Each type of shelf-stable food has a purpose. Be sure to choose the right food for the situation.
Freeze-dried, Dehydrated Entrees: If you’re an outdoorsman or backpacker, you’re probably familiar with freeze-dried food. It can be tasty, but this food was made for short-term consumption for a reason. It’s full of chemical preservatives and flavoring, and consuming it every day for weeks or months on end may cause some health issues.
In addition, there’s a reason why you should, “Store what you eat, and eat what you store.” Your body is used to certain foods. If tomorrow you have to start consuming freeze-dried entrees exclusively, your body will be sure to react negatively, and kids’ bodies will have an even harder time adjusting. Ready Depot sells Mountain House entrees, and we love them for their intended purpose – short-term crisis food for sheltering in or lightweight food for bugging out.
Canned Whole Foods: Canned meat, bacon, butter, cheese and eggs can provide a lot of needed protein in a more familiar way. Fresh is better, but in the event fresh food is unavailable, canned is next best. It’s healthier than freeze-dried, has little-to-no chemicals, and you can integrate them into your meal plans today, so your stores are constantly rotating. They could provide lifesaving protein when calories count most and can bridge the gap between short-term crisis food and growing and/or raising your own. (Providence Pantry and Yoder’s Canned meats at Ready Depot.)
So, before spending large amounts of money on bulk purchases of one type of food, it’s important to consider the situation for which you are preparing. If you spend the time thinking it through first, the decision will ultimately be a better one. Ready Depot: Commonsense Food