lo and behold UPS dropped off our one-week food kits (i bought 2, 1 to keep, 1 to taste test.)
Decision easy: we’re trying out some of the food.
We had: chicken a la king (noodles), chicken teriyaki (rice), chicken rotini (noodles)
Everyone felt the Chicken a la king tasted like stovetop/homemade, in other words, not freeze dried. A little on the salty side, in an emergency that would probably be welcome.
Chicken teriyaki- kids liked it but thought we should have added a skosh more water to thin out the sauce. I liked it a lot personally. If you are good with rice a roni type stuff, you’ll be fine with this.
Chicken rotini– mixed reviews. My 13 yo DS L-O-V-E-D it (like, had three helpings). My 17 and 16yo were ok with it; I hated it. Like I’d rather FAST for a few days until I was super hungry. It wasn’t inedible, but it definitely didn’t taste like real food. Now, this might be because of the three, this was the only one which couldn’t be re-sealed in its pouch, so it likely lost a lot of steam cooking advantages.
Anyway, what does this mean for us? I’ve always been leary of freeze dried food (my experience is 3 decades+ old) it’s nice to see it has greatly improved. Would I run out and buy a year’s worth of this stuff? No. Is it worth having some on hand? Probably. I actually have a cookbook on how to make your own freeze dried foods; I am now motivated to try some recipes out.