Mountain House Freeze Dried Macaroni and Cheese
By Jason Wagner
Freeze dried macaroni and cheese? Interesting…
Taste – 7.0/10: Don’t get me wrong. It was good, it was just kind of…weird. The cheese tasted good, the noodles tasted good, but even when I added less water, it still tasted a bit diluted. I’m sure this would taste pretty good while the zombies are walking up and down your street, so that’s that.
Texture – 8.5/10: Some credit has to be given to a freeze dried food product that, once reconstituted, tastes like their fresh counterparts. There’s the good. Now onto the less-good, namely the sauce; it’s too thin, simple as that. I subtracted 4 ounces of water and it was still thin.
Convenience – 8.2/10: Boiling some water and waiting a few minutes for it to cook is the only prep. As you can imagine, this is pretty easy and quite convenient. You do need something to mix it in. In addition, you need to take care not to destroy the noodles while mixing the contents.
Nutrition – 7.0/10: This is macaroni cheese, and just that – relatively unfortified. The one beacon of goodness here is the decent protein count.
Filling Factor – 9.5/10: This serves its filling purpose to quench a human appetite well. Depending on a myriad of factors, I think you’ll be glad the package has a zipper, because you may want to save some for later.
Bulk/Weight – 9.0/10: It’s got only a slight amount of weight to it, and it doesn’t take up much space. Definitely one of its better qualities, not that it isn’t a good all-around product.
Operational Security – 9.0/10: There’s nearly zero cooking odor, for you add the boiled water and seal the pouch…if it weren’t for the mandate to boil the water, this would be close to a 10/10. If boiling water wouldn’t give you away, then this is definitely a very safe item.
Man Portability – 9.0/10: It’s well suited for throwing into a backpack, very little space is needed and very little additional weight is burdened.
Final Review – 8.2/10: You know, if you’re really feeling like macaroni and cheese in the apocalypse, boxed macaroni and cheese isn’t really an unfathomable thing to have. Of course, this is more convenient and stealthy, plus it lasts longer. Of course, that isn’t to say you cannot just buy #10 cans of macaroni noodles and some cheese powder. All and all, I don’t think there would be any harm in at least trying this product. In fact, I think you’d find it at least okay; maybe you’d even really love it.