For most of us “regular” people, food storage consists mostly of canned food along with others such as rice, beans, powdered milk and potatoes. Frozen food also is thrown in the mix along with whatever is growing in the garden.
These foods are the mainstay of my food storage program, however I have started adding freeze dried and dehydrated foods as well.
Why? Well, freeze dried foods have some definite benefits.
They store for a very long time – upwards of 25+ years. They are also lightweight as they contain no moisture. Freeze dried food can be transported easier than bulk canned goods. Preparation of this food is relatively easy as water needs to be added, heated and that is it. Water is an integral part of the preparation compared to canned food.
There are two categories of freeze dried food I am currently ordering, breakfast and meats. I have been putting back Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon along with a variety of Mountain House meats. I found that my food storage program was lacking in breakfast foods and meat. I cannot have chickens or other farm animals on my property.
Most of those I have tasted were decent to good. Mountain House is not the only producers of freeze dried foods. There are many out there and I have tried a few and found them pretty good.
However, it’s important to remember that no matter what you choose to do about freeze-dried food, it should really only be a part of your overall food storage plan. The reality is, your survival food list should incorporate short-term, canned, freeze-dried and several other kinds of food, to ensure that you have a balanced, nutrient-dense diet.