By Jason Wagner
Here is that other Food for Health survival food review I mentioned, I do hope you enjoy reading it. So, as one would expect from a packaged rice meal, this is easy to prepare, requiring only a scant 25 or so minutes to cook. That’s a plus, of course, but this survival food review isn’t all rosy.
Taste: 7.0/10 – While the seasoning is solid, this rice dish suffers due to odd pieces of…I’m not even totally sure what they are. I was unable to identify them after scanning the package ingredients on the label. Anyways, I’m going to call them pieces of whey or TVP (Texture Vegetable Protein). The problem with these little pieces is they’ve got an odd, chewy texture and a not-so-appealing taste to them. As I said, the flavor of the product itself is good, the rice is good and the vegetables in the rice are culinary appealing, so that’s why this item only got a 7.0.
Texture: 7.0/10 – This is going to sound like more of the above, but that’s the nature of the review beast sometimes. The texture rating suffers from those somewhat unpleasant unknown little pieces of chewy texture. The rice and creamy sauce is good, though.
Convenience: 8.0/10 – Easy to prepare, but I do recommend using a whisk, as the product can sometimes clump. Alternatively, you could try massaging the pouch to break up the mix before cooking. The cooking time is reasonable, as well.
Stealth: 7.5/10 – While not exactly excellent in the stealth department, courtesy of its rich aroma, cooking this in a survival situation shouldn’t put you at particular risk, so long as common sense security and concealment measures have been taken.
Nutrition: 7.5/10 – The 7.5 is fair when you consider that this is a creamy vegetable rice meal. Points are taken off for the fact that while healthy, it’s not remarkably so. It’s like a healthier version of any generic store bought boxed rice.
Filling: 8.5/10 – Interestingly enough, I’ve found this to be very filling, at least, for the average person. I expected a creamy vegetable rice dish to be light on the hunger control factor, but it isn’t. I’d imagine two people could make do with a pouch in a pinch, while a single person would be very satisfied with a single one. As is always the case, appetites vary depending on circumstances.
Shelf Life: 8.0 – Food for Health Creamy Vegetable Rice, according to the manufacturer, is good for 20+ years. I have a feeling that moisture would be particularly detrimental to unprotected pouches, so that’s why a product with a 20+ year shelf life gets an 8.0.
The Final Review: 7.5 – A good survival food product, hampered by some problems, but a fine product all the same, and trust me – you’d love to eat this if your regular food supply was exhausted, and hell – this wouldn’t be all that
bad of a meal any day of the week