Survival Saturday — Awwww, Grottin Taters (Precioussss)


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This month we decided to try Au Gratin Potatoes. Let’s just say, that along with the majority of the Efoods Gold products, it was a big fat failure! Not even Sam and Frodo, starving to death in Mordor, would have eaten this finished product.


“What’s taters, precious?”


Nutritional Info:



Directions & Ingredients:



Things Needed:

Water, pots, whisk and the stomach of a starving gargant


Walker, the starving gargant






I knew we were getting something special when I had to use TWO packages, because good things always come in two’s, right? However, the preservative, that in previous posts I’ve thought was turmeric, was once against front and center. As soon as I opened the package of seasoning and mixed it up in the bowl I knew we weren’t going to get far. It is just bitter and nasty. I would HAVE to be starving to want to eat  more than an exploratory bowl of this stuff.




We both agreed that we liked the potato part and I wouldn’t mind cooking up the additional packages of potatoes and just eating them with salt n pepper or cheese or something, but that packet of “au gratin” flavoring? No thanks!

I might have said this before in previous posts, but the supplier, Efoodsdirect, has either gone out of business or been bought out or something. They no longer exist as a company, which considering their food is supposed to last for 25 years, is wicked ironic, don’cha think?


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30 thoughts on “Survival Saturday — Awwww, Grottin Taters (Precioussss)

  1. Why would someone ruin those potatoes with turmeric??

    I mean, nothing against turmeric. In Curry and stuff. But potato gratin? Ugh no. I’d go for plain or salt & pepper too!

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  2. Ola G says:

    I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you, but again, I had a blast reading your post 🤣 Potatoes with turmeric, I’m sure they are very healthy – at least that’s what we’ve been told – but I seriously doubt they’re tasty…

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  3. YouKneeK says:

    That picture of the finished product almost turned me off my breakfast. But I got over it! 😉

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  4. Rebecca says:

    Well…. at least the potato slices only consisted of potatoes!

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  5. Why not just put a bunch of spuds in your root cellar?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Because we live up on the 3rd story of a garden style condo building. While it is a 2 bedroom, we chose to fill the second room with books instead of pantries (I’ve thought about canned goods too)


  6. I was gonna say, yikes no thanks…it doesn’t look too appetizing from the photo. BTW, what’s the difference between this and the boxes of dehydrated au gratin potatoes you can get from like Betty Crocker? I’ve had those and they’re actually quite good, and I’m sure they last just as long!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      The difference between this and brands like betty and others is that betty, et al, are only good for 6-9 months. I just checked our pantry and we have an Idahoan brand box of au gratin and it good until July 2020. Now, I don’t know if that means the seasoning is good through that or the potatoes or both.


  7. Yuk, that sounds revolting! I struggle to get survival foods here so I might need to hunt down the nearest army surplus stores and see how I get on. I’m buying in dehydrated veg to fill up the final shelf in my food cupboard so there is an endless supply of soup ingrediants!

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  8. I will stick to the lembas, thank you very much… 😉

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  9. HAhahaahhaah these posts always crack me. The turmeric sounds awful as usual and maaaaan, these things have enough sodium to kill the world or something! The end of the world better have enough water to counter the sodium in your body yo hahahahaha

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  10. I think I’ll stick with the regular boxes of potatoes au gratin. If it comes to needing survival food, I’m not sure I’ll make it past the initial disaster, anyway. 😉

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  12. haha yeah this doesn’t look great!

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