Prepackaged Kits and You
Getting started with emergency preparedness can be a daunting task. There are so many different issues to consider that many folks give up, even though they know that they should be doing something. While I do not advocate making it the only part of your emergency preparedness storage, prepackaged kits can be an easy way to start.
My Patriot Supply sells 72 hour kits for getting started, along with many other kits. This kit in particular has four serving packages of each: Blue Ribbon Creamy Chicken Rice, Liberty Bell Cheesy Potato soup, Traveler’s Stew and Granny’s Homestyle Potato soup. They use non-GMO ingredients and their food is made in the USA, in case that stuff is important to you. (It is to us, but I know that’s not a priority for everyone.) If you go to their site and sign up for their newsletter, you will be privy to the many sales that they have which make it easier to build your food stockpile for less money. Who doesn’t like a deal?
Prepackaged food conjures images of disgusting, tasteless, unidentifiable gruel. I’ll be completely honest: even I did not have high expectations when I ordered the 72 hours kit from Patriot Supply. I thought that at best it would be passable freeze dried food that we could keep that would be light weight, easily transportable and long lasting, since the mylar sealed bags can be good for up to 25 years. Taste good, though? Seemed too much to ask.
Blue Ribbon Creamy Chicken Rice
With trepidation, I cooked up the Blue Ribbon Creamy Chicken Rice. It required 20 minutes of cooking at a simmer, so you will definitely need a heat source to cook it, not just add boiling water. (Not to worry, we plan to cover that topic in another post.) At first, I despaired of it thickening up and thought perhaps we would end up with soup. Not such a bad thing, except the temperature was 95F so the last thing we wanted was soup for dinner. However, after I cooked it and let it cool as the directions state, texture was similar to the flavored rice from Rice-a-Roni or some other prepackaged mix. But that’s where the similarities ended. Patriot Supply’s rice was so creamy and delicious that it tasted practically homemade. We ate it as a side with some cold chicken we had, but I ate some of the rice cold the next day (for testing purposes, of course). It was just as fantastic as the day before.
Matt gives it two thumbs up. As an avid outdoorsman and all around adventurer, even having hiked the Appalachian Trail for six months, he has eaten a lot of instant meals: MREs, C-Rats, K-rats… (Maybe some other acronyms but I kinda started to space out.) He too was surprised and thrilled by the flavor and texture of the rice.
Liberty Bell Cheddar Potato Soup
After such an excellent first experiment, I was eager to try another meal from the 72 hour package. I selected the Liberty Bell Cheddar Potato soup, because, hello, potatoes and cheese. I followed the instructions, simmering the soup on the stove, while stirring frequently. I learned the hard way, do not abandon your soup, you will scorch the bottom. Fortunately, I caught it before too much damage was done.
After letting the soup cool, I ladled it out into dishes. For this dish, my guinea pig was my mother in law, who was a great sport about it, considering the high had been in the nineties again that day. Taking a spoonful, I was not disappointed. . I had figured that the soup would be basically a thin compilation of potato flakes and powdered cheese. Instead, the soup had a very creamy and cheesy base with shreds of potatoes in it. My mother in law noted that the cheese did not have the “fake cheese” flavor that is common to many premade mixes. It was delicious and we practically licked our bowls clean, much to the dogs’ lament.
It is without reservations that we recommend these products from Patriot Supply. No, we have not received any compensation from the company. They are just that good. We intend to purchase a few kits to give away as Christmas gifts to certain family members and friends who would appreciate them. Also, they are fairly slim and compact, a boon for putting in a five gallon bucket 72 hour kit or in a Bug Out Bag. (Also stuff we’ll cover in other posts)
Now, for the exciting part, we will be holding a drawing for all folks who join our newsletter, with the prize being your very own 72 hour kit. We will hold the drawing on July 31, 2016, so use the link to join our newsletter. Not only will you get a chance to win, but we will be sending out freebies and updates that are only available to our subscribers. Come join in the fun!