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2001: 'Tis the Season
2002: Too Mean to Die
2003: A Bit of Kryptonite
2004: Aussie News
2005: Why I'll Never Make It in Photojournalism
2006: Kakeeroo and Kartudus
2008: It Seems So Long
2009: Cruel Summer
2010: It's Not a Great Story
2011: Spit Spot
"How I Learned to Drive"
Books Read in 2012
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READY FOR ARMAGEDDON
3 June 2012
Some time ago--I don't remember exactly when and it's frustrating that I can't find the e-mail now--a woman representing a company called efoods wrote and told me about their product, which is packaged food that you can store up to 25 years and can be used in times of natural disasters, quarantines and pandemics, food supply contamination, economic downturns and "because government and religions organizations urge people to be prepared."
They guarantee that their foods are fresh from the farm, use only the finest, purest and most nutritious natural ingredients, are delicious, that their dehydratrion prcess allows a shelf life of 25 years without compromising nutritional value, flavor or texture, are affordable, and practical (one example is packing them for camping trips).
She asked if I would consider trying some of their products and writing a review on my journal. Never one to pass up a chance for free food, I agreed. She said she would send me 6 meals and I think I wrote about that here in this journal...that the food would be coming.
I kind of forgot about it and wondered if the 6 meals would be delivered by UPS. Today I picked up the mail and there was a package in it. It was so small--it couldn't be six meals, could it?
But yes it was...6 meals.
And yes, it really is good for 25 years!
There is a discrepancy in how many servings this actually is. One place it says that one serving is 2 cups, which makes each bag two servings. In another place it says that one serving is only ONE cup.
There were three different meals:
I decided to cook the Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole for dinner tonight (I suspect the two soups will end up being an accompaniment for something a bit more substantial).
Certainly couldn't be easier. First you bring 5 cups of water to a boil. (If you can boil water, you can make this casserole!)
While the water was boiling, I opened the pouch and took a sniff. I can be somewhat turned off by a bad smell, but this smelled like a package of Lipton's chicken noodle soup. So far so good.
When the water begins to boil, pour in the mixture and whisk it into the water.
Turn the heat to medium and let cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the time is up, remove from the heat, add 2 Tbsp of butter (optional) and let sit for 5 minutes.
When it's ready, spoon into bowls.
I will admit that it didn't look much like the picture in the brochure.
Based on that picture, I expected to find chunks of chicken in the bowl, but if there were any, I certainly didn't see any. But the real test would be the taste.
Walt decided it was good, so I tasted mine and was pleasantly surprised...Despite the ad material, I expected it to taste processed and it really didn't. It was delicious, in fact. And the packet served the both of us for dinner, without the need for a side dish.
Best of all, it got the dog's seal of approval, when she licked my bowl!
So the first dish passed with flying colors.
In addition to the three meals that I have (and I will report on the others later), the catalog includes such things as almond coconut granola, pancake mix, beef stroganoff, chili and dumplings, vegetable beef stew, and other things--2 dozen choices in all. including "whey milk" which I think I would have to be in dire straits to try.
This stuff isn't cheap. A 2 week food supply will cost you $79.95, a 6 month food supply $799.95. This, I assume is for 2 people because a 6 month family food pack will run you $3,149.95. But if you are a survivalist and want to be sure that you can make it through any natural disaster, or feed your famiy in case you get laid off and want to lock things in at today's prices, this may be for you.
For more information you can check them out at their web site. You, too, can order 6 free meals using the coupon that is presently up on the site. I will be reviewing the two soups in a later entry, though not in such a detailed report.
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This picture from Compassion brought tears to my eyes.