Why Buy Freeze Dried &
Dehydrated Survival Food?
(The following article is republished from the Food Assets Resources page. Please visit the website for more food information resources).
Many people are not familiar with the many sound and valid reasons for purchasing freeze dried and dehydrated foods. These foods are common to all of us, such as noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, rice, beans, pancakes, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, bread mixes, muffins and many, many more varieties. The same foods you buy in the supermarkets are the same foods we carry, except our food is much cheaper in bulk packaging for long shelf life.
Our approach is to simple: We offer the same foods you buy and eat now, but in larger quantities without fancy labels and packaging at greatly reduced prices over the supermarket. The shelf life of our food is significantly greater then the supermarket variety which does not use air-tight containers or oxygen absorbers. By reducing your dependency upon the supermarket, you will accomplish several things – save money, save gas, always be prepared for a food emergency / crisis, spend less on “empty air and fancy packaging” and will never be without your preparations.
Bulk Food is Better Than Gold!
Gold is not quite the ‘investment’ that is often hyped by gold sellers. Here’s a huge list of many of the reasons why. Food storage is a far better investment that you can actually use immediately versus having to convert gold into essential “stuff” (an awkward but required step to make gold actually spendable). This step is often overlooked – how much time this takes, and how much it actually costs to do – or even whether it can be done at all. Timing is EVERYTHING when you’re trying to sell precious metals to convert into cash. There are millions of people and businesses, stores, gas stations, etc., who simply won’t accept gold for any reason. Gold is a non-essential commodity these days, but food isn’t. A man with food is richer then a man without. He may sell you a bit of food for some of your gold – but then again, he may not because nobody really needs gold. But everybody needs food.
Bulk Food Cost Less!
Purchasing bulk foods is an economical way to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars. For large institutions, bulk purchases are a necessity, but the average family can save hundreds of $$$ a month by doing the same. Instead of paying for fancy packaging in small quantities at much higher prices, bulk food purchases can make your dollars really count. Our products come in individual cans, buckets or bags (up to 50 lbs) without the fancy labels and expensive packaging, yet with the same great quality you’ve come to expect.
Bulk foods are concentrated. A single #10 can (gallon size) of food contains a huge quantity of food. Comparatively speaking, this size of can represents anywhere from 12 – 70 servings, depending on the food! Try that at the supermarket!
Dehydrated foods have come a long way in the last few years. Coming close in flavor and texture to their expensive freeze-dried cousins, these foods not only taste great but can often be prepared in the same amount of time it takes to prepare food purchased from the grocery store. We specialize in bulk foods. Unlike the tiny boxes you purchase in the grocery store, when you buy bulk from us your cost per pound often drops compared to 3-8 times as much per pound at your local store.
We’d like to invite you to take a look at products, compare our prices with your grocery store, assess your needs, then feel free to contact us to see how we can help you.
Shelf life for bulk foods in cans or buckets is anywhere from 7 – 30 years! No refrigeration required (if the power goes out, your food is still safe). Shelf life is dependent upon many factors, such as temperature, oxygen and moisture. See the above link for more information.
A Few Comments About Canned Food (Supermarket food)
Don’t believe the Hollywood versions of ‘survivors’ of the “Apocalypse” eating store-bought food (cans or packaged food, also known as wet-pack food) scrounged from abandoned stores or hoarded away decades later. This narrative is completely false and while it might make for an entertaining movie, it would also kill the remaining population that dared eat it.
Supermarket food of all types will have long spoiled, or rotted away, even inside the cans due to bacteria or acidity. These foods are simply NOT packaged for long-shelf life. Even the cans themselves are not intended for long-term storage. Packaged store-bought food in boxes or plastic containers or plastic wrapping will be utterly ruined and unfit to eat. Oxygen, mold and bacteria will have long ago ruined any possibility of eating such food. Eating any of these foods years later will probably kill you due to contamination. Diarrhea and food poisoning will then finish the job. Starvation will also take a terrible toll.
The reality is any survival shelters stocked with supermarket food must be constantly rotated and replenished (monthly) to ensure nothing is ruined or spoiled. But it is a very short-term “preparedness plan” in reality, which is why we have never recommended this, it’s a weak strategy. Canned wet-pack food will last a few years at best (2 – 5 years, please review Still Tasty for the actual facts on wet-pack food shelf life), but beyond that it would be extremely risky to dare eat it.
The facts are there is no such thing as canned wet-pack food lasting decades. We see a lot of people making this mistake, stockpiling canned food for hard times years or even decades ahead. They are wasting their money (unless they can eat it fast enough). The only way you can acheive this type of food security is by storing foods specifically processed for long shelf life and stored in airtight containers in a cool location. Only dry food, dehydrated or freeze dried offers this capability.
Airtight containers (with oxygen absorbers) will prevent oxygen, bacteria, mold and mildew from reaching the food. Containers must be oxygen-impermeable which is why we always recommend mylar liners in our buckets of food, or the mylar food pouches we carry or hard-sided cans, and everything with an oxygen absorber inside.
Real food security means doing the job right, the first time and not wasting time, effort and money on something that doesn’t work.
Freeze dried and dehydrated food retains most of its nutritional value without the added chemicals and additives found in store-bought foods. None of these are good for you anyway, so you should avoid as many of these as you can. Because many bulk foods are packaged in an oxygen free environment, there is no need for additives or preservatives to keep the food fresh.
Studies have shown that dehydrated foods are substantially more nutritious than either frozen or canned foods. The dehydration process preserves the natural nutrition. For example: the nutrition loss of frozen foods is 40 – 60%!!! This is because the food cells rupture when frozen, causing nutrition loss through cellular damage.
