Food for Health Brown Sugar Oatmeal Review
By Jason Wagner
I’ve had many brands of packaged rolled oats, and generally they’re all pretty much alike. Here’s my review of Food for Health’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal.
Taste – 7.0/10: The oats themselves and the flavoring agents are both very good…the problems lies in that the directions require you to add 5 cups of water, which results in a lightly flavored and watered down product.
Texture – 8.0/10: It’s bite, uniformity and smoothness is broadly similar to any other brand of rolled oats I’ve tried. Really, they’re all quite similar, so this comes as no surprise.
Convenience – 8.5/10: All oats cook quickly, but bringing the water to a boil and only one minute of cooking is impressive. This is about as easy as any non-MRE, ready to eat or freeze dried survival food could be to prepare.
Filling Factor – 9.5/10: This is one of those foods that really sticks to your ribs, you know? Oatmeal’s been respected for that characteristic for centuries and rightfully so. I could see two people with moderate appetites being able to share this and still feel ready to tackle any problem in an emergency survival situation.
Nutrition – 9.0/10: This is indeed an excellent source of morning fuel. You’ve got 5 servings of 160 calories, plenty of carbohydrates, nice levels of protein, and even a nice boost of Iron in this pouch. This is arguably this oatmeal’s single greatest attribute.
Shelf Life – 8.0/10: So long as it’s kept in a sealed bucket, in fair or cool temperatures and with a controlled level of humidity, you can count on this for at least a decade. So long as you’re practicing good food rotation, you’ll never have to worry about this type of survival food spoiling.
OpSec – 8.5/10: Usually I award harsh OpSec scores to items requiring cooking…this will not be case here for a duo of simple reasons – the aroma is light, the cook time is even lighter at a mere one minute. Unless you had serious concerns regarding your surroundings, I’d say that this is a fairly stealthy food to prepare.
Bulk/Weight – 9.0/10: As is the case with all the Food for Health products I’ve sampled, they’re always light and easy to store in massive quantities. This is one of those foods that actually works quite well as a grab and go meal. Stuff some of these pouches in your backpack and you’re all set.
Final Review – 8.5/10: It’s easy to forgive this product’s relatively minor shortcomings when you consider that said limitations would quickly fade into the category of trivial come the Armageddon. This is a product that I certainly recommend, if not for the apocalypse, just for a good source of energy for the intro of your day.
Tip: Try using three cups of water for a moral flavorful oatmeal
Suggestion: For a more gourmet experience, substitute the water for 3 cups of whole milk, or, in a pinch use any other form of milk, fresh, powdered, whatever you’ve got, bring the cream to a boil, add the oatmeal and simmer for about a minute. Once the time is up, remove from the heat, add to a serving dish and drizzle the top with maple syrup or honey and/or heavy cream.