April 27, 2017

Review of Valley Food Storage; Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato

I was offered the chance to sample and review Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato Soup, and it’s unlike me to turn down free food (lol) so I said, “yes”.

Valley Food Storage started in 2005 after they purchased some LTS food. Upon checking it a few short years later, they discovered it was all rancid. Bear in mind this was food claiming to have a 25 year shelf life. They teamed up with food scientists and worked to come up with a viable solution to this problem.

What they found was that other companies had included ingredients that wouldn’t last more than a few years. It also seemed that every company out there packed their food with preservatives and hydrogenated oils.

They vowed to only use ingredients with a long shelf life, and do not use GMO’s or MSG.

I also appreciate that they put their entrees into a Mylar pouch instead of a #10 can.
 
 
Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato Soup

Pub-Style-Ched-Potato

I was presented with a few options. This one sounded really good. As you can see in the image on the left (click to enlarge), none of the ingredients need a PhD to pronounce. Also, the directions are easy enough for me to prepare!

I got the water to a boil and added the mix. I stirred it in and walked away for a bit. What I didn’t expect was the smell when I came back. I didn’t care for it. I actually planned on eating this for lunch and told my wife I would taste it, eat enough to review, but that if it wasn’t good, I was finding something else.

Soup boiling

I like thicker soups and was a little concerned about how watery it was about half way through. I figured it would thicken up and it did, as you can see in this photo.

I was blown away by how good it tasted, as was my son, who can be picky at times. He actually finished it off! I don’t like the taste of cooked peppers, and was a little leery, but could hardly taste them!

Spoonful

The consistency of freeze dried foods might be an issue for some people, as they are often mushy. The texture of the potato was interesting, and not like I had expected. It was firmer than what I thought it would be. It reminded me of what a hard marshmallow might be like biting into; not hard, but not squishy either. I didn’t mind it, but thought it was worth mentioning.

I had two scoops with a punch bowl sized ladle. I ate two dinner rolls with my bowl of soup and was full. I would guess that I ate two of the five servings.

The price for one pouch is $11.95 or $203 for a case of 20.

All in all I was very impressed with the company. I don’t do many affiliates on this site, but like what I see with this company and have applied for their affiliate program, and was accepted, so if you click on one of the images and purchase anything, I will get a small commission. I am also impressed with the food, and when I add more freeze dried foods to my pantry, they will most likely be coming from Valley Food Storage!

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Comments

  1. Jim Moore says:

    Interesting! I like that they have no fillers or MSG. Thanks for sharing. I subscribed to their newsletter. Let us know when you try some of their other products please.

  2. I’ll have to try them out. Sounds good.

  3. Malcolm Foster says:

    Looks and sounds very worthwhile, although not ideal for me, a vegetarian, but you can’t please everyone. That said, my ethical viewpoint and concern about consuming adulterated (hormones) meat products would have to go out of the window if confronted with the choice – eat it or starve! That is why I include canned meat products in my growing emergency supply – and to also cater for my family.
    Just one other thought, I understand that the best philosophy (reference the rancid long term food mentioned) is `Store what you eat and eat what you store` and you consume/rotate it so this is not an issue but, at the price of this meal, it is most likely for extended storage use?
    As an aside, I have managed to buy some powdered whole egg in bulk form to be mixed with 4 parts water (unfortunately in a clear plastic pouch, not a large tin with removable lid as issued in WW2) with no `use by/best before’ date shown so I have no idea on it’s life. Unable to open it to try some without compromising the seal, I just have to chance it long-term and risk wasting a little money, I know this negates my paragraph above about rotation of supplies!
    Thanks for the article.

    • Chris Ray says:

      foods with a 25+ year shelf life I call LTS or long term storage foods. I don’t have these in my normal rotation.

      I haven’t heard of eggs being sold like that, so I’m unfamiliar with their life, or storage requirements. I will say that clear is bad for food, as one of the enemies of food storage is light, so I hope they sold it in a darker container. If not, you can always put the entire container in Mylar, or even open it, try some and then put the rest in Mylar.

      just a word of caution, powdered eggs are great for baking, but won’t be quite right if you’re trying them scrambled.

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