Survival foods from eFoodsDirect

eFoodsDirect is an online store that sells their own brand of long shelf-life emergency food.  They have a good variety of dehydrated foods available, and claim a 25-year shelf-life with their packaging (mylar bags).  They sell prepared breakfasts, entrees, soups and snacks, as well as individual and family food supplies for up to a year.

Tortilla Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

Cheesy Chicken Rice Caserole

I’ve had the opportunity to sample three of their offerings: Tortilla Soup, Creamy Potato Soup and Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole.  I’m pretty impressed with what they have to offer.  All 3 meals came in a mylar-sealed bag with a claimed 25-year shelf-life.  The nutritional information on the pouches suggest they contain 4 servings, but I found that each pouch was good for about two sit-down meals.

Preparation of the meals was simple.  After bringing 4.5 or 5 cups of water to a boil, you simply simmer the contents of the pouch for 15-20 minutes to re-hydrate.  Stir occasionally.  After the indicated boil time, the soups and casserole were fully re-hydrated and ready to eat.

All three were very tasty.  The Tortilla Soup was my favorite — it’s was full of flavor and spice, but not too hot to enjoy.  I fully enjoyed both the Creamy Potato and Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole as well.  All three, once re-hydrated, came out pretty “thick” – not runny or too watery.  You can easily add your own spice, salt or proteins to add to their flavor, but I never found that necessary.  They were very hearty meals, and I was satiated after eating half of each pouch.

The only concern I would have with these meals is the amount of water they required to re-hydrate.  4.5 to 5 cups of water for the meals is quite a bit, so if you include these meals in your emergency supply, make sure you also store enough water to prepare them.

Their prices are reasonable.  Unfortunately, you can only order packages in bulk (24 pouches of the Tortilla Soup costs $106.95), or in a food supply / family pack.

Luckily, they are running some specials right now in remembrance of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan a year ago:

Overall, I’d recommend them for any emergency supply.  I’d suggest trying their “6 meals free” offer and seeing if you want to order more!

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