Just about every food storage company boasts several versions of a ready-made, pre-fab food supply.
“One-year Food Supply for four people, $5,795!”
I know you’ve seen the ads and have probably found it tempting to eliminate all your food storage issues with just one swipe of a credit card, but are these commercial food packages all they’re cracked up to be?
Here are some reasons to be wary of these products.
- They likely do not contain the amount of calories needed per person. If a crisis demands far more physical activity than you and your family members are used to, your calorie requirements could top 3,000. This isn’t accounted for in pre-fab food supplies
- They will likely include products you and your family will not enjoy or may even be allergic to. When you put your own food storage together, you know what your family will eat and whether or not someone is allergic to gluten, peanuts, or the like.
- Watch out for portion size. If you have big eaters in your family, and a #10 can of spaghetti with meat sauce states that a serving is one cup, you’ll soon have a mutiny on your hands! I’ve known guys who could polish off the entire #10 can and then ask, “What’s for dessert?”
- When foods are dehydrated or freeze-dried, they lose most or all of their natural oils. This could become an issue if you eat these foods over a long period of time. Our bodies need oil for growth, healthy hair and skin, and energy.
- The pre-fab food supply may not be as cost effective as purchasing the products one can at a time.
- These kits usually include TVP as the main source of protein. If you’re not a big fan of Texturized Vegetable Protein, this could be a problem.
- The shelf life of these foods is not guaranteed. Their actual shelf life will depend on how and where they are stored. Keep in mind the enemies of food storage.
Having said all this, if I had the money, I’d probably buy one or two of these kits as a back-up. When everything else in my pantry is gone, I might be thrilled to have 84 #10 cans of anything edible!