Skip to comments.Freaking out for freeze-dried food
Posted on 04/22/2011 10:35:49 PM PDT by Kartographer
People freaked out about surviving world disasters and economic meltdown have made a run on freeze-dried food in the past month. As a result, Albany-based Oregon Freeze Dry Inc. the country's largest supplier of freeze-dried camp food won't accept any new orders through the 2011 camping season.
The company produces the widely sold Mountain House line of food pouches popular among everyone from overnight wilderness backpackers to Pacific Crest Trail devotees.
Oregon Freeze Dry officials say they have never seen this level of consumer panic over emergency preparedness in the company's 48-year history.
In the industry, the emergency-preparedness crowds are called "preppers," and they literally are taking food out of the mouths of hikers nationwide.
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Hard to tell, but well beyond the “sell-by” date printed on the can.
There are plenty of online resources with great advice, but the best early-warning system for spoiled food is your eyes and nose. If a can is bulging, throw it out; if it smells rotten it probably is.
Better not eat anything then. Every thing you eat, breath, drink and touch is made of chemicals. Including you.
Of course, it's the preppers' fault.
nothing says "buy freeze-dried food" louder than a 9.0 earthquake in Japan
Or the Soros puppet out to destroy the free world.
Freeze dried chow is a ticket to constipationville. I’ve switched to canned food. I think it’s more nutritious and better tasting. A can of pineapple chunks in juice is much better than gnawing like a mouse on freeze-dried apples.
And if you prefer freeze-dried, the local grocery stores can provide pretty much everything you want, except the exotic stuff like taco flavored TVP, about the only recycled shoe leather I ever found tolerable.
No, mention of that at all. If nothing else, we can all be thankful Moochelle will be well fed while the rest of the country starves.
“In an emergency, is it possible to soak rice in water to make it edible (if there is no heat source for cooking)? If so, how long must it soak?”
There’s always a heat source. Make a solar oven with the kids using a cardboard box and a roll of foil. Fold it up and store it away for that emergency.
Solar cooked rice is very easy and has a good nutty taste.
Do you see the mistake in your thinking?
Don’t stash your wealth in dollars!
OTOH, if the canned fruit ferments, it’s party time.
When I was in the Navy, on a 6 month tour at sea, we were very low on food. They broke out the canned bacon and other foods canned during WW2 and that was all we had for several weeks. Wasn’t bad as I recall. The stuff was over 20 years old at the time.
I agree. We can’t afford the fancy stuff so I try to pick up a few canned goods when I do the regular grocery shopping. We only have one store in town so there’s never a good sale but I can still find one off brand of corn, peas, and green beans for 50 cents so a few of those get added every couple weeks. It’s hard to do on a tight budget but in these days it’s a necessity, imo. But I worry next time to the store they’ll have rasied the price.
Kiddo is moving out so that’ll free up a closet that I’m looking hard at.
That was exactly my point..... (guess I should have added the /s tag)
” They broke out the canned bacon and other foods canned during WW2 and that was all we had for several weeks. Wasnt bad as I recall “
The canned cheese (with dates on the cans in the ‘40s) was excellent....
“Solar cooked rice is very easy and has a good nutty taste.”
That works, but so does a camping stove and 5 gallons of gasoline (my strategy). I realize that gasoline has a shelf-life (but that can be extended to 2 years with Stabil), and that the 5 gallons will run out...but it will cook A LOT of rice before it starts getting low, and I mean A LOT of rice. That’s my plan...although I have more than one stove and lots of spare parts (and about 40 gallons of gas sitting in containers...LOL).
I view freeze-dried foods as something to throw in with my beans and rice to make it more edible. This also greatly stretches out the freeze-dried dollar.
No chemicals, its freeze dried and sealed in an oxygen free container.
I’d suggest putting more thought into the process if you really want to prepare. It takes a great deal more food than you would think.
Store what you eat, eat what you store and you don’t throw anything away.
I agree and canned foods are part of my preperation. They won’t last as long in storage as other forms though.
I live in the burbs. That won't cut it in the worst of times, this place will be immediately abandoned. There is no way to buy and store enough food to feed 4 people for any extended length of time.
I have 25 acres with 15 tillable, but it's 120 miles from the city where I live. I bought it from my parents who still live on the ground. The plan is to have enough gasoline, food and supplies on hand to load the trucks, drive there and live through one winter. Already have seed stocked up at dad's in dry storage. I'm banking on workable gardens the first summer, otherwise we are toast.
Dad has 500 gallons of bio-diesel stored up and a single-cyl 5hp converted diesel generator, several wells down and one is on a windmill pump so he's got a horse in this race too. We have enough land to support all of us I believe. I think we will also have enough short-term electricity to help build anything we may need.
I come from a long line of Kentucky hill dwellers so we know how to survive. As much as it would suck, it'll be a family effort and I believe we will do ok. My real hope is to die and old man wishing I'd never wasted the time and money on all of it.