By Jason Wagner
Freeze dried dessert items have always had a special appeal for me, so I earnestly jumped to review this exciting Mountain House dessert crumble.
Note that I’m reviewing the pouched version of Mountain House Freeze Dried Raspberry Crumble. There also exists a canned version, which I’d imagine is much the same, but with one significant advantage – a much, much longer shelf life. I just wanted to point out that most Mountain House pouches are also available in the can.
Taste – 9.5/10: While the balance of power definitely orients to the extreme plus side of things here, I do have some qualms with this item. I’ll start with the good: The taste itself was and is very good, specifically the raspberries, which had a nice blend of sweet and sour to them. The sauce could also be summed up as sweet and salty, and the sour flavor of the raspberries meshed perfectly with the chocolate crumble, mmm. The bad: I wish it were the same sweetness, but with a little less sourness to it, don’t get me wrong – it was 110% fresh, I’m merely stating that I’d of preferred a less tart flavor. In addition to that, I’d of liked a little more of the chocolate crumb mix, I guess that’s also a compliment – I liked it so much I wish there was more chocolate crumbs included!
Texture – 9.6/10: Very good is what it was. The raspberries sauce was nice and legitimate tasting, the raspberries themselves tasted like freshly minced raspberries that were soaked in sugar for a few hours, the chocolate crumbs were nice and I actually really liked the hard (but not too hard) little seeds in the raspberry pieces. No complaints in the texture department
Nutrition – 9.0/10: While on its own it may be only okay, as a dessert, and you’ve got to put these things into perspective, it actually makes a healthful end and boost to an entrée or snack. The entire pouch has got 640 calories, 24% vitamin C, 8% calcium, 24% iron and an impressive 12 grams of dietary fiber. As usually seems to be the case with Mountain House products, the sodium is quite low, which is a good thing.
Convenience – 8.5/10: Preparation of Mountain House Freeze Dried Raspberry Crumble requires 1 1/3rd cups boiling water, plus a 5 minute sit time, and ideally a spoon and a serving dish. The spoon to mix, and the plate or bowl so you can evenly pour the chocolate cookie crumbs over the top of the raspberries. As is self-evident, it’s fairly easy to prepare, and quite convenient.
Operational Security – 9.0/10: With no actual cooking being required, the only with you should worry about here is whether they’ll be able to smell it while you eat it. This is only a concern if you were to eat it while it’s hot; otherwise, it is near completely stealthy. However so, chances are you’ll actually want to eat it while it’s steaming hot, and in the case of this, it is still a very low-profile meal.
Bulk/Weight – 9.0/10: This is a rather large serving of food. The pouch weighs a scant 5.15 ounces before cooking, which is quite good. The pouches are not stackable by themselves, but with some boxes, this problem is solved.
Filling Factor – 9.0/10: Again, you’ve got to put things into reasonable perspective, and as a dessert, this item is quite filling indeed. This is advertised as having enough servings for four people, (which like is always the case with serving sizes –a stretch). Still, when something says four servings you know that it’s got to be a nice serving for one. Four people probably wouldn’t be filled by this, but a single person would be very happy.
Man Portability – 9.5/10: Very good, very good indeed. All you need to prepare this is a measuring cup, something to boil the water in and that is it, which means very little is required beyond the pouch for consumption.
Shelf Life – 8.5/10: As is almost always the case with Mountain House brand pouches, the shelf life runs between 7 and 10 years.
Final Review – 9.3/10: As you’ve no doubt read, I’m happy with this item. Items like these are paramount to you in a crisis, they’re the moral boosters, the nutrition boosters and delicious survival food products like Mountain House Freeze Dried Raspberry Crumble are the floodgates that’ll keep you sane.