Long-term food storage should be on every prepper’s list. What you store depends on your family’s tastes, budget, and space. When my family was preparing for Y2K prepackaged foods like MREs were out of the question due to the size of our family and the cost of prepared foods. Instead, we stored buckets of dry goods that we could make things from ourselves.
I honestly hadn’t tried any prepackaged long-term food storage till Valley Food Storage asked if I’d like to review some of their meals. Since an option like this would actually be more economical for a family of four, I decided I ought to give it a try!
Why We Love Valley Food Storage
Just add water.
Those three words strike fear into the heart of a true foodie. Surely nothing so prepared that it only needs water could taste remotely like home cooking.
We were wrong.
Valley Food Storage sent me four meals to sample:
Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal – I have a picky family when it comes to breakfast. I’m the only one who’s ever actually liked oatmeal. My husband will eat it about once a month, but my kids have always hated it. This oatmeal is now my oldest son’s new favorite thing. It’s so yummy!
Mango Habanero Chili – If you like spicy food, this one is for you! I could smell right away that it was going to be too hot for the kids, but I went ahead and cooked it because I love spicy food. I was very disappointed to find this chili is more like a thin soup. We like our chili thick enough to eat with a fork, or chips. So, I added a can of diced tomatoes and a can of pinto beans to this and made it a bit thicker and less spicy! My husband and I liked it a lot. The kids still said it was too hot, so I put some sour cream in theirs.
Irish Pub Cheddar Potato Soup – Everyone liked this! I’m pretty fussy about my potato soup, but I’d order this again. I liked it that much! It’s thick and creamy and so flavorful.
Pasta Primavera – Our #1 Favorite. My husband was especially pleased with this meal. He loves creamy pasta dishes. I did add chicken to this dish (it was listed as an option) to make it go further, but it has plenty of body and flavor to be served without it! I personally found it to be almost too flavorful and salty, but everyone else enjoyed it so much! We served it with baked sweet potatoes which are another good food storage item!
Easy to Make
They aren’t joking about just adding water. I’ve never cooked a meal this simple. Even boxed Mac & Cheese isn’t this easy! These meals would be a real treat in an emergency situation where you only have one pan, and no fresh ingredients. I think I’ll end up ordering some to have on hand. I may even get some for camping!
Great Serving Sizes
Our family of four had plenty of each of these meals which each said they would serve 5. We had a tiny bit leftover of everything except the soup, which we ate all of in one sitting.
- Made in the USA
- Up to 25 Year Shelf-Life
- No Fillers, No MSG, No Trans Fats, No Cholesterol
- Hand sealed inside a Nitrogen flushed Mylar Pouches
- Customize-able Packages
- Gluten Free Package Options
- Free Shipping On Everything
Valley Food Storage sent me four meals to review. All opinions are my own.