Beware of substandard One Year Packaged Food Units

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.


3 thoughts on “Beware of substandard One Year Packaged Food Units”

  1. Veteran Who Is Preparing

    I always tell people to overestimate what you need (when ordering currently) and under report it in your List of Lists. Example: you need 275lbs of wheat then order 300lbs. You have 286lbs on hand, record it as 250 or 275lbs. It does give you a little buffer that you may depend on later.

    I’m not surprised about the scam artists out there. They are everywhere in the “Prepper Market” selling pre-made bug out bags to shelter blueprints to food stores. It is easy for them to make a buck because most people just see the pre-made kit and buy it without even looking into it. Then they figure they have everything they need and never even check to see if the entire kit even showed up. I knew a nurse that did that. Got scared and bought a single pre-made bug out bag for their family of 4. I doubt they even checked to see if the kit was meant for 1 person or 4. We tried explaining that they should check the kit out but got the response of “if it isn’t complete why would they even be selling it.”

  2. Matt in Oklahoma

    Buying a prepack kit then thinking you are ready is a lazy but typical Amercian way of doing things. I’ve never sen a complete kit yet. Kinda goes along with all the other new still packaged gear i see in packs all the time and ammo that it stored but has never been ran through the weapon to where it shoots or if it shoots. I can go on and on but you get the picture. Eat what you store and store what you eat. Experts arent and salemen are just that
    Dont be a tv dummy be real

  3. MATT
    You are right on, it always amazes me how people buy things, put them away and think that when the time comes to use them, they will know how. Almost everything has a learning curve to it.
    Thanks for your good comments.

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