ER Emergency Ration PCFQK-4P Dry Cat Food for Survival Kits and Disaster Preparedness, Pack of 4 – Reviews & Compare Deals

ER Emergency Ration PCFQK-4P Dry Cat Food for Survival Kits and Disaster Preparedness, Pack of 4 – Reviews & Compare Deals
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ER Emergency Ready 72-hour Cat Food Rations have been hermetically vacuum sealed and specifically packaged to guarantee your cat has a fresh source of food in the event of an emergency. Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles, this emergency cat food provides 100% of an adult cat’s daily recommended vitamins and minerals. One re-sealable pouch contains 8 oz. (a 72-hour supply) of Diamond pet food brand’s Maintenance for Adult Cats Formula.
These packages are vacuum sealed, which is what gives them their shelf life. When things are properly sealed, they are hard, because everything inside the sealed package is compressed since the air has been sucked out. Two of the packages I got were sealed, but the others obviously had a leak somewhere, because I could squeeze and flex the package, and the contents were loose inside the bag, not compressed like the others I got. I also don't know how long it has been unsealed sitting in a warehouse somewhere, so I don't even know if its safe to give the food to my dog with her normal food as a way of at least getting at least some value out of it.
- May 17, 2013
like previous reviewer, two of the four packages were not sealed and unuseable. i would not waste your money on this.
- October 19, 2013
Solid packaging, good vacuum seal. Kitty hasn't had to use it, so I cant say if she'd like it. If I have eat MREs again, she's got hers too! I do have a home vac sealer, and I have busted those open. She doesnt seem to know they've been sitting around several months.
- June 17, 2017
TASTE/TEXTURE:I tried one, and it is basically a VERY DENSE, thick, mildly sweet short bread. It is very filling and the taste is very mild.GOOD FOR EMERGENCY:These rations would serve very well for an emergency situation, especially since they can probably withstand extreme temperatures, at least a lot better than many other foods would. Great food to keep in the car. Like the description says, they don't make you feel like you need a drink, amazingly enough.EASY TO OPEN/ZIP CLOSE:It has a top than you tear off, (no scissors or knife needed to open, and it opens very easily for me, who is a person who often has a hard time opening things), and it has a zip close.SERVINGS/SIZE:It's basically a brick that breaks into 6 pieces, each piece is a serving. Recommended at least 2 servings per day, I believe. I included a couple pics, next to a soda can for size reference (I had no clue how big they were gonna be before I bought them).
ByMelanie - January 1, 2015
Keeping in mind that this is an emergency food and not a food storage item, it's actually quite good.How is the packaging?The packaging is fairly sturdy and has a resealable top. It is vacuum sealed, so make sure you don't puncture it, otherwise the shelf life will be drastically reduced.Is it easy to eat?As mentioned in other reviews, the block is not separately packaged into 6 individual units. Instead, the block has indents separating the sections, which can easily be broken by bending the package. The foodstuff itself is a light yellow, and really doesn't feel all that much different from a thick blondie. Biting into it does reveal a crumbly side, but it's not overly thick, nor is it difficult to bite or chew through. In fact, nothing about the eating process made it seem all that weird. Because the food doesn't feel too heavy, if you underestimate it and eat it too fast, the effects of its high calorie density might make you feel a little queezy. Eat slowly!How does it taste?The product has a very mild lemon flavor to it. Considering how much fat it has, you might think it tastes horrid. On the contrary, while you might not finish it and say it was the best lemon bar you've ever eaten it, you won't cough it up and think its disgusting. Besides, in the right conditions, anything will taste amazing.Thirst Prevention: I sampled this item after about 22 hours of no food or drink. The product is high in fats and oils, which does in fact make it less thirst producing. After I was done eating, I did not feel much thirstier than when I started. That is not to say, however, that the desire to drink did not come simply as a result of having something pasty in the mouth and throat.Is it safe or healthy to eat?So I finished my graduate degree in nutrition at one of those fancy IVY league schools, but I'll be the first to say I don't know everything. In regards to this product however, keep in mind that it is an emergency food and is not designed to sustain you for long periods of time. There is a very high fat value, which is a great source of calories. In an emergency this is great, but over the long haul, the body will respond negatively to the imbalance of carbs, proteins and fats.Contrary to popular belief, not all saturated fats are that bad for you. Palm oil, the major source of fat in this product, is comprised mostly of oleic, linoleic and palmitic fatty acids. Myristic acid is the one that is most bad for you, and seems mostly absent. So, while