Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hormel Compleats for Food Storage


I'd never paid attention to this food until www.SurvivalBill.ca recently wrote about it. I just assumed it was frozen or refrigerated, but its not! It is shelf stable at room temperature for about two years! This makes it a strong candidate for mid-term food storage, bug out bags and camping. Currently there are over 30 different entree's to choose from covering breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Compleats product line.

The Test:
I purchased a "Homestyle Beef Pot Roast" at WalMart for $2.18, this meal weight is 10oz (over half a pound!).


Nutrition Facts:
Calories = 230
Carbs= 22g
Salt is high at 1470mg
Servings Per Container: 1

As a camping or emergency meal, this salt level is nothing compared to many chain restaurant foods. I haven't looked at all the other meals offered but the eight I did check the salt ranges from 600mg to 1000mg. This is not a deal breaker for me. I would take a SWAG (scientific wild ass guess) that the added salt is part of their preservation method.


Preparing:
Couldn't be simpler, just heat and eat! You don't have to add water or anything, it's a fully prepared meal.

Microwave Instructions: Puncture film/peel back film, heat for 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds, stir.

Boil Instructions: Place unopened plastic tray in boiling water and simmer for about 9 minutes.

Heat in a Pot: Transfer contents into a camp pot and heat it over a campfire or camp stove.

More information at these links:


So, what does it taste like?
I ate this meal today and it was very good, just as good as any frozen quality entree'. I can't compare it to an MRE because I've never eaten an MRE and not looking forward to it especially because of cost. I certainly will be testing and stocking more of these Compleats.


Front view.


Side view.


Rear of package showing nutrition facts and best by date. This was purchased 11-24-14.


Yummy!


3 comments:

  1. Jeebus, dat sodium content is off the charts!

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    1. That's fairly common with heat and eat entree's (it's lower than most fast foods). Don't make it a deal breaker for yourself. These are good tasting meals and during disaster times they will taste even better.

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