By Jason Wagner
Different… that’s what I thought as I opened the can and examined the contents…read on for my survival food review of Augason Farms Potato Gems.
Taste – 9.0/10: Hmm…these are like instant mashed potatoes, rather than survival food mashed potatoes, but better than any brand of instant mashed I’ve every tried, and are very similar to homemade mashed potatoes. What’s more, not only do Augason Farms Potato Gems outclass most every brand of instant mashed potatoes I’ve ever consumed, if not all of them, these come, straight from the can dressed up with salt, pepper and a myriad of unidentified seasonings; nothing overwhelming, but, nice.
Texture – 8.8/10: These have to be mashed with a heavy spoon or electric mixer to ensure that the gems have completely assimilated, but once they’ve been beaten together they’re smooth and creamy in consistency.
Convenience – 8.2/10: The boiling of water and the adding of the measured gems is absolutely all, save for mixing them, which is required. It’s survival food that’s definitely easy to make, but it is not quite the easiest of Armageddon cooking. A great item to have in your long term food storage.
Nutrition – 6.0/10: Look, on its own, Augason Farms Potato Gems really that nutritious. In fact, besides the decent amounts of vitamin C and alright quantities of dietary fiber, this is primarily meant as a pairing to a meal – as in, something to boost the caloric content of the main entrée, and not as a meal in of itself.
Filling Factor – 7.5/10: They’re mashed potatoes, so, they do pretty well as a stand-alone food, but, these aren’t designed to be eaten on their own, so have these with a light entrée and they will combine well for a complete feeling of fullness.
Shelf Life – 9.0/10: 10 years is what the manufacturer says, so I’d say that this item is quite shelf-stable. Indeed, it’s also an item that isn’t as vulnerable to moisture as say a powdered instant mashed potato.
Bulk/Weight – 8.5/10: The everyday sized can of Augason Farms Potato Gems is a scant 12 ounces, while the #10 version weighs in at 3 pounds. This is to be expected of a dehydrated potato product, on account of potatoes being primarily composed of water. In addition to being a lightweight survival food, as with all Augason Farms canned goods, they stack well.
Operational Security Factor – 8.0/10: The boiling water produces few cues that would notify anyone, and the potatoes themselves don’t need to cook, only have boiled water added to them, which minimizes security concerns. These are acceptable in the department of OpSec.
Final Review – 8.7/10: An excellent survival food item to pair with a meal, or if the times demand it, as a meal on its own. You know, one of the things that I like about Augason Farms Potato Gems is that it’s something that’s easy to rotate into your daily living and your long term food storage pantry. Make a serving of these on the side of a roast beef meal, turkey meal, chicken noodle soup, whatever. This survival food product is very applicable to your normal way of life.
Note: It would seem a shame for such a lightweight item to always be confined to a can, which, of course makes it somewhat cumbersome to lug around. However, in the case of an item like this which is lightweight and easy to prepare, nobody ever said that you couldn’t dispense the contents of the Augason Farms can into a re-sealable bag, now, did they? I’m sure you already know this, but just make sure to use them as promptly as possible once the can seal has been broken.
Tip: These are, as I’ve doubt no doubt mentioned several times already, delicious straight from the can, but if you were to dress this delicious survival food up with some butter, dairy plus some extra pepper, you’ll have something resembling this: