots, corn, peas, bell peppers and tomatoes, and
"Absolutely nothing added". It is available in six sizes:
0.75 oz Snack Bag
3 oz Ziplock Bag
4 oz Small Tub
0.5 oz Large Tub
1 lb Tub
6 lb Bulk Bag
Nutritional Information (from manufacturer's web site)
Serving Size: 1 oz.
Servings Per Container: 4
Product Size: 4 oz. tub
Fat Calories: 10
Total Fat: 1g
Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Vitamin A: 210%
Vitamin C: 60%
In the last 12 months, I have purchased and consumed three of the 3 oz
bags (the only size available in my local stores). The first bag I
tried at home then finished during a day hike as a snack directly out
of the bag. The second and third bags were consumed while testing an
alcohol stove, while I ate some of it directly from the bag when
hiking, and used some as a salad topping (at home), most was added to
broth and other ingredients to make soup for dinners while backpacking.
This is a key ingredient to my current favorite backpacking meal
tortellini & veggie soup.
8 oz ( 250 ml) water
1 bouillon cube (I prefer chicken but any should work)
4 oz ( 113 g) mini dried tortellini (I prefer the 3 cheese or cheese
1 small handful Just Veggies (more or less to taste)
Add all ingredients to pot, bring to boil and simmer until tortellini
and veggies are tender. I find it takes about 10min of simmering after
the water boils. To save fuel (or when I am using an alcohol stove),
after bringing the water to a boil I wrap the pot in insulation and
allow to sit for 15-20min.
I find the aroma of the dried tomatoes to be very alluring and always
makes my mouth water. I do love my veggies, and greatly enjoy the
added dimension that these contribute to my hiking and backpacking
cuisine. I find the veggies when added to my food brighten up the
flavors and add depth as well as texture. As a snack directly from the
bag, the veggies are a bit dry, but tasty and are a welcome change
from GORP and energy bars. When I first looked at the product, I
expected the corn and peas to be very hard and crunchy. Upon first
tasting them, I was quite surprised to find them reasonably crunchy
but not difficult to chew at all. The texture is difficult to
describe, and I find the taste to be addictive. When I start eating
them, I find it difficult to put the bag away. The slightly sweet
taste of the corn and tomato for me is very satisfying, and the fact
that it is nothing but dried vegetables, makes it guilt free. I like
to believe it in some way helps to offset my favorite hiking lunch Spam.
The manufacturer's web page contains links to recipes and recipe
contests for adults as well as kids. They also have nutrition related
education projects for teachers. Just Tomatoes offers a wide array of
dried vegetables and fruit (organic and conventional) as well as fruit
powders, in an assortment of sizes. They also offer gift baskets
containing assorted combinations of their products.
I need to add one slight correction to the above. I purchased another
bag of Just Veggies for reference while writing this. The bag was
empty before I finished writing this OR.
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