Dehydrated food is finding many uses in homes these days aside from its traditional value as survival food, camping food, and food found in shelters. Dehydrated foods are also used by astronauts and soldiers. Purchasing bulk dehydrated food is a sensible idea considering its long shelf life.
These days stand witness to the rise of bulk dehydrated food technologies. The taste and texture of dehydrated foods have greatly improved in recent years and I’ve found many to be as good, if not better, than traditional store-bought foods.
Buying bulk delicious foods is a good strategy that can help any family save hundreds of dollars in their food expenses. Thousands or even millions of dollars can be saved for big institutions like the government providing food for the military. FEMA itself spent $1 billion dollars on storable food last year alone. The bulk packages omit much of the expensive packaging intended to make an appealing presentation on grocery store shelves.
There is no doubt that dehydrated foods are preferable compared to the regularly issued MRE’s.
MRE’s stand for ‘Meals Ready-to-Eat’. These require no other special preparation and are ready for the consumption.
MRE’s have many shortcomings in comparison to its counterpart dehydrated food.
- It is about twice as costly as their counterpart bulk dehydrated food.
- MRE’s are said to contain higher sodium and are unpalatable.
- The shelf life is definitely much lower which even drops by exposure to heat in deserts and low temperature in very cold weather.
- MRE’s are heavier and bulkier because these still contain water and are therefore harder to carry as compared to its counterpart dehydrated foods.
Being economical and with very long shelf life are good reasons to buy bulk dehydrated food for consumption today and for food storage in cases of unforeseen catastrophes. FEMA suggests that every family should have enough food storage to feed every family member for two full weeks.