By Jason Wagner
I’ve gotten two new survival food reviews ready for today. I do hope they prove doubly useful.
Now this is a good meal. Food for Health Vegetable Barley Soup is the sort of contingency/emergency/survival food that you’d want to stock up on because you’ll want to be eating plenty of this stuff even in times of peace. Imagine you’ve been eating this about once a week, and the apocalypse just happened, and you have exhausted your supply of the barley soup mix – now I implore you to tell me you’re happy you didn’t stock up…right, of course you wouldn’t be happy about that.
Taste: 10/10 – This is almost too good to be Armageddon food. No, this is definitely too good to be shelf stable, easy to prepare TEOWAKI food, but, alas – it really is apocalypse food! You’re probably interested in specifics, given my ultra-high ratings…here are some specifics: The broth itself, while vegetable in nature, has a pronounced beef flavor to it; in addition, the broth isn’t light or underwhelming, quite the contrary – it’s extremely rich. The broth is so rich that I would liken it to real, homemade beef stock. A generous amount of healthy vegetables are contained in this soup. Some of the vegetable were especially thoughtful, such as the tomatoes, and all of the vegetables taste as though they were freshly chopped and added to the broth.
Texture: 10/10 – The broth hits the sweet point of texture. The thickened, but not thick nature of the broth can be credited to the perfect amount of barley. The barley has a delicious, chewy and flavorful bite to it. The vegetables have a fresh texture to them.
Convenience: 8.0/10 – This soup requires, according to the instructions, about 25 minutes to cook. Also, the heat needs to be roughly medium in nature. The 8.0 is well deserved, since this dish is about as difficult to prepare as any other dish in the Food for Life lineup, as in – quite easy and convenient.
Stealth: 8.0/10 – An 8.0 is about as generous of a score as any soup could get. As can always be expected with soup, the soup does create a notably detectable smell. Of course, the relatively fast prep time of this dish does mitigate the chance of detection. All and all, an 8.0 seems fair enough as this dish shouldn’t put you at too much long-range risk.
Filling Factor: 8.5/10 – Yes, while plenty of fiber and protein is provided, this dish is, so to speak – a victim of its own strengths. To clarify, I mean that the taste will always leave you wanting more, until you’re utterly full. Sure, a single pouch could feed a squad of people; however, a single pouch is more suited to serving a single person.
Nutrition: 10/10 – It’s vegetable barley soup; did you expect me to give it a 2.5? In addition to the barley and rich broth, a plentiful assortment of other vegetables is also present. Not only is Food for Health Vegetable Barley soup healthy in the sense of having plenty of vegetables, it’s also rich with protein, thanks to the barley.
Final Review – 9.5/10: You know, this would easily be an 10/10…if it weren’t for the pesky necessity of cooking it. Despite that one annoyance, this soup mix is mighty deserving of the 9.5.
Note: I’m looking forward to the opportunity wherein I can try my hand at sprucing this soup up with additional ingredients. If I find anything good, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.