A nice, inexpensive, addition to your prepper pantry?
Bear Creek Country Kitchens Cheddar Broccoli Soup Mix
I know some of you have probably already tried these soup mixes. But, today, I finally broke down and tried one for the first time. I tried the Cheddar Broccoli flavor, and, I found it to be pretty awesome! I also noticed that the best buy date is 2 years out (Feb of 2023), which would make the soups good for my prepper pantry! I don't want to overload on them because I do have healthier foods stored away. However, these soup mixes would be a good filler for "those" times, you know, whatever "they" might be.
So, since I pack our emergency/survival meals up into individual servings, I thought I would test this bag of soup mix in the same way. So, what I did was put the dry soup mix into a dry bowl. Then I used a wire whisk to mix it well. Once it was mixed, I divided it into 8 separate single servings (1/3 cup dry mix each). I put the individual servings into plastic baggies (except for the one that I was going to test...I left that in the measuring cup). I just used zipper baggies because I will be using them up within a couple of months or so. If I were doing this for long term food storage, I would put the individual servings into mylar bags with O2 absorbers and seal the mylar bags.
The individual servings come out to 1 cup each, since you add 1 cup boiling water per 1/3 cup mix to make one serving. So, if you have a family of 4 and you prefer family sizes, you could divide the meal in half and store in mylar bags with 02 absorbers, or in a canning jar. If you have a larger family, you could just leave it as is in the bag it comes in.
I tested the individual serving of the soup mix the same way that I do my at home tests for my Meals in a bag. I boiled 1 cup of water in a microwaveable glass bowl. Then, I added the 1/3 cup soup mix into the boiled water and stirred it until it was mixed well. Then, I wrapped a towel around the bowl, sat a pot holder on top of the bowl to keep it covered, and let it set for 10 minutes. I test my meals in a bag this way because I can get a pretty good idea of how they are going to re-hydrate using just the boiling water in the mylar bags. Anyway, I stirred it about half way through, re-covered it and let it continue to set. The 10 minutes was plenty of time for the soup to "cook". After the 10 minutes was up, I let it cool down for a while, and it thickened up nicely as it cooled. I was actually surprised at how good it tasted! I kind of expected it to be a little watery tasting; I don't even know why I expected that, lol.
Just in case you're wondering, the main reason I break our emergency/survival meals in a bag down into individual sized servings is because in a long term major SHTF situation, it would actually take less time to cook the individual meals (we each have our own small camp stoves and equipment) than putting them all together in one large pot and waiting for the water to boil. And, there would be no food left over to spoil and go to waste.
Oh, and I figured out the cost for each individual serving/meal. With the cost of the bag being $3.28, it comes to $0.41 per serving! Way cheaper than individual servings of commercially manufactured emergency/survival foods. I definitely wouldn't recommend these as your main food storage source, but like I said, to have as a filler now and then, it would be a good deal.
I know there are going to be those who say that these soup mixes aren't all that healthy. And, you're probably right. But, as I said...as a filler they would be just fine; it's definitely not something I would recommend eating every day.
Just thought I would share this nice find with you all. Next up on my list of these Bear Creek Country Kitchens Soup Mixes to try is their "Darn Good" Chili Soup Mix! I'll compare it to my own Chili with beef and beans | Meal-in-a-bag 😉.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
Disclaimer: I am not, in any way, affiliated with Bear Creek Country Kitchens Soup Mixes. I am merely sharing what I have discovered with you all.