My wife sent me to the store last night to pick up a few cans of cat food and a can of gravy to go with the ham she was making. While at the store, I happened to pass a packet of Bear Creek Chicken Noodle Soup mix. Since we were supposed to be getting a winter storm the next afternoon (the bad weather finally hit us around 3 p.m.), I figured a large pot of chicken soup would be the perfect lunch and decided to pick up a packet.
The thing that attracted me to this brand was the price. At first, $2.79 seemed a bit pricey. But, when I read the back of the packet and learned it made 8 servings, I realized it wasn’t too bad of a price after all (a can of soup, in comparison, runs a minimum of $1.25 and is usually only enough for about two servings). I also liked the fact the soup mix only required water. Some similar products would have required me to add everything from the vegetables to the noodles.
As planned, I made this soup mix for lunch today and, after trying it, my opinions of it are pretty mixed.
I’ll start out with the things I liked about it. First, as I guessed from reading the instructions before buying this product, it was very easy to make. All I had to do was boil some water, add the mix and let it cook for about 10 minutes (I got impatient and let it cook for only about 8 but it didn’t seem to make much of a difference).
The soup mix also made quite a bit. My wife had two servings and, over the course of a couple hours, I had about four. True to its word, the soup still had about two more servings leftover (it is now in my fridge for tomorrow).
However, as far as overall quality is concerned, I honestly wasn’t too impressed with this brand. First, despite what the picture on the packet might indicate, there really isn’t much in terms of noodles or vegetables and the soup is almost all broth. As I described it to my wife, it was similar to what we could expect from your average can of condensed soup (or a packet of Lipton Cup-a-Soup).
The lack of noodles and vegetables (and the absence of chicken) made the soup much less filling than I expected it to be (which is why I ended up eating so many servings of it) and I found myself regretting the fact I didn’t buy some lunch meat yesterday so I could have a sandwich with it.
To be honest, when it came to taste, I was actually expecting it to be worse. That’s because we read the nutrition information on the back and saw one serving contained 34 percent of our daily recommended intake of salt and, a result, I figured it would end up being very salty (we actually laughed a bit when we saw the instructions called for adding more salt if needed). That wasn’t the case. It only had about as much of a salty taste as we could expect from the average canned soup.
However, the noodles and vegetables had the flavor and texture you can expect from most freeze dried items. And, while not salty, the soup’s overall taste still wasn’t anything to brag about.
Because of the price, I would recommend this product if you are looking for something that is easy to make and will feed more than one or two people. But, don’t expect it to taste any better than your average condensed chicken soup and, if you want a filling meal, make sure to have something to eat with it.