Whenever I out buying groceries I stop by the canned meat aisle and see whats new and interesting. This week I found a lot of new things in my preferred foil packaging. They were all made by the Libby’s company, today I’ll review the Seasoned Beef Crumbles. I couldn’t find a good source online to buy this so check your local stores, I picked them up for about $2.50. I was worried that this would have a huge ingredient list of fake things. I was not interested in beef flavored TVP or unpronounceable chemicals in my food even emergency food. The listed ingredients are: Beef, Water, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Beef Extract, Caramel Color. Let’s heat this thing up and dig in!
The beef crumbles come in a 6oz foil package. Serving size is listed as 1/4 cup with three servings. The package is 270 calories 120 from fat and Carbohydrates listed as less than 1%. The package says that this is a product of Brazil which is mostly grass fed, about 80% of the cattle. I bought this package on April 19th 2013 and it expires December 26th 2014,so while not exactly long term storage it last pretty long.
The marketing on the package states that this is seasoned beef crumbles. I’m not sure where this “seasoning” is but it’s not in the beef. I had a remote taste of corned beef, If you washed the flavor out of it. While it is not bad tasting it does not really taste like much. I did try this plain from the package instead of adding it to a dish or flavoring it. If you were in a survival situation and had a pack of this I bet it would taste awesome. Hunger is the best sauce after all. If you used it like it is really meant to, added to a dish like chili or something then these would really shine.
I have more Libby’s products to review over the next few day’s so before I claim this to be my new go to bug out food I will try the rest. I will be buying a few more of these though. The price, storage life, nutrient profile and short ingredient list definitely qualify it. I especially like it for home storage. It is already fully cooked so you could eat it cold. Adding it to some other food’s like the beans you have stored to make chili with real beef. It fills the sadly missing protein/Fat void in most food storage. In 6oz packs I feel it is more convenient than #10 cans of freeze dried beef. If you see these in your local store pick up a few and give them a try.
What is your preferred meat storage? Do you can at home? Let me know in the comments!
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