New for 2018, as a smaller portion meal, or a hefty side item, Backpacker's Pantry Mashed Potatoes and Gravy with Beef is a tasty and filling option that will not break the bank. Backpacker's Pantry has combined Potato flakes with lean freeze-dried beef and a savory brown gravy flavored with sour cream, thyme, and butter. This is a meal that you will most likely not share. Preparation could not be simpler, just add two cups of boiling water directly to the pouch, stir, and let set for ten minutes. All you need is a way to boil water and you can have any one of Backpacker's Pantry's hot meals. Keep it for an emergency situation or power outage. High protein, hearty, and warming. Enjoy it while you are hunting, at your desk, in the dorms, or camping. Simple comfort food that will fuel your next adventure. 7 year shelf life.