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Food Storage FAQs

General Food Storage FAQs

How do you store food storage?

In order to maximize the shelf-life of your food storage, you should store the food in a cool, dark, dry location. Click here to read our article on food storage locations.

How can I determine my food storage manufacture date?

Since the shelf-life of food storage is largely dependent on the storage location, a manufacture date might be the best way to gauge your food storage. The manufacture date can be located on the bottom of your food storage can.

With many products, The Ready Store employes a Julian calendar system. You can click here to read about Julian dates and print out a sheet to keep with your food storage.

Can I get samples of food?

Sorry. We currently do not send samples. We do have some samples in our retail store. However, if you’d like to try the food before you make a large purchase, we recommend that you check out our smaller pouches to sample beforehand.

What is a #10 can?

A #10 can is a typical metal can that most people associate with a coffee can. The number 10 does not refer to the capacity or weight of the can. The can is 7 inches tall and 6.25 inches wide. Click here to learn more about the sizes of a #10 can.

The Ready Store makes sure that our #10 cans will protect your food with double-enameled protection, O2 absorbers and quality can seams.

How many servings are in a #10 can?

The number of servings in a can will depend on the type of food inside. The servings are listed on the front of the can’s label.

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Freeze-dried food

What is freeze-dried food?

Freeze-drying has been a reliable source of food preservation for decades. Fruits, vegetables, meats and even full meals are subjected to very low pressures in order to extract up to 98 percent of the water. This enables a long shelf-life while trapping in nutrients, flavor and taste. For an in-depth look at the freeze-drying process, click here.

How long does freeze-dried food last?

Since the majority of water is extracted from freeze-dried food, these foods can typically stay on the shelf for 25 - 30 years or more! However, this depends on your method of storage. It should be stored in a cool, dry, dark location.

How do you prepare freeze-dried food?

The great thing about freeze-dried food is that it’s easy to prepare. All you have to do is add water. Some dishes, such as ice cream or fruits, can just be eaten without water as a lightweight snack.

Where do they grow the food before it’s freeze-dried?

The Ready Store prepares and processes our food in the United States!

We only use the highest quality food sources. The majority of our produce is grown here in the U.S.. Some of our fruits and meats are shipped from South America and Mexico. While many of our competitors might try to save a buck by ordering food from unreliable sources, we will never do that! We are dedicated to providing you with the highest-quality food storage in the industry!

How long does freeze-dried food last after you open it?

It’s recommended that you eat the contents of your freeze-dried food within 6-12 months. Once prepared with water, the food should be treated like any other perishable food. You might be interested in our video about the shelf-life of an open can of food.

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Dehydrated food

What is dehydrated food?

Dehydrated food is prepared when foods like fruits, grains, vegetables, etc. have water removed for preservation. The water is removed through a slower process than freeze-drying. The water will typically be evaporated, smoked, sun dried, etc.

How long does dehydrated food last?

The shelf-life of dehydrated food depends on your storage locations. However, if stored correctly, dehydrated food has a shelf-life of 10 - 20 years or more!

How do you prepare dehydrated food?

For the majority of dehydrated foods, you will need to cook them. Depending on the food, you should expect between 5 - 20 minutes of cooking to prepare the dehydrated food.

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Brands & Products FAQs

What is Saratoga Farms?

Saratoga Farms is one of the most trusted brands of food storage in the industry. Originating in the Rocky Mountains in 2005, Saratoga Farms specializes in freeze-dried and dehydrated food and is one of the leading suppliers of food storage items. Click here to learn more about Saratoga Farms.

What is Mountain House?

Mountain House is one of the largest established brands of freeze-dried and dehydrated food storage in the industry. They have over 30 years experience in freeze-dried entrees and meals. Click here to learn more about Mountain House.

Do you offer pet food?

At this time, The Ready Store does not offer products that are specifically for pets.

Do you have gluten-free products?

We offer a wide variety of gluten -free products. The meals even last for 20-30 years. Click here to see a full list of our gluten-free products.

Do you offer organic or non-GMO food storage?

Fruits and vegetables at The Ready Store have no additives or preservatives in them. However, Mountain House and Saratoga Farms products are not certified organic or certified non-GMO foods.

Do you offer low-sodium food storage?

We do! A lot of people want low-sodium food storage options and we have many that can fit your needs. Check out these low-sodium options.

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Water Storage FAQs

How much water do I need to store?

It’s recommended that you store 1 gallon of water per person per day for an emergency situation.

Where should I store water?

Try to store your water in a cool, dark place. You’ll want to keep your water storage out of direct sunlight and off of cement floors. You should not store your water next to other chemicals.

What is a water filter?

A filter removes impurities from water through a physical barrier, a chemical or a biological process. They typically use a mechanical hand pump or a drip system. Water filters remove bacteria, protozoa, and microbial cysts. They do not however, remove viruses from the water.

