Norwegian Cod & Potato Casserole entree review 56k beware

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Norwegian Cod & Potato Casserole entree review 56k beware

Post by MR.EMAN » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:56 pm

In a recent trade with Treesuit, he gave me a couple Norwegian rations to try. In addition to 2 complete breakfast menus, I got 2 main entrees. Up for review tonight is Cod and Potato Casserole with some store bought Lefse. I am more of a turf, than surf kinda guy, but I had a feeling this would be worthwhile.
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I noticed a difference in the 2, one being 700 cal and the other 800 cal. In the pics you can see the variations in ingredients.
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Lotsa life left
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Forgive the grainy shot, but here is the contents when opened. I noticed a subtle fishy smell, which I found rather pleasant, and not what I was expecting. The directions call for about 2 cups of boiling water, which I found needed to be added about 2/3 cup at a time, stirred well, then repeat. Once the water is completely in, you really have to stir well, then let stand at least 5 minutes. I found that you can miss a spot given the contour of the pouch, and get a bite of powder, in which case you simply fold back in with the rest of the entree and you are good to go.
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After about 5 minutes or so, and another stir, you get this. The consistency itself wasn't too bad, although the fish, like most freeze dried meats I've encountered, had a kind of rubbery, overcooked texture, but not something that took away from the enjoyment of the meal. The taste was of fresh mashed potatoes, buttered, with some veggies and fish mixed in. Again, I noticed that it did not have a strong fishy, chowdery smell, which is surprising given the amount of fish in it. My wife (part Norwegian herself) who absolutely refuses to touch any ration, gave this a go, and had a few good size bites. She thought it not too bad, and said she'd try it again. I too echo that sentiment. This is one I would try again myself. Very filling, and I can imagine a good ration to chow down on, on a cold Norwegian afternoon or evening.
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Re: Norwegian Cod & Potato Casserole entree review 56k beware

Post by kman » Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:09 pm

Good review and nice pics - thanks for sharing! I can't say as I'm much of a fish fan...and probably even less of a freeze-dried fish fan, but it does look like an interesting meal.

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Re: Norwegian Cod & Potato Casserole entree review 56k beware

Post by MR.EMAN » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:27 pm

kman wrote:Good review and nice pics - thanks for sharing! I can't say as I'm much of a fish fan...and probably even less of a freeze-dried fish fan, but it does look like an interesting meal.

Not a problem at all. Can't wait to try the breakfast ones I got. As I mentioned, I'm not real big on seafood, and was thinking this would be really "fishy", and a chore to finish (memories of Lutefisk :lol: ), but it was actually not too bad at all. I thought initially that this might be headed for the circular file, but it all got ate. The best I could compare it to, would be a thick chowder, with more emphasis on the potato taste rather than the cod. Definitely one that tastes better than it looks.

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Re: Norwegian Cod & Potato Casserole entree review 56k beware

Post by Treesuit » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:10 am

Eman,
With all those calroies and the amount in them I bet your gut was ready to explode? :oops:

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Re: Norwegian Cod & Potato Casserole entree review 56k beware

Post by MR.EMAN » Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:02 pm

Treesuit wrote:Eman,
With all those calroies and the amount in them I bet your gut was ready to explode? :oops:
At 700 cal, it contained less than a Whopper, however it was as filling as a triple Whopper :lol: Definitely a hearty entree, but I didn't get that "overstuffed" feeling. I imagine it would hit the spot in field conditions, but for home use, it would be better shared.

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