Skilled Survival’s Valley Food Storage Review
Stockpiling food? Isn’t that what our great grandparents did after the great depression? Yes, what they experienced changed them forever. One of which is realizing how valuable and vulnerable our food supply is.
At some point in every independent adult’s life, they realize that they are fully responsible. That they are no longer a child; they are the ones others look to for their next meal.
For some of us this realization occurs in our late twenties. For the rest of us, it occurs in our thirties.
For me, it was the day my daughter was born. It was the day I truly become responsible for someone else’s well-being.
Yes, before then I supported my wife and our chocolate lab, but they also could take care of themselves if push came to shove.
Not my newborn daughter, though. Nope, she’s pretty much helpless for at least the next decade or so.
That’s when I realized just how much responsibility I had on my shoulders to take care of her. Not my parents, not my friends, not my neighbors, not my government…solely mine.
I’ve been a survivalist and prepper for many years now. I have always strived to be as independent as possible (no handouts or soup kitchens for me). But, my motivations changed that day.
I took a cold hard look at my past preps. At which point I realized that my meager 1-month stash of food was no longer adequate. There are too many potential black swan events to feel comfortable with such a small food stockpile. I needed to take care of my family.
That’s when I made it my mission to do some serious food stockpiling research.
After many hours comparing food prices, qualities, services, etc. I finally decided that my food stockpile company of choice would be Valley Food Storage.
Over the next several months, I systematically added to my food stockpile. Now I have a much larger food stockpile, and it’s guaranteed to last at least 25 years.
Here’s my survival review of Valley Food Storage’s products (Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato and Chicken A La King).
Valley Food Storage Review- First Impressions
I don’t take much stock in superficial things such as design or color when it comes to packaging. Because, I know packaging can manipulate one’s perspective.
That’s not to say packaging doesn’t matter. It’s just that I’m more interested in the quality of packaging and not its aesthetics.
I try not to judge a book by its cover. This is survival food; there’s no need for the packaging to be pretty.
It does need to be of high quality, though. And that’s exactly what my first impression of Valley Food Storage’s product was when I received it.
Looking at it took me back to my extensive food manufacturing experience. When you spend ten year’s of your life working for a major food manufacturer, you start to understand what high-quality packaging looks like.
You also realize just how much money gets wasted on marketing in the packaging. Money that could be better spent on a higher quality product if people could only look past the packaging. But unfortunately, most cannot.
I actually appreciate Valley Food Storages packaging’s lack of attention-grabbing salesmanship. Which is the opposite of what you see on most packaging nowadays.
To me, this signifies that Valley Food Storage is confident in their product. They don’t feel the need to invest large sums of money in packaging aesthetics.
Instead, they invest in high-quality mylar bags that are labeled with the information you need. No more, no less.
I like this when it comes to my survival food. All function and no frills.
Their mylar bags are sealed extremely well. You’re going to have a hell of a time “accidently” puncturing this bag. It won’t survive a direct knife stab, but if you drop it, it’s not going to explode open. It’s tough.
As you can see for yourself, this bag is sealed shut without question.
Which is a big reason why Valley Food Storage has a 25-year shelf life guarantee. There are a few other reasons as well (I’ll cover later) but this one plays a big part of it.
Revealing The Goods
It’s time to see what the actual food looks like. A picture is worth a thousand words. So here’s a picture of what the food looks like inside the bag.
Looks pretty much like any other freeze dried food I’ve ever had.
You can see little bits of ingredients such as the peas, red bell peppers, rice, and potatoes. You can also see the “flavor dust” as I call it. It’s the dehydrated sauces like dried milk, garlic powder, and Worcestershire powder.
Here’s what it looks like when dumped out of the mylar bags.
Valley Food Storage’s Ingredients
If you poke around on Valley Food Storage’s website, you’ll find the following quote.
With Valley Food Storage, we encourage you to read our labels! We only use the highest quality real ingredients in our food and products to make sure your food will not only be there when you need it, but it will be nutritious as well.
We eliminate all the unhealthy preservatives, hydrogenated oils, MSG’s and many other ingredients that limit the nutritional value, shelf-life, and taste.
With that said, let’s take a more detailed look at the ingredients in the food I’m about to cook and eat.
