Because their bulk and weight have been greatly reduced, dehydrated foods are more compact and convenient for storing and require very little space. They offer quick mobility in the event of an evacuation alert. For example, one case of regular canned food weighs approximately 24 pounds. The same item of dehydrated foods would weigh from 36 to 45 ounces, and would be packed in just one #10 can. Dehydrated foods have approximately double the yield of regular canned foods even though their cost is much lower.
Most of us already eat dehydrated foods daily. Foods like pasta, cereal, beans, cake and baking mixes, as well as many fast foods. In dehydrating foods, water is slowly removed by cooking it out of the food item, without cooking the food itself.
You can see how the Freeze drying process works:
Freeze drying is a process which is suitable for a wide variety of industrial products. These include agrochemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates, biological products, foods and flavorings.
The purpose of freeze drying is to remove a solvent (usually water) from dissolved or dispersed solids. It is an excellent method for preserving materials that are unstable in the presence of water. In addition, freeze drying can be used to separate and recover volatile substances and to purify materials.
The freeze drying process is particularly suitable for products which are sensitive to heat, subject to oxidation, or shear sensitive.
Unless you have deep pockets, and most people don’t, you are going to have to purchase and store your prepping supplies a little at a time. When your at the store buying clothes for your kids, pick up a pack of batteries. When you are out picking up dinner at the grocery store, don’t forget to grab a couple of cans of soup. You get the picture.
With all this in mind, here is a list of items that you can start buying when your out and about to add to your prepping supplies that will cost you right around 5 bucks. You would be surprised at how much stuff you can amass when you think to pick up a few extra things a few times a week.
Add in some Aldi coupon codes and your entire grocery bill will shrink, allowing you to save money or get extra supplies.
(Note: This list comes from other posts and articles of read over time with a couple of items I have added from my own experience. If you have got any suggestions, please leave a comment and share your knowledge. )
(Note: I’m aware that the dollar has been devalued such that some items on this list may now far exceed the 5 dollar limit. Adjust quantities accordingly.)
You never know when some sort of disaster might happen, but you can be ready. Please note that this is only a 72 hour supply, so I like to put in some comfort foods, this is in no way similar to my longer term food storage, which is geared to a longer survival period.
One gallon plastic food container per kit (it is very hard to fit all the food into the container so I planned on using 1 gallon zip lock bags) Also added a couple of Oxygen Absorbers in each container for good measure.
Food items on the menu:
3 Day Food Supply for One
Some food items last longer than others. Related: Shelf life of food.
Tip: If you use mints keep them in a separate baggie or they will make your crackers taste like mint. GOOD TO KNOW!
This “menu” is purely an example. You can put in your jar what ever you want. Food preferences and choices are and should be up to the individual making the kit. I realize lot of you might disagree with the food choices I have used, but it is my choice, you pack yours the way you want, with MREs and long-term food storage items.