eating tons of calories in the form of fat is unhealthy in the long run, you don't have to freak out simply because each serving is 45% of your daily saturated fat allowance.What about them vitamins?The addition of vitamins is an interesting idea. In the short term, (3 days or so) the human body will experience very few, if any, vitamin deficiencies. The main priority is to obtain enough calories, and then protein, in order to reduce the degrading your own body for energy. That being said, this food is a great tool in rescue operations, as those who have been lost and on their own for some time may have easily developed vitamin deficiencies during that time. So, while it's nice to have, the fortification of these nutrients plays a minimal role in an emergency situation where you plan to use this product for only three to four days.Overall this product is great. I have also performed nutrient analyses on other emergency foods, but I won't include them here. If you're interested, I'm sure you can contact me somehow via amazon.
Melanie - November 6, 2011
While I did not give the ER Bar the original 3 day simulated emergency test I had intended (consuming nothing but the three daily portions @ day with water and no other calories for three days total), I did manage to grind through the majority of a 9 square brick over three days.As per description, each brick has indentations for dividing it into 9 portions. Due to the dense and dry nature of the food (essentially enriched flour, sugar and fat, no leavening), it has a tendency to crumble and did not break into even pieces, but as the indentations are merely portion guides, this is hardly an issue. Each mylar/foil package is zip lock resealable, which is a convenience not found in other emergency bar packages.Taste is a mild lemon/vanilla flavor, not overpowering yet not flour and sugar bland either. It tastes a bit like a shortbread cookie with a much denser texture. Texture is somewhat crumbly, even powder-like when bitten or ground off a block/serving.Like most foods, eating nothing but ER Bars for even three days would be taxing, but in a true emergency situation, you are eating to replace and replenish the basic substances your body needs to continue to function properly. On the other hand, I did not personally find anything wrong with the taste of the rations and while I wouldn't necessarily be eagerly looking forward to eating these three times a day, they are still palatable. And while some may argue differently, I generally agree with the manufacturer's claim that they are for the most part non-thirst provoking. No dry mouth.As an Army veteran who has happily lived off of MREs in the field for weeks at a time, it should be clarified that emergency food rations are not substitutes for these in any way shape or form so much as emergency rations to be cached in the event of a true emergency or added to emergency car kits, marine kits, go-bags, etc. for emergency use only. The extremely dense and compact (and durable) nature of the packages make them ideal for these applications.At 27 oz (little more than 1.5 lbs) for 3 days worth of calories, it would be tough to find a more efficient shelf stable food source that contained the same nutritional balance. By comparison, a single 1200 cal MRE weighs about the same with about 2-3 times the bulk unless pre-field stripped (which reduces MRE storage/shelf life). Given the choice between a single MRE or three squares of ER Bars for a reduced 1200 cal/day emergency ration, the MRE would win; no comparison. But when it comes to caching, a case of 20 ER Bars (2 month supply) occupies less storage space than a box of 12 MREs (12 meals total). If space is a consideration, 5 boxes of MREs would be the caloric/nutritional equivalent of a single 20 package box of ER Bars. ER Bars are extremely easy to store/cache and transport.Health concerns could include the high saturated fat content (used to bind the flour/sugar mixture into bricks as well as provide slower burn energy) at 9g per serving (45% USRDA) as well as the 50% USRDA niacin for those who are niacin sensitive. Low fiber along with the high fat content will likely slow gut motility in the average healthy individual (fewer bowel movements) which is generally beneficial in an emergency survival situation. Lastly, the sodium and potassium content (no added salt/extremely low sodium content) is almost non-existent, making electrolyte replacement a potential issue in high heat environments. The bars do contain potassium iodide.Are these health concerns really an issue if no other food sources are available? Barring individual with special health needs, probably not.ER Bars are priced lower than Datrex and Mainstay with slightly larger portions (3600 calorie brick is actually 9*410 kcal bars at 3 oz. @).I ordered a case direct from QuakeKare and the lot received were manufactured this month (Jun 2011) so old stock should not be an issue.This is generally not a product to be cycled on a regular basis so much as emergency supplies that are better to have and not need than need and not have (and preferably never need). I have no intention of eating another package myself unless I decide to do a 3 day emergency simulation eating nothing but the recommended 3 square allotment per day.
