Tuscan Beef Stew & Italian Polenta

roasted beef & vegetables in a burgundy wine bone broth with creamy parmesan polenta

Our Tuscan inspired beef stew is loaded with lean, grass-fed roast beef and a medley of garden veggies: sweet carrots, whole kernel corn, red ripe tomatoes, diced potatoes, green beans simmered in a beef stock, basil and red wine broth.  We pair it, Italian countryside-style, with a dollop of creamy parmesan polenta.

The result is a delicious, filling, nutrient-rich stew sure to please any backcountry diner!

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About Our TUSCAN BEEF STEW & italian POLENTA

  • 1 Serving Meal
     
  • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (roasted beef)
    • all-natural ingredients
    • 560 calories
    • 41 g protein
       
  • Meal Net Weight:  5.0 oz | 145 g    
     
  • Meal Includes: seasoned beef stew mix;  seasoned polenta; broth stick
     
  • Required:  boiling water
     
  • Recommended:  long handled spoon; Cook-in-Cozy

 


 

Remove

all interior packets and natural desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and polenta pouch.

Add

broth concentrate and 1-1/4 cups (10 oz / 296 ml) of boiling water to the main meal pouch and stir. Now add 1/2 cup (4 oz / 118 ml) of boiling water to the polenta pouch and stir.

Press

air from both pouches; seal and shake

Steep-Cook

15 minutes.

Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

SHAKE
occasionally to blend.

 

Top

your Beef Stew with dollops of Parmesan Polenta.

DIG IN!

to your Tuscan Beef Stew & Italian Polenta!

Ingredients & Nutrition

 

 

Ingredients:

Polenta (corn meal), Roasted Beef (cooked beef, salt), Whole Milk, Beef Broth (beef stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, sugar, beef fat, salt, yeast extract, xanthan gum), Organic Whole Kernel Yellow Corn, Potatoes, Organic Chopped Carrots, Beef Stock, Spices, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Potato Starch, Diced Red Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Sweet Basil, Organic Carrot Granules, Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Sweet Corn Puree, Green Beans, Organic Tomato Flakes, Sea Salt, Diced Sweet Onion, Zucchini Squash, Celery, Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto, nonfat milk solids, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate), Tomato Pepper (garlic salt, organic tomato (organic tomatoes, silicon dioxide), annatto, garlic granules, cilantro), Beef Au Jus (salt, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein, rendered beef fat, dextrose maltodextrin [from corn], natural flavor, yeast extract, onion, monosodium glutamate, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Beet Puree, Mushrooms, Lemon Juice (corn syrup, lemon juice, lemon oil), Red Burgundy Wine (maltodextrin, corn starch, wine, corn syrup, malic acid, natural flavor, sorbic acid, sulfites, potassium sorbate), Minced Shallots, Organic Chives, Green Onions

Special Notes:

CONTAINS: Milk, Soy

PROCESSED IN A FACILITY THAT HANDLES WHEAT, EGG, MILK, SOYBEAN, PEANUT AND TREE NUT PRODUCTS.

Press Articles

 

The polenta is so much more satisfying than the typical mashed potatoes one would expect with stew. It is hardy, filling and doesn’t upset the stomach when hiking. It’s simply comfort food, but with spices and lots of flavor. A solid 2 thumbs up and we highly recommend it.


— Trail Cooking, April 2019

 
"The best meal I've ever had on the trail," says one tester. "If I was served this at a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef." Unlike so many camp stews, this one actually looks good - full of colorful vegetables like corn and carrots and tomatoes - and it's served atop creamy polenta. With the protein punch of the beef, it's also satisfyingly hearty after a long trail day.


— Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2011

frequently asked questions

Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?
 

We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

Reviews (23)

  • 5

    5.0 Fork Rating

    by

    Great and tasty food. Thank you for the excellent products.

  • 3

    3.0 Fork Rating

    by

    Out of the 5 meals that I purchased to test out for future backpacking trips, I can say that this is the one that I am disappointed in. I will say that I have never had polenta in my life before, and that may have ruined the initial tastes. The texture of the polenta, combined with the taste if the polenta, started me off wrong with the meal. The stew, alone, was pretty good, but, for me, I would have liked this more with mashed taters, then polenta. 3.5 Sporks...

  • 4

    4.0 Fork Rating

    by

    4 Stars Mightily tasty and hearty with the addition of the polenta. Generous portions. As with all backpacking food, allow it to rehydrate for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer if you can stand it) in a cozy so it stays HOT and it'll turn out just right.

  • 4

    4.0 Fork Rating

    by

    I bought this for our trip into BWCA last summer, but we ended up not using it. I cooked it at home afterwards since the expiration date was coming up. The stew was very tasty, beef texture was good, corn had good chew texture, polenta had nice garlic flavor, but the stew and polenta are way, way too salty for my taste and health. 74% of sodium daily requirement is too much for one meal. Cut it by at least a third and I'll be sure to include it in this coming year's BWCA trip.

