5 Reasons You Should Buy Freeze Dried Food

Written by The Ready Store

If you want the most convenient option for food storage, you need freeze-dried food.  Mountain House and Saratoga Farms Freeze-Dried Entrées make food storage easy and here is why:

  1. Plate of Freeze-Dried Fruits and VeggiesIt’s Real Food. Remember when you were little and your mom told you to stop eating junk and eat some real food? (This may or may not be what she was talking about.) Freeze-dried food is prepared by making real, quality food, then gently removing the water and oxygen. By simply adding water, freeze-dried food returns to its original state, full of nutritional value.
  2. It’s Simple to Prepare. During a disaster you won’t have much time to prepare an exquisite meal. You’ll have to keep your wits about you. The great thing about freeze-dried food is that you just add water. You can quickly create a delicious meal within minutes by just adding some H2O.
  3. Freeze-Dried Food is Light-Weight. Since the majority of water is removed from freeze-dried food, the weight of the meal is drastically reduced. This means that you can quickly put it an emergency pack and be on your way.
  4. Freeze-Dried Food Stores Longer. Don’t want to rotate your food storage?  Want to get it and forget it? Not a problem with freeze-dried food! Since freeze-dried food extracts oxygen and water, the food can be stored for up to 30 years and in some cases longer.
  5. Freeze-Dried Food Tastes Great. If you have ever tried to eat other types of food storage you know that some of them are not easy on the taste buds. Food Storage is not worth anything if your family will not eat it.  Freeze-dried food entrées are not only easy, light weight, and a great long term storage option, they also taste fantastic!

 

 

Updated December 21, 2011

20 Comments

  1. Dave Baughn wrote:

    Question, what do I do with the contents of a #10 can after it is opened and not all eaten in a sitting? That is a lot of food to eat all at once.

    December 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am
  2. Survivor Mike wrote:

    Like the post. Curious, do you have any good sites you’d recommend for quality freeze dried food?

    December 26th, 2011 at 9:29 am
  3. Jacquelyn Hansen wrote:

    I`m new at all of this & I have the same question. I was thinking about chopped onions or celery in #10 can. Can I open it, use some of it, then cover it w/lid or do I have to seal it? There are only two of us & would like to use some of the food now to learn how to do so. Once the #10 can is opened, do you have to use it all at once? Thanks so much for your help.

    December 26th, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  4. Lynne wrote:

    I would think that the#10 cans come with a plastic cover. If not, they are available at LDS dry canning places.

    December 26th, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  5. Randy wrote:

    @JH I would not recommend opening a #10 can now and then saving it long-term. Once oxygen is introduced, shelf life will be relatively short.

    PS to Mike. I think they recommend the food sold HERE!

    December 27th, 2011 at 6:49 am
  6. Peter wrote:

    Lot of similar questions regarding the #10 cans of food. Let me help clear them up.

    You defintely don’t have to eat all the food from an open #10 can at once, in fact, in the right conditions (temp < 73F, out of direct sunlight) an open can will last for months. All the cans I've ever received from The Ready Store come with their own lids. Those lids do a great job of keeping your food in the container, but it's not designed to keep it fresh for years like the sealed can will do.

    As far as quality, the Ready Store carries both Mountain House and their own brand, Saratoga Farms. I've eaten from both, and they're both great.

    I hope this info helps everyone.

    December 27th, 2011 at 10:39 am
  7. "Black" Bart Roberts wrote:

    Do I really “need” freeze dried food? I would think I could just go the the closest 7-11 and get something right?

    I had a co-worker who was really into this emergency preparedness stuff. I kinda think he was crazy.

    December 28th, 2011 at 4:03 am
  8. KT wrote:

    “Black” Bart Roberts

    You and millions of others like yourselves will be the first to die of starvation in a catastrophe event. Immediately, the food supply chain will be halted and you will be sitting in a mob line outside of “7-11″ LOL! fighting for scraps, while the prepared people will be fed and safe.

    I think people who dont prepare and are totally ignorant of reality are “kinda crazy”

    December 28th, 2011 at 7:27 am
  9. Terry wrote:

    Store shelves will quickly empty. If there is warning of the disaster, such as with a hurricane, the shelves will be empty even before the event happens.
    If you practice the art of home canning, and keep yourself a stocked pantry, then you don’t “need” freeze dried / dehydrated foods. They are definatly a help, and should be part of your storage and preparedness.

    Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

    December 28th, 2011 at 10:24 am
  10. Glenn wrote:

    The #10 cans do come with a lid – but the advisory on the side of the can cautions that the contents will only last two weeks after the seal is broken. If you are courious and want to taste the quality of the freeze dried foods – buy a smaller, single serving, pouch and prepare.
    I also agree with the post from KT – ‘preppers’ were once considered ‘crazy’ but are now approaching ‘main stream’. My theory is that if I spend the money and never need to touch any of my emergency suppliesw – then life is good. However if the proverbial poo ever hits the fan – I will be stocked with life saving supplies. It’s like my dentist says – you only have to floss the teeth that you want to keep. Well in the world of emergency preparedness – you only have to participate if you want to live after a disaster. Pretty simple really. :O)

    December 28th, 2011 at 10:41 am
  11. jess wrote:

    I have a small supply of #10 cans for emergency use (only)

    – but because I eat organic, non GMO, BPA Free; I will not purchase a large stock pile. (as I will never eat this food, unless there is a very extreme circumstance – this food will go to waste)

    I do some canning, but it is not a sufficient long term solution. I really wish Organic #10 cans were available.
    I would purchase it in LARGE qty.

    December 28th, 2011 at 12:34 pm
  12. Chris wrote:

    I agree with Jess,
    If Organic (non BPA canned) #10 food was available, I would use it for everyday, and emergency use.

    December 28th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  13. "Black" Bart Roberts wrote:

    Just wondering – What is the proverbial “poo” hitting the fan? An economic collapse? We have seen that happen before in other countries – but things get taken care of …
    If there is an economic collapse – couldn’t those of us who want to move to a different economy?

    Ah yes then there immenint fear of a Natural Disaster – That DOES happen and people do become horribly displaced. I do see a need for being prepared for that – to a point…

    250 gallon water tanks,Seed storage, does this “poop in the fan” mean a belief in Armigedon or the Rapture?

    December 28th, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  14. Maureen wrote:

    there is just the 2 of us and we opened a #10 can of fruit to try and it lasted for about 5 or 6 months but it was not as crispy after 3 months but still tasted fine.

    December 28th, 2011 at 2:14 pm
  15. JR wrote:

    “Black” Bart Roberts

    Just wondering…do you carry ANY insurance policies? You know…car, homeowners, liability, hazard insurance? Storing long term or even short term food is an insurance policy. You hope you’ll never need it…but it’s there just in case. Maybe in 25 years we’ll all have a good laugh and break open those cans for a party…glad we never had to use them! look at it this way, local or regional disasters make it impossible to provide for a large population. Local stores have approximately five meals on hand for everyone in your area…on time delievery each day keep the stores supplied. How long do you think that will last once the trucks stop rolling? Look at Katrina…how did the government do there? If there was a global economic collapse, you won’t be moving anywhere better, even IF your dollars are worth anything!! IF you can get them from the ATM at your local store!

    So please don’t think you should be one of those standing outside the 7-11 demanding you get your share…screaming to the goverment that you and yours deserve to eat! There’s a lot of ‘poop’ that can hit the fan. Most here are simply planning their insurance policy. Good luck to you…maybe you’re right…maybe you’re not!

    December 28th, 2011 at 4:19 pm
  16. "Black" Bart Roberts wrote:

    JR – I Want to thank you for your answer. It was well written, non-offensive, and made some good points. Not sure I agree with everything but it seems we can be content agreeing to disagree.

    Thanks again for your words.

    December 28th, 2011 at 5:10 pm
  17. Michael wrote:

    This is a really good post on Freeze-Dried. It is definitely the way to go. Storing food like this is worth the peace of mind alone. You might also be interested in reading this article at http://survivaldisasterplan.com/freezed-dried-foods/.

    January 11th, 2012 at 12:23 pm
  18. Babet wrote:

    There are a lot of recipes on the internet for long term food storage using freeze dried components. Buy the component put together in a mason jar add an oxygen absorber and seal You can put together as many of each meal as you need. The recipes are usually planned to fill quart jars, but if, like me, you are planning on feeding only two people, you can cut the recipe in half and do pint jars. You can also use mylar bags which are also sold on sites like this one.

    March 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 am
  19. DRC wrote:

    it does not have to be a huge disaster to appreciate a little something put aside. I know of a couple who lost their jobs, and their house. They did have clothing and food. They had to live in a tent for 6 months until they got back on their feet. they did not go to their sleeping bags hungry. They didn’t have to go on welfare nor ask their family for help, though the family did help anyway. So the Boy Scouts believe in being prepared—so why not?

    February 4th, 2014 at 3:17 pm
  20. debbie e wrote:

    I use my food saver to package the contents of the #10 cans into smaller amounts after opening. For things that will take a while to use up, like celery, I add an oxygen absorber to the package. Things like green beans I have found to be fine for several weeks to a couple of months. I Keep finding new uses for my home made meals from the products. Even a hotel coffeepot and a paper bowl let’s be have a meal at any time I get in.

    April 16th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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