Cons: dehydrated, requires some cooking, low in protein
"First, this food is dehydrated, not freeze dried. Freeze dried food tastes better and has a longer shelf life, but also costs substantially more. Dehydrated foods do tend to have a smaller footprint, however...
Second, the protein content is lower than I'd like it to be. You would think the dish with the most protein would be something with meat in it, such as the Beef Vegetable Stew, but that only has 4g of protein per serving. The most protein is in the hash browns (5g/serving) and the Hearty Potato soup (6g/serving). Most other dishes are only 2-3g/serving... In a real emergency, I think protein is going to be much harder to come by than carbs...
The sodium content is reasonable - about 400-700mg per serving - less than half of what is in the Mountain House freeze-dried foods.
The food is packaged one mylar pouch per dish, drink, or sauce, plus several clear, vacuum-sealed bags with macaroni and other noodles. The whey milk is real dairy, and not soy like some cheaper products.
Some of the food, like the hash browns, require cooking according to instructions. The Beef Vegetable stew says to boil for 10-12 minutes. At the very least, you will need boiling water, so plan accordingly!
Some of the seals on the vacuum-sealed mylar pouches have been broken, and you can expect the same, because it doesn't take much to break these seals.
I haven't tasted the food, because the packaging doesn't really lend itself to sampling...
Overall, I think this is a really good value for the money, but it's a good idea to also stock up on high-protein items (beef jerky, TVP,...) if your aim is to be prepared for societal meltdown..."
"If you are considering buying this product, be aware that it DOES contain MSG. This may be important to buyers if they, or anyone in their family that might consume this product, has a sensitivity to MSG. The company advertises that there is "NO MSG ADDED", but if you look at the ingredient list, you will see that the product contains MSG.
The company also highlights that the product has "No High Fructose Corn-Syrup". That's great. Note, however, that the ingredient list shows that it does contain "corn syrup solids."
In addition to corn syrup solids, the ingredient list also contains cane sugar, sugar, fructose and maltodextrin. Not that there is anything wrong with any of these ingredients. Personally, though, I find it a little odd to see such ingredients in a product when a company's selling points include phrases such as "No MSG added" and "No High Fructose Corn-Syrup."
If you can get past the above, the product is actually well priced for what you are getting. There are no shipping and handling charges, no tax charged in many areas, and you get a one month's supply of food for $99. It is also based upon a 2,000 calorie/day diet, which I believe is a more accurate measure of a 1 month supply of food than some other companys use (see, for example, my review of the "Food for Health Emergency Food Kit"). It takes up very little space, and has a shelf life of up to 15 years if stored properly. You will of course need water to prepare the food.
Hopefully this review is helpful to others that are also interested in long-term food storage."
Pros: nice variety for a 1 month supply, like the packaging
Cons: the 1 year supply no longer offered!
"A relative and I just purchased 1 each of the one month supply to try this out. We thought it a nice addition to our other #10 cans. We were going to try these various dishes out and then split the 1 year package Costco had, but by the time we got the 1 month supply, the 1 year was no longer offered!! A little disappointed on that. We received the 1 month the day before Christmas Eve, and of course with the Christmas holiday and snow have not tried."
Cons: multi serving bags, when you open it you have to use relatively soon
Model Number: 555319
"I purchased two of these 1 month food supplies for emergency storage. I have not tried any of the food, but it appears well sealed within the buckets. Will eventually try one of these to see how they would taste in a rough situation. I truly hope to never use it, but one can never be too prepared. What would you do when the electricity goes out and the supermarkets are bare?"