Valley Food Storage
Valley Food Storage by Pat Cascio – Survival Blog
While there are many different types of “survival foods” on the market, ranging from military MREs to freeze-dried and dehydrated plus any number of types of off-the-shelf foods that last a long time, today we are looking at dehydrated foods from Valley Food Storage.
Having been a Prepper since I was a little tyke, I’ve tasted all manner of “survival foods” over the years. Some were better than others and some much, much better that others. Then we have some that aren’t very tasty, but they will keep you alive. My family and I are always on the lookout for something new to try and add to our food stores, and we make a point to eat what we store. I’m not a very picky eater, but some would say otherwise.
Give me a good ol’ fashion Chicago-style hot dog or a nice juicy burger or a pizza, and I’m content, more than content. My family is always cooking food that I don’t especially like. But so long as they are cooking, I don’t complain all that much. Given my druthers, I’ll take one of the above foods every day of the week. My favorite food is pizza, and it can be prepared so many different ways that I never tire of it.
We still keep “lifeboat” rations in our emergency boxes in our rigs. They last a good long time and don’t take up a lot of room. While boring in taste, they are okay for a few days in an emergency. We also keep MREs in our rigs and swap them out once a year for fresh ones. The only problem we all have with MREs is the short shelf-life, and they all have added sugar, promoting thirst. But they are usually high in calories, which is a good thing. These two foods are ready to eat. There’s nothing more you have to do, other than open the package and eat. That’s nice!
Preparing Freeze-dried and Dehydrated Food
We have freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, and they are usually much tastier. However, they take a little time to prepare. On average, it takes 15-20 minutes to rehydrate these foods before you eat them. They are already cooked, so that’s a good thing. However, you need to have a water source, which you should have in your vehicles and at home. You also need a cup or pan to boil the water to rehydrate these foods, and that takes a little time. Yes, you can rehydrate them in cold water, but it takes longer and the foods aren’t nearly as tasty, unless you are rehydrating fruit. In the case of fruit, then cold water is fine.
Ingredients In and Obstacles Of Various Brands of Freeze-dried Foods
There are a couple of brands of freeze-dried foods that also add more salt, and many people don’t like this. I salt almost everything I eat other than fruit. Maybe that’s why I have high blood pressure. Then again, I’ve tried cutting salt out of my diet, and it didn’t lower my b/p. However, I went to using sea salt, and that actually did lower my b/p. The doctor can’t explain it. So, there are good and bad points when it comes to freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. One is cost. These foods are a bit more expensive that some others, because of the process involved in “drying” these foods for a 20-30 year shelf life.
I find one brand of freeze-fried foods, which is actually produced in my neck of the woods, to be very expensive. You buy a pouch that has one or maybe two meals in it, and it can cost you upwards of $8 – $12. That’s a lotta money in my opinion. And, their pouches are only good for about five years. Their canned stuff is good for 20-30 years. I’m forced to spend my money wisely, period!
Valley Food Storage
The folks at Valley Food Storage www.valleyfoodstorage.com recently contacted SurvivalBlog and asked if I would be willing to taste-test some of their foods. It was outstanding timing, because I was buried with gun and knife articles and needed products to break up this routine. In short order, I had a large box of dehydrated foods to test.