I was recently contacted by a company called "efoods Direct" and asked to review some of their products, as well as offer my readers a chance to try meals at a reduced price.
eFoods Direct is a company that sells packaged dried foods and meals suitable for long-term storage, as well as for use while hiking and camping. There are a lot of reasons to store food, including disaster preparedness--one that hits close to home for me, since I live in a hurricane prone area, and have personally gone through a hurricane, and what's worse, in many cases, the aftermath. Having some of these easy-to-prepare (in most cases, stir into boiling water, cook the recommended time, season, if necessary, and serve) would have been a real blessing while we had gas and food lines for weeks. There were some things that were just not available afterwards, and some of our stores didn't re-open for weeks and even months later.
I was given and opportunity to try three different products, the cheesy chicken and rice, tortilla soup and creamy potato soup.
The first meal that I tried was the "Cheesy Chicken & Rice" which I was hesitant to try at first, after looking at the list of ingredients and not finding 'chicken' anywhere on the list. There is no 'chicken' in the "Cheesy Chicken & Rice"; there is, however, texturized vegetable protein that looks and tastes remarkable like chicken. This was actually very good. It was creamy, it was cheesy, and it tasted chicken-y. It got two thumbs up, from my son and from me. All it needed was a little black pepper.
The tortilla soup was the next product I tried. I have to admit, it looked awful in the pot, sort of gray and unappetizing. When it was ready, though, you could see the seasoning and bits of vegetables in it. This was not our favorite, but it was quick and easy and tasted. It wasn't a thumbs up, but it wasn't a thumbs down either. It was okay, I could eat it again, but I probably wouldn't order it in a restaurant. I have to admit, though, that I'm not really wild about most things that have a "southwest" seasoning flair--some kind of seasoning is just not to my taste.
It was better with just a little cheese added to the bowl.
And last, but not least, was the Creamy Potato Soup. I loved this--so easy, and delicious.
All three of these meals were easy to make--boil water, stir in, cook the required time. The creamy chicken & rice mentioned adding a couple of tablespoons of butter, which I did. I think all of them say to add salt & pepper to taste, which I did to the potato soup, but the rice needed only a little black pepper. All three of these meals were kosher, all had an extremely long shelf-life (like 25 years long--I have to admit, I've thrown away my share of bargain stock-pile items that I "lost" in the back of the pantry and found only after they were well-expired--something I wouldn't have to worry about with these products!) efoodsDirect prides themselves on using only the best of ingredients, so that the end product is the very best it could be.
I would definitely try the two I really liked again. They would make excellent additions to your long-term food storage, whether for disaster or economic downturn preparedness, and I think they'd be wonderful on a camping trip--light to carry, easy to prepare.
Right now, efoodsDirect is offering a couple of special discount deals, which you can see at efoodsDirect offer. They include special coupon codes giving you 40-50% off of specified packages, as well as a free trial offer where all you pay is shipping and handling to receive the same three meals to try that I did. (If you choose the percent-off deals, be sure to use the coupon codes to receive the discount at check-out!)
(Disclosure: I received free products, but no other compensation for doing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.)