Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Product Review - Augason Farms Potato Soup
Years ago, we used to buy Bear Creek Potato Soup (dehydrated) in #10 tins at Costco. We loved it. We would try stock up on it occasionally, but we used it as fast as we could buy it. It was convenient, simple and tasty.
As much as we like the Bear Creek Soup, the price rose to the point that we could no longer afford it. And then, horror of horrors, the #10 tins devolved into smaller, plastic tubs before it disappeared from Costco altogether. Every once in a while, we would indulge in a packet of Bear Creek soup from the grocery store, but it was really too expensive to be a practical stock up item.
This year for Christmas my parents presented us with a gift of Augason Farms Potato Soup (it is so cool having preppers for parents!). The Augason Farms soups come in #10 tins (plastic is not an oxygen barrier). It costs about $15.00 dollars a can (give or take) and is available both on-line and in numerous retail outlets, such as Walmart and Rosaurs.
We were anxious to give it a try and see if it measured up to our expectations. It did and we're hooked. It tastes every bit as good as the Bear Creek soup and is much more cost effective. It is highly seasoned (to the point that we didn't need to add salt or pepper) and in fact, I think it could be greatly thinned-out. The proportions given to mix the soup up produces an almost chowder-like consistency. Because the soup is so flavorful, I think you could easily (nearly) double the water and still have a great soup.
Because the soup is dehydrated and packaged in #10 tins, the shelf life is practically indefinite. It is rodent proof, earth quake proof and EMP proof (O.K., so all food is EMP proof, but I was grasping here).
Really, it is more cost effective to buy wheat, oats, beans and other long-term storage foods, but for a convenience food, Augason Farms Potato soup can't be beat. And, I can see a time when the daily stress of living in a post-TEOTWAWKI world would be greatly alleviated by an occasional taste of pre-TEOTWAWKI "fast food".
Our post-collapse diet will continue to rely heavily on our stored whole foods, however, we will definitely put in a supply of the potato soup. It is fast, filling and tastes oh-so good.
It is always exciting to find yet another worthy product to add to our stored food reserves. This is most assuredly worth its 4 star rating.
*(I'm sure there are more nutritionally power packed foods than this dehydrated soup, hence the 4 star rating).