By Jason Wagner
I love eating dehydrated red beans and rice mixes, so how bad could this canned product be? As it turns out, not bad at all.
Taste – 8.0/10: The flavor is authentic, some of the beans are smashed, while others are left whole. There is a nice mellow, almost bland flavor and the beans have a pretty good bite to them. Bland is sort of an insult, isn’t it? Well, not in this case – this is intended as a base for you to season with cayenne pepper, crushed red peppers, chili seasoning and the like. Plus, Creole cooking is purposely bland, so when it comes to taste, this product delivers exactly what I was expecting
Texture – 8.5/10: Let’s be honest, you’re wondering whether or not the texture was weird, i.e. slimy or completely mush/mash. However, it’s quite authentic in texture.
Convenience – 9.5/10: This is an add water to dilute, heat and serve meal, as in no real cooking required. This is, in many ways, a food that’s ideally suited to post-apocalyptic meal preparation. This item would have no problem getting a 10/10 if it weren’t for heat being required for it to taste good.
Nutrition – 9.0/10: Plenty of fiber, protein, some carbohydrates, a taste that’s good enough that you’ll want to finish it – the 9.0 is well deserved. Pair this with some white rice, and you’ve got yourself a complete protein survival food.
OpSec – 8.5/10: Technically cooking isn’t required, but it is highly advisable…as a result, I’m rating it with the assumption you’re cooking it. The cooking aroma is light, but even better, the cooking time is a scant few minutes on medium heat. You don’t even have to boil it, just warm it, and it will be delicious.
Shelf Life – 8.5/10: The exact shelf life of this product isn’t known. However so, it’s a canned good, canned goods themselves are generally remarkably stable, so as long as you keep them stored away from prolonged humidity, you can count on this lasting for a long time.
Bulk/Weight/Portability – 8.0/10: The cans stack and take up little space in a storage closet, shelving unit, or pantry. These aren’t so efficient for backpacking. The reason for this is that they’re heavy and cumbersome in an environment where they can’t be neatly stacked. I couldn’t recommend these as part of your scouting kit, at least not in large numbers. Over all, they score well
Final Review – 8.5: On its own, it’s a very good survival food item; when its combined with white rice, it becomes something of a super food. So, either way – you cannot really go wrong with this product.
Note: I recommend serving this with white rice or brown rice for a complete protein. This is hardly required, though…If it were required, it would have been reflected in the above, as a demerit, of course. Bottom line is, if you serve it with white rice, this pretty much become the penultimate survival dish.