When it comes to foods with long extended shelf lives, I can almost guarantee the first taste that comes to mind is as “cardboard” like as possible. This wasn’t the case with what Ready-Hour provided for testing, it was actually rather flavorful directly out of the package. I did however have to add a bit of salt and pepper with a little tobacco to get it to perfectly fit my particular pallet. Something to keep in mind is when they flavor these soups and stews and whatnot that it is with a rather broad stroke to appeal to the masses of the customers. Individual tweaks however, makes the world of difference.
With situations constantly arising like for instance, in California with the power being out for several days on end I can certainly see the need for kits like these on the rise. I would like to dispel the common thought of these types of food to be only for “preppers” and “tin-foil hat” type people. Which certainly would not be the case for most people, this kit has a 25 year shelf life so I can certainly see it as a need in many households. What I really like most about Ready-Hours website is that you can build your own food stash by picking and choosing your favorite foods. I see that as a major game changer personally because most off the shelf companies do not offer this at a reasonable price.
What is included in this 1 week food supply ammo can,
Black Bean Soup: 4 Servings
Maple Grove Oatmeal: 8 Servings
Traveler’s Stew: 4 servings
Long Grain White Rice: 10 Servings
Mac & Cheese: 8 Servings
Creamy Chicken Flavored Rice: 4 servings
Homestyle Potato Soup: 4 Servings
Now that is some serious variety in my opinion. A great balance of both comfort foods like mac & cheese to hearty entrees like the stew or soup (something that will certainly stick to the belly!). With the soups and stews I would certainly recommend adding some of the white rice just to make it a bit more filling and wholesome. Now the ammo can kit is setup up for about 1500 calories per day so I would recommend if you are in need of more calories to sustain you that you maybe and a booster pack to it like extra oatmeal or some granola. As far as the additional seasonings go, you could go to the dollar store and get a salt and pepper shaker full of each for about a $1.50 or pick up a few packets from fast food places to toss in there.
Honestly the only gripe I have is the rations are not separated so if there is 4 rations in one big resealable bag you kind of have to eyeball it to make it last. Aside from that, everything certainly has a good flavor the mac & cheese my not be Velveeta but certainly comparable to a store brand. The ammo can food supply runs just shy of $80 to your door as they ship free within the continental US which is a solid value should you ever need to use it in an emergency situation. As with any natural disaster it often takes quite a few days for emergency services to kick in and help with food and water. Best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to be proactive when possible! You can check them out here.