If you don’t have much time to read, let me put this as quickly as possible.
Do not purchase Valley Food Storage food. There must be something better out there.
As some of you may know, September was “National Preparedness Month”. Everyone was supposed to get together an emergency plan and also have some storable water and food. So, of course, businesses who sell storable food were very happy to bombard people with the message.
We have always had some food put aside (we don’t know anyone who doesn’t), but we decided to try a little bit of those 25 year kinds of food. We saw a review on a blog called “One Hundred Dollars a Month“. The woman who writes the blog seemed to really like this food, so we thought we’d purchase a little to see if we would like it.
It came quickly enough and as with all of their foods, you literally just have to add water and heat it. Therefore, whenever I hear this company name, or any mention of their foods, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Just add water!” I think I’ve heard that in a commercial somewhere or something.
We tried their macaroni and cheese and chicken a la king. Both of these were okay; they tasted fairly normal. We then tried another dish and it was so salty, it was almost inedible. This particular dish was lasagna, and we hoped it was just the lasagna that was bad, but then we tried another dish (Enchilada Beans and Rice or something like that), and it was even saltier.
It’s like they put a block of salt and flavoring into a bag with little else. We had to fix the last dish by adding our own beans and rice to it, and it was still salty after that.
Needless to say, we would not recommend people purchasing from this company based upon our experience. We may try some Saratoga Farms food at some point in the future. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let us know!