Food Review: Risotto in A Cup

June 18, 2011

This is a Mr. Savvy ( Budget Savvy Diva’s Hubby Review )

Sometimes, when you walk through the shopping aisles at the grocery store and you see something that is so ridiculous it can’t work you have to try it out for yourself, because even though it’s probably awful it could be this amazing new thing that makes you realize what you’ve been missing your entire life.  That is kind of what was going on when I saw Spice Hunter’s all natural low fat instant risotto with wild mushroom.  Can’t work, right?…Right.  I was prepared for disappointment and it disappointed me further.  Here are the directions, which I followed:

Shake well, partially pull back lid, pour boiling water up to the line, stir well and cover, wait 7 minutes.

Now, this thing has nearly a quarter of your daily allotment of sodium.  You smell it right off, but it doesn’t really add any flavor.  The generic herb flavorings were diluted in the water, yet had an irritating lingering quality.  The risotto needed more than seven minutes and lots more stirring.  It came out as al dente bits of rice surrounded by watery mush.  Not risotto.  As far as mushroom is concerned, I guess that was part of the flavoring, but it was weak.  On top of it all, the lid is difficult to peel.

The product costs $1.49 at Fry’s.  I might consider it as something to include in a sack lunch if it was the price of Cup Noodles, but Cup Noodles (Cup O’ Noodles, if that’s what you insist on calling it) are so much better.  Really, the left over taste and the salty sensation were not pleasant.  If you see this at the store and are really curious and have to try it, I can’t judge; But I’m not getting this again.

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