We’re going camping in a few weeks. I have been pretty busy and haven’t had a lot of planning time. I really should throw a few pomodoros at that task but, we’ll get to the mountains when we get there. But every time I’ve been grocery shopping in the last couple of weeks I have camping meals stuck in the back of my mind.
While rolling down the aisle last week I spotted canned tamales. I had never seen canned tamales before. I wondered if they’d have a Chef Boyardee Spaghettios flavor, but I bought them because you never know what you’ll be willing to eat when you’re tired.
I didn’t get up the nerve to eat them right away. Long enough for me to make another trip to the store and spot a mysterious Read Southwestern Bean Salad.
Today we finally got up enough nerve to open the mysterious cans and ate the contents for lunch.
On first opening the La Preferida Tamales had a slight spaghettio aroma and were coated with a sheen of safety orange oil/grease. Each one comes in a little wrapper which looked like it might have been wax paper or something like it. I was a little dubious but they looked better than I imagined when the can was unopened.
We heated them up in the microwave and had a taste. They’re actually pretty good. The spaghettio aroma was gone. I probably would only eat them when I’m camping, and I might put some cheese or chili or something over the top of them instead of the leftover sauce in the can but they were edible. I will be going back for a can to take with us.
We also opened the can of READ Southwestern Bean Salad. This too involved a slick of safety orange oil/grease.
The contents of the can did not look much like the photo on the outside of the can. It looked a little bit more like chili than bean salad. We heated it up and ate it. It was kind of like chili with vinegar in it. In retrospect, I don’t think it’s meant to be eaten alone. Maybe I should give it another chance and mix in some brown rice and chicken or something… maybe. I’m not sure this is going to make our camp menu this year.