Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Ramen Noodle Soup & Maruchan Instant Lunch
'Ramen Noodle Soup' and 'Maruchan Instant Lunch' are staples of low cost and pretty good eating. They also lend themselves to bulking up by adding other foods to them such as rice, beans, freeze-dried veggies or a variety of can meats. The 'Ramen Noodle Soup' is part of my long term storage. They are also good for camping, back-packing, canoe trips or any activity that the weight of food is a concern.
Another good use for these products would be when a disaster event strikes and your unprepared neighbors come knocking on your door begging for some food they know you have. Just hand then a couple packages of this soup.
What's the difference between these two products?
All you need is water and they both cook in three minutes.
Instant Lunch net weight is 2.25oz, 64g and comes with its own serving cup.
Instant Lunch contains vegetables; peas, corn and carrots.
Ramen Noodle Soup net weight is 3.0oz, 85g is just packaged without a serving cup.
Ramen Noodle Soup does not contain the same vegetables; peas, corn and carrots.
Does one product have an advantage over the other?
Yes, I think so! The Ramon Noodle Soup has 3/4 ounce more noodles than the Instant Lunch cup. 3/4 of an ounce may seem trivial but if that serving is all your eating for that meal or day it will mean a lot.
How I use the Ramon Noodle Soup I stock:
I don't like doing dishes so that's one of the reasons why I purchased 16 ounce paper cups plus they are safer to use than Styrofoam cups if microwaving and I also use plastic spoons. Clean up is as quick as a toss in the garbage. Another benefit is during an event aftermath when clean safe water may be in short supply, doing dishes may not be possible.
I lay the package on a counter top and use the side of my fist gently striking the package to break up the noodles inside. The noodles now being smaller pieces are easier to eat with a plastic spoon after cooking. Otherwise the noodles are endlessly long and difficult to handle with a plastic spoon.
After breaking up the noodles I put them and the flavor/spices into a 16 ounce paper cup and add water 1/2 inch from the top. If cold water then microwave it for 1:45 seconds or use hot water from a stove top or campfire. Then let the hot water soak into the noodles for 3 minutes and eat!
Ramon Noodle Soup label.
Instant Lunch label.
16 ounce paper cups I use.
Ingredients into paper cup.
Water added to ingredients.
Just out of the microwave and ready to eat in three minutes. Stir well to mix all the seasoning throughout the noodles. Enjoy!