We really like what AlpineAire, now Katadyn, is doing in the emergency food storage industry. The company makes an effort to be transparent and honest, which is one of the goals of this website. The Gourmet Reserves 1 Year package is a quality product that actually provides enough calories for someone to survive. We reviewed the AlpineAire Gourmet Reserves 1 Year package along the following criteria:
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Price per calorie
The only real weakness in this package is the calories per per dollar is in the medium range at 234. We know AlpineAire is proud of their food, and they believe it is worth the cost.
This is really good food that almost rivals Mountain House products. You won’t be unhappy with the taste. This package does get rated down slightly because it contains so many bulk items such as potatoes, peas, and wheat that require someone with a talent in the kitchen to turn into a great tasting meal.
All of AlpineAire’s emergency food comes in #10 cans. Although it’s ideal for keeping out unwanted pests, it doesn’t provide the best use of space. Also, once you have opened a can you only have about a week (depending on humidity) to use it all up. All food comes in 148 #10 cans that weigh 480 pounds.
Freeze-dried food put in #10 cans is the best shelf life possible. We really admire AlpineAire for stating the conservative shelf life is 20+ years whereas other companies try to inflate the longevity. 25 years is about as good as it gets.
As with other freeze-dried products, the hotter the water you use, the better the taste is. You can eat many of the entrees after letting it sit for just five minutes, but it tastes better after 10. Unfortunately, this package has quite a few items such as bulk potatoes and carrots that require a person to actually mix ingredients and cook.
This package from AlpineAire comes in a variety of sizes. Here are 3 smaller versions of the same package.
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