Per my conversation with the local store this afternoon, Costco apparently has discontinued their Kirkland “house brand” canned roast beef. It was excellent-quality lean Brazilian beef, and I like eating it straight from the can, or as a base for other meals. Plus, the price could not be beat: $10.99 for six 12.5-ounce cans. That’s $0.146 per ounce. (Bear in mind some of that, unavoidably, is water weight.)
Kirkland still has their canned chicken, but I’m guessing that’s going away soon too.
Looking around for replacements for the beef, I see my local Safeway has NOTHING comparable (corned beef is NOT the same). However, Hormel canned roast beef (with gravy, probably making it less useful as a generic base meat) is at my local Albertson’s for $4.99 per can (!!!) or $0.416 per ounce. No, thank you! Wal-Mart might have it cheaper, but of the many Wal-Marts in the nine-county SF Bay Area, none indicate that they have it in stock, and when I called Martinez’ store twice to ask if it was there I waited ten minutes on hold both times before giving up.
Sam’s Club? They’ve got Manco roast beef, which looks promising, but when you click on it it’s NOT AVAILABLE. Grrr….
Well, how about online sources? This site has a variety of nicely packaged canned meats, without gravy — and they’ve got both canned roast beef and canned ground beef! However, the price is $62.99 for 12 14-ounce cans, or $0.374 per ounce. Once shipping’s included I’d be better off buying it from Albertson’s. Grrrr….
Hmm, this looks like it might work! From MREDepot.com, Yoder’s canned beef, at $74.99 for 12
28-ounce cans. That’s $0.223 per ounce, the closest so far to Costco’s price. The larger cans aren’t as handy as the 12.5-ounce tins, but still a manageable size for a meal for a single person or two folks. (If you had to open a can in an emergency situation, I’m presuming no refrigeration would be available, so you’d have to eat it all right then.)
But wait…. let’s look at the label, shall we?
I’m always suspicious of something that has a gigantic percentage of calories from fat. In a 56-gram serving of Yoder’s, you get 8 grams of protein, and 82% of calories from fat.
Look at Kirkland’s label in comparison (below the fold): same serving size, 9 grams of protein, but only 20% of calories from fat. 2 grams of fat versus 15 for Yoder’s. Lean beef vs. fatty beef, I suppose.
OTOH, you need a source of fat in your diet anyway, especially in a survival situation where most of your diet’s naturally gonna be carbs.
Yoder’s seems to be a survival staple on lots of storage-food sites. I like that it’s made by Amish folks.
Anybody tried the Yoder’s meat? Like, dislike?
Kirkland Roast Beef Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g)
|Amount per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 1g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
Est. Percent of Calories from:
|Fat 18.0% Carbs 0.0%|