  • 5

    5.0 Fork Rating

    by

    This was simply excellent -- tried it at home, and it was great by any standard, not just trail food. Prep was pretty painless, and I liked the combination of stew and polenta.

  • 5

    5.0 Fork Rating

    by

    This didn't taste like a freeze dried meal. It was like a home cooked meal. The only difference was it was like a soup. Otherwise, this is so much better than the run of the mill FD meals.

  • 5

    5.0 Fork Rating

    by

    Just had the Tuscan beef stew for dinner. It was excellent! Not excellent for backpacking food, but simply excellent.

  • 5

    5.0 Fork Rating

    by

    This was a great dinner. It tasted better than almost anything I have ever had. Buy this meal it is worth it.

  • 4

    4.0 Fork Rating

    by

    Was excited to try the Tuscan beef stew. The polenta was excellent. The (stew) even though I simmered it for twice the time suggested was still more like soup. Added the correct amount of water per instructions. It never boiled down to what I consider stew. Possibly needs a thickening agent?? Although the flavor was impressive. I will continue to try different products from Packit gourmet.

Cooking Method

just add water

Water Required

14 ounces

Temperature

boiling water

Cook time

15 minutes

Serving

16 Ounces

  • About
  • About Our TUSCAN BEEF STEW & italian POLENTA

    • 1 Serving Meal
       
    • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (roasted beef)
      • all-natural ingredients
      • 560 calories
      • 41 g protein
         
    • Meal Net Weight:  5.0 oz | 145 g    
       
    • Meal Includes: seasoned beef stew mix;  seasoned polenta; broth stick
       
    • Required:  boiling water
       
    • Recommended:  long handled spoon; Cook-in-Cozy

     


     

    Remove

    all interior packets and natural desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and polenta pouch.

    Add

    broth concentrate and 1-1/4 cups (10 oz / 296 ml) of boiling water to the main meal pouch and stir. Now add 1/2 cup (4 oz / 118 ml) of boiling water to the polenta pouch and stir.

    Press

    air from both pouches; seal and shake

    Steep-Cook

    15 minutes.

    Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

    SHAKE
    occasionally to blend.

     

    Top

    your Beef Stew with dollops of Parmesan Polenta.

    DIG IN!

    to your Tuscan Beef Stew & Italian Polenta!

    Ingredients & Nutrition

     

     

    Ingredients:

    Polenta (corn meal), Roasted Beef (cooked beef, salt), Whole Milk, Beef Broth (beef stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, sugar, beef fat, salt, yeast extract, xanthan gum), Organic Whole Kernel Yellow Corn, Potatoes, Organic Chopped Carrots, Beef Stock, Spices, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Potato Starch, Diced Red Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Sweet Basil, Organic Carrot Granules, Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Sweet Corn Puree, Green Beans, Organic Tomato Flakes, Sea Salt, Diced Sweet Onion, Zucchini Squash, Celery, Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto, nonfat milk solids, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate), Tomato Pepper (garlic salt, organic tomato (organic tomatoes, silicon dioxide), annatto, garlic granules, cilantro), Beef Au Jus (salt, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein, rendered beef fat, dextrose maltodextrin [from corn], natural flavor, yeast extract, onion, monosodium glutamate, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Beet Puree, Mushrooms, Lemon Juice (corn syrup, lemon juice, lemon oil), Red Burgundy Wine (maltodextrin, corn starch, wine, corn syrup, malic acid, natural flavor, sorbic acid, sulfites, potassium sorbate), Minced Shallots, Organic Chives, Green Onions

    Special Notes:

    CONTAINS: Milk, Soy

    PROCESSED IN A FACILITY THAT HANDLES WHEAT, EGG, MILK, SOYBEAN, PEANUT AND TREE NUT PRODUCTS.

    Press Articles

     

    The polenta is so much more satisfying than the typical mashed potatoes one would expect with stew. It is hardy, filling and doesn’t upset the stomach when hiking. It’s simply comfort food, but with spices and lots of flavor. A solid 2 thumbs up and we highly recommend it.


    — Trail Cooking, April 2019

     
    "The best meal I've ever had on the trail," says one tester. "If I was served this at a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef." Unlike so many camp stews, this one actually looks good - full of colorful vegetables like corn and carrots and tomatoes - and it's served atop creamy polenta. With the protein punch of the beef, it's also satisfyingly hearty after a long trail day.


    — Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2011

    frequently asked questions

    Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?
     

    We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

    Reviews (23)

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Great and tasty food. Thank you for the excellent products.

    • 3

      3.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Out of the 5 meals that I purchased to test out for future backpacking trips, I can say that this is the one that I am disappointed in. I will say that I have never had polenta in my life before, and that may have ruined the initial tastes. The texture of the polenta, combined with the taste if the polenta, started me off wrong with the meal. The stew, alone, was pretty good, but, for me, I would have liked this more with mashed taters, then polenta. 3.5 Sporks...

