Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bars (Single)
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These actually taste pretty good for survival rations. It's somewhat sweet, like the so-so cookies you get out of a vending machine. One thing to note, is that they do contain trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils) even though trans fats do not appear in the nutrition facts. I was planning to eat one cookie every week so I could slowly rotate out the old ones and always have a fresh supply, but since you can't open 1 serving without opening 9 and because of the trans fat I will just keep these in storage until needed. It's not a problem though. They have an expiration date of 4-5 years from when you get them (mine expires in 2014) so they should be good for 2012.
Rev. Dr. Roger Dodds
The Mainstay bar comes in the 3600 calorie package. This package is not re-sealable. If it is raining or there are insects around, the 3600 calorie 'cake' type bar might spoil if you don't eat it all. The 3600 calorie package comes as a pre-portioned "cake" and you break or cut what you want to eat. Most of the other brands were sealed in 200 or 400 calorie wrappers inside the larger package. The fact the Mainstay bar cannot be re-sealed is a major weakness for this product in my opinion.
The Mayday brand is crumbly when you bite it. It has the texture of an old sugar cookie - sort of hard and crumbly - but without the sugar flavor. It essentially has no taste. If you ate 800 calories (two chunks) you would get most of your daily vitamins and minerals with this bar.
All of the food bars I tried seem to be intended for use on a lifeboat, because they indicate they are US Coast Guard approved.
After tasting and researching all of them - I will not be buying more of this brand because the wrapper cannot be re-sealed. You might be able to get around this issue if you keep the package in a ziplock bag until you need it.Read more ›
Having seen reviews of the SOS brand of emergency rations on YouTube, I had mistakenly led myself to expect that the Mianstay brand would come similarly sealed with the rations individuly packaged on the inside for freashness after the external bag was opened. However, this was not the case. Mainstay came sealed in the outer bag only. Once the outer bag is opened, all of the food "fragments" are exposed to the air and quickly begin to aquire a gritty texture and begin to harden. Even when rewraped in the original bag or placed in a ziplock bag for comparison, within 24-26 hours I had no desire to try to eat this stuff anymore. If this is meant to be three days of food, keep a hammer handy.
In all fairness, I must acknowledge that the initial mild lemon flavor of the rations was not bad. If Mainstay were to make the outer bag resealable and individually wrap the rations inside for freshness, it would make for a much better product. Until then, I'll not waist my money on this stuff again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have never eaten these, but I wanted to have some emergency food in my bug out bag. I like that these don't take up much space.Published 2 months ago by Wade Piehl
says 5 year shelf life, but it was already over 2 years old when I got it. not too impressed.Published 3 months ago by j
These are actually ok. Not delicious but very palatable, especially if in a real emergency. Best I can describe, they taste like dried poundcake that has been made into a slightly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by anonymoss
They taste like a giant sugar cookie dipped in oil. I don't know that I could eat more than one section a day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim Davis
great product but one of the 2 I ordered was leaking air so it would not last long so I had to eat it ..Published 4 months ago by Visa