Make & Model - Emergency Essentials Cheesy Lasagna
Package Size - 41 ounces
Servings Per Package - 17
Calories Per Serving - 260
Approximate Shelf Life - 25 years
Prep Method / Prep Time - Add to boiling water, then cover and simmer / 7-9 minutes
MSRP / Cost Per Ounce - $35 / $0.85 per ounce
URL - http://www.beprepared.com
This large sealed can contains freeze-dried spiral noodles mixed with tomato powder, creamer, and Parmesan cheese. This can be considered pasta with creamy tomato sauce, rather than traditional lasagna.
Tester #1: Patrick Vuong
It'd be more accurate to say that this is pasta with tomato sauce, because there's not much cheese to hold everything together like true lasagna. Fortunately, what's here is yummy. I'd certainly chow down on this while on a camping trip … or if I'm too lazy to make real lasagna at home. Because it comes in a sealed 2-pound can with a reusable plastic lid, this is better suited for your food cache at home versus your bug-out gear.
Tester #2: John Schwartze
Noodles on this one are small corkscrew-style consistency, and I couldn't get them to be as tender as I wanted without adding more water that dilutes it a bit. Flavor was pretty good, but this one will also take some experimentation to get the ratio “just right.” Would I buy this one again? Yep, as it'll work for long-term emergency food, but not something I'd reach for during a camping excursion. Too much to haul, unless you're camping with a lot of people and have the patience to adjust the consistency for everyone.
Tester #3: Patrick McCarthy
The soft noodles in a sweet and tangy tomato sauce are instantly reminiscent of Chef Boyardee canned pasta. There wasn't much cheese flavor, more of a general creaminess, but this is pretty good overall. I may add more water next time, as the tomato flavor seems somewhat concentrated. It's also worth noting that this recipe requires simmering on a stovetop, and that it quickly burned onto the bottom of my pan, making cleanup a pain.