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      4 Stars Mightily tasty and hearty with the addition of the polenta. Generous portions. As with all backpacking food, allow it to rehydrate for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer if you can stand it) in a cozy so it stays HOT and it'll turn out just right.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      I bought this for our trip into BWCA last summer, but we ended up not using it. I cooked it at home afterwards since the expiration date was coming up. The stew was very tasty, beef texture was good, corn had good chew texture, polenta had nice garlic flavor, but the stew and polenta are way, way too salty for my taste and health. 74% of sodium daily requirement is too much for one meal. Cut it by at least a third and I'll be sure to include it in this coming year's BWCA trip.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was simply excellent -- tried it at home, and it was great by any standard, not just trail food. Prep was pretty painless, and I liked the combination of stew and polenta.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This didn't taste like a freeze dried meal. It was like a home cooked meal. The only difference was it was like a soup. Otherwise, this is so much better than the run of the mill FD meals.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Just had the Tuscan beef stew for dinner. It was excellent! Not excellent for backpacking food, but simply excellent.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was a great dinner. It tasted better than almost anything I have ever had. Buy this meal it is worth it.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Was excited to try the Tuscan beef stew. The polenta was excellent. The (stew) even though I simmered it for twice the time suggested was still more like soup. Added the correct amount of water per instructions. It never boiled down to what I consider stew. Possibly needs a thickening agent?? Although the flavor was impressive. I will continue to try different products from Packit gourmet.

    Cooking Method

    just add water

    Water Required

    14 ounces

    Temperature

    boiling water

    Cook time

    15 minutes

    Serving

    16 Ounces

  • Instructions
  • About Our TUSCAN BEEF STEW & italian POLENTA

    • 1 Serving Meal
       
    • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (roasted beef)
      • all-natural ingredients
      • 560 calories
      • 41 g protein
         
    • Meal Net Weight:  5.0 oz | 145 g    
       
    • Meal Includes: seasoned beef stew mix;  seasoned polenta; broth stick
       
    • Required:  boiling water
       
    • Recommended:  long handled spoon; Cook-in-Cozy

     


     

    Remove

    all interior packets and natural desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and polenta pouch.

    Add

    broth concentrate and 1-1/4 cups (10 oz / 296 ml) of boiling water to the main meal pouch and stir. Now add 1/2 cup (4 oz / 118 ml) of boiling water to the polenta pouch and stir.

    Press

    air from both pouches; seal and shake

    Steep-Cook

    15 minutes.

    Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

    SHAKE
    occasionally to blend.

     

    Top

    your Beef Stew with dollops of Parmesan Polenta.

    DIG IN!

    to your Tuscan Beef Stew & Italian Polenta!

    Ingredients & Nutrition

     

     

    Ingredients:

    Polenta (corn meal), Roasted Beef (cooked beef, salt), Whole Milk, Beef Broth (beef stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, sugar, beef fat, salt, yeast extract, xanthan gum), Organic Whole Kernel Yellow Corn, Potatoes, Organic Chopped Carrots, Beef Stock, Spices, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Potato Starch, Diced Red Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Sweet Basil, Organic Carrot Granules, Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Sweet Corn Puree, Green Beans, Organic Tomato Flakes, Sea Salt, Diced Sweet Onion, Zucchini Squash, Celery, Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto, nonfat milk solids, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate), Tomato Pepper (garlic salt, organic tomato (organic tomatoes, silicon dioxide), annatto, garlic granules, cilantro), Beef Au Jus (salt, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein, rendered beef fat, dextrose maltodextrin [from corn], natural flavor, yeast extract, onion, monosodium glutamate, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Beet Puree, Mushrooms, Lemon Juice (corn syrup, lemon juice, lemon oil), Red Burgundy Wine (maltodextrin, corn starch, wine, corn syrup, malic acid, natural flavor, sorbic acid, sulfites, potassium sorbate), Minced Shallots, Organic Chives, Green Onions

    Special Notes:

    CONTAINS: Milk, Soy

    PROCESSED IN A FACILITY THAT HANDLES WHEAT, EGG, MILK, SOYBEAN, PEANUT AND TREE NUT PRODUCTS.

    Press Articles

     

    The polenta is so much more satisfying than the typical mashed potatoes one would expect with stew. It is hardy, filling and doesn’t upset the stomach when hiking. It’s simply comfort food, but with spices and lots of flavor. A solid 2 thumbs up and we highly recommend it.


    — Trail Cooking, April 2019

     
    "The best meal I've ever had on the trail," says one tester. "If I was served this at a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef." Unlike so many camp stews, this one actually looks good - full of colorful vegetables like corn and carrots and tomatoes - and it's served atop creamy polenta. With the protein punch of the beef, it's also satisfyingly hearty after a long trail day.


    — Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2011

    frequently asked questions

    Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?
     

    We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

    Reviews (23)

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Great and tasty food. Thank you for the excellent products.

    • 3

      3.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Out of the 5 meals that I purchased to test out for future backpacking trips, I can say that this is the one that I am disappointed in. I will say that I have never had polenta in my life before, and that may have ruined the initial tastes. The texture of the polenta, combined with the taste if the polenta, started me off wrong with the meal. The stew, alone, was pretty good, but, for me, I would have liked this more with mashed taters, then polenta. 3.5 Sporks...

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      4 Stars Mightily tasty and hearty with the addition of the polenta. Generous portions. As with all backpacking food, allow it to rehydrate for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer if you can stand it) in a cozy so it stays HOT and it'll turn out just right.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      I bought this for our trip into BWCA last summer, but we ended up not using it. I cooked it at home afterwards since the expiration date was coming up. The stew was very tasty, beef texture was good, corn had good chew texture, polenta had nice garlic flavor, but the stew and polenta are way, way too salty for my taste and health. 74% of sodium daily requirement is too much for one meal. Cut it by at least a third and I'll be sure to include it in this coming year's BWCA trip.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was simply excellent -- tried it at home, and it was great by any standard, not just trail food. Prep was pretty painless, and I liked the combination of stew and polenta.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This didn't taste like a freeze dried meal. It was like a home cooked meal. The only difference was it was like a soup. Otherwise, this is so much better than the run of the mill FD meals.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Just had the Tuscan beef stew for dinner. It was excellent! Not excellent for backpacking food, but simply excellent.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was a great dinner. It tasted better than almost anything I have ever had. Buy this meal it is worth it.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Was excited to try the Tuscan beef stew. The polenta was excellent. The (stew) even though I simmered it for twice the time suggested was still more like soup. Added the correct amount of water per instructions. It never boiled down to what I consider stew. Possibly needs a thickening agent?? Although the flavor was impressive. I will continue to try different products from Packit gourmet.

    Cooking Method

    just add water

    Water Required

    14 ounces

    Temperature

    boiling water

    Cook time

    15 minutes

    Serving

    16 Ounces

  • Ingredients & Nutrition
  • About Our TUSCAN BEEF STEW & italian POLENTA

    • 1 Serving Meal
       
    • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (roasted beef)
      • all-natural ingredients
      • 560 calories
      • 41 g protein
         
    • Meal Net Weight:  5.0 oz | 145 g    
       
    • Meal Includes: seasoned beef stew mix;  seasoned polenta; broth stick
       
    • Required:  boiling water
       
    • Recommended:  long handled spoon; Cook-in-Cozy

     


     

    Remove

    all interior packets and natural desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and polenta pouch.

    Add

    broth concentrate and 1-1/4 cups (10 oz / 296 ml) of boiling water to the main meal pouch and stir. Now add 1/2 cup (4 oz / 118 ml) of boiling water to the polenta pouch and stir.

    Press

    air from both pouches; seal and shake

    Steep-Cook

    15 minutes.

    Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

    SHAKE
    occasionally to blend.

     

    Top

    your Beef Stew with dollops of Parmesan Polenta.

    DIG IN!

    to your Tuscan Beef Stew & Italian Polenta!

    Ingredients & Nutrition

     

     

    Ingredients:

    Polenta (corn meal), Roasted Beef (cooked beef, salt), Whole Milk, Beef Broth (beef stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, sugar, beef fat, salt, yeast extract, xanthan gum), Organic Whole Kernel Yellow Corn, Potatoes, Organic Chopped Carrots, Beef Stock, Spices, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Potato Starch, Diced Red Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Sweet Basil, Organic Carrot Granules, Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Sweet Corn Puree, Green Beans, Organic Tomato Flakes, Sea Salt, Diced Sweet Onion, Zucchini Squash, Celery, Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto, nonfat milk solids, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate), Tomato Pepper (garlic salt, organic tomato (organic tomatoes, silicon dioxide), annatto, garlic granules, cilantro), Beef Au Jus (salt, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein, rendered beef fat, dextrose maltodextrin [from corn], natural flavor, yeast extract, onion, monosodium glutamate, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Beet Puree, Mushrooms, Lemon Juice (corn syrup, lemon juice, lemon oil), Red Burgundy Wine (maltodextrin, corn starch, wine, corn syrup, malic acid, natural flavor, sorbic acid, sulfites, potassium sorbate), Minced Shallots, Organic Chives, Green Onions

    Special Notes:

    CONTAINS: Milk, Soy

    PROCESSED IN A FACILITY THAT HANDLES WHEAT, EGG, MILK, SOYBEAN, PEANUT AND TREE NUT PRODUCTS.

