When Augason Farms asked me to review their scrambled egg mix, pancake mix, and milk drink, I was more than happy to give it a try. Who doesn’t like a hearty breakfast of pancakes and scrambled eggs? My daughter could live on pancakes three meals a day. Syrup, not optional.
Scrambled Egg Mix
Eggs are very inexpensive in my area, so I’ve never needed to use dried eggs in place of fresh scrambled eggs, but the Augason Farms mixture may have changed my mind. The scrambled egg mixture was easy to use and cooked completely within a very short amount of time. I used a whisk to combine the egg powder with water, still ended up with some small lumps, but it didn’t seem to matter once I started cooking.
The cooked eggs were softer and more moist than regular eggs and had a nice, mild flavor. You wouldn’t mistake them for fresh eggs, but I don’t think most people would mind. When I let the cooked eggs sit for a few minutes, I noticed a bit of water pooling around them. For one breakfast I mixed in chopped, cooked bacon for a breakfast casserole meal and recently tried measuring out the egg powder into medium sized ziploc bags for camping. I wrote the amount of water needed on the outside of the ziploc, and when it was added, I just squished the water and egg together until they were fully combined. This would be a super easy way to have hot scrambled eggs on a camping or backpacking trip.
The only improvement I can suggest for Augason Farms Scrambled Eggs mixture is to include a chart with information for reconstituting larger amounts. The current instructions are for just 2 tablespoons of egg mixed with 3 tablespoons water. My family eats way more than that!
Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Pancakes are a sure-fire way to get the kids out of bed, and the Augason Farm Buttermilk Pancake Mix produced light, fluffy pancakes that mixed up and cooked quickly. I only needed to add water, and the batter was ready for the griddle. Again, the mixture can be measured out into individual ziplocs for camping trips. Now that I think of it, a scoop of scrambled egg on top of a large-ish pancake would make a great Breakfast Taco!
Low Fat Milk Alternative
Years ago my kids were milk-drinking freaks. There were times during my daughter’s Terrible Two’s (and Three’s and Four’s) that my blood would run cold at the sight of an empty milk container. I knew I was in for an unpleasant scene once she knew there would be no milk with her meal. She’s calmed down a lot since then but still likes her milk. That’s why I was a little nervous about serving up Augason Farms Morning Moo’s Low Fat Milk Alternative. Can you blame me?
The Morning Moo comes with slightly more complicated instructions than the scrambled eggs and pancake mix. This time I had to first combine the milk powder with warm water and stir until dissolved. I used a small whisk to make sure there were no lumps. (Yes, I guess I have a “thing” about lumps in my food.) This mixed up very quickly and then I added ice cold water. The result? A milk drink that’s actually drinkable. My first batch was on the watery side, so I recommend starting with a smaller amount of cold water, tasting, and then adding more water until the mixture is to your taste.
I mixed up more Morning Moo than I needed, so why not add it to the milk jug in the fridge? Yep, that’s what I did, and magically, we didn’t need to run to the store anymore for milk!
Overall, these three products were outstanding examples of what “survival” or “food storage” foods should be. Tasty, easy to prepare, and portable if necessary.
One final note. I really, really like the fact that Augason Farms includes plenty of information on their labels, way beyond ingredients and nutritional data. There were recipes and tips, which were quite helpful.
Morning Moo’s Low Fat Milk Alternative, about $14 per #10 can
Buttermilk Pancake Mix, about $10 per #10 can
Scrambled Egg Mix, about $26 per #10 can
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