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18 October, 2012

REVIEW: eFoodsDirect Creamy Potato Soup

Cooking Instructions: In a medium saucepan, bring 4.5 cups of water to a boil.  Whisk in contents of pouch.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and let cool.  For a thicker soup, cook uncovered.  For variety, try adding corn, cooked bacon or ham, clams, chicken, or shrimp.

Right off the bat, we began at a bit of a disadvantage.  We could not locate our whisk, and thus were forced to proceed whiskless: a fork was ultimately drafted into duty to fulfill the responsibilities of the AWOL whisk.

We chose to do everything uncovered per the instructions for a thicker soup.  I does like my soup thick, I does.

To the right, you can see what the flakes look like inside the pouch, demonstrating one of the major selling-points of these types of storage foods: they take up very little room and weigh next to nothing.  Add to that the fact they store dry without any type of refrigeration for up to 25 years, and it's difficult to imagine a better way to convert your fiat monopoly money that only has value as long as people say it does into true food security for you family's survival.  At least, that's how I see it.

Anyway, we followed the instructions exactly (except for our errant whisk).  The packaging says that this little Mylar pouch is supposed to make four servings, which it did, but you need at least two of those servings to make a bowl of soup fit for an adult.  So, basically, this was enough to feed two people.

This soup was 100% vegetarian, but (as the cooking instructions above alluded to) it would be easy to jazz it up with some bits of bacon or ham, if you are so inclined.  Next time, I might try the bacon idea myself, but this time around I wanted to be able to give a clear opinion of their product as it stands on its own.

While cooking (if you can call it that), it filled the house with the pleasant and familiar scent of potato soup on the stove, which, for me, tends to trigger pleasant childhood memories.

All in all, it was very good.  Granted, it was nothing like homemade 'tater soup with the big chunks of potato, but it would easily hold it's own against pretty much any canned or instant stuff I've ever tasted.  My mother even liked it, and she is a pretty brutal judge of the 'tater soup, being semi-famous in these parts for the homemade variety she makes.  Our only complaints were that we would have like it better if the potato chunks were bigger, but since it was meant to be Creamy Potato Soup as opposed to chunky, one can hardly call that a legitimate gripe.  Will I be adding some of this yumminess to our food storage here at the old homestead?  Ummmm... Yep; I sure will be.   :)

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