With the value of the dollar decreasing over time and the price of food rising, storing a decent amount of food is a valuable move. “Saving” money that could have been spent on food storage is worth less, because over time its value will depreciate, while the value of food is rising. There are numerous situations where food storage could save you and your family’s lives, so making the decision to stock up now is very wise.
Here are some things to consider when trying to choose between bulk food items and freeze dried meals.
Freeze dried meals can prove more cost effective
Not having to rotate your food storage as often means you won’t end up paying extra money to replenish food in your stock. The long life (up to 30 years) of freeze dried food storage makes it a more hassle-free option.
They last longer
You probably don’t want to spend a lot of time each week worrying about your food storage. Freeze dried meals give you the assurance that your family will be provided for in an emergency, without the constant pressure that bulk food storage can be.
They’re more durable
Because they’re so tightly sealed and designed to be stored in basically any environment, freeze dried meals can be more practical than bulk food items, which are prone to perishing. They’re usually vacuum packed or have other similar systems that prevent oxidation of their contents. This prevents your food from spoiling, and also makes it able to withstand light and moisture in the air, unlike a lot of bulk foods.
They’re easier to prepare and enjoy
Buying buckets of wheat is all very well, but how many of us actually know what we’d do with that wheat in an emergency? Most people don’t want to be faced with grinding and eating wheat every day in a disaster. Freeze dried food allows you to still eat normal types of meals, which don’t require the annoying preparation of a lot of bulk food items.
The good news about freeze dried food storage is that it’s relatively healthy. Freeze dried berries, for example, retain 90% of their cancer-preventing anthocyanins. Food scientists say that most freeze-dried food has similar nutritional value to fresh food; and as good nutritional is probably even more important in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, that’s pretty exciting to hear!
Augason Farms is a supplier of long lasting food storage and emergency preparedness products, and focuses on producing freeze-dried meals that actually taste good, while having a shelf life of up to 30 years.