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  • Nationwide Inflation October 2012

    The 3 G's of Economics and Inflation

    Dear Friend and Valued Customer,

    There is still a lot of uncertainty in our economy and nation. Sales of the historic 3 G's: Gold, Guns and Groceries (food storage reserves) continue to rise. Gold sales are up 16%, Gun sales are up 20%, and our Food Storage Reserves are up OVER 300% since August. We believe that this trend will continue to increase.

    I watch closely the 3 G's every day. It is always an indicator of what people really think of the economy and government policies. Supplies for some food items have gotten tight. We expect between now and the election that our food reserve sales will dramatically rise and shortages will occur. We highly suggest reviewing your personal food reserve supplies now. We are seeing more prices of food items on the rise due world wide shortages and government monetary inflation.

    As your own personal hedge against price inflation, you can lock in right now today's lower food prices for the next 25 years when purchasing any of our Mountain House can or pouched freeze-dried foods, or any of Backpackers Pantry or our Rocky Mountain Food Reserves freeze-dried food #10 cans. This may very well become one of the most important and best investments you'll ever make! I like to think of it as the only "insurance policy" that can bring greater peace-of-mind and security for you and your family and one that you can actually eat! No other policy provides such double dividends.

    I have recently added more food reserves for my own family and intend on adding even more due to price inflation and government uncertainty that I believe is coming before years end.

    From one friend to another, now is the time to prepare for more turbulent times just ahead.

    Be Prepared!

    Harry R. Weyandt
    President

  • September 2012 Economic Status

    Dear Friend and Preferred Customer,

    I’m writing to you give you my current feelings on the economy. The election campaigns are in full swing and getting nasty. Our nation’s national debt is now over $16 Trillion dollars and growing at over $2 billion dollars per day with no end in sight. It is not a pretty sight ahead. Gold & silver is on the rise.
    The Federal Reserve is about to announce new stimulus plans. The last time we saw an expansion of the money supply (QEII) after the 2010 mid-term elections customers slammed us with orders for Mountain House freeze-dried foods and our many food reserve units. Within 4 weeks, all food reserves were sold out across the country. I see a similar situation setting itself up again.
    We have seen a 400% increase in orders from current and new customers over the past 2 weeks. I believe this is only the beginning. We are seeing price increases in many items we offer. All of us are seeing local food price increases each month. Inflation is MUCH higher than we are being told by the government.
    As one friend to another, I STRONGLY encourage you to review your preparedness plans & take steps to get better prepared right now.
    September is National Preparedness Month. We are doing our part to help you and your family. We are currently offering some of the lowest prices we have offered in the past two years. Our Mountain House SALE comes to an end Saturday, September 15th, so if you want to save up to 28% off PLUS get FREE SHIPPING on any order over $99, jump NOW! while supplies are still available.
    In closing, thank your loyalty and continued patronage. We very much appreciate your business.

    Be Prepared Now More Than Ever,
    Harry R. Weyandt
    President

  • Choosing the Right Food Storage for Your Family

    Choosing the right food for your food storage can be a daunting task. There are many options out there, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. But by knowing how each type of food can be used in your overall food storage plan, making this decision can be made relatively simple. Below are four major categories of food that are most often found in food storage plans.

    Store-Bought Foods
    Store-bought foods are products such as cereals, boxed meals, and canned products like soups, fruits and vegetables. Most likely, these are foods your family already eats on a regular basis. They are the "tried-and-proven" products that you know your family will eat; therefore, they are the best foods to start out your food storage. By buying a little extra each time you go shopping, you can quickly build a food reserve of a month to three months without a significant amount of expense. Some of these products may have a short shelf-life of one to two years so you will want to continually rotate through these products. This type of food storage is excellent for small emergency crises, such as times when an unexpected doctor's visit or car repair may put a strain on that month's finances.

    Dehydrated Foods
    Dehydrated foods are often meal basics, like rice, beans, flour, sugar, salt and other items that are used for baking and making meals from scratch. They can be considered store-bought foods since they are great to purchase in smaller quantities and add to your rotated month to three month supply. But they can also be used for long-term food storage. Many dehydrated foods can last seven to thirty years if stored properly, making them excellent items to store in bulk. Local health food stores and large food warehouses are great places to purchase large 25-50 lb bags of grains, beans and other items that can then be stored in 6 gallon buckets with mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. Or, we also offer these products in #10 cans, making storing and using these products much easier. Dehydrated foods are great for lowering the cost of your food storage reserve while securing your necessary daily calorie level. Their downside is that they do require more preparation. Making meals from scratch requires water and fuel, so limiting your food storage to strictly dehydrated foods may not be the best way to go. Using dehydrated food as an add on to your food reserve, along with finding instant dehydrated products like potato flakes or quick rolled oats, will help get more food for your money.

