I wanted to chime in with the few who have been hoping for a solid “bar” format.
The main reason I haven’t ordered a trial run of Soylent yet is, nutritional shakes are a nuisance to me. Mixing, chilling, drinking, cleaning the darn container… I’ve experimented with whey protein, Shaklee smoothies, and oat-based DIY a few times (with mixed results) but always ended up highly annoyed at the liquid food experience. If I’m going to have to engage in more than a few seconds of prep time and still end up washing dishes, why not just cook a traditional meal?
Note: I actually like shopping for groceries, moderate amounts of cooking, and of course eating. It’s having to spend all of my available time cooking that bothers me, and having to waste valuable decision power choosing what to eat for every meal. As well as having to wash dishes. I HATE WASHING DISHES. Even one single pitcher, even if it’s easy. I’d outsource 100% of dish washing forever if my budget allowed. (Alright, maybe I’d be okay with rinsing a water canteen once in a while. If it only held water, and if the tap runs really hot. But that’s about the limit.)
Give me a piece of solid food with instructions to consume so-many per day with half a liter of water each… Preferably one with a shelf life longer than a couple months so I can stock a little extra for emergencies. I’ve been looking at mealsquares. They seem to have the right idea, except for the limited shelf life. I hesitate to order those (“open beta”) without checking more reviews first though. Maybe I should try a DIY on that too, see if I can bake enough for a week.
I’ll be curious to find out what Rosa Labs comes up with in the future.