    Press Articles

     

    The polenta is so much more satisfying than the typical mashed potatoes one would expect with stew. It is hardy, filling and doesn’t upset the stomach when hiking. It’s simply comfort food, but with spices and lots of flavor. A solid 2 thumbs up and we highly recommend it.


    — Trail Cooking, April 2019

     
    "The best meal I've ever had on the trail," says one tester. "If I was served this at a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef." Unlike so many camp stews, this one actually looks good - full of colorful vegetables like corn and carrots and tomatoes - and it's served atop creamy polenta. With the protein punch of the beef, it's also satisfyingly hearty after a long trail day.


    — Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2011

    frequently asked questions

    Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?
     

    We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

    Reviews (23)

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Great and tasty food. Thank you for the excellent products.

    • 3

      3.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Out of the 5 meals that I purchased to test out for future backpacking trips, I can say that this is the one that I am disappointed in. I will say that I have never had polenta in my life before, and that may have ruined the initial tastes. The texture of the polenta, combined with the taste if the polenta, started me off wrong with the meal. The stew, alone, was pretty good, but, for me, I would have liked this more with mashed taters, then polenta. 3.5 Sporks...

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      4 Stars Mightily tasty and hearty with the addition of the polenta. Generous portions. As with all backpacking food, allow it to rehydrate for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer if you can stand it) in a cozy so it stays HOT and it'll turn out just right.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      I bought this for our trip into BWCA last summer, but we ended up not using it. I cooked it at home afterwards since the expiration date was coming up. The stew was very tasty, beef texture was good, corn had good chew texture, polenta had nice garlic flavor, but the stew and polenta are way, way too salty for my taste and health. 74% of sodium daily requirement is too much for one meal. Cut it by at least a third and I'll be sure to include it in this coming year's BWCA trip.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was simply excellent -- tried it at home, and it was great by any standard, not just trail food. Prep was pretty painless, and I liked the combination of stew and polenta.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This didn't taste like a freeze dried meal. It was like a home cooked meal. The only difference was it was like a soup. Otherwise, this is so much better than the run of the mill FD meals.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Just had the Tuscan beef stew for dinner. It was excellent! Not excellent for backpacking food, but simply excellent.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was a great dinner. It tasted better than almost anything I have ever had. Buy this meal it is worth it.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Was excited to try the Tuscan beef stew. The polenta was excellent. The (stew) even though I simmered it for twice the time suggested was still more like soup. Added the correct amount of water per instructions. It never boiled down to what I consider stew. Possibly needs a thickening agent?? Although the flavor was impressive. I will continue to try different products from Packit gourmet.

    Cooking Method

    just add water

    Water Required

    14 ounces

    Temperature

    boiling water

    Cook time

    15 minutes

    Serving

    16 Ounces

  • Reviews (23)
  • About Our TUSCAN BEEF STEW & italian POLENTA

    • 1 Serving Meal
       
    • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (roasted beef)
      • all-natural ingredients
      • 560 calories
      • 41 g protein
         
    • Meal Net Weight:  5.0 oz | 145 g    
       
    • Meal Includes: seasoned beef stew mix;  seasoned polenta; broth stick
       
    • Required:  boiling water
       
    • Recommended:  long handled spoon; Cook-in-Cozy

     


     

    Remove

    all interior packets and natural desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and polenta pouch.

    Add

    broth concentrate and 1-1/4 cups (10 oz / 296 ml) of boiling water to the main meal pouch and stir. Now add 1/2 cup (4 oz / 118 ml) of boiling water to the polenta pouch and stir.

    Press

    air from both pouches; seal and shake

    Steep-Cook

    15 minutes.

    Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

    SHAKE
    occasionally to blend.

     

    Top

    your Beef Stew with dollops of Parmesan Polenta.

    DIG IN!

    to your Tuscan Beef Stew & Italian Polenta!

    Ingredients & Nutrition

     

     

    Ingredients:

    Polenta (corn meal), Roasted Beef (cooked beef, salt), Whole Milk, Beef Broth (beef stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, sugar, beef fat, salt, yeast extract, xanthan gum), Organic Whole Kernel Yellow Corn, Potatoes, Organic Chopped Carrots, Beef Stock, Spices, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Potato Starch, Diced Red Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Sweet Basil, Organic Carrot Granules, Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Sweet Corn Puree, Green Beans, Organic Tomato Flakes, Sea Salt, Diced Sweet Onion, Zucchini Squash, Celery, Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto, nonfat milk solids, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate), Tomato Pepper (garlic salt, organic tomato (organic tomatoes, silicon dioxide), annatto, garlic granules, cilantro), Beef Au Jus (salt, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein, rendered beef fat, dextrose maltodextrin [from corn], natural flavor, yeast extract, onion, monosodium glutamate, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Beet Puree, Mushrooms, Lemon Juice (corn syrup, lemon juice, lemon oil), Red Burgundy Wine (maltodextrin, corn starch, wine, corn syrup, malic acid, natural flavor, sorbic acid, sulfites, potassium sorbate), Minced Shallots, Organic Chives, Green Onions

    Special Notes:

    CONTAINS: Milk, Soy

    PROCESSED IN A FACILITY THAT HANDLES WHEAT, EGG, MILK, SOYBEAN, PEANUT AND TREE NUT PRODUCTS.