    Freeze-Dried Foods
    Freeze-dried foods may answer many of the issues presented by dehydrated foods. They have a great shelf-life of 25 years in the #10 cans and they only require a comparatively small amount of water to reconstitute. They are also great for providing nutrition to your food reserve as the freeze-drying process retains nutrients much better than dehdyrated foods. They also come in pre-prepared meals that only require water, so you won't need to worry about purchasing individual components. Their only downside is their expense. Freeze-dried foods are more expensive per can and often offer lower calorie levels. Therefore, we suggest using freeze-dried foods as a part of your food storage plan as opposed to to the whole thing. Many of our pre-planned food reserve units offer a combination of freeze-dried foods and instant dehydrated foods, with the main meals being freeze-dried and side dishes being dehydrated. This combination utilizes both the ease of preparation and an economical price. It is also a great way to secure a six month to a year food supply that doesn't need to be rotated as often.

    MREs
    MREs stand for Meals Ready to Eat. As their name suggests, these meals require no water or preparation to eat. If you prefer the meals warm, then a little water may be necessary to heat up the foods, but other than that, they are good to go. They are more expensive per meal and they do have a shorter shelf-life of 5 years, so they may not be the best option for your entire food storage. However, these meals are great for a 2 week supply that is ready to stand as a backup in case water or fuel is in short-supply.

    Each category has its own unique place in a food storage program. If possible, it is best to utilize the benefits of each one. Just remember, that the best approach to securing your food reserve is through consistent, moderate purchases. This will help to not only make obtaining your food reserve more financially possible, but it will also help you stay in the right frame of mind of purchasing the items you want instead of panic-buying whatever is available.

    Have questions? Please feel free to call our toll free number and we'll be glad to help you figure out your own food storage program!

  • Freeze-Dried Food Storage Shelf Life

    How Long Can Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated Canned Products Last Once Opened?

    Most freeze-dried food products have a recommended “once opened, use by…” time-frame.  For example, each can of Mountain House food states:

    “Once open, contents should be used immediately.  However, product resealed using plastic recloseable lid has been found to be acceptable up to one week after opening.” 

    Since manufacturers want you to be pleased with your product every time you use it, they will often give a much shorter time-frame than the product can actually last.  This means that while the product will have the best flavor and nutrition within the given time-frame, the food can still provide you with a great meal long after the fact.

    The question of how much longer a food can last depends on a number of variables.  While there isn't a set period of time that we can recommend for you to use your product, there are some guidelines we can offer to help you get the most out of your investment.

    The thing to remember is, if something can harm a product while it’s being stored, it can harm it after it’s been opened.  Our main concerns regarding freeze-dried food storage shelf life are:

    • Heat
    • Oxygen
    • Moisture
    • Light

    Heat:  Heat can quickly breakdown a food’s vitamin and protein content.  To maintain a high level of nutrition, it is still best to store opened food in as cool an environment as possible, preferably 70 º or lower.  If you still have electricity, storing remaining food in the fridge or freezer is a great way of preserving your reserve.   Just be sure to store it in airtight and moisture proof containers.

    Oxygen and Moisture:  Oxygen and moisture can usually be avoided at the same time.  Since freeze-dried and dehydrated food has already gone through a process to remove moisture, our main concern is the moisture in the air.  By immediately storing your opened food in airtight containers, you can reduce the affects of oxygen and moisture at the same time.   Each can does come with its own resealing lid, but it is far more effective to store the unused portion in something like a Ziplock bag before placing it back into the can.

    Light:  Light is probably one of the least thought of dangers to our stored food; however, light can degrade components in our foods, such as vitamins, proteins and fats.  They can also cause the color and flavor of the food to change.  If you are storing your opened food in clear bags or containers, placing the containers in a cupboard or dark pantry would help the food keep long

    Other factors to consider are how your products were stored and what condition your can is in.  If your products were stored under less than ideal circumstances, the food inside may have already degraded to a certain extent.  Also, if there are any significant dents along the seams of the can, there may be cracks that have let in air and moisture.  These will significantly decrease the amount of time an opened product will remain good to use, no matter how well you store your products later.

    By continuing to treat your opened freeze-dried food reserves with the same care as you did while storing them, you can continue to enjoy great meals for potentially months to come.  We here at Nitro-Pak have experienced first-hand Mountain House products last five months and longer and still have a great taste.  Just remember to treat any prepared meals like you would normal leftovers.

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