I'm a huge believer in storing your own home preserved food. And the fresher - the better. However, I know that's not always easy to do, & sometimes convenience can be a blessing. In fact, I do have some of each. I've preserved my own through dehydrating & canning, &but I've also bought a few #10 cans of good quality dehydrated & freeze dried foods like berries, mushrooms, etc.
If purchasing is an option that is better for you, then the article below might help you out.
Daily Bread is one of the better companies out there, from what I can tell. This company is NON-GMO (Yay for them!!!), & they are not fans of junky preservatives & additives (Yay again!). So I'm working with them to provide great articles, info-graphics, etc... to assist people in making purchasing decisions.
Here is a great link that explains the benefits of freeze dried foods for storage, & HERE is an infographic on the difference in freeze-dried meats (if you store meat).
Below is the article I wanted to share:
Freeze-Dried Vs. Dehydrated: Quality Matters
Most people don’t know the difference between freeze-dried food and dehydrated food. They naively shop for food for their food storage and simply hope for the best. However, simply having food storage doesn’t protect your family from disaster. There are complications to the specific types of food that you store that can help you immensely to be prepared. The truth is, if you want the best for your family in case of an emergency you’ve got to learn the facts. It is definitely possible to make your food storage food last longer, taste better, and be more nutritionally sound if you do your research. Luckily, we are here to help you with that. Believe it or not, the answer to all your problems is freeze dried food.
Freeze-dried food started out as food for military and NASA personnel, and now the technology has been made available for us. The process is simple; the fresh or cooked food is flash frozen and then put into a vacuum chamber. It is then packaged tightly to ensure that it will stay fresh until it is opened. Freeze-dried is foolproof. It keeps the optimum amount of nutrition, lengthens shelf life, and keeps the taste and texture of the food in its original form. Last but not least- it cuts ready time and ingredients down to almost nothing. All you need to make a freeze-dried meal is water, and it is extremely quick and easy to make.
Why is this different than other types of food storage? Dehydrated food is often sucked of most it’s nutrients because of the way it is processed. When you are in a life or death situation your body is going to need nutrient-dense food to survive off of. Nutrition is something that becomes important with kids in growth spurts or young ages so that they can develop to their full potential. Dehydration also tends to change the flavor and texture of food items. If you slowly eat through food storage and replenish it as you go, it will be tough to negotiate with kids who hate the taste of what you’re giving them. Both canned and dehydrated often need other ingredients to make them bearable to eat, and both have a shorter shelf life than freeze-dried.
Now days there are a lot of freeze-dried food brands out there, and with all the options, you can find pretty much any food item you could imagine. Some examples include: orange chicken, lasagna, and barbeque. Try out all the different kinds with your family! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to prepare, and how good it is for you. Once you know your favorites, you can take them with you on camping trips and vacations to cut your cooking time, baggage weight, and money in half.
Freeze-dried food solves the problems that every food storage guru experiences. So for convenient storage, easy preparation, optimum nutrition, and longer shelf life, make the smart decision and go for freeze-dried. It’s a great option for food storage or a quick dinner fix, so keep this in mind when stocking up for your family. Click this link for more information on Daily Bread Food and how it can help your family. Or, you can click this link and go their facebook page.
Author Bio- Dirk Puckett is an emergency preparedness expert, and loves educating others on the how-to’s of food storage.