03 October 2012

Review: Augason Farms Honey Coated Banana Slices

Whether you are getting ready for the Zombie Apocalypse or just preparing for bad weather, food storage can be a great investment with the rising prices we are seeing at grocery stores these days. Augason Farms is an emergency food storage company that has been around since 1972. It is one of the more easily available brands of food storage, being found both offline at big stores like Walmart and Sams Club, as well as online through various outlets, including their own website.

The Augason Farms Honey Coated Banana Slices come in a #10 can, which weighs roughly 2 lbs 2 oz. According to the can, it contains 21 (normal sized) servings of 1/2 cup each. Each of these servings is roughly 240 calories, with 140 of these calories from fat. The shelf life (best case) of this variety is about 10 years when the can is still sealed, while one year once opened. Remember, this is best case scenario, storing the can in ideal temperatures of a cool, dry, dark place if possible.

If you are worried about allergens, please be aware that this product does contain Coconut, as well as being processed in a plant that processes pretty much all of the major allergens such as wheat, dairy, nuts, and eggs. It's very hard to find long terms food storage that isn't, to be honest.

For those new to the long term food storage scene, this is a regular #10 size can, without a pull top. Please remember to store a quality can opener and a backup can opener in your emergency preps. All of Augason Farms usually come with a white plastic can lid that you can use once the product has been opened. (As a warning, I've found in the past that they don't always live up to constant opening and closing and can split easily. If you have one that lasts through an entire use of the can, resist the urge to throw it away and keep in case other lids split)

Upon opening the can, I was pleased to see that the can was nearly full with banana slices. There was just about an inch worth of headroom. I've seen some food storage products that are half empty, so I'm glad when there is no wasted space.

These are dehydrated fruits, which means the moisture has been removed. Unlike a lot of dehydrated products though, the Honey Coated Banana Slices you don't add water to. They are great to snack with on their own, or to add to cereal and granola mixes. You can also use them in recipes such as cookies and breads to break up the monotony that sometimes comes with long term food storage.

Tastewise, both my husband and my four year old daughter gave this two thumbs up. It's a sweet treat, and with the crunch makes it a fun snack. Even my dogs were begging for more after they had one as a snack.

Bottom line? This is definitely a product to have in your food storage, especially when bananas and other fruit are either hard to come by or very expensive. It doesn't need refrigeration after opening, so it's easy to have on hand and open during power outages from weather, as well as taking it camping, etc.

The Augason Farms Honey Coated Banana Slices have a suggested retail price of $10.85, and are available at your local Walmart for those who don't want to order online. (They were a tad bit cheaper at mine, under $9)

I bought this product out of my own pocket. I'm sharing my thoughts with others in order to help others not waste their money on poor quality food storage products.

1 comment:

Grandma`s Goulash said...

I am not familiar with food storage products and found your post very interesting. Thanks so much for sharing.