Frequently asked questions

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Please refer back to this page regularly as we answer new questions that are relevant to the Food Sock product range

1.What is the shelf-life of the Food Socks?

Shelf life is 6 to 12 months confirmed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, and Food Science Department in partnership with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.


2.What are the ingredients in each Food Sock?

Although we can’t share the detailed ingredients list, due to Intellectual Property and the fact that a lot of time and money has been invested in the development.

We can however say that they are all soya based products, which contain the following base ingredients:  Pasta, rice, flavourings, stock powders, herbs, spices, dehydrated veggies, pulses and beans.    We do not use mushrooms and nuts – however these are present in our factory.


3.Are the Food Socks Halaal and Vegetarian?

All the ingredients we source are Halaal as well as vegetarian, keeping in mind we do use stock and soup powders which DO contain animal products.  KZN is in the process of applying for its Halaal Certification.  Our products are not vegan friendly or suitable for diabetics, except for our soup.


4.Do you have a micro-nutrients breakdown?

Yes, they are available on request and is also printed on package label.


5.How do you prepare the Food Socks?

All our Food Socks are prepared in the same manner – they require a pot, water and a source of heat.  Empty the entire contents in a pot, add water as indicated on the packaging and cook until ready.  Some products use beans, these are packaged separately in the Food Sock, and will require boiling first to soften as they take a little longer to prepare.  Some people, soak the beans overnight reducing the cooking time to 20min or if in a hurry, exclude the beans from the pot.


6.Can we buy directly from the Factory Shop?

We have appointed resellers and retail outlets nationwide.  We prefer you make use of these suppliers for your orders, as they are generally our route to market.

Contact us if there is no reseller in your region.


7.Can I also become a reseller?

Absolutely, all you need to start your own business is a financial commitment of R5600  – this is to buy your initial stock amount, you will make a decent return on those sale. To apply, please send an email with all your details to: or Please note that there is a minimum order quantity of R2200 pm. 


8.Who can benefit from a Food Sock?

Absolutely anyone!! The poor, the wealthy, the elderly, students, Government, campers, disabled, the single, the married, … the list goes on!


9.Will there be new flavours?  Can we make suggestions?

There definitely will be new flavours, in fact, we are always working on new exciting flavours!  We would love to hear your suggestions – drop us a message in the Contact Us Form. One of them is a traditional sweet product  🙂


10.Can we ask for free samples?

It is very important to sample anything before investing into it. We recommend buy from your nearest Reseller which you can find on our website under the tab “Resellers”.  Type in your location e.g. Kloof,KZN and hit search.  You can also buy directly from our website should you wish – Go to “Buy Now” and shop.


11.Can we also buy for people that we would like to sponsor meals?  

Not only can you, but we would like to encourage you to do so!  Whether it be a creche, one of your employees, or just a family in need, please consider helping them out – we can either have a reseller arrange delivery, or it could be couriered from our Factory.


12.Will the Food Sock help in disaster relief?

It is PERFECT for disaster relief.  They are easily distributed, easily stored for quick access at times of need and easy to prepare with minimal resources at the victims disposal.  Not to mention minimal cost as opposed to traditional food parcels.


13.Can my church purchase Food Socks for our emergency food relief cupboard?

Most definitely.  At such a low cost, a family of 4 can have a fantastic meal every day for that week.  What better way to support your congregants in need.


14.Can my company sponsor meals or even adopt a feeding centre?

What a wonderful idea!  The Food Sock meals can also be packed in larger packaging, ideal for feeding centres and creches etc.  Not only can your company adopt, but we will provide at wholesale prices and include the company logo on the packaging.


15.Can we cook the meals in a microwave?

It can be done, but we recommend it rather be prepared on a stove.  The meal takes about 30 minutes to cook and should be stirred during this time to prevent burning and ensure even absorption of the water.


16.What do the Food Socks weigh?

Rounded off weights.

Tomato Bredie: 410g

Pasta Bolognese: 350g

Mutton Stew: 445g

Chicken Pasta: 350g

Chicken Breyani: 350g

Chicken and Veggie Soup: 210g

Melkkos: 410g

Mac & Cheese: 400g

Chakalaka Samp and Beans: 500g


17.Melkkos with Macaroni?  huh?

South African Melkkos

Here in South Africa we have plenty of great desserts to choose from. But have you ever heard about Melkkos? The word “melkkos” directly translate to Milk food.

To be honest “milk food” really does not sound very appetizing. Melkkos is a sort of lumpy, porridge like, milky dessert. Looking at it, it almost looks like a thick white sauce, just sweetened and spiced up with some cinnamon. Well, that also doesn’t sound to great. Just trust me, try it once. You will truly be amazed with the taste.

There is only one secret here. Serve your melkkos with lots and lots of cinnamon.

This is a great dessert to serve during the cold months. It is truly a pure comfort food. I think it’s just the combination of the milky porridge like pudding and the great taste of cinnamon that makes it so great.

The traditional recipe is made with plenty of milk and some flour. The older traditional method is to add either spaghetti or macaroni noodles – believe me, try it!


18.Do you sell bulk?

Yes, we do make up bulk Food Sock buckets to order starting at a minimum of a 30 feeder up to a 200+ feeder.  These are ideal for catering, school feeding schemes as well as soup kitchens.


19.Does it really feed four people?

Yes, the meal was designed to feed four average people measured at 350g to 400g per portion.  Of course, if you have some big eaters in your family then you have the option of bulking the meal up by following our meal suggestions.  By adding in some fresh veg or cooked meat will stretch the meal considerably. 

Some meals like Chakalaka Samp and Beans yield more and provide up to 500g per portion. 


20.Do I need to add anything else to complete the meal?

No, you have a complete meal in one.  No need to add anything else.  But you can if you choose.


21.Where is the KZN factory?

110 Brackenhill Rd, Unit 14 Pinelands Industrial Park, Waterfall near Watercrest Mall.