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Freeze Dried Food

  • Understanding the Benefits of Freeze Dried Food

    The benefits of freeze dried food are quite diverse. War usually stimulates innovation. In fact, it does so in unexpected ways that span a range of industries. The food industry is no exception to this rule. During World War II, there were many developments in food processing, food distribution and food preservation. One key breakthrough that is still with us today is freeze drying. Freeze drying has its origins not in food originally but in medicine, as it was used to maintain and preserve serum. However, it wasn’t long before the value of freeze drying was realized for food preservation. Today, freeze drying is a valuable tool regularly used by the food industry.

    Food that is freeze dried undergoes four distinct steps:

    1. Pretreatment
    2. The freezing process itself, which uses everything from mechanical refrigeration to dry ice and liquid nitrogen.
    3. The drying process, which involves vacuum pressure and may last days.
    4. A secondary drying process. The purpose of the secondary drying process is to remove any remaining ice.

    By the end of this four step process, very little water is left in the final freeze dried food.

    Benefits of Freeze Dried Food Include Preservability

    One of the most striking benefits of freeze dried food is that it can last for many years. Since water levels have been reduced dramatically in the freeze drying process, food will not spoil. This means it can kept on shelves for a very long time.

    Improved Taste and More Nutrition

    The freeze drying process causes less damage to food than other methods and that is another key advantage. This leads to a better tasting and more desirable product. Flavors and textures are preserved. This benefit is part of why freeze dried food is wildly popular with those who are in remote locations such as hikers.

    A third key reason that people gravitate towards freeze dried food is due to the increased levels of nutrition. Preserving food can reduce nutrition levels, but the freeze drying process can preserve nutrition that is often lost in other methods.

    7 Key Benefits of Freeze Dried Food

    -Long lasting.
    -Can be placed in durable containers.
    -Improved taste over other preservation methods.
    -Higher levels of nutrition.
    -Ease of storage.
    -Ease of transport. Food can be taken almost anywhere.
    -Excellent option for emergency situations.

    Combining these three key factors, it is no real surprise that freeze dried food is highly regarded as a food to use in emergencies. For decades, the benefits of freeze dried foods have been clear. As a result, the freeze dried food approach has become very popular as an emergency food option.

    The fact that freeze dried food can be stored for years, is easily transported, can be placed in durable packaging and maintains taste and nutrition levels helps make it an easy choice for those looking for an exceptional emergency food. The trouble free nature of freeze dried food and the fact it enjoys essentially zero maintenance makes it an easy pick for those who want a durable and long-lasting food supply on hand for years to come.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • New Backpacker's Pantry Food Line

    May 17, 2011

    NEW! Backpacker’s Pantry 25 Year Shelf-life Gourmet Food Reserves!

    Nitro-Pak is proud to have been selected as Backpacker’s Pantry’s FIRST MASTER DISTRIBUTOR of their totally new #10 can line of long-term storage gourmet tasting foods! In the planning and testing works now for over two years, they are finally available to the public for the first time. You’re going to love’m too!

    Now you can get selected Backpacker’s Pantry gourmet chef prepared camping foods in convenient #10 size cans for the first time ever (even more are being added to the line as we speak)! Backpacker’s Pantry has been making top selling camping foods now for over 60 YEARS and are well known by campers and hikers for their great tasting foods and unique chef prepared flavorful gourmet meals. Our employees were all very impressed with how good these foods tasted in our in-house blind testing trials. All meals require no cooking or preparation, just add water and eat most meals in about 13 minutes! What could be easier?

    Another first for Backpacker's Pantry is their "easy to carry and store" four #10 can cases. Lighter weight than most six can food cases, less bulk, and a lot easier to store in nook and crannies around the house!

    We heard you! You asked for MORE FOOD CHOICES & MORE VARIETY OF MEALS for your food reserves! Now you have just that-- ALL NEW CHOICES & WIDER SELECTION than ever before when adding any of our Backpacker’s Pantry’s foods to your long-term food storage reserves. Each is unique and adds a whole new way to complement your existing food reserves. All Backpacker’s Pantry foods come with a Super-Long Shelf-Life of 25 YEARS or more so you can lock-in today’s low prices and be protected for the next 25 years! Now’s the time to hedge against future price inflation. Be Ready…Be Prepared! Order NOW!

    Browse Backpacker's Pantry Products Today

    -Harry Weyandt
    President of Nitro-Pak

  • The ONLY Investment You Can EAT...FOOD!

    November 10, 2010

    Foods prices are on the rise as the value of the U.S. dollar continues to decline. In just the past 12 months alone we’ve seen wheat, corn, oats and other base food item rise by as much as 40%. Massive new government bailout QEII money will create a huge wave of inflation from gas to groceries.

    Having a survival food reserve of our gourmet freeze-dried foods can bring you and your family great peace-of-mind and security in these troubling economic times. At the same time, you’ll be able to “lock-in” today’s lower pre-inflation food pricesfor up to the next 25 YEARS!  It’s the ULTIMATE insurance policy & inflation hedge!

    The fact is, having a survival food reserve may very well become one of the best investments you’ll ever make!  Gold & silver are a great hedge’s against inflation, BUT having an emergency food reserve is the ONLY INVESTMENT YOU CAN EAT!

    Our gourmet tasting 25 Year shelf-life freeze-dried foods are the same foods that went to the moon and continue to be the top selling lightweight backpacking foods sold in America today. All are simple and easy to prepare… just add water & eat…can’t get any easier than that!

    As the nation’s leader in long storing foods and other quality survival supplies, you’ll be buying from a company that has been here for 25 years and counting. Every item we offer is tried and tested before it ever reached the pages of our website. Plus, EVERY purchase is backed with our industry leading 120 Money-Back Guarantee! You have nothing to loose…unless you do nothing.

    See for your self why tens of thousands of people each year choose Nitro-Pak as the #1 Preparedness Company in America.

    Our food reserves are selling quickly. Beat the panic rush still to come! Get prepared… ORDER NOW!

    Below I have provided a few quick links to get you going…FAST!

    We look forward to serving you…Be Prepared!

    Emergency Food Reserve Units
    Freeze-Dried Food Cans

    -Harry Weyandt
    President of Nitro-Pak

     

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