ByA. Kim - June 23, 2011
TASTE/TEXTURE:I tried one, and it is basically a VERY DENSE, thick, mildly sweet short bread. It is very filling and the taste is very mild.GOOD FOR EMERGENCY:These rations would serve very well for an emergency situation, especially since they can probably withstand extreme temperatures, at least a lot better than many other foods would. Great food to keep in the car. Like the description says, they don't make you feel like you need a drink, amazingly enough.EASY TO OPEN/ZIP CLOSE:It has a top than you tear off, (no scissors or knife needed to open, and it opens very easily for me, who is a person who often has a hard time opening things), and it has a zip close.SERVINGS/SIZE:It's basically a brick that breaks into 6 pieces, each piece is a serving. Recommended at least 2 servings per day, I believe. I included a couple pics, next to a soda can for size reference (I had no clue how big they were gonna be before I bought them).
ByMelanie - January 1, 2015
Keeping in mind that this is an emergency food and not a food storage item, it's actually quite good.How is the packaging?The packaging is fairly sturdy and has a resealable top. It is vacuum sealed, so make sure you don't puncture it, otherwise the shelf life will be drastically reduced.Is it easy to eat?As mentioned in other reviews, the block is not separately packaged into 6 individual units. Instead, the block has indents separating the sections, which can easily be broken by bending the package. The foodstuff itself is a light yellow, and really doesn't feel all that much different from a thick blondie. Biting into it does reveal a crumbly side, but it's not overly thick, nor is it difficult to bite or chew through. In fact, nothing about the eating process made it seem all that weird. Because the food doesn't feel too heavy, if you underestimate it and eat it too fast, the effects of its high calorie density might make you feel a little queezy. Eat slowly!How does it taste?The product has a very mild lemon flavor to it. Considering how much fat it has, you might think it tastes horrid. On the contrary, while you might not finish it and say it was the best lemon bar you've ever eaten it, you won't cough it up and think its disgusting. Besides, in the right conditions, anything will taste amazing.Thirst Prevention: I sampled this item after about 22 hours of no food or drink. The product is high in fats and oils, which does in fact make it less thirst producing. After I was done eating, I did not feel much thirstier than when I started. That is not to say, however, that the desire to drink did not come simply as a result of having something pasty in the mouth and throat.Is it safe or healthy to eat?So I finished my graduate degree in nutrition at one of those fancy IVY league schools, but I'll be the first to say I don't know everything. In regards to this product however, keep in mind that it is an emergency food and is not designed to sustain you for long periods of time. There is a very high fat value, which is a great source of calories. In an emergency this is great, but over the long haul, the body will respond negatively to the imbalance of carbs, proteins and fats.Contrary to popular belief, not all saturated fats are that bad for you. Palm oil, the major source of fat in this product, is comprised mostly of oleic, linoleic and palmitic fatty acids. Myristic acid is the one that is most bad for you, and seems mostly absent. So, while eating tons of calories in the form of fat is unhealthy in the long run, you don't have to freak out simply because each serving is 45% of your daily saturated fat allowance.What about them vitamins?The addition of vitamins is an interesting idea. In the short term, (3 days or so) the human body will experience very few, if any, vitamin deficiencies. The main priority is to obtain enough calories, and then protein, in order to reduce the degrading your own body for energy. That being said, this food is a great tool in rescue operations, as those who have been lost and on their own for some time may have easily developed vitamin deficiencies during that time. So, while it's nice to have, the fortification of these nutrients plays a minimal role in an emergency situation where you plan to use this product for only three to four days.Overall this product is great. I have also performed nutrient analyses on other emergency foods, but I won't include them here. If you're interested, I'm sure you can contact me somehow via amazon.
