Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Augason Farms - Part 1

Hi! I know I've been pre-occupied, but I have recently been in contact with Augason farms. They sent me some samples for me to try and let you know what I thought of them. I got the freeze dried chicken breast chunks (AMAZING!), Chicken Gravy mix (which is gluten free), and some buttermilk biscuit mix.

So, Sunday we decided to start sampling. I was anxious to try the freeze dried chicken breast chunks, so we made Hawaiian haystacks. We started with rice and chicken gravy and all the fixin's over the top. So, I made the chicken gravy mix (following the easy directions on the back of the label) and added the (rehydrated) freeze dried chicken (also followed exact easy instructions). The gravy was totally easy to make quite tasty. The chicken rehydrated in ONLY one minute in water and tasted like CROCK-POTTED CHICKEN! It was nice and tender - not rubbery, like I expected. Everything tasted good. I even sampled it to people who stopped by, and they agreed that it was really good. Something I will definitely want to have in my regular food storage.

And just for your information, we like to top our Hawaiian haystacks with Chinese noodles, cheese, celery, diced tomatoes, chopped olives, pineapple or mandarin oranges, coconut, peas, and whatever else we can find... 

Augason Farms does food for everyday, food storage and emergencies. I'll report on the biscuit mix as soon as I sample it. (Soon.)


Anonymous said...

Be careful on the ingredients of the Augason Canned food. They use a lot of Maltodextrin and other MSG excito toxins. If you are unfamiliar with excito toxins you can watch this youtube with DR Russell Blaylock ( a former brain surgeon ) on the efects of excitotoxins on the brain, especially young children who are still forming. ... MSG hides under several names, If you took the chicken gravy ingredients and looked up the side effect from each item, you would wonder how you are still alive after eating it. Its really bad news. Then you look at the broth that they sell. It says no MSG's... however, it has several excitotoxins in it, just not called Monosodium Glutamate . I tend not to trust a company that lies right up front! Another thing... Research " SOY TOXINS" you will find that SOY coats your intestinal tract so that you do not absorb any vitamins or mineral... slowly you wither and die. Try to find food at the grocery store without SOY in it@ its hard to do. Doctors and BIG PHARMA make good money off sick people.

Jamie said...

From Wikipedia we get this definition of “Glutamate:” Glutamic acid (abbreviated as Glu or E) is one of the 20 proteinogenic amino acids, and its codons are GAA and GAG. It is a non-essential amino acid. The carboxylate anions and salts of glutamic acid are known as glutamates. In neuroscience, glutamate is an important neurotransmitter that plays a key role in long-term potentiation and is important for learning and memory.

Glutamates occur naturally in many foods including everyday items like: Beef, Corn, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Parmesan Cheese, Scallops, Chicken, Yeast, and Grape Juice to name a very few and is a major reason for their distinctive taste. Derivatives of any of these foods can yield glutamates. Autolyzed Yeast (dead yeast with the outer cell casing removed) contains glutamate but is not Mono-Sodium Glutamate which is derived from seaweed. People sensitive to MSG should also avoid any of the foods above because of their higher concentrates of glutamates. Of course, many Augason Farm products contain glutamates but very few contain mono-sodium glutamate and those that do declare it as such in the ingredient statement.

Using logic to the extreme would assert that anything containing glutamates should not be added to food. That would include chicken broth, tomato sauce, grape juice concentrate or Parmesan cheese all of which are processed and all of which contain glutamates.

Jamie said...

I could give you a long dissertation on the difference between MSG and several other items that contain glutamates. The bottom line is that Augason Farms is not trying to hide the fact that we use ingredients to give our food its great taste. Glutamate containing ingredients would have to include: parmesan cheese, mushrooms, walnuts, grape juice, corn, chicken, beef and tomatoes to name a few. Glutamates are what give the above mentioned foods their distinctive and delicious flavors.

The truth is that glutamates are the most common neurotransmitter in the human body and are necessary for it to function properly. This reminds me of the issue with table salt. There are those who would like to salt shakers removed from restaurants. For most people it’s not a problem. For some it is, so to we eliminate a vital substance to satisfy a few?


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