Chicken A La King Ingredients
Enriched Parboiled White Rice, Non-Fat Dry Milk, Food Starch, Non-Dairy Creamer, Chicken Base, Chopped Onions, Freeze Dried Peas, Red & Green Bell Peppers, Dried Mushrooms, Chicken Broth, Sea Salt, Carrot Flakes, Butter Powder, Sugar, Cream Plus Butter Bulbs, Garlic Powder, Chives, Sauteed Mushroom Flavor, Crushed Worcestershire Powder, Nutmeg, Thyme.
Well, I have to say, I recognize the names of all of these ingredients for a change. Nice.
Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato Ingredients
Potato Dices, Non-Dairy Creamer (Palm Oil), Food Starch, Sweet Whey, Savory Chicken Flavor, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Sea Salt, Chicken Powder, Cheddar Cheese Powder, Chopped Onions, Xanthan Gum, Aged Parmesan Cheese Powder, Crushed Worcestershire Powder, Parsley Flakes, White Pepper, Butter Buds, Beer Flavor.
To be honest, I have no idea what Xanthan Gum is. I recognize the rest. Impressive compared to the ingredient list I typically see on our food labels.
Let’s Find Out How These Ingredients Taste
The cooking instructions are straight forward for nearly all freeze dried foods. Valley Food Storages is no exception here. Essentially it comes down to adding water, stirring, heat until full boil, then turning down the heat to a gentle boil for 10- 20 minutes. After that you let it stand for another 5-7 minutes.
Plate and serve. Easy.
Here’re a few pictures of the process, but it’s so easy I won’t bore you with any more details.
Dinner Time (Or If You’re From The Midwest: Supper Time)
Great packaging and legible ingredients can only take us so far. If it doesn’t taste good who cares, right?
After letting our main dish (Chicken A La King) and our side dish (Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potatoes) rest for 7 minutes, we were ready to dig in. These two dishes created a pleasant aroma that filled the kitchen. As is normal with dinner, our dog “Loui” decided to pull up some kitchen floor and drool in anticipation. Can’t blame him, though, it smelled delicious.
Here’s what the end products looked like just before devouring.
I did have to strain the Chicken A La King some since I prefer my main dish to be a bit more chunky and a bit less soupy. The Irish Potato turned out nice and creamy, perfect for me.
The food was delicious.
Normally I only eat freeze dried food while on backpacking trips. During these multiday excursions, any food tastes good. So it’s always hard to tell if its really good or you’re just so hungry anything would taste good.
But for this test, we decided to prep Valley Food Storage’s meals as a replacement for any regular meal. Fortunately, no one was disappointed.
For me, The Chicken A La King did need a dash of salt, but that’s such a common and easy fix. For my wife and daughter, it was just fine without any alterations.
And Loui sure wasn’t complaining…
We all ate until we were full. Which for me included a second helping, and we still had enough leftovers for at least 2 more meals.
The packaging states that each freeze-dried meal consists of 5 servings. So we prepared 10 servings total. There were 3 of us eating (Loui just got to clean the pots), so we ate 3 servings, and we had 6 servings remaining. For a total of ~ 9 servings.
Obviously serving estimates are not an exact science. But, I do appreciate Valley Food Storage’s honesty in this regard. I feel like we got what we paid for with their servings. If you are familiar with food serving statements from most food manufacturers, you know it can get silly.
Rarely will a stated serving on packaging actually fill you up. Which wasn’t the case here.
So Why I Decided On Valley Food Storage?
They are in my opinion the best. When you compare them on all important survival aspects including:
- Shipping Costs
- No Fillers
- High-Quality Packaging Materials
- Package Process – Nitrogen Replacement
- No MSG
- Made In The USA
Just check out this comparison chart to get a visual overview of Valley Food Storage vs. the competition.
Price, quality packaging, real ingredients, no fillers and free shipping are the reasons I choose Valley Food Storage for my family’s food stockpile and you should, too.
Here’s me purchasing some Valley Food Storage food online.
It’s extremely easy and they shipped it to my door fast.
My Valley Food Storage Review Wrap Up
Maybe you’re still on the fence. I respect that 100%. I have a healthy amount of skepticism too, that’s helped me avoid numerous silly mistakes in the past.
So don’t just take my word for it, get a FREE sample.
There’s nothing to put your mind at ease as taste testing Valley Food Storage yourself. I actually recommend that’s what you do.
Click on the image in the upper right-hand corner of their website. Order a free sample (just pay shipping).
Just make sure that when it fully meets your expectations, you go ahead and get your food stockpile taken care of.
The sooner the better because there’s no do-overs after SHTF.