Buying Survival Food isn't exactly rocket science, but it's not like going to the supermarket and selecting a t-bone steak either. What does the average person know about selecting an Emergency Food supply that may save the lives of his or her family? For most of us, the answer is ... not much. Most people do some on-line research and then go shopping ... usually on the Internet. Because most of us have no knowledge about what to look for when shopping for Long Term Food Storage, we're at the mercy of the vendor, and we either believe the marketing spiel and place an order, or we look elsewhere. Chances are we'll choose whatever Survival Food was promoted most effectively, from the website that looks the best, or from a site that sounds the most knowledgeable and trustworthy. Considering the gauntlet that has to be run and the vast amount of information and dis-information pertaining to Survival Food, it's important not to make the huge mistake of making your selection based solely on price in the mistaken belief that all Survival Food is the same.
It most assuredly is not.
Like a lot of people in the late 90's, I was concerned about Y2K. Determined to protect my family, I spent thousands of hours researching every piece of Survival gear imaginable. Among those products was Long Shelf Life, Survival Food. Compared to today, the offerings of Survival Food was limited, so the research for Survival Food was pretty simple. At any rate, I ended up purchasing enough Survival Food to feed 15 people for about 20 years. Now I know that sounds ridiculous, but it made a lot of sense at the time. So there we were, many thousands of dollars and backaches later, the Survival Food was labeled and stored, and we waited for the nasty Y2K bug to change the world. As we all know, nothing happened. Several years later however, a lot of that Survival Food had already expired, and a lot more was due to expire very soon.
The problem with Survival Food packed in a #10 can or a 5-gallon bucket is that, when you open a #10 can of green beans (for example,) unless you have a lot of dinner guests who like dehydrated green beans, you're going to be eating green beans morning, noon, and night for several days. If not, you'll end up throwing them out. Once that #10 can is opened the contents deteriorate rapidly..
In addition to that little problem, the 5 gallon buckets, and the #10 cans that most Survival food is packed in, are bulky and take up a tremendous amount of space. They're also heavy and don't stack well either.
In the end, prior to the expiration dates on tons (literally) of Survival Food, I gave most of it to local charities. So it didn't go to waste. But I'm not an extension of social services. And neither are you. To add insult to injury, as the old saying goes, I just discarded the last of the #10 cans from the original stock of dehydrated Survival Food last week.
I made a very expensive mistake because I didn't know what to look for, nor how to buy the right Survival Food. You don't need to make the same expensive mistakes I made. Here's the information you need that really matters when you're in the market to purchase a supply of Survival Food.
To begin with, it looks and sounds good when you're checking out the "menu" displayed by the Survival Food company. ... Wow, ... chicken Cordon Bleu on the Survival menu one day, and steak Diane the next. But ... in a REAL Survival situation you're going to be more concerned with IF there's ANY food at all in the "pantry" than what's on the Survival menu. In addition, you should assume that you'll be able to supplement your Survival diet with some sort of fresh foods. Meat, fish etc. You simply don't need "chocolate crumble finger cakes" or "apple fritter supreme" in a Survival Food supply. You need Survival Food that will sustain life.
With the exception of hard red and white wheat, and pure honey, (all of which will last indefinitely) the average dehydrated Survival Food packed in a #10 can will last for about 8 years. If you end up purchasing Survival Food packed in #10 cans (or 5 gallon buckets) you're betting that you'll be using that Survival Food within that (average) 8 year period. If you don't use them, they'll have to be replaced (at increased cost, plus shipping costs for the 2nd or 3rd time) when they expire.
Unfortunately for me, there was no company that produced Survival Food with an exceptional Shelf Life back in 1998. Or if there was I never found them. Fortunately for you, there are several in 2013. Our Survival Food is arguably the Best Survival Food in the world. Period! In addition, they truly are delicious. As for Survival Food packed in #10 cans, please don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying they're bad. Because they're not. Almost all of that Survival Food is good to excellent. It's just that there's a better, and a more cost effective alternative available to Survival Food packed in #10 cans.
If you want to store additional Long Shelf Life, Survival Food that makes sense and is really cost effective, purchase a wheat grinder and some 5-gallon buckets of hard red or white wheat, throw in some TVP bacon bits, a few #10 cans of gourmet type meals, some powdered milk, and a few other #10 cans to add a bit of spice (like chocolate raspberry crumble finger cakes) to your Survival Food menu. Maybe add some MRE's and some Survival Food bars, and come what may, you'll be good to go. At the end of the day however, Long Shelf Life ,Survival Food is the Emergency Food that will keep you and your family from becoming a starvation statistic.