    Press Articles

     

    The polenta is so much more satisfying than the typical mashed potatoes one would expect with stew. It is hardy, filling and doesn’t upset the stomach when hiking. It’s simply comfort food, but with spices and lots of flavor. A solid 2 thumbs up and we highly recommend it.


    — Trail Cooking, April 2019

     
    "The best meal I've ever had on the trail," says one tester. "If I was served this at a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef." Unlike so many camp stews, this one actually looks good - full of colorful vegetables like corn and carrots and tomatoes - and it's served atop creamy polenta. With the protein punch of the beef, it's also satisfyingly hearty after a long trail day.


    — Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2011

    frequently asked questions

    Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?
     

    We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

    Reviews (23)

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Great and tasty food. Thank you for the excellent products.

    • 3

      3.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Out of the 5 meals that I purchased to test out for future backpacking trips, I can say that this is the one that I am disappointed in. I will say that I have never had polenta in my life before, and that may have ruined the initial tastes. The texture of the polenta, combined with the taste if the polenta, started me off wrong with the meal. The stew, alone, was pretty good, but, for me, I would have liked this more with mashed taters, then polenta. 3.5 Sporks...

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      4 Stars Mightily tasty and hearty with the addition of the polenta. Generous portions. As with all backpacking food, allow it to rehydrate for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer if you can stand it) in a cozy so it stays HOT and it'll turn out just right.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      I bought this for our trip into BWCA last summer, but we ended up not using it. I cooked it at home afterwards since the expiration date was coming up. The stew was very tasty, beef texture was good, corn had good chew texture, polenta had nice garlic flavor, but the stew and polenta are way, way too salty for my taste and health. 74% of sodium daily requirement is too much for one meal. Cut it by at least a third and I'll be sure to include it in this coming year's BWCA trip.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was simply excellent -- tried it at home, and it was great by any standard, not just trail food. Prep was pretty painless, and I liked the combination of stew and polenta.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This didn't taste like a freeze dried meal. It was like a home cooked meal. The only difference was it was like a soup. Otherwise, this is so much better than the run of the mill FD meals.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Just had the Tuscan beef stew for dinner. It was excellent! Not excellent for backpacking food, but simply excellent.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was a great dinner. It tasted better than almost anything I have ever had. Buy this meal it is worth it.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Was excited to try the Tuscan beef stew. The polenta was excellent. The (stew) even though I simmered it for twice the time suggested was still more like soup. Added the correct amount of water per instructions. It never boiled down to what I consider stew. Possibly needs a thickening agent?? Although the flavor was impressive. I will continue to try different products from Packit gourmet.

    Cooking Method

    just add water

    Water Required

    14 ounces

    Temperature

    boiling water

    Cook time

    15 minutes

    Serving

    16 Ounces

  • Press
  • About Our TUSCAN BEEF STEW & italian POLENTA

    • 1 Serving Meal
       
    • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (roasted beef)
      • all-natural ingredients
      • 560 calories
      • 41 g protein
         
    • Meal Net Weight:  5.0 oz | 145 g    
       
    • Meal Includes: seasoned beef stew mix;  seasoned polenta; broth stick
       
    • Required:  boiling water
       
    • Recommended:  long handled spoon; Cook-in-Cozy

     


     

    Remove

    all interior packets and natural desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and polenta pouch.

    Add

    broth concentrate and 1-1/4 cups (10 oz / 296 ml) of boiling water to the main meal pouch and stir. Now add 1/2 cup (4 oz / 118 ml) of boiling water to the polenta pouch and stir.

    Press

    air from both pouches; seal and shake

    Steep-Cook

    15 minutes.

    Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

    SHAKE
    occasionally to blend.

     

    Top

    your Beef Stew with dollops of Parmesan Polenta.

    DIG IN!

    to your Tuscan Beef Stew & Italian Polenta!

