When Valley Food Storage asked me if I’d try one of their products, I was excited. I’ve eaten a bunch of storage food and emergency foods, but I’ve never reviewed sat down and reviewed any of them. I jumped at the chance to do a Valley Food Storage White Bean and Lime Chili review.
Valley Food Storage White Bean and Lime Chili Review
Valley Food Storage takes food storage to a whole new level. Unlike other food storage vendors, they verify that their ingredients have a true 25 year shelf life, avoiding any ingredients that can shorten this span. If you investigate for yourself, I’m willing to bet, that you’ll find other vendors who claim a 25 year shelf life, but have included ingredients that only last 2 – 3 years, under the best of conditions. How will this impact your storage food, or you, when it comes time to eat that food?
I recommend heading to their website and reading about their products, their processes and their methodology, as you should with any food storage vendor. Check the facts before you invest money in ANY food storage vendor.
The product came packaged in industrial grade Mylar. Through my research, I knew that the food inside this packaging was vacuum sealed after being nitrogen flushed, so when I tear this package open, things should be fresh, even after the 25 years that they guarantee!
White Bean and Lime Chili Ingredients
Before I will ingest any new foods, I like to look over the ingredients. Here there were no surprises on the label.
- Great White Northern Beans
- Pinto Beans
- Food Starch
- Large Sliced Onions
- Sea Salt
- Garlic Granuals
- Red & Green Bell Peppers
- Cumin Seed
- Chicken Broth
- Sweet Whey
- Cheddar Cheese Powder
- Onion Powdeer
- Xanthium Gum
- Citric Acid
- Black Pepper
- Lime Juice
- Jalapeno Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
Ok. I am able to identify all the items on this list and am familiar with them.
It’s a good thing that I occasionally read directions. Initially I had assumed that I would be cooking this up on the trail, but once I read the directions, I realized that this probably wouldn’t be the best time to try this out.
The White Bean and Lime Chili requires 2 – 2.25 cups of water, then heating over a gentle boil for 15-18 minutes. I can’t imagine trying to keep a gentle boil going on my camp stove for almost 20 minutes. Sure it’s possible, but wow.
Being the macho outdoorsman that I am, I am, I decided I would cook this outdoors, but on my propane grill! That seems less wimpy that using the kitchen stove…..maybe
I adhered to the directions, and brought 2.25 cups of water to a rolling boil then reduced the heat to a gentle boil. It was time to add the pouch of chili to the water.
I tore open that pouch and the delicious smell of lime and spicy peppers floated through the air. It smelled divine. When I looked in the pouch, I was surprised to see whole beans and pieces of real, identifiable food.
I then added the contents of the White Bean and Lime Chili pouch to the gently boiling water.
Even outdoors, the smell of this white chili cooking was intoxicating. It smelled so good that my 7 year old daughter came outside to find out what I was cooking.
I had envisioned taking a beautiful photo of the finished product, set in a nice bowl and looking all fancy and ready for publication in a food lovers magazine, but by the time this stuff was cooked, we were ready to dig in!
Beans cooked to perfection, pieces of onion and spices you could see, it looks like I cooked this from scratch!
This chili tasted as good as it smelled. I was hoping to wolf it down all alone, even though it claims 2 servings per package, but I wasn’t getting off that easy. My daughter had already determined that she was getting some of that chili, and honest to goodness, she ate more of it than I did. This was some hearty, rich flavored chili!
I am impressed with the taste, and the quality of the ingredients in this white bean and lime chili, and would recommend it with no hesitation. Some of the other storage foods I have tried have either been bland or over salted. This was a refreshing change from the norm.
The preparation was fairly simple: boil some water, pour in a pouch, stir from time to time, wait then eat!
The price breaks down as following:
$6.95 for a 2 serving pouch = $3.475 per serving
$11.95 for a 5 serving pouch = $2.39 per serving
Two people could fill up on one of these pouches, so $2.50-3.50 for a meal, isn’t bad. If you buy it by the case (20 pouches of entrees per case), you bring your cost down quite a bit.
If you hold your food to a high standard, then you probably pay for quality food already. If you plan to invest in storage food, do yourself a favor and at least try a few of the pouches from Valley Food Storage. Then you’ll have a bar to measure the competition against.