Freeze Dried Food Reserve Information
Freeze dried meals have become popular in the last 25 years among hikers and campers as an easy to prepare food. You can carry freeze dried food in your backpack in pouches and can eat them hot or cold in minutes with no preparation, just add water.
These same properties also make freeze dried food ideal as a survival food reserve.
Freeze dried food in sealed nitrogen flushed #10 cans have these great survival food benefits;
- Freeze dried food can last up to 25 years if stored properly
- It can be stored in a much smaller space than other food reserves
- Can be eaten just by adding water to hydrate
- Retains the taste and texture of fresh food, not canned food
- In bulk can cost can be less than $3.00 per meal
A Large quantity, up to one year of freeze dried food can be stored in a pallet sized space. You can try a a box of freeze dried meal pouches first with your family to decide if the taste is right for you.
So Freeze Dried Food comes in pouches often used by hikers as well #10 cans from Mountain House brand foods.
Oregon Freeze Dry markets Mountain House food.
Here are some facts about Oregon Freeze Dry;
Oregon Freeze Dry (Mountain House Brand Freeze Dried Foods)
- Incorporated in 1963
- Located on a 35 acre site in Albany, Oregon
- Employs over 250 people
- Three manufacturing plants
- 32,000 square feet of freeze-drying capacity
- over 60% of the freeze-drying capacity of the US
- Facilities have continuous USDA and FDA inspections
- Kosher and Halal certifications
- Worked with US military to provide rations that taste better, weighed less, and easier to prepare than canned rations
- Private label lines include such products as lunch and dinner entrees for the Nutri/System weight-loss program
- has produced over 400 different foods and beverages
- Supplier of Mountain House® brand
It is important to note that pouches only last 6-7 years where the #10 cans can last up to 25 years if stored in a cool dry place. The cans last longer because they are better sealed and nitrogen packed. Nitrogen displaces the air and so there is no oxygen in the cans which gives them long life. This is better than vacuum packing.
You will need to have water available to re-hydrate the freeze dried food. Total water reserve for should be between 1 to 1.5 gallons per person per day.
The one advantage MRE has over Freeze dried food is that MRE is better suited to “on the go” situations since it does not require water and usually comes with “flameless ration heaters”. But MRE only stores 6-7 years and costs twice as much. I recommend survival food reserves to have both a long term freeze dried food reserve and also a short term 2-3 week supply of MREs.
Freeze Dried Food Reserve Packages
Platinum one year food reserve from Nitro-pak
Platinum Food Reserve
Food supports 4 People for 3 Months or one person for a year.
This bulk freeze dried food reserve is (at the time of this post) for $3375 , with free shipping and a 120-day ‘no-risk’ guarantee.
“…will provide over 2000 calories per day for one person for one complete year, or a family of 4 for 3 months! It comes with a total of 168 #10 cans (large restaurant size cans) that comes packed in 28 cases for easy storage.”
Mountain House 4 person 3 month “dinner Entree-pak”
True food preparedness means;
- A food reserve with variety that tastes good so people can eat and be satisfied
- Food that is simple and easy to prepare even in a disaster
- Food that is easy to store and transport
- A diversified reserve of several different survival food types
The new Mountain House 4 person 3 month “dinner Entree-pak” meets all of these conditions and at low price per meal. For those who have other food reserves and want to top them off with a super easy to prepare freeze dried food reserve, this is a good choice.
Priced at $1190 this package offers an affordable peace of mind for preparedness for your family that easy to use.
So you don’t need to be a dedicated trained survival enthusiast to be prepared. You just need to make the right prepardedness choice.
Freeze Dried Food Online Retailers;
Mountain House #10 Cans Versus Pouches
The image on the left shows boxes of Mountain House #10 cans. The image on the right shows Mountain House pouches.
Pouches are popular with hikers, rock climbers and back-packers. Mountain house also sells them in cases as a food reserve.
They are a meal in pouch, just add water.
A Mountain House pouch can be used as a survival food reserve and are specifically packaged as such in the “just in case unit” 7 day food supply box pictured above.
This is comparable to MRE with the distinction they taste better, are easier to digest but require more preparation since you need to add water.
When you compare a pouch to a #10 can the main difference is that pouches are an individual meal.
Mountain house #10 cans are a bulk, 8-10 serving food reserve unit.
More important however, pouches will store for up to 7 years at 75° F (24° C), while #10 cans will last 25 years under the same conditions.
While it is more convenient to have the pouches and they are a good alternative to MRE if you can’t stand the taste or digest MREs, #10 cans are a much longer lasting and better investment for disaster preparedness.
The exception are those people who find the contents of the pouches comparable enough to fresh food, and will consume pouches periodically for regular meals and continuously re-stock them as a food reserve for disasters. Then the 7 year shelf life is not an issue.
Finally a food reserve of the same duration in #10 cans will store in a smaller space than the pouches due to the cans being a bulk (less packaging) food supply.
Mountain House Pouch
- More convenient package as a meal
- taste better than MRE
- Store for up to 7 years
Mountain House #10 Can
- bulk, 8-10 one cup servings of one item
- store for up top 25 years
- store more efficiently than pouches