I have become obsessed with finding good and affordable shelf-stable food that can be used in everyday life. I went a little bit nuts in 1999 and still have 300 Lbs of Pinto beans, etc.
I know all about MRE's, canned goods, etc. But I still wanted something more....
Enter Hormel Compleats.
Here is the evaluation:
1. They taste alright, not really good; but as good or better than MRE food.
2. They require NO water, and NO cooking.
3. They are just right for a lite snack for a 210 Lb man.
4. They need no refrigeration.
Some other details:
1. They have a sale life of one year, but I have read that the packaging (made by International packaging) is good for up to 7 years.
2. Low in calories, which seems counter-productive, but think about the dual use aspect; Real life, and SHTF.
3. High in Sodium.
4. Nutritional value is OK. You may want to put up some vitamins if you decide to add this to the SHTF pantry.
5. The packaging seems pretty durable in case you need to throw some in a backpack. I will be testing this soon.
Cost is variable between $1.90 and $3.60 depending on the meal, and the location. My Sister-in-law has found them in Central Texas for about 40% less than I can buy them for in the PRK.
Here are some photos: