It is somewhat of a joke among my family and friends that I talk about food all of the time but never eat. Let me re-phrase that a bit; I don’t eat all that often or all that much. That does not, however, prevent me from having good, healthy food on hand not only for day to day meal planning but also for long term emergency needs. And to that end, I am always on the lookout for something new, food-wise.
Given my penchant for all things food related, it should come as no surprise that once again, I have done a taste test on some pre-packaged meal pouches. This time around, the meal pouches were provided by Backdoor Survival sponsor, Survival Based. Not only that, Survival Based is providing an assortment of 12 different Food Supply Depot meals to one lucky Backdoor Survival winner. More about that in a moment.
First Things First
One of the first things I do when I sample food is to read the label, open the package and do a sniff test. According to the label, Food Supply Depot meals are 100% vegetarian. The manufacturing date is prominently displayed along with the estimated shelf-life at varying storage temperatures. This is important.
Another thing I note when reading the label is the total calories per pouch. The Food Supply Depot meals run about 930 calories per pouch so depending on your size and how hungry you are, a single pouch could serve 2 to 3 people.
I have learned the hard way that opening pouches is not always easy to do. Even though I always have my Swiss Army knife available, it is a lot easier to tear open a pouch. In this case, it was a cinch. But the real test – before eating, of course – was the sniff test. The two meals I tried, “Wisconsin Cheddar & Pasta” and “Texan Sunrise Skillet”, smelled good. As a matter of fact, the mac and cheese smelled wonderful and so much better than a cardboard-y box of Kraft.
The Nitty Gritty: Cooking and Eating
The Food Supply Depot contents are dehydrated (as opposed to freeze dried) and thus each pouch packs a lot of product in a small amount of space. That said, dehydrated foods require a bit more water than freeze dried foods. As a result, they need to be prepared in a pot and are not designed to be prepared and eaten straight from the pouch.
I do not perceive this as a problem at all since we all know how to cook outdoors over an open fire and have the tools to do so, right?
One thing worth noting is that I felt that too much water was added when prepared according to the directions on the package. You might recall that I felt the same way about the MH products. I asked Jacob at Survival Based about this and here is what he said:
I tend to use about 1/4 less water than the directions call for but for some meals (like the pastas) I only use half the water called for. I like my food thicker but that is just my preference.
I do have a hint for you. If the final product is more soup-y than you like, let it cook for a bit longer and then take it off your heat source and let it sit for 5 or 6 minutes. This gives you a degree of control over the final result because after all, our preferences and tastes are all different.
As I mentioned, we prepared two pouches, not knowing whether the quantity of a single pouch would be sufficient from a satiety point of view. In other words, would we be satisfied when our meal was over?
We need not have worried. We were full after eating only half of the two prepared meal pouches but we kept eating more none-the-less. The taste was that good. Heck, I ate so much I never made it the after dinner chocolate.
Would you like to win a meal kit from Survival Based? All you need to do is answer the following question in the comments area below:
What is your prepping related resolution for 2014?
Don’t have one? Time to get thinking! Seriously, a winner will be chosen at random from the entries received by 6AM Pacific on Wednesday, January 8.
The Final Word
Survival Based actually is offering free food for everyone. Even if you are not the winner of the giveaway – but please enter – you can score a free sample pouch of Southwest White Bean Chili. All you need to do is fill out a form and Survival Based will send you a Mylar pouch containing a tasty, dehydrated meal, no strings attached. Click here to check it out.
I just love this food stuff, don’t you?
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