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Pre-packaged Food Storage Units

By Denis Korn

There are numerous companies that have chosen to offer dried foods already combined into units. Most of these units consist of large quantities of traditional grains and beans and dehydrated vegetables and sometimes stews and soups.  Some companies have specialized in freeze-dried and “no cooking required” units with complete entrees, breakfasts, soups and desserts. Units are primarily packaged in #10 (about 7/8 of a gallon) cans and /or large 5 or 6 gallon plastic pails. Special note: Be very aware of the reputation, time in business, and reliability of food reserve companies before you invest large sums of money and wait long periods of time for your foods. Ask:

  • What is the quality of the ingredients in the various food units offered?
  • How soon do you expect to receive your food units after ordering?
  • What kind of service do you expect from your emergency food supplier?
  • What is the probability that they will be in business after any emergency is over if problems or questions should arise?
  • How did the company determine that its unit will feed someone in the time frame advertised?
  • Most companies rely on total calories and divide by the number of days in the unit.
  • How many calories a day will their units provide?
  • Are a large number of calories derived from sugar (non-nutritional calories)? Wheat? Fillers?
    • Be aware that a good general caloric range should be 1800-2200 calories per day per person.
    • Some companies figure on 900-1500 calories per day. This does not offer a good value to the customer.
    • What else is supplied with the unit in addition to food?
    • Get complete information about food units before you buy so you can be sure it is appropriate for your needs.
  • Very important – When a company advertises a shelf life of their products ask them to show you how that figure was determined and what evidence they have to substantiate their claims.  There are reputable, long established, and experienced companies that can do this – and there are also companies who simply make up figures.

– Some food units consist of “core” products. You will need to compliment and supplement these units to achieve a balanced diet.

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