When it comes to survival, food is one of the most important aspects. Having meals that are ready to eat or easy to prepare is essential, as it will provide you with a source of nourishment that does not require exerting much energy. Freeze dried meals with a long shelf life or food bars are some of the most common types of emergency food.
As one of the most important aspects of survival, emergency foods are included in most all survival kits. Below we’ll go over these types of food and explain what they are, how they’re made and how they will help you out during a disaster.
Freeze Dried Emergency Food
Freeze dried foods are among the most utilized forms of nourishment when preparing for a natural disaster or survival scenarios. Before we touch on how and why they are used, we’ll go over how they are produced. Their production process, which has been utilized for many decades, is the main reason behind their extended shelf-life.
The process of freeze-drying involves three main steps. First, the food is frozen after production. Once the food has frozen through, it is then moved to a vacuum area and placed under low heat. Once placed under low heat, the water crystals evaporate through a process called sublimation. This helps to remove the oxygen and water.
Once this process is completed, the foods then undergo a second drying phase. This involves subjecting the food to slightly higher temperatures to get rid of any remaining oxygen through the same process. The food is then nitrogen sealed to prevent it from becoming contaminated by water or oxygen.
Why Freeze Dried Foods are Used for Preparedness
As you can see from the process involved with making freeze dried foods, it will prevent air and water from contaminating the meals once they have been properly sealed. This leads to a longer than average shelf life when compared to standard store bought foods. Many companies specialize in producing freeze dried foods, and these companies will generally guarantee the shelf life of their foods. Many times (depending on the manufacturer) these foods can last anywhere from 15 to 50 years beyond the date of production.
Because their shelf life will generally exceed 15 years, these types of foods are ideal for storing over long periods of time. Most people who prepare for disasters and other similar emergencies do not know exactly when they will be needing the foods they have stored. This is why having foods that can be stored for decades is important. It will enable the owner to keep them stored for many years without having to replace them.
Emergency Food Bars
Emergency food bars are made specifically for survival situations, and have a slightly shorter shelf life compared to freeze dried foods. Most food bars are heat sealed, and have a 5-year shelf life. They are produced in such a way that they contain high energy levels and are vacuum sealed to lock in flavor and freshness. Just one 3,600 calorie food bar is enough to sustain one person for 72 hours during an emergency.
This form of emergency food is preferred for its low cost, and ease of preparation. Unlike freeze dried meals, a food bar does not require any cooking or preparation. They can be eaten right out of the package, and are the preferred food of the US Coast Guard, American Red Cross and other organizations around the world.
Our emergency Food
The emergency foods we offer cover both bars and freeze dried meals. In this way, we are able to provide our customers with everything they need to be prepared. We offer emergency food bar rations ranging from 400 and 2,400 to 3,600 calories as well as freeze dried foods from many different producers. Our food bar rations have a shelf life of 5-years, while freeze dried meals have a shelf life of 25 years.