By Jason Wagner
This is a…Different sort of review, and certainly a different type of item to try
Taste – 10/10: Okay, this isn’t going to taste like a finely prepared hibachi stir-fry or anything, but, for a freeze dried item – AKA, a non-perishable survival food this is absolutely delicious! The chicken itself is high quality, that is to say, I didn’t find and grizzle and it was lean; meanwhile, the sauce itself was very good, the vegetables were just right and the rice tasted like something I had just cooked. Considering the fact that only the boiling of water is required, it’s very shelf stable, and finally considering its other admirable trait, I’m feeling that the 10/10 is, contextually, very much deserved!
Texture – 9.5/10: The rice tastes like rice, the chicken tastes like chicken, the vegetables have the correct qualities to them, the texture is basically all there.
Convenience – 8.8/10: The boiling of the water isn’t exactly convenient, but, only needing to boil the water, add it to the bag, stir, seal the bag, wait 8 minutes and then eat is amazingly convenient considering that you’re getting a stir fried chicken teriyaki meal.
Nutrition – 8.5/10: The nutrition is definitely good here. You’ve got 20 grams of protein per bag, good vegetables nutrients and the rice to provide decent ‘bulk’ calories.
Bulk/Weight – 10/10: Stack them in mass via boxes, and if you need to get a move on, as in, get the hell out of dodge, the boxes can be grabbed like mere featherweights and thrown into a vehicle. These are definitely aces in this category.
Man Portability – 10/10: This being the Pro-Pak version of the Mountain House Chicken Teriyaki and Rice means that it has been completely vacuumed of any excess air, which has the beneficial consequence of making it lighter and more compact. This makes it, for all intents and purposes, the go to style of food for carrying on your persons.
Operational Security (Stealth) – 9.5/10: If it weren’t for the need to boil the water, this would be a 99% stealthy food…The requirement of boiling the water knocks it down to a 9.5. As a side note, the bag has a zipper on it, which you engage once you’ve added the boiling water, which, in effect traps all the steaming aroma inside of the bag which otherwise may become a problem.
Filling Factor – 6.5/10: Hmm, this is a bit tricky to call…As I mentioned above, its got 440 calories, which you know, is good, but that’s not the main point – the trouble here is that the portion isn’t the best at two cups and that the food tastes just so damn good, for survival food, that is that you’ll probably want more than a single pouch. For someone that’s less than extremely hungry one may be enough, while I seriously doubt a single pouch will deal with a famished soul; in this case, you’ll need to have some sort of side dish to complete the meal.
Final Review – 9.7/10: Yes, yes indeed this is a good product, hence the 9.7 final review. Honestly, this product has many fine attributes, without any of those dreadful, ah…non-attributes to weigh it down. If you can afford to pay a little extra, stockpiling on freeze dried food, especially of this type can make any apocalypse more pleasant.