Make & Model - Wise Company Teriyaki Rice
Package Size - 10.6 ounces
Servings Per Package - 4
Calories Per Serving - 270
Approximate Shelf Life - 25 years
Prep Method / Prep Time - Add to pot of boiling water, remove from heat and cover / 12-15 minutes
MSRP / Cost Per Ounce - $10.50 / $0.99 per ounce

Wise Company takes a different approach to survival food, offering large comprehensive packs for home storage rather than individual backpacking meals. These packs include a variety of meals, side dishes, and even drinks. Teriyaki rice is found in many Wise packs, and contains rice, red and green bell peppers, carrots, soy sauce, sugar, miso, and spices.

Tester #1: Patrick Vuong
What did I do after I took my first bite? Smile with delicious glee? Vomit from disgust? Nope. I laughed. Out loud. Why? Because this no more resembles a “teriyaki” dish than Derek Zoolander is a real supermodel. It's more accurate to say it's a sugary gumbo that has a faint hint of Asian-ness. Inauthenticity aside, the taste itself is average at best, though the texture of the rice and veggies are fine. Overall, an underwhelming entry in the survival food genre.

Tester #2: John Schwartze
This company touts its offering as 100-percent vegetarian, so the grazers of the world can rejoice at this one. Flavor was OK. I didn't really experience the rich, syrupy teriyaki I'm used to, but it had a mellow, sweet flavor. Rice was a little chewy and vegetables were as small as the rice grains. Would have liked a little more texture, but with the low fat and sodium this is a good choice for those with dietary restrictions or on a diet.

Tester #3: Patrick McCarthy
Sweet and tangy, with a viscous and almost syrupy sauce. The sweetness made sense after I looked at the label — 16 grams of sugar per 75-gram serving. That's nearly as much as half a can of Coke. Don't get me wrong, it tastes good and is sure to provide instant energy, but that's a whole lot of sugar. Aside from this, the rice has a nice texture, and is easy to prepare. This makes for a quick meal at home or in the backwoods — just do your pancreas a favor and skip dessert.

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