Fooooooooooooooood!

Oh great googly moogly….the stars must have lined up for me today. I was at a competition shoot, supporting the missus in her re-immersion into the world of ranked shooting, when one of the competitors, whome we know, said “Did you see Rosauers is selling #10 cans of freeze drieds?” Huh wha…? I could not get back from the range fast enough. Headed over to my local Rosauers supermarket and beheld this:

Prep-gasm.

Yeah, it was kinda like that. Thats a couple thousand or so #10 cans of various long-term storage food. Now, I know that there are other vendors than Mountain House…the guys as Thrive are cutting into their market somewhat. However, freeze drying is a huge capital investment since youre basically shoveling pallets of food into a pressure vessel and sublimating your way through a couple forms of being. Dehydrating is cheaper, although the results arent as good. This stuff is from these guys. Some interesting stuff…some freezedried, some dehydrated. Prices were very good though. More importantly, they had a few things that Mountain House does not normally carry such as butter powder, honey powder, and a few other things. Here’s what I wound up with and what they cost:

Banana Chips- 2.25# – $6.99
Butter Powder – 2.75# – $18.99
Scrambled Egg mix – 2.25# – $14.99
Honey powder – 3# – $8.99
Whole Egg Mix – 2.25# – $12.99

I’ll do the math later and see how it stacks up per ounce against the Mountain House stuff. The selection at the store was fairly small. The guy working there told me that when they try a new product line, and this was a big departure for them, they restrain themselves a bit from getting everything. In addition to what I listed there were several soup mixes, baking mixes, three different kinds of milk/milk substitute, and some other goodies. The company that makes this stuff has several other items Id be very interested in and Im going to check with the supermarket’s special order guy to see if he can maybe order in some things for me.

For you local LMI, this is a huge honkin’ deal. The prices are below the website prices and although I would probably stick to getting things like the lowfat milk from the Mormon cannery at a lower price, theres some very good stuff here (esp. the egg and butter mixes). I have no idea if this will be a regular item that is carried..I doubt it…but for now, while they have it in stock, if youre local to the area it’s the Rosauers on South and Reserve.

While I was content with what we had in long-term storage, there were a few gaps…most notably egg, cheese, butter, and similar products….this might be the big opportunity for me to fix that.

0 thoughts on “Fooooooooooooooood!

  1. Honey powder? Why would you need that? Honey lasts forever. Is it cheaper per pound than regular honey?

    You know, I got back to the house and I started thinking and asked myself the same question…honey keeps forever and is an outstanding long-term food product…so why would I need the powder? I got swept up in the moment, it seems. I’d say the only advantage might be a weight savings.

  2. So what’s the difference between Scrambled Egg Mix and Whole Egg Mix?

    Aren’t those kinda the same thing? (be kind to the rookie!)

    Good question. Im guessing that scrambled egg mix contains things like butter and whatever else one might add to scrambled eggs.

  3. Your guess would be right…there website has the following description:

    Augason Farms Dried Scrambled Egg Mix is a special blend of whole eggs and other quality products perfected to cook up like scrambled eggs.

    Having never heard of these folks before, and not living near a Rosauers, I’m going to have to giver their site a closer look. They do have a few things I don’t remember seeing.

    The big news in my neck of the woods is that Win-Co started carrying 2 and 5 gallon buckets with Gamma Seal Lids for each size, AND Oxygen Absorber pouches.

    If only they sold mylar bags…

  4. After looking into it, it seems that the honey powder is a really good sugar substitute that is healthier and actually dissolves in cold liquids. I’ve never tried to see how long sugar will last on a shelf so maybe there is an actual use to this product after all. Sure you could use liquid honey but having something like sugar would be useful too.

  5. I’m over the divide from you, but we had the same at our local store. Like you, I already felt pretty good about my food situation, but I still bought several cases because they had some items I didn’t have and hadn’t seen. I actually jumped on the honey powder even though liquid honey basically lasts forever because you can sub it into items in place of sugar. The granola was nice too, because having spent quite a bit of time in austere environments, I’ve come to love the quick energy of some granola in the morning to get rolling.

    We also popped open a can of the pancake mix and used some this weekend. It was very good and the can lasts one year after opening. Nice. Overall, a good find and a sign of the times I guess (the whole food storage thing in a mainstream grocery store).

  6. Mountain House is fast food-junk food in a can. Based on a typical one cup serving, eating Mountain House products three times a day can easily provide 3,000 to 4,500 mg of sodium every single day! Three cups a day of food will leave you very hungry, so double the salt with two cups and prepare for high blood pressure or to stroke out if you already have high blood pressure.

  7. Thrive and Augason have some very good deals. I have been very happy with dehydrated products and as a shopper, I think you are missing out on value for your money if you dismiss them.

  8. Found the same thing in Spokane @ Wal-Mart there. 8′ section plus Dinner and Breakfast 6 can packs. Plus they had some items in 4 gal square buckets.

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