    Ingredients & Nutrition

     

     

    Ingredients:

    Polenta (corn meal), Roasted Beef (cooked beef, salt), Whole Milk, Beef Broth (beef stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, sugar, beef fat, salt, yeast extract, xanthan gum), Organic Whole Kernel Yellow Corn, Potatoes, Organic Chopped Carrots, Beef Stock, Spices, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Potato Starch, Diced Red Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Sweet Basil, Organic Carrot Granules, Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Sweet Corn Puree, Green Beans, Organic Tomato Flakes, Sea Salt, Diced Sweet Onion, Zucchini Squash, Celery, Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto, nonfat milk solids, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate), Tomato Pepper (garlic salt, organic tomato (organic tomatoes, silicon dioxide), annatto, garlic granules, cilantro), Beef Au Jus (salt, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein, rendered beef fat, dextrose maltodextrin [from corn], natural flavor, yeast extract, onion, monosodium glutamate, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Beet Puree, Mushrooms, Lemon Juice (corn syrup, lemon juice, lemon oil), Red Burgundy Wine (maltodextrin, corn starch, wine, corn syrup, malic acid, natural flavor, sorbic acid, sulfites, potassium sorbate), Minced Shallots, Organic Chives, Green Onions

    Special Notes:

    CONTAINS: Milk, Soy

    PROCESSED IN A FACILITY THAT HANDLES WHEAT, EGG, MILK, SOYBEAN, PEANUT AND TREE NUT PRODUCTS.

    Press Articles

     

    The polenta is so much more satisfying than the typical mashed potatoes one would expect with stew. It is hardy, filling and doesn’t upset the stomach when hiking. It’s simply comfort food, but with spices and lots of flavor. A solid 2 thumbs up and we highly recommend it.


    — Trail Cooking, April 2019

     
    "The best meal I've ever had on the trail," says one tester. "If I was served this at a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef." Unlike so many camp stews, this one actually looks good - full of colorful vegetables like corn and carrots and tomatoes - and it's served atop creamy polenta. With the protein punch of the beef, it's also satisfyingly hearty after a long trail day.


    — Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2011

    frequently asked questions

    Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?
     

    We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

    Reviews (23)

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Great and tasty food. Thank you for the excellent products.

    • 3

      3.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Out of the 5 meals that I purchased to test out for future backpacking trips, I can say that this is the one that I am disappointed in. I will say that I have never had polenta in my life before, and that may have ruined the initial tastes. The texture of the polenta, combined with the taste if the polenta, started me off wrong with the meal. The stew, alone, was pretty good, but, for me, I would have liked this more with mashed taters, then polenta. 3.5 Sporks...

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      4 Stars Mightily tasty and hearty with the addition of the polenta. Generous portions. As with all backpacking food, allow it to rehydrate for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer if you can stand it) in a cozy so it stays HOT and it'll turn out just right.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      I bought this for our trip into BWCA last summer, but we ended up not using it. I cooked it at home afterwards since the expiration date was coming up. The stew was very tasty, beef texture was good, corn had good chew texture, polenta had nice garlic flavor, but the stew and polenta are way, way too salty for my taste and health. 74% of sodium daily requirement is too much for one meal. Cut it by at least a third and I'll be sure to include it in this coming year's BWCA trip.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was simply excellent -- tried it at home, and it was great by any standard, not just trail food. Prep was pretty painless, and I liked the combination of stew and polenta.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This didn't taste like a freeze dried meal. It was like a home cooked meal. The only difference was it was like a soup. Otherwise, this is so much better than the run of the mill FD meals.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Just had the Tuscan beef stew for dinner. It was excellent! Not excellent for backpacking food, but simply excellent.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was a great dinner. It tasted better than almost anything I have ever had. Buy this meal it is worth it.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Was excited to try the Tuscan beef stew. The polenta was excellent. The (stew) even though I simmered it for twice the time suggested was still more like soup. Added the correct amount of water per instructions. It never boiled down to what I consider stew. Possibly needs a thickening agent?? Although the flavor was impressive. I will continue to try different products from Packit gourmet.

    Cooking Method

    just add water

    Water Required

    14 ounces

    Temperature

    boiling water

    Cook time

    15 minutes

    Serving

    16 Ounces

  • FAQS
  • About Our TUSCAN BEEF STEW & italian POLENTA

    • 1 Serving Meal
       
    • Dietary Considerations:  meat dish (roasted beef)
      • all-natural ingredients
      • 560 calories
      • 41 g protein
         
    • Meal Net Weight:  5.0 oz | 145 g    
       
    • Meal Includes: seasoned beef stew mix;  seasoned polenta; broth stick
       
    • Required:  boiling water
       
    • Recommended:  long handled spoon; Cook-in-Cozy

     


     

    Remove

    all interior packets and natural desiccants (2 total) from main meal pouch and polenta pouch.

    Add

    broth concentrate and 1-1/4 cups (10 oz / 296 ml) of boiling water to the main meal pouch and stir. Now add 1/2 cup (4 oz / 118 ml) of boiling water to the polenta pouch and stir.

    Press

    air from both pouches; seal and shake

    Steep-Cook

    15 minutes.

    Cook-in-Cozy™ recommended but not required.

    SHAKE
    occasionally to blend.

     

    Top

    your Beef Stew with dollops of Parmesan Polenta.

    DIG IN!

    to your Tuscan Beef Stew & Italian Polenta!

    Ingredients & Nutrition

     

     

    Ingredients:

    Polenta (corn meal), Roasted Beef (cooked beef, salt), Whole Milk, Beef Broth (beef stock, maltodextrin, natural flavor, sugar, beef fat, salt, yeast extract, xanthan gum), Organic Whole Kernel Yellow Corn, Potatoes, Organic Chopped Carrots, Beef Stock, Spices, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Potato Starch, Diced Red Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Sweet Basil, Organic Carrot Granules, Parmesan Cheese (partially skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes, disodium phosphate), Sweet Corn Puree, Green Beans, Organic Tomato Flakes, Sea Salt, Diced Sweet Onion, Zucchini Squash, Celery, Butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto, nonfat milk solids, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate), Tomato Pepper (garlic salt, organic tomato (organic tomatoes, silicon dioxide), annatto, garlic granules, cilantro), Beef Au Jus (salt, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein, rendered beef fat, dextrose maltodextrin [from corn], natural flavor, yeast extract, onion, monosodium glutamate, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Beet Puree, Mushrooms, Lemon Juice (corn syrup, lemon juice, lemon oil), Red Burgundy Wine (maltodextrin, corn starch, wine, corn syrup, malic acid, natural flavor, sorbic acid, sulfites, potassium sorbate), Minced Shallots, Organic Chives, Green Onions

    Special Notes:

    CONTAINS: Milk, Soy

    PROCESSED IN A FACILITY THAT HANDLES WHEAT, EGG, MILK, SOYBEAN, PEANUT AND TREE NUT PRODUCTS.

    Press Articles

     

    The polenta is so much more satisfying than the typical mashed potatoes one would expect with stew. It is hardy, filling and doesn’t upset the stomach when hiking. It’s simply comfort food, but with spices and lots of flavor. A solid 2 thumbs up and we highly recommend it.


    — Trail Cooking, April 2019

     
    "The best meal I've ever had on the trail," says one tester. "If I was served this at a restaurant, I would have complimented the chef." Unlike so many camp stews, this one actually looks good - full of colorful vegetables like corn and carrots and tomatoes - and it's served atop creamy polenta. With the protein punch of the beef, it's also satisfyingly hearty after a long trail day.


    — Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice/Gear Guide, Spring 2011

    frequently asked questions

    Why is a Cook–in–Cozy™ recommended?
     

    We recommend that all of our hot meals spend time "steep-cooking" while snuggled in a Cook-in-Cozy. We find this method promotes a more consistent temperature and steady cook time for Cook-in-Bag preparation; and results in a better serving temperature for your meal. When not in use, our Cook-in-Cozy folds away nicely in your pack for storage and weighs in at only 1.4oz.

    Reviews (23)

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Great and tasty food. Thank you for the excellent products.

    • 3

      3.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Out of the 5 meals that I purchased to test out for future backpacking trips, I can say that this is the one that I am disappointed in. I will say that I have never had polenta in my life before, and that may have ruined the initial tastes. The texture of the polenta, combined with the taste if the polenta, started me off wrong with the meal. The stew, alone, was pretty good, but, for me, I would have liked this more with mashed taters, then polenta. 3.5 Sporks...

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      4 Stars Mightily tasty and hearty with the addition of the polenta. Generous portions. As with all backpacking food, allow it to rehydrate for a minimum of 20 minutes (longer if you can stand it) in a cozy so it stays HOT and it'll turn out just right.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      I bought this for our trip into BWCA last summer, but we ended up not using it. I cooked it at home afterwards since the expiration date was coming up. The stew was very tasty, beef texture was good, corn had good chew texture, polenta had nice garlic flavor, but the stew and polenta are way, way too salty for my taste and health. 74% of sodium daily requirement is too much for one meal. Cut it by at least a third and I'll be sure to include it in this coming year's BWCA trip.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was simply excellent -- tried it at home, and it was great by any standard, not just trail food. Prep was pretty painless, and I liked the combination of stew and polenta.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This didn't taste like a freeze dried meal. It was like a home cooked meal. The only difference was it was like a soup. Otherwise, this is so much better than the run of the mill FD meals.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Just had the Tuscan beef stew for dinner. It was excellent! Not excellent for backpacking food, but simply excellent.

    • 5

      5.0 Fork Rating

      by

      This was a great dinner. It tasted better than almost anything I have ever had. Buy this meal it is worth it.

    • 4

      4.0 Fork Rating

      by

      Was excited to try the Tuscan beef stew. The polenta was excellent. The (stew) even though I simmered it for twice the time suggested was still more like soup. Added the correct amount of water per instructions. It never boiled down to what I consider stew. Possibly needs a thickening agent?? Although the flavor was impressive. I will continue to try different products from Packit gourmet.

    Cooking Method

    just add water

    Water Required

    14 ounces

    Temperature

    boiling water

    Cook time

    15 minutes

    Serving

    16 Ounces