What is a water purifier?

A purifier removes unwanted chemicals and other contaminants from your water. Water purifiers typically remove bacteria, protozoa, microbial cysts and viruses.

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What is an MRE?

MREs, or Meals-Ready-to-Eat, are military style dishes in a self-contained package. They are designed to withstand large falls and are very durable.

What is the shelf-life of an MRE?

If stored below 60°F, an MRE can stay good for 5 years. The cooler the temperature, the longer it will store. Check out our image on MRE shelf-life.

What is a Flameless Heater?

Many of our MREs come with Flameless Heaters. These packets allow you to heat your MRE by simply adding water. These heaters have a shelf-life of 60 years. You might be interested in our article about heating MREs or you can check out our short video.

Are your MREs from the military?

Our MREs are made by the contractors who supply the Department of Defence. They are made to military specifications. The only difference is that they do include gum, hot sauce and come in clear packaging. Selling MREs that were made for the military is illegal.

How can I tell when my MRE was manufactured?

MREs use a 4-digit modified Julian date. The code is usually stamped on the MRE box or pouch. Click here to learn how to determine your MRE manufacture date. You can also use the MRE Shelf-Life Calculator in our ReadyResources section.

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Emergency Supplies FAQs

What is a survival kit?

A survival kit, also known as a 72-hour kit or bug-out-bag, is a supply that can be taken on the go. It is an all-purpose kit that includes food, water and other survival necessities. Click here to learn more about survival kits.

Where should I store a survival kit?

Since survival kits are meant to be used in an evacuation or grab-and-go situation, you should store your survival kit somewhere accessible and near an exit.

What should I put inside a survival kit?

Many people include food, water and other survival necessities inside of their survival kit. The Ready Store allows you to create your own survival kit. Click here to read our article on items to include in a survival kit.

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Store Policies FAQs

What is The Ready Store Privacy Policy?

Your information is very important to us. We will never sell or share your private information with a third party. Please click here to read our full privacy policy.

What is The Ready Store Shipping Policy?

We ship to anywhere in the United States! Check out our full shipping policy to determine how long your shipment will take and other details.

The Ready Store also allows you to ship in discrete, unmarked boxes. If you are interested in this option, please call 1-800-773-5331.

What is The Ready Store Return Policy?

If your shipment is damaged or defective, it can be returned within 30 days. Click here to learn more about our return policy.

What is The Ready Store Low Price Guarantee?

We take pride in the fact that we can offer the best value to our customers! We offer a low price guarantee. Click here to read more about the low price guarantee.

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ReadyRewards FAQs

What are ReadyRewards™?

ReadyRewards™ is a program created to reward our customers for their continued business with us. You earn points with each purchase you make and by interacting with us on our website. The ReadyRewards™ points you earn can be redeemed for discounts on your future purchases.

How do I earn ReadyRewards™ points?

You earn ReadyRewards™ points by purchasing products on the website, participating on our blog, leaving reviews and more.

  • Purchase a product - Each dollar spent is 2 points
  • Register for an account - 200 points
  • Sign up for the ReadyNation newsletter - 300 points
  • Submit a food storage recipe using our product (must include image) - 200 points
  • Submit a photo of you using one of our products - 100 points

Every time you earn ReadyRewards™ points, we automatically add them to your account.

How do I redeem ReadyRewards points?

Log into your account, shop the site as you normally would by adding items in your cart. Once you're ready to order, go to the checkout page and look above the payment method section where you put in your credit card info. If you have at least 2,000 points a ReadyRewards™ section will appear with a checkbox to click on to apply your rewards points to that order.

Is there a time limit on ReadyRewards™ points?

ReadyRewards™ points expire 365 days after the date you earned them. You will receive an e-mail 2 weeks before your points expire notifying you of the point total and the date of expiration.

How many points do I get when I make a purchase?

Each dollar spent is equal to two ReadyRewards™ points.

How much are the ReadyRewards™ points worth?

Every ReadyRewards™ point is worth a penny. So, 100 ReadyRewards™ points are worth one dollar.

How many ReadyRewards™ points do I need to start redeeming them for products?

Once you have collected 2,000 ReadyRewards™ points, you can start using them. Remember, you get 500 points just for registering and subscribing to the ReadyNation newsletter.

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Affiliate Program FAQs

Does The Ready Store have an affiliate program?

Yes we do! We allow online publishers an incredible opportunity to earn commissions by offering some of the highest quality products in the industry. Have more questions about the affiliate program? Click here.

What benefits do affiliates have?

Each time a visitor clicks on one of your links and places an order on our site, you receive a 10 percent commission.

How do I become an affiliate?

Simply visit our affiliate site and sign up! We operate our affiliate program through

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