Every now and then I get the opportunity to try out a product and write a review about it. Less often I get the opportunity to try out a product for a review, and in the process find a great company with exceptional customer support and a product line that really lives up to the hype. Luckily for me, the most recent company contact I had was with the fine folks at CampingSurvival.com and let me tell you, I was impressed.
After speaking with some reps from the company I was set to try out and review three of the products sold on their site; Bega Processed Cheese, Red Feather Pure Creamery Butter and Sopakco MRE (Beef Roast with Vegetables).
Let me first just point out that the reps at CampingSurvival.com are awesome. The response times to emails were fast, the reps were super friendly and I could tell, as a consumer, that they were most assuredly interested in making me happy. I could drone on for days about poor customer service I have received at brick and mortar stores as well as Internet based businesses as I am sure you could also. I could write a whole book about how “the customer” doesn’t seem to be important anymore even at the more prestige businesses. The staff at CampingSurvival.com however, well, they won me over. If you are looking for AWESOME customer service and a “can do” attitude, then you know where to click from now on. I rate this company a PERFECT 10/10.
On to the reviews!
The MRE that I received was the “Beef Roast with Vegetables”. In order to properly assess the MRE we decided to eat it cold, as we would in a survival situation.
Beef Roast with Vegetables – I haven’t eaten too many MRE’s since I left the Army years ago, but the familiarity came back really fast as I opened it. The beef was a little tough, as expected for a cold MRE, but the taste was very good. The vegetables were not chewy or hard, they were soft and tasted much like they would if you made homemade vegetable soup and then ate it cold the next day.
Also included in the MRE;
Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans – My wife LOVED this part of the MRE and refused to share. All I know is she is rather picky, so this must have been really good. She said it tasted a lot like chili with rice in it due to the seasoning. Asked if she would eat it again she gave a resounding “YES!”
Grape Kool-Aid – I wanted to break this out and write about it because it was the source of a lot of fun doing the review. First of all the “Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder – Grape) is basically amped up Kool-Aid without much sugar. It tastes fine and would probably taste like heaven in a survival situation. It’s a just add water recipe so easy peasy get your energy back drink. The funny thing is that although it’s grape flavored, it is blue when you mix it in water. I know this might not be a big deal to you, but this led to LOTS of jokes about “tactical Kool-aid” in my home. My kids are kind of like survival geeks though….so….
Crackers (standard saltines), Grape Jelly, Peppermints (Life Saver’s Peppermints x7)Sugar, Salt and Pepper (x2), Coffe packet, Creamer packet, Wetnap, Spoon
Final Score: 9/10
The MRE gets a 9/10 score based on the great taste of the Rice and Beans coupled with the grape kool-aid and the coffee. My issue with the MRE was that in a survival situation I think a better MRE would contain something more substantial than peppermints or grape jelly and crackers. A protein bar would have probably taken the score to a 10/10 with me.
My family loves butter. I am from the south and if you don’t have butter on the table for just about every meal, well, you are not doing it right. I had tried every imaginable type of butter EXCEPT for survival butter up until now, and I was worried. However, the idea of having butter available in a can for long term storage really appealed to my sense of adventure. I don’t know about any of you but the idea of surviving a Zombie Apocalypse without butter is just a non-starter. The family was also a little concerned, with suggestions that I try the product first and if I am not dead by morning they would try it too.
I opened the can and immediately knew I was in for something good. The smell of fresh butter wafted from the open lid and I started imagining warm buttery bisquits after civilization has collapsed. The butter was VERY smooth and spread easily over some bread, and even better over warmed toast. The taste? AWESOME. This is a product I will CERTAINLY be stocking in my pantry. I’m sorry folks but it just cannot be said how important storable butter is to a surviving southerner. Storable butter that tastes great? EVEN BUTTER! Ummm….even better, I mean.
Final Score: 10/10
In my house cheese holds a position of much reverence. We use cheese for many things and in many meals. We aren’t snooty about it, we like american cheese just as much as any other cheese. Cheese in a can, however, has never really worked out well. I think most people in my age group remember the wonderment of cheese in a can called Cheez Whiz. That stuff was terrible and has certainly put canned cheese behind the eight ball when it comes to trying out new things. However, after the recommendation from CampingSurvival.Com I decided I would try it out.
Folks, buy the product. Buy lots of it and store it for the apocalypse. Not only will you have awesome cheese to eat, you will have a VERY valuable product for trade, because I would probably trade one of my kids for a can of this stuff two years into the end of the world. Straight out of the can the cheese doesn’t spread very well, but it is worth every second you spend trying to get it. The taste is similar to the cheese from a package of cheese and crackers. EVERYONE in my family loved it and several offered to finish off the can if I would let them. I WILL be buying more of this product, for sure.
Final Score: 10/10
So, three great products and a company with a TOP NOTCH service record as far as I am concerned. I will definitely be purchasing from CampingSurvival.com again!
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