If you are like me, you love brown sugar and multi-grain cereal
for breakfast. The smell alone sings out to your taste buds. Wise Food Storage Company
has a four serving emergency food pouch with a six grain mixture of hard white wheat, white wheat, barley, rye, steamed rolled oats, and triticale. Sounds great except for that last grain, which I had no idea existed. Tritical is a hybrid grain that is a cross between wheat and rye. It has high levels of wheat protein and high levels of rye lysine, making it very high in nutritional value. Sounds good to me. Both protein and lysine are important in a stressful emergency situation.
The Wise Food Storage packaging is easy to understand and is consistent over all of their foods. They tell you how much water to add, how long to boil, how long to simmer, and how long to cool before serving. In the case of the Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-grain cereal you boil 3.5 cups of water. It took me about 5 minutes to prepare the pot and water from our Big Berkey Water filter
, and get the water boiling. Once the water was boiling I added the full contents of the food storage pouch and let the contents come to a boil again. Once the cereal was boiling I turned off the flame, put the lid on the pot and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. The aroma filled the house. My wife actually made a point of finding me to let me know that "that cereal smells incredible". I have to agree. If it tastes as good as it smells, this one is a winner.
After the 10 minute simmer I removed the lid to the pot to inspect my cereal. It looked a bit runny, similar to some of the other Wise Food storage meals I have reviewed. But I removed the lid, stirred the mixture and let it sit for the recommended 2 to 3 minutes of cool down. That did the trick. The cereal was just about the perfect consistency I would expect from an oat meal based cereal.
Now the taste test. My first spoon full of the cereal revealed a mult-textured feel. The oats provided a smooth texture while the rye and wheat provide a grainy hull texture. There is plenty of sugar in this cereal and the maple adds a great flavor. Additionally, the rye and triticale add a slight nutty flavor. I have a six year old son that is very picky about eating his food. When I asked him how his cereal tasted, his response was a calculated "good". I think that the grain going down, which is just a bit scratchy, threw him off a bit. He likes store bought cereals that are very soft and mushy, so a multi-grain cereal was a new thing for him. I actually thought the sugar and maple flavor was perfect, but my son asked if he could have more sugar.
The Wise Food Storage Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain cereal comes in a 240 calories. The full food pouch has 960 calories pack into a very small place. The sodium on this meal is not as bad as some, at only 120mg per serving. Total carbohydrates are 50 grams, 16 grams of that coming from sugar and 6 grams from dietary fiber. This meal provides 5 grams of protein.
If you are vegetarian, you are in luck as this meal is labeled vegetarian. I am not, but that didn't change the fact the for me, this emergency food from Wise Food Storage Company
is satisfying and filling.