Someone I know recently purchased a year’s supply of freeze dried and dehydrated foods. This made a great addition to their preparedness supplies. However, I am going to throw in a couple of warnings.
First, when they say it is a year’s supply, take a good look at how many calories they allow per day. I have seen some companies that sell units that have as little as 1000 calories per day. Now this may be ok, if you want to go on a crash diet, but I don’t. Look at what they say is a serving. Try their product.
Now I am not saying don’t buy units of food, I am saying understand what you are buying. That 1000 calorie a day unit may be just fine if the price is right and you supplement it with rice, beans and other bulk products.
Second, when they say chicken or beef flavored there is no meat in the product, just TVP. Textured vegetable protein is a soy-based product. Personally, I prefer real meat.
Third, know your company. I am seeing all types of new companies appearing on the market. Many of them are brand new with no track record. I am sticking to older well-established companies who have been making products for years and have good reputations. Look for companies that have been making foods for backpackers, they have had to produce good tasting products to survive.
Fourth, know where your food comes from. A lot of freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are now being imported from China. That is another reason to stay with a company that has a good track record and not a fast buck artist.