Being we live out away from town and it can snow like crazy here from time to time, I always like to have some food on hand that I have put away and don’t have to worry about. Not to mention should the job situation change abruptly and some extra food bought and paid for would be a good thing to have on hand.
I have shopped many sites and stores for different dehydrated foods and have settled on a few that I like and thought I would share in case you are on a similar path.
For starters, I like to buy ingredients for meals rather than the entrees or pre-made meals themselves. I do this because I always have meat on hand, either from the store or from the woods or lakes. I am confident in getting meat if I need to under normal circumstances. I want to have ingredients to take that meat and make a meal out of it. Also, even if I don’t have meat, I have some dehydrated and canned meats on hand too – I think they call that hedging your bets. The dehydrated ingredients I get are vegetables, dairy products, fruits, grains, beans, etc. Most everything you would want to use in making a meal.
What I don’t necessarily like is buying the “bucket-o-meals” or other entrees a lot of places sell as dehydrated meals. Don’t get me wrong, I do have some, but it is the minority of anything I have stored away. I see those items as something to use for a couple days while I get my act together with the other ingredients to actually make real meals.
Now, I am not trying to start an argument here, as I know some people who absolutely love the pre-made kinds and would rather have a stock of those than bother with the many ingredients you have to have one hand to make up meals. Some people also love MREs and swear by them though I hope to never eat another in my life. I completely understand those approaches and luckily we all get to have an opinion and make our own choices.
To get it out of the way, of the pre-made variety, I like Mountain House the most. In particular their Chilli-Mac with beef, Rice and Chicken, and Spaghetti with meat sauce. I’ve had them multiple times and they are good for camping, hunting or any other circumstance when you really don’t want to spend the energy or time in actual cooking a meal using separate ingredients.
For the ingredients approach, I buy from two main places. I have selected and stayed with these two based on price, convenience and selection. In no particular order. I am not a sales rep or receive any type of commission from either. Once again….if they wanted to throw a bunch of cash or free product at me, I am not to proud to accept it but would at least say I was getting it. 🙂
I really like their product and their selection. I don’t necessarily like to pay for it though of course, it’s one of those you get what you pay for things. Quality dehydrated food is not cheap. And you need to calculate it out for what you get out of it (Servings – actual not just a label) and compare that to the cost of fresh quality food. It makes the price at least feel a bit better.
Their quality is really good which is important to me as I hope it is to you. I also like the convenience of their system where you can load up a plan many months in advance based on your budget and it will automatically ship/bill to you each month. I like the convenience of planning things out months in advance of what I need, in order of priority and just let it happen according to how much a month I want to spend.
You can visit their site here
While I am not a Mormon myself, I have no problem with and appreciate the opportunity of shopping from their online store or their brick-and-mortar stores should I ever be in a state that has one. The have a limited selection (at least online) but their prices and shipping are fantastic. I am very thankful I was pointed in their direction for long-term storage food.
While they do not have a automated shipping program like ThriveLife, their prices are such that if they offer it I will not buy it elsewhere. Great quality, great prices and the staples that every growing boy or girl needs.
You can visit their site here
To finish this dish off….
I started this thread out by talking about having some food on hand stored away in case I need it. What it really turns in to though is using the food you store on a more regular basis as part of your normal cooking. And that is exactly what I do. Now, I don’t crack open a can of dehydrated green beans if I have a bunch in the garden to pick or waiting for me in the freezer, but I will if I don’t have any on hand and don’t want to take the drive to town. It gets you experience with if you like the quality of it, gets you used to working with it and also rotates it as you should try to do regardless of the shelf life.
Whatever you end up deciding on, I hope you at least make the decision to store some food away for the emergencies we all hope never happen. As long as you buy as wisely as you can, of ingredients or entrees you would normally eat, it is like money in the bank.