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If you enjoy your mac and cheese than this freeze-dried Mac 'n' Cheese Youth Meal is a great way to enjoy it on your adventures without weighing down your pack. Enjoy a cheesy-creamy sauce with pasta in the time it takes to boil water plus a 10-minute rehydration period. That easy!


  • To rehydrate:
    • Open the pack
    • Add 200ml (4/5 cup) of boiling water to rehydrate and mix thoroughly (30 seconds)
    • Reseal and wait until rehydrated (10 minutes)
    • Enjoy!
  • Bags are reusable. Once clean, they are the ultimate zip-lock bag. They are excellent waterproof bags for phones and small items that you want to keep dry on your outdoor pursuits. A clean bag can also become the perfect utensil to combine meals, because adding one meal to another can be extremely delicious.
  • The "numbers" in the ingredients list on Real Meals labels replace the chemical or common name of particular food additives. They don't actually add these things themselves. They come with some of the ingredients used, for example, coconut cream, curry paste, ice cream etc. These are used in most products to enhance the colour, flavour, texture or prevent food from spoiling and are not a new thing, as additives have been used for centuries. The numbers come from a standardised list created in the 1960s in Europe (so also known as 'E-numbers').
  • Real Meals was created in 2012 by Nathan Fa'avae: six times Adventure Racing World Champion. Made from the finest natural ingredients so they taste just like home. Equally, they ensure you are energised for tramping, hunting, biking, mountaineering, or competing in the world's toughest adventure races.


Average Weight 100g
Serving Size Once prepared: 1 x 300g
  • Pasta [Durum wheat, semolina], Cheese Sauce [Sour cream (Cream from milk), skim milk, thickener, gelatin, milk solids, emulsifier, culture}, Cream cheese [Milk, cream (from milk), milk solids, salt, vegetable gum], Cheese [Pasteurised cow's milk, salt, cultures, rennet (vegetarian), anti-caking agent, preservative (200)], Dijon mustard [Water, mustard seeds, vinegar, salt, preservative (222), citric acid], Salt, Pepper.
  • Allergens: Contains milk, sulphites, gluten.
  • Made in New Zealand from local and imported ingredients.
Nutritional Information
Based on re-hydrated meal
  Per Serve Per 100g
Energy 2960kJ 823kJ
Protein 32.4g 9g
Total Fat 45.1g 12.5g
Saturated Fat 28.2g 7.8g
Carbohydrates 39.1g 10.9g
Sugars 11.4g 3.2g
Sodium 694mg 193mg

Real Meals freeze dry their food. "Freeze drying, also known as lyophilisation or cryodesiccation, is a low temperature dehydration process that involves freezing the product, lowering pressure, then removing the ice by sublimation. Because of the low temperature used in the freeze-drying processing, the quality of the rehydrated product is excellent, and the original shape of the product is maintained. This is in contrast to dehydration by most conventional methods that evaporate water using heat." 99% of moisture is removed and 97% of nutrition is retained during the process. Real Meals cook their meals and then freeze dry them, when it is rehydrated it will taste the same and look the same as before it went into the freeze-dryer. Freeze-dried foods rehydrate faster and retain their original shape, texture, and colour as well as making the food much lighter and offer a longer shelf life. Chef-made in New Zealand with the highest quality ingredients.