Survivalists and preppers everywhere all know the same thing. These things we see around us could very easily change in an instant. In the event that the power goes out, the grids are down and regular supply lines upon which we rely are no longer available to us, having a store of supplies and rations seems like a good idea to the forward thinking mind.
Preserved foods last many months, years and even decades. But the various options like canned foods, dehydrated foods, MREs, jars and freeze-dried foods all have different advantages and considerations that make them better suited to the survivalist.
In this article, we will take a close look at Freeze Dried Food For Survival and how these can play a key role in the survivalist’s cache of basic needs.
What is Freeze Dried Food?
The process freeze drying foods works by playing with the moisture levels in foods while they’re being cooked. This means that the sudden evaporation of the foods moistures allows the structures and nutritious properties of the food to stay intact. The weight is also significantly reduced and foods can be 90% lighter than before the process. As you can imagine, this makes freeze dried foods the best option for a mobile “bug out bag”.
Shelf Life of Freeze Dried Foods
The freeze drying process is a bit more effective in preserving a food than the dehydration process. With a hi-tech nitrogen sealed package it is quite possible for your freeze-dried food supply to endure for a quarter of a century. Nevertheless, once the seal is broken the foods life will be diminished to the same six months seen in most dehydrated foods. Dehydrated foods with proper packaging and storage can last as long as two years in edible conditions.
The Costs of Eating Freeze Dried
One of the major downsides to the freeze dried option is the high cost of provisions. Costs per small servings of pastas and rice can be as high as $2. Then you will add another $3 – $5 per meat dish and you will end up with a full meal costing as much as $8 – $10. If you apply yourself to the task and seek out the most cost-effective options you will still be looking at about $15 for a day of scant eating on the Freeze-Dried Diet, $20 – $30 if you hope to eat well. These are figures for a single person and you must consider that if society has broken down, you will need food to last you years.
The Water Concern
There is one more important consideration for you before deciding to stack up your food supplies with freezed dried foods. Water is needed to properly reconstitute freeze dried foods before they can be eaten. This means that you will need to avail yourself of a plentiful water supply in order to feast. This is in addition to the water you will need to carry around for your own hydration.
Using freeze dried foods as the primary staple for a survival situation would not be feasible for the economically-minded survivalist. The vast quantities of freeze dried foods and necessary purified water for their preparation during a long-term crisis would be economically disastrous in itself. However, if you are considering a short-term contingency plan in a well-watered region, freeze dried foods could be a good idea.
Note: Eating freeze dried foods without properly reconstituting them with purified water can lead to dehydration.