4/24/15

Product Review Time: Valley Food Storage - Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato Soup (Food Storage or Camping!)




This week I was able to review a product for Valley Food Storage in return for my honest thoughts and opinions.

If you've read my website for any amount of time, you have probably noticed me mentioning food storage, stocked pantries, cooking in my solar oven, dehydrating foods, reviewing freeze dried long term storage products, etc.  It's not a topic I preach on, but it's just a way of life for us and millions of people in America.  These foods are also excellent for camping or hiking!

The first rule of food storage is basically;  Store what you eat and eat what you store.   And you want to eat (and store) what tastes good and is good for you!

The company. Valley Food Storage started their company after they found a need for good foods that store well.  From their pamphlet they explain what they strive for in their products;
  • All natural ingredients
  • Phenomenal taste
  • No MSG
  • Non-GMO ingredients
  • No hydrogenated oils
  • No artificial preservatives
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Ingredients you can pronounce

Whether you are looking at long storage food for an emergency "grab and go bag" or a "get home bag" to keep in your car, long term storage in your home or just looking for really good camping foods - this is a great option.

Everyone likes pictures - so let's commence the review in photos.

The Valley Food Storage foods come in thick mylar, sealed bags.  Made in the USA and up to a 25 year shelf life.  Most seem to be about 5 servings.


The doubting Thomas in me wondered how a bag roughly half filled with product could really be 5 servings.


I should not have doubted.  Don't let the size fool you.


Here is the package just opened.  I could smell various spices and cheeses.  The end product however, smelled very different from the dry package ingredients (much better!).


Bringing 5 cups of water to a boil, you simply whisk in the package ingredients and bring it back to a slow boil.


After about 10-15 minutes the aroma of the soup changes and it starts to really thicken up.

The flavors of the soup get better and better the longer it was setting.  I really liked the soup after one bowl and went back to get seconds.

By the time I got thirds (yes, thirds!) the flavor had changed and improved even more.
I really loved this soup - and my husband did too.




You can see the ingredient list and the nutrients here:


This soup was excellent as it is, but it would also be incredible a second night by adding a little long grain wild rice, some diced or freeze dried chicken and a few mushrooms for an incredible Wild Rice Soup that tastes very similar to one served at a well known restaurant up in Northern Minnesota where we used to live.  I would also not hesitate to make a 3rd way by adding a little extra cheddar and a handful of diced jalapenos.  Oh the possibilities of this simple and delicious soup!!

You can check out  their website for all the different food products as well as easy to order emergency kits that are already put together for you (1 month, 3 month, etc. up to 1 year).   Just a couple things I'll mention to pique your interest are; Lasagna, Mac & Cheese, Mango Habanero Chili, White Bean Chili, Multi Grain Cereal and Irish Pub Cheddar Potato Soup (which is what I tried!).










I've linked to the company above but I also found their products available through Amazon.  You might also be interested in;
Valley Food Storage Variety Pack
Eden Valley Farms - Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato Soup - Emergency Food Storage - 25 Year Shelf Life
Valley Food Storage One Month Food, Water & Fire Supply (120 Servings)


     





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