Long before Augason Farms became a sponsor here at Survival Mom, I was using their products. I had purchased a case of freeze-dried food at Costco in the first several weeks of my venture into preparedness.
It was their Dinner Pack, and my family quickly learned how much we love freeze-dried corn! In fact, that was the first can we emptied!
The Dinner Pack contains #10 cans of:
- Creamy Potato Soup Mix
- Beef Flavored Vegetarian Meat Substitute
- Potato Gems
- Honey White Bread & Roll Mix
- Freeze Dried Sweet Corn
- Vegetable Stew Blend
Here is how I’ve used each of these in my everyday cooking.
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Creamy Potato Soup Mix
I’ve done a lot of experimenting with this and have come up with several different versions that we enjoy. By adding some chopped chicken and a handful of the FD corn, you end up with a delicious Chicken and Corn Chowder. It’s very hearty and is a meal in a bowl. Add some chopped, cooked bacon, green onions, and grated cheddar cheese for a Baked Potato Soup, and with some salsa, grated cheese, and crumbled Fritos or tortilla chips, you get Southwest Potato Soup!
I found that I needed to add a bit more milk or water to thin out the soup to my liking but when I’ve had a busy day, any version of this soup cooks up in just minutes.
Beef Flavored Vegetarian Meat Substitute
This is TVP, textured vegetable protein, and I’ve learned that a little goes a long way. If you’ve never tasted TVP, it tends to be salty, but in recipes, it’s hard to tell that it’s not the real thing.
I’ve used this product in my homemade Shepherd’s Pie, Beef and Barley Soup, and Beef Stew. I usually don’t use a lot of TVP in a recipe, usually no more than 1/3 cup or so. The TVP I’ve purchased over the years lasts a long time.
Well, these are just as versatile as the soup. They make great mashed potatoes, but if you use about half the amount of liquid, you can make a delicious version of Claim Jumper’s Potato Cakes. I add some chopped green onion (dehydrated or freeze-dried is fine) and sometimes a quarter cup of grated cheese.
Shape the thickened potato mixture into patties, dip them in a bowl of whisked eggs, and then dredge them in very fine cracker crumbs or Panko crumbs. I fry them in some oil, and they are delicious! My kids love them, and they’re quite easy to make.
Honey White Bread and Roll Mix
What dinner would be complete without homemade rolls or a loaf of homemade bread? This mixture requires only oil, water, and yeast. Use it for pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, raisin bread…whatever you and your family love!
With this mix, you’ll be able to quickly throw a loaf together on busy days when starting from scratch means no homemade bread!
Freeze-dried Sweet Corn
I already mentioned how much we love FD corn. In fact, last year my son gave a can to one of his best friends as a Christmas gift! We use this corn in soups, stew, Shepherd’s Pie, corn bread, and eat it right out of the can.
Probably out of all the various dehydrated and freeze-dried veggies we own, we use FD corn the most.
Vegetable Stew Blend
This is an interesting concept. The most frequently used veggies in your typical stew or soup recipe are combined in one mixture: potato dices, cabbage flakes, chopped onions, red and green peppers, carrot dices and celery slices. Rather than stocking up on each individually, you can just scoop out the desired amount, add it to your recipe, and you’re good to go.
I’ve used this in homemade soups and have been waiting for the opportunity to try out this recipe that calls for this blend:
Veggie Cheese Ball
2 – 8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup Augason Farms Vegetable Stew Blend (rehydrated)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients together with hand mixer. Shape into ball and roll in pecans. Serve with crackers or chips.
Most of us wouldn’t think to use this product so creatively, but I’ve found that once I was familiar with the foods, their tastes, and preparation, it was very easy to think of additional uses.
That’s the power of stocking up on individual ingredients versus only or mostly the “just add water” meals. Those can be useful, but they just don’t provide the versatility I believe is needed when it comes to food storage.
The Augason Farms Dinner Pack is priced at $89.99, and is a great way to either get started with food storage or insure that you have essential ingredients for numerous meals. I was very pleased to find that my kit came with a nice selection of recipes using the products in the Pack. Considering how many dishes can be made with this selection of products, it is very fairly priced.
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