Today I am on a bit of a rant. I see where some businesses are selling what is called a one-year supply. There are quite a few companies selling different packaged units, some good some bad. Today I am going to give an example of one I saw for sale on the internet. It is advertised as a one-year supply for one person. It consists of 720 food portions. The ad implies that you can get by on two portions a day. If you figure the calories in the various portions, it seems to average out to about 600 calories a day. This would be slow starvation.
Now I have no problem with them selling the units but they should make clear the fact that you need to supplement this package with other foods. The way the current ads read it can be very misleading to people who don’t do their homework.
Personally, the freeze-dried and dehydrated foods that I store are more ingredients than prepared meals. I store meats, various vegetables and fruits, so that I can cook what I want.
If you decide to purchase a unit of food there are a few things to check. First, figure out the units calorie count per day. A male require 2000 calorie a day, a female 1599 calories a day. This is under normal circumstances. In an emergency where you have to work harder, you may need more. If the daily calorie count is less than the required amount, you need to make a plan to supplement it. Second, check the reputation of the company you are dealing with; be sure it is a well-established reliable company. Three, check the serving size, they vary from1/4 cup to 1 cup depending on the brand.
This also applies to any package unit you purchase, whether it is for one week or ten years. Remember you will always use more food than you think you will. Don’t short yourself.