Because of some very uncomfortable intolerances, my daughter and I both strictly avoid wheat. This has made purchasing emergency food pretty difficult in the past. Enter: NuManna’s Gluten-Free Bucket.
All gluten-free products are not created equally, of course. Some replace gluten-containing ingredients with artificially flavored alternatives, the texture is questionable, and honestly, it’s like eating strips of cardboard.
We recently tried NuManna’s Gluten-Free Pasta Primavera. I took lots of photos so you can get a better idea of the product.
Pasta Primavera Review
The food came to us sealed into bags containing 6 servings. There were only two of us having dinner, but since food storage companies usually have birdlike appetites, we expected that the 6 servings would be more like 3 or 4.
Here’s the package:
While this is not organic, remember that it IS certified non-GMO.
As I brought the water to a boil, I dumped the contents of the package into a bowl for a better look.
Almost immediately after I stirred it into the boiling water, the creamy sauce began to thicken up.
I cooked it for the full 18 minutes on the package instructions.
After it was cooked, I divided it into 6 equal servings to see if their idea of what a serving of food was, corresponded with ours. This is one serving of prepared Pasta Primavera.
I’ll be honest – I was expecting something along the lines of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Much to my surprise, this was delicious.
You read that right – not just okay – DELICIOUS.
The sauce was creamy and had a little bit of bite from the black pepper. The pasta and peas weren’t mushy. After 18 minutes of cooking time, they were al dente with a pleasant bite to them.
I forgot to add the butter called for in the instructions, but in an emergency you might not have butter on hand anyway. It was still very tasty, rich, and creamy.
We enjoyed the leftovers with some sauteed chicken and added a little basil and fresh Parmesan. It tasted like a restaurant meal. My kiddo had seconds both times we ate it.
In the smallest packages (single buckets) the meals cost anywhere (including shipping costs) from $2.40 for the gluten-containing food to $2.52 for the gluten-free food. If you get a ginormous supply that would last your family for a year, it drops to less than $1.50 per serving.
Now, if you compare this to some of the other buckets on the market, you might feel like that’s too high of a price. But, you have to keep in mind, this is for real food.
One other popular company charges an equivalent amount per meal, but the “meals” are ridiculous items like instant rice (just plain – nothing but white rice), oatmeal, cream of wheat, pudding, sugary energy drinks, and powdered milk. If I was in an emergency situation and had been working hard all day, I wouldn’t be too happy to open my food bucket and find and orange energy drink or a bag of plain rice for that night’s dinner.
If you want to add things like oatmeal or drink powders to your stockpile, you can do it for FAR less money than $2.40 per serving. Any time you’re shopping for food buckets, check to see what you get and decide if these items should really be considered a meal.
Here’s what you’ll find in the Numanna Gluten-Free pack.
- Pasta Primavera (3 x 6 servings)
- Classic Chili (2 x 10 servings)
- Enchilada, Beans & Rice (2 x 6 servings)
- Sweet Habanero Chili (2 x 6 servings)
- Italian Pasta (2 x 6 servings)
- Potato Casserole (2 x 6 servings)
- Cheesy Broccoli Soup (1 x 10 servings)
- Black Bean Soup (1 x 10 servings)
- Cheesy Potato Soup (1 x 10 servings)
- Oatmeal (1 x 10 servings)
As you can see, Numanna does include some packets of oatmeal, but they don’t add it to the meal count. It doesn’t figure in to the calculations of cost per meal.