Melanie - November 6, 2011
While I did not give the ER Bar the original 3 day simulated emergency test I had intended (consuming nothing but the three daily portions @ day with water and no other calories for three days total), I did manage to grind through the majority of a 9 square brick over three days.As per description, each brick has indentations for dividing it into 9 portions. Due to the dense and dry nature of the food (essentially enriched flour, sugar and fat, no leavening), it has a tendency to crumble and did not break into even pieces, but as the indentations are merely portion guides, this is hardly an issue. Each mylar/foil package is zip lock resealable, which is a convenience not found in other emergency bar packages.Taste is a mild lemon/vanilla flavor, not overpowering yet not flour and sugar bland either. It tastes a bit like a shortbread cookie with a much denser texture. Texture is somewhat crumbly, even powder-like when bitten or ground off a block/serving.Like most foods, eating nothing but ER Bars for even three days would be taxing, but in a true emergency situation, you are eating to replace and replenish the basic substances your body needs to continue to function properly. On the other hand, I did not personally find anything wrong with the taste of the rations and while I wouldn't necessarily be eagerly looking forward to eating these three times a day, they are still palatable. And while some may argue differently, I generally agree with the manufacturer's claim that they are for the most part non-thirst provoking. No dry mouth.As an Army veteran who has happily lived off of MREs in the field for weeks at a time, it should be clarified that emergency food rations are not substitutes for these in any way shape or form so much as emergency rations to be cached in the event of a true emergency or added to emergency car kits, marine kits, go-bags, etc. for emergency use only. The extremely dense and compact (and durable) nature of the packages make them ideal for these applications.At 27 oz (little more than 1.5 lbs) for 3 days worth of calories, it would be tough to find a more efficient shelf stable food source that contained the same nutritional balance. By comparison, a single 1200 cal MRE weighs about the same with about 2-3 times the bulk unless pre-field stripped (which reduces MRE storage/shelf life). Given the choice between a single MRE or three squares of ER Bars for a reduced 1200 cal/day emergency ration, the MRE would win; no comparison. But when it comes to caching, a case of 20 ER Bars (2 month supply) occupies less storage space than a box of 12 MREs (12 meals total). If space is a consideration, 5 boxes of MREs would be the caloric/nutritional equivalent of a single 20 package box of ER Bars. ER Bars are extremely easy to store/cache and transport.Health concerns could include the high saturated fat content (used to bind the flour/sugar mixture into bricks as well as provide slower burn energy) at 9g per serving (45% USRDA) as well as the 50% USRDA niacin for those who are niacin sensitive. Low fiber along with the high fat content will likely slow gut motility in the average healthy individual (fewer bowel movements) which is generally beneficial in an emergency survival situation. Lastly, the sodium and potassium content (no added salt/extremely low sodium content) is almost non-existent, making electrolyte replacement a potential issue in high heat environments. The bars do contain potassium iodide.Are these health concerns really an issue if no other food sources are available? Barring individual with special health needs, probably not.ER Bars are priced lower than Datrex and Mainstay with slightly larger portions (3600 calorie brick is actually 9*410 kcal bars at 3 oz. @).I ordered a case direct from QuakeKare and the lot received were manufactured this month (Jun 2011) so old stock should not be an issue.This is generally not a product to be cycled on a regular basis so much as emergency supplies that are better to have and not need than need and not have (and preferably never need). I have no intention of eating another package myself unless I decide to do a 3 day emergency simulation eating nothing but the recommended 3 square allotment per day.
ByA. Kim - June 23, 2011

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