By Jason Wagner
Let’s get to my latest survival food review, eh?
Taste – 5.0/10: In many ways, this reminds me of the creamy vegetable rice I recently reviewed, and as such, it shares some of the same problems, principally amongst them, strange pieces of unknown matter, possibly TVP, but I’m not sure. The problem in this one isn’t as bad, but it’s definitely there. The overall taste isn’t all that remarkable, either. It does have a butter flavor, but a weird one at that. The noodles tend to stick together, whether a whisk was used or not and overall it’s nothing to write home about.
Texture – 4.5/10: As I mentioned, the noodles tend to stick. That’s not the only problem; unfortunately, the sauce itself has a weird texture that goes from odd to fairly unappetizing if you let it sit for a while.
Convenience – 4.0/10: The product lists the cooking time as 25 – 28 minutes, but it seems a longer cooking time is even longer, and to compound this, the product requires plenty of stirring with a whisk. Not that convenient as an emergency survival food.
Nutrition – 6.5/10: Good protein, acceptable amounts of carbohydrates, a fair amount of iron, a scant amount of fiber, trace amounts of calcium and Vitamin A…but nothing really special here.
Shelf Life – 8.0/10: As with the other Food for Health products, Tuscan Butter Noodles has a good shelf life, as long as it’s stored in reasonably good conditions.
OpSec – 4.5/10: A long cooking time is needed; a strong aroma is produced, which of course makes this product fairly poor in the department of Operational Security.
Bulk/Weight – 8.0/10: These take up little space when stored in their original buckets, which are stackable. In addition, they weigh a scant few ounces, so these would be a decent on-the-go meal to carry in your backpack. However, you’d need to carry fuel with you, and you’d be ill-advised to prepare this survival food in hostile territory.
Filling Factor – 7.0/10: The product itself is acceptably filling, given its cracked pieces of fettuccine and rich sauce.
Final Review – 6.4/10: As I basically described above, a better-than-nothing survival food product to have on hand, a product that will fill you up, and a product that’s best made in a safe and secure area.