Canning is even worse – nutrition loss is upwards of 60 – 80%!!! This is caused mainly in part by a combination of high temperatures and the foods being immersed in water.
Dehydration is the best method of preservation while retaining all the natural nutrition found in food. The loss is only 3 – 5% making this method of food preservation by far the “best” choice for natural, healthy eating.
Freeze dried and dehydrated food can be stored just about anywhere and will be ready when you need it. Our packaging doesn’t contain a lot of empty air or fancy labels (which is the biggest cost for food today). A single can of dehydrated vegetables for example, represents several cases of “wet pack” canned vegetables! Our food is concentrated, making storage a snap! You will need far less storage space for our foods then what you would require (or currently use) for supermarket foods. You can even keep your extra food under your bed! If purchased in cans or buckets, your food is quite safe from dust, rodents and insects! No refrigeration required!
Buying food now is actually a sound financial investment. Everybody has to eat, but the cost of food continues to rise each year. Food is now one of the largest single monthly purchases consumers make today. Purchasing food in bulk quantities maximizes your return by buying food for the future at today’s prices. Strategies such as this can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Just the savings alone in fewer trips to the grocery store at today’s high gas prices can make a considerable difference in your monthly budget.
I have a saying, “what you buy today will cost more tomorrow.” This is true because of inflation – however, it’s even more true then ever before because of the rising costs of fuel and production (farming in this case). Fuel costs WILL double and even triple the price of goods (all goods) very soon. Our oil-soaked economy is extremely sensitive to the cost of oil – everything is interlinked to the cost of this energy resource. As energy costs go up, so does everything else. Except it’s not a direct 1:1 ratio, it’s much worse then this. We’ve seen the cost of metals for example, triple in less than 3 months. Resources such as metal, wood, food, tires, concrete, etc., have dramatically risen in cost in response to the rising oil prices. This situation is just going to worsen as energy sources decline, with the cost of consumer goods today seemingly cheap compared to their cost tomorrow.
Most people aren’t aware of how intrically linked food is to petroleum. Today’s massive production of food is only possible because of oil. As oil supplies decline and dwindle, they skyrocket in price. Food does too, because food is produced using oil based machinery, running everything from farm equipment, to production facilities, transportation, and distribution. Even the local delivery truck has been affected by the rising oil prices. Food will never be as cheap as it is today, even when accounting for inflation.
Update: We’ve seen a tremendous downward spiral in the cost of oil – and food prices have continued to climb higher and higher despite the lower fuel costs. Much of this is now being caused by extreme weather events devastating crops and driving up prices dramatically. We’ve also lost over 1/3 of the nations topsoil which is lowering our food production. Many areas are being impacted negatively by climate change and seasonal variations (temperature extremes) that are having a large effect upon harvests. Over 795,000,000 (795 million) are now chronically hungry or starving. Food production continues to decline worldwide.
It is possible that your current financial situation could change drastically. Tens of thousands of Americans are given “pink slips” every year. One must also factor in what a serious injury, sickness, or job loss could mean. The loss of a steady monthly income could seriously affect your ability to continue to feed yourself and family.
A well thought out food storage plan can make the difference between selling off assets to survive (which is what almost always happens, causing you to spend many thousands of dollars more to rebuild your assets at even higher inflated prices), or being prematurely forced to relocate to find employment.
The other economic issue that is often taken for granted is inflation. The costs of goods (all goods), housing, utilities, rent, transportation, consumables, including food, clothing, transportation, etc., is rising every year. In some case, it is doubling almost overnight. Inflation is unfortunate, but generally unavoidable. What you buy today will wind up costing you more tomorrow, making the proper investments you make today a wise choice.
A good example of inflation – particularly as it applies to food – can be found by looking at the following graphs and charts provided by the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index:
As you can see, food prices have continued their dramatic upward climb. Compared to just a couple of years ago, your storable food would have increased in value by over 100%.
More importantly however, is you would not have to be spending hard-to-earn cash today, in the midst of a severe economic decline – a situation which will probably be even worse in the years ahead.
Preparations – You can never prepare too early
Historically, people used to prepare all the time, because our “just-in-time” delivery system didn’t even exist. They prepared for winter, for drought, for a hard year by stockpiling the needed goods and supplies to get them through these situations. But we’ve gotten away from that, making us very vulnerable to any sort of disaster – floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, pandemic, job loss, sickness or injury.
During Y2K, as the fear of the potential for crisis increased, the demand for food products created 10 month backlogs. 10 months during a severe national crisis would be a death sentence for the country. Fortunately, Y2K didn’t happen, it was fixed in time by spending billions of dollars. However, there are some things that cannot be fixed, no matter how much money is thrown at them. A biological crisis, for example, isn’t necessarily going to respond to our technology and our medicines.
The purpose of preparations is to be prepared always, not “just in time” because you simply never know when you’re going to need your preparations. Anything can happen and often does. Preparations need to be well-thought out and be ready whenever you need them for whatever may happen.
The essentials of life are water, food, clothing, shelter, heat and medical care. Most American are extremely dependent upon society to meet every single one of these needs. If society is disrupted by riots, or a truckers strike, or an ice storm, or any sort of interruption, the people affected invariably suffer because of it. Some people even die because of these things. Preparations need to be on hand because it’s just plain good common sense to be prepared. It’s not panic, it’s taking responsibility for your own life and those in your family by making preparations ahead of time.
Preparations are essential in today’s world as threats are looming over us every day. Preparations are an investment in your future, your life and your well being. Preparations are always reasonable, always timely and ultimately, always necessary for somebody – maybe even you.