freeze dried food
Now that I think we’re on the cusp of phase 2 of the collapse, the big one, I think this is now the last risk-free period to acquire food supplies to ensure we have them before commerce, shipping, banking, etc might be interrupted (I’m not saying the sky is falling tomorrow! just saying it’s still risk-free now…risk of delays increases once the collapse starts). So I’m going the freeze-dried route.
But now I can’t find the vendor that seemed best…they were one of the ones recommended on this site and they had a nice 1-year package kit that looked like the most convenient option to me. Can anybody point me to it?
also… the vendor I was looking at had real meat…not the TVP stuff.
Try this post.
My favorite for freeze-dried is Emergency Essentials at beprepared.com. Here’s a link to their freeze dried products page: http://beprepared.com/quickshoplist.asp_Q_c_E_950_A_name_E_Freeze%20Dried%20Foods%20In%20#10%20Cans
There’s a little more variety for fruits here: http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/
Here’s my favorite powdered milk for storage: http://grandmascountry.com/catalog/index.php?file=catalog&action=catalog_productinfo&uid=8519&pi_id=115400&clist=0,30895
These folks are good for staples: http://www.bulkfoods.com/default.htm
Here’s a solid bulk herb & spice source: http://www.sfherb.com/
Hope this helps . . .
excellent…thanks cat and cloud!
If you want freeze dried food, these are a great deal –
I got a few of them from Costco’s website. You don’t have to be a Costco member to buy from the website – you just pay a small surcharge if you’re not (I think it was $15 or $20 total). I haven’t tried the food, but a bunch of people reviewed it and said it was decent. It offers a nice variety of meals (all vegetarian, which was good for me) in a waterproof container with a 20 year shelf life.
Weather Proof Bucket
Item # 104893
Shipping & Handling included *
Food, First Aid, & Essential Supplies
Enough Food For 4 People
Item # 401641
Shipping & Handling included
Do they sell that costco stuff to canada too? Can it cross the border? They don’t seem to offer the food in a bucket on the canadian costco, just a 7 day ready to eat kit (at $124).
Edit to add do they have decent emergency medical kits. What my family has now is pretty basic and it would be nice to have something if a hospital were unavailible.
ok, so anybody know why we shouldn’t just go with costco for like one tenth the price vs. the others (as I calculate it, 4 costco buckets would be a year supply with 3 meals/day)!? is it garbage?
I’m a huge fan of Mountain House meals from my mountaineering so I’m willing to pay a premium for good tasting stuff, but a 10x premium is hardly worth it.
The costco buckets are NOT good tasting in comparison. In fact, I’d rather eat dog food;-)
Check out honeyvillegrain.com as well as be prepared. Don’t know where you’re located but mredepot is a great source of long storage canned goods.
Now you do have this item at costco: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11487214&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|3605|77253&N=4032064&Mo=14&No=1&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=77253&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=
Which is new and it MAY be pretty good but it is TVP. But if you’re talking about this item: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11219554&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|3605|77253&N=4032064&Mo=14&No=9&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=77253&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=
It’s nasty IMO. Plus, the calories given per serving are quite low (100) so……take it with a grain of salt.
Honeyville has this type of thing: http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/freezedriedvegetablecombo.aspx in which you can use it at any time in soups, recipes.
What I’ve done strabes is buy most of my vegi’s, milk, eggs, fruits, rice, peas, beans, flour, all non meat items from honeyville. They charge ONLY $4.95 for shipping EVERYTHING!!!!! That’s a HUGE savings. Then I bought a grouping of Mountain House products like this: http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_FN%20Q099_A_name_E_Provident%20Pantry®%20Freeze%20Dried%20Meat%20Combo
And this: http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_FN%20Y425_A_name_E_Gourmet%20Year%20Supply (I bought a smaller setup than this/actually 4 of them over a years period). I’ve already used a couple of them for large parties in which I’ll break out a can and make the whole thing up, keep it heated in a container and serve. They taste outstanding!
Then if you add some canned meats, cheeses, bacon, etc…..you have it all.
IMO, the thing to remember is that you do have to eat this stuff. And if you rotate like you’re supposed to over time, you’re more likely to eat food that tastes good than stuff that’s just mediocre to BAD (in which I think that costco stuff does taste bad).
Just my .02
There is always this method. We finally have our groups totals for food, but have yet to set a date, order the food, or collect $$$s etc.