From time to time I hear someone bad-mouth freeze-dried food. Such as its taste or nutritional value.
Sometimes they say it costs too much. Or that you can only freeze-dry a small variety of foods. Or that there are better options for survival food.
Perhaps you’ve heard some of these same myths about freeze-dried food. Maybe you’ve even believed them.
It’s too bad because in addition to not being inaccurate, those myths may have kept some people from stockpiling freeze-dried food that could feed them and their families in an emergency.
Moisture removal is key
Today my goal is to debunk those myths and some others. If you know me, you know I like to provide a little background first.
So, here’s a very brief history about food preservation. As well as a peek at how food is freeze-dried today.
The ancient Peruvian Incas of the Andes were the first to utilize the freeze-dried process. At least as far as we know.
They stored potatoes and other crops on mountain peaks. The cold temperatures would freeze the food. Then low air pressure in high altitudes would slowly vaporize water inside the food.
These days, food is quickly frozen to begin the freeze-drying process. Then the ice is turned into water vapor and removed by placing the frozen food in a vacuum. This results in a dehydrated product.
Now, let’s put those myths in their proper place…
Myth #1: Canned food is the answer.
Having some canned foods in your pantry is not a terrible idea. It can’t hurt. But shelf lives probably fall well short of what you and your family may end up needing someday.
Freeze-dried foods last much longer. And they will taste as fresh in many years as they would today.
Freeze-dried food can stay good for up to 25 years. Assuming it is properly stored. And that means keeping it in a cool, dark, dry place. Where air, light, moisture, insects and rodents can’t get to it.
Myth #2: Freeze-dried food tastes bad and loses nutritional value.
Unlike canned food that can lose its taste and nutritional value over time, freeze-dried food tastes as good and fresh as the day it is packaged.
Natural food has moisture in it. That’s what helps it taste good. But that moisture also makes it vulnerable to microorganisms that cause spoilage.
When food is frozen, microorganisms are unable to grow. Freeze-drying food removes nearly all moisture.
Once food is freeze-dried, it’s simply a matter of packaging it properly in airtight bags. Such as bags made of Mylar. And then storing it where it can’t be contaminated by the elements.
This process also helps freeze-dried food retain its nutritional value better than canned food. Without the use of harmful chemicals.
Myth #3: Freeze-dried meats don’t break down well in the body.
Some people have concerns about how freeze-dried meat might affect their digestive systems.
But freeze-dried food is usually more easily digested than canned food. That’s due to the fact that it does not contain additives or preservatives.
Myth #4: Freeze-dried foods are expensive.
People sometimes worry about the cost of freeze-dried food. Prices may seem higher because freeze-dried food is often sold in bulk.
But by using a calculator, you realize you’re saving money by purchasing freeze-dried food.
Myth #5: Your options are limited.
When many people hear “freeze-dried,” they first think of fruits and vegetables. And those are certainly items you should stockpile.
But freeze-dried meat can also provide plenty of nutrition. Including much-needed protein, minerals and other nutrients.
Why is this important? For one thing, if a crisis goes on for more than several days, you’re going to desire something other than fruits and vegetables.
For another, the stress you’ll experience during an emergency will raise your cortisol levels. That means potential muscle loss. Maintaining strength will be a must in a crisis. Meat will be key in your diet.
All-Meat Survival Food Kit solution
If you’re like me, you don’t want to be the victim of a meat shortage. Whether it’s caused by a pandemic or extreme weather or anything else that negatively affects the supply chain.
Many of us receive the bulk of our protein from meat. We’re concerned about how that lack of protein could affect us.
The answer to ensuring meat security – and peace of mind – is the 4Patriots Gold Medallion All-Meat Survival Food Kit.
It features 136 servings of meat – 68 each of the finest cuts of beef and chicken. It’s stored in four airtight, disaster-resistant, space-age Mylar packages. And guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 25 years. No refrigeration is required.
Filled with flavor and protein, it can be served with a well-rounded meal at lunch or dinner, or used for a tasty snack.