Survival Cave Foods canned meats product impressed us so we decided to take a look at their line of freeze dried meals which are typically bundled in 90 serving buckets or larger. We received Hearty Potato Soup and Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Soup from the company for testing.
A 90 serving bucket contains about 14,000 calories according to Survival Cave Foods. One should note that a 60 entree serving bucket from Wise foods contain as many calories for roughly the same price highlighting the need to focus on cost per calorie and not cost per serving when evaluating freeze dried or dehydrated food options.
There are “little extras” in Survival Cave’s bucket such as powdered orange drink mix which some may appreciate.
PRICE: Varies by vendor and volume but I think the take home message is that on a per calorie basis both products are similar in cost and both are less expensive than Mountain House.
Survival Cave Foods 90 serving bucket: ~ 0.9 cents/calorie
Wise Foods 60 Serving bucket: ~0.9 cents/calorie
TASTE: Mountain House has historically reigned supreme in freeze dried food taste according to many and I tend to agree. These two offerings from Survival Cave Food, however, are every bit as excellent. I was surprised at the how well they performed in consistency, ingredients and taste. +1.
INGREDIENTS: Vegetarian (which is not a bad thing), quality ingredients. Their canned meats products may be low in sodium but these two freeze dried entrees were not, both coming in at or over 750mg sodium per serving. I enjoyed this seasoning but for those with certain health concerns this could take you to your daily salt maximum quickly. Note this is no different than most grocery store items where a typical can of soup may have roughly 600-700 mg of sodium per serving, for example.
Artificial stuff – there seems to be a moderate amount of preservatives and artificial ingredients in the two products we received, but no more than most of us are used to. Sodium casienate may be of particular note because it can trigger milk or certain protein allergies in the predisposed.
20 YEAR SHELF-LIFE or more. Good stuff.
RESEALABLE PACKAGES. Nice feature, one that most producers have adopted at this point.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Yet another low cost, high quality option for the weekend recreationalist or those with food storage aspirations. The taste is excellent (in my opinion), just be aware of a few of the artificial ingredients and salt content.