The folks at Nuvona Premium Emergency Foods were kind enough to send me some samples for this review.
My first impression was about the packaging. The packaging is easy to open without destroying. Nuvona's packaging is extremely solid Mylar, is resealable, and it floats, which may come in handy if you are searching for your food storage in a flooded basement. Also, if water is not getting into the packaging, air shouldn't either. While the packaging doesn't have all the pretty pictures and such, I honestly say, "who cares". With long term foods, what is important is the packaging, not how decorated it is, and what is inside that counts. The directions on the packaging is also easy to understand and clearly state allergens, ingredients, and what sorts of foods they favor (Uses Sea Salt, Low in Fat, No Cholestorol, etc.)
Nuvona also prides themselves in using Non-GMO, Gluten Free, products. They also nitrogen flush and put oxygen absorbers in their hermetically sealed 5mm Mylar pouches. They have also taken the extra step to ensure that their foods will actually last the 25+ years that they claim by removing unnecessary oils and fats that can cause spoilage in many other brands.
Chicken & Rice Soup - The first product I am trying is the Chicken and Rice Soup. There are five servings in this package at 140 calories per serving. All you need to prepare is a whisk, a pot, and boiling water. It takes about 20-25 minutes to prepare. It mixes easily and smells good. I thought the texture and the flavor was very good.
Granola Crunch - I love granola and was not disappointed with this at all. There are five servings in this package at 260 calories per serving. You can eat this by itself, or eat it like you would cereal (just add milk). This mix tasted excellent by itself, but I liked it much better with milk. I confess that I ate all five servings in one sitting. Yum!
Chili - I have to say that I really liked this chili. It says that you can add 1/2 pound of meat if you want, but I thought this tasted great without adding anything. Being a meat eater, I will in the future try this again with meat. I am sure that will make it even better. I thought this mix tasted suspiciously similar to my secret chili recipe. I will need to talk to the folks at Nuvona about this. There are five servings of Chili in this package at 150 calories per serving. Everyone who ate some with me asked for more. This is good stuff.
Overall, everything I tried from Nuvona was easy to prepare, fresh, and delicious. Also, their pricing seems to be very competitive. I recommend these people.
Also check out Nuvona Foods Freeze dried meats (not reviewed).
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