Emergency Preparedness (being a Prepper, as it's called) is becoming more and more important. With unrest around the world, climate change, and catastrophic and natural disasters, having an emergency kit prepared with survival and emergency food is essential. Disasters can come in many forms: tornadoes, forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and blizzards. Any of which may leave you without access to a food source, sometimes for a considerable amount of time.
A popular way of guarding against... this kind of catastrophe is storing food at home. This is called Long Term Food Storage, Emergency Essentials, or Emergency Survival Foods. There are dozens of companies selling food specifically for this purpose. The best have great tasting products with a long storage life at a reasonable cost. I've listed ten of my favorite food storage companies here in no particular order.
A lot of this type of food is simply meals where you add water and heat (such as MRE's - Meals Ready to Eat). However, if you buy individual bulk ingredients you can create more of a gourmet pantry which allows you a much greater range of meals to prepare - powdered eggs, spices, all sorts of flours, honey, etc. These foods are not only great for Food Storage but also for camping trips, especially if your camp kitchen is serving a large crowd!
There are two types of long term stored foods - dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods. Freeze-dried items typically have a longer shelf life than dehydrated and often a better flavor. Dehydrated has its' place, though, often having a better texture. Look for foods that are stored in mylar bags, which protects better against oxygen and has a much longer shelf life than the old #10 cans used to store food. Prices seem high sometimes until you calculate the price of an individual meal which is usually around what you would spend on a conventional meal.
If you've never tried a brand, check the website for free samples. Several companies listed here offer free samples or individual meals at a low price.
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The Ready Store has won numerous awards for the best food storage company, both for its great products and excellent customer service. Started by a Utah couple just after 9/11, The Ready Store has grown into one of the best food storage companies in the country.
They have an absolutely huge selection of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods from top brands such as Saratoga Farms, Mountain House, EasyPrep, OvaEasy, Yoders, Datrex, Mainstay, WonderMill, and more. They also have a complete selection... of MRE Military Meals.
You will also find grain mills, cherry pitters, apple peelers, sprout growers, and many other top quality kitchen tools.
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High-quality products with all natural ingredients at a reasonable cost. Hard to beat. No shipping fees.
Their great selection includes many specialty diet foods including gluten free, no MSG, no fillers, dairy free products, and DIY kits.
Genuine 25-year shelf life on most products.
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Nitro-Pak is my favorite place to find dehydrated and freeze-dried foods. They have a huge selection that includes one of the best-tasting labels Mountain House. They carry various long term food kits, as well as a huge variety of individual products. They also have the best prices and back that up with a low price guarantee. In business for over 25 years, the customer service is top notch and shipping fast.
Brands available for purchase are Mountain House, Backpackers Pantry, Rock Mountain Food... Reserve, AlpineAire Foods, OvaEasy Eggs, Astronaut Foods, and more. You can find staples like flour, powdered eggs, powdered milk, etc. to complete entrees and freeze-dried ice cream. Nitro-Pak has many types of allergen free emergency foods like nut free, soy free, lactose-free and gluten-free.
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In business for over 40 years, Augason Farms is one of the top producers of long-term storage foods. They manufacture their own food products and are a supplier to many other food suppliers. (Augason Farms is also the creator of the popular Morning Moo brand of powdered milk. )
They have a great selection of Food Storage kits - 72-hour emergency kits to the Deluxe 1 Year Kit. What I like most about Augason, however, is the incredible selection of individual ingredients available - dehydrated... and freeze dried vegetables, rice and grains, freeze dried fruits, baking ingredients, powdered milk and eggs, freeze dried yogurt, beans, gluten-free products, plus a wide variety of entrees.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Preparewise is another seller of Legacy brand foods, which are considered some of the best tasting long term storage foods and also GMO-free. Foods are sealed in mylar packaging which is superior in keeping oxygen out and giving the food a true 25+ year shelf life.
They have a wide variety of meal packages, as well as, individual entrees, sides, and breakfast - great for camping trips or traveling. You can also find freeze-dried meats and gluten-free products.
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My Food Storage has been in business for 10 years and is one of the most highly rated food storage companies.
My Food Storage is very similar to Wise Company with a lot of the same products. Prices are cheaper than most companies
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Emergency Essentials carries a huge inventory of long term food storage items from MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) to Mountain House Freeze-Dried Entrees. Several different brands are available. Powdered butter, freeze-dried meats, cereals, grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables, baking ingredients, entrees, and lots more.
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Sells a wide variety of top quality Legacy brand emergency foods. Legacy company emergency foods are sealed in double thick mylar pouches and resealed in waterproof BPA free buckets. Each pouch has an oxygen absorber on top of being nitrogen flushed. This translates into a 25+ year shelf life, eliminating the need for rotation. Also, their products are GMO-free.
You will find a big selection of long term storage foods including kits, individual entrees, and sides, freeze-dried meats, as well... as some single ingredients in bulk such as powdered milk, dried honey powder, whole egg powder, parboiled rice, and lots more.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Wise Company is one of the top rated prepared food companies and one of the first to store their foods in mylar bags (vs. the traditional #10 cans). Mylar packaging gives food a significantly longer shelf life. Wise manufactures their own products here in the United States They sell a variety of long-term food kits as well as short-term emergency kits.
Reviews on taste are mixed for Wise but they are generally less expensive than other companies.
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eFoods Direct has one of the best selections of long term foods anywhere. They have a wide variety of emergency food kits from 1-week to 12-months. One of the best features of eFoods Direct is all the individual meal choices available by the case. Some of the delicious offerings include bakery mixes, fruits & individuals, soups and stews, entrees and more.