By Jason Wagner
I was expecting this to be good, but not only was it good, it was delicious, soothing and homey.
Taste: 9.6/10 – As far as emergency food goes, this is almost equivocal to Lobster Thermidor. The broth was moderately savory, but not overly salty, and offered a plentiful amount of potatoes in the mix. Not to mention just how creamy the broth was! Everything you could want in a pouched potato soup, and while it may not be the most gourmet of all survival eating, it’s certainly utterly delicious!
Texture: 9.5/10 – The soup was smooth, and the potatoes had a good bite to them. I have no reservations with giving this a 9.5 stars out of 10 all day long.
Convenience: 7.5/10 – Assuming you have access to a stove, this dish definitely falls into the category of convenience food. If you’ve got some charcoal briquettes and a chimney starter, this soup can be easily prepared. The reason I give this product a 7.5 out of 10 score lies in the fact that the soup requires you to first boil it, then simmer it for at least 20 minutes to fully cook it. This product also requires a supply of water to prepare it. Really, though – that’s not too much to ask for, so I’d say a 7.5 is fair.
OpSec Factor: 7.0/10 – The cooking aromas shouldn’t travel too far, but, all the same – it isn’t a stretch of the imagination to think that a hungry person could detect the faint aroma of savory deliciousness, and make their way to its source – the soup, and more importantly – you. With the above in mind, the said person would have to be fairly close to notice any smell. All and all, a 7.0 is fair enough.
Bulk: 9.0/10 – The individual pouches are very light, and take up a miniscule amount of space in even a small rucksack. These would not only be ideal for scouting, but also for leisure camping.
Filling Score: 9.5/10 – A single package should be enough to satiate a large individual appetite, at least for a while, but even better – in a pinch, that single package could provide for a small group of people. The pouch claims it makes 5 servings. All and all, the pouch’s yield is large at over 40 ounces, and the dish itself is very hearty, especially so for a packaged soup.
Nutrition: 8.5/10 – A goodly amount of carbohydrates and protein are present in this product. Even better, this product is a source of calcium, amongst other important nutrients. Vitamin D is absent, but that quickly becomes a fairly trivial point given that the sun provides the human body with vitamin D.