When it comes to thinking ahead, those who value disaster preparedness are all about forethought and planning. Natural- disaster planning includes being ready for situations like hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes.
The largest parts of disaster planning include shelters, water, and one of the most essential: food. Knowing the best freeze dried food to invest in is an effective way to ensure you and your family is protected in the event a natural disaster hits.
The phrase “freeze dried food” sometimes makes foodies shudder. Nothing sounds less appetizing to many people than the idea of a “just add water” type of scenario.
The fact remains that in a disaster situation, you are not likely to have access to a full kitchen and/or fresh food supplies. I remember when I worked overseas for a spell, during the winter we had no re-supply ships or air support.
The food that was on site included many frozen foods, canned goods, and dried foods like “powdered eggs” and also powdered eggs.
You might not believe it, but we got used to all of it, and to this day – some 30 years later – I recall the meals with a certain fondness. (Not that I’m inclined to go whip up a powdered egg omelet at the moment. LOL!)
And I am sure many of my veteran friends can talk about their experiences with MREs (Meals Ready to Eat).
It’s a different era now.
Introducing Today’s Freeze Dried Emergency Foods
Today’s emergency food supply companies have really stepped up to the plate and come up with foods that are not only lightweight, nutritious and filling, but also tasty.
The following sources are all available for purchase on Amazon or their individual brand websites.
Nature enthusiasts are familiar with the brand ‘Mountain House’. They are known to produce premium-quality tasty freeze-dried foods. They also have the added benefit of packaging their foods in meal kits to last for predetermined amounts of time.
Their 14-day food kit contains three meal pouches for a single person per day, totaling 1,800 calories a day. The kits contain 42 pouches that need only water to prepare, and the kits are boxed to fit into spaces as small as a two-by-two foot space.
This is a great source of freeze-dried foods as it is compactly stored, has an appealing variety of meals, and can be bought in 2-week kits. Of course, you want to know what the meals are, and Mountain House chooses some classic tasty meals:
• Beef stew
• Granola with milk and blueberries
• Chicken fajitas
• Biscuits and gravy
This is one of those clear winners, and if I’m not mistaken, I’ve actually seen these in a mainstream grocery store (I’ll update this post if I remember to check next time I’m at the store).
NorthWest Fork Gluten-Free Freeze-Dried Meals
Northwest Fork is a great source of freeze-dried meals for those with food issues like Celiac Disease, and their meals are non-GMO, vegan, and kosher. The Northwest Fork kits provide month-long food supplies with 15 servings of six meals. Each Northwest meal equates to a pint of food when water is added. The kits are preserved for up to 10 years and some of the favorites include:
• Tropical trio oatmeal
• Pinto bean stew
• Green pea soup
Valley Food Freeze-Dried Meals
Valley Food packages their freeze-dried meals for lunches and dinners in five-serving packs, rather than individual. This is a plus for feeding a family or large group of people, and each pack can be sealed after opening. These meals have a 25-year expiration date, and only water is needed in their preparation. Valley Food top sellers include:
• Diced beef
• Thai coconut curry
• Oatmeal and fruit
Legacy Premium Food Storage
The Legacy brand is one synonymous with quality and taste. The Legacy food storage system consists of 18 pounds of food contained in Mylar pouches and sealed in a bucket.
The expiration is 25 years, and each pouch contains four servings of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are GMO-free. This is another great food source for feeding large groups of people. Some of the most popular meals include:
• Corn Chowder
• Chicken a la king
Peak Refuel Freeze-Dried Foods
Peak Refuel is a popular source of freeze-dried food for survivalists as they require less water to prepare than most of the other brands on the market. They are known for quality as their meals contain real meat, are filler-free, and focus on protein. Some of their meal choices include:
• Beef pasta marinara
• Breakfast skillet
• Chicken alfredo pasta
• Chicken teriyaki with rice
One of the things that I think would be a good idea is to check your local grocery store and pick up a meal or two. And, try a couple of them so that you are familiar with the methods necessary to prepare them.
If you go on a hiking or camping trip, bring some along.
Remember that part of being prepared is actually having practiced using the tools and gear that you are amassing for a potential weather or other natural disaster. What good is your camping stove if you realize that you find that you don’t know how to use it under duress?
This goes for the food that you are storing as well. Just like when you were a kid and your school had fire drills, you will feel far more confident about your situation if you are already well versed in the actions you may need to take.