Knight Owl Survival Store Blog
Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Food:
Which Is Better for Long-Term Food Storage?
In a Nutshell, the Answer Is "Yes."
But seriously, rather than just answer "Which is better, Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Food?" with a simple "A is better than B" ... let's look closely at both methods of food preservation so that you can come to your own conclusions.
Let's first determine why we are drying the food. It's a method of preserving the food for storage. If we remove the moisture from the food, (and we also remove oxygen from the packaging), we have created an environment that will allow the food to be preserved for a very long time. Like 10 or 20 years. That's a long time!
Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Food?
There are advantages to both methods, and disadvantages to both. In and of itself, neither method is necessarily "better" than the other; it's more a matter of which method provides the preferred result for a given food type. Some food items are simply better suited to being freeze-dried, while others are better when dehydrated. So whether it's freeze-dried or dehydrated food, the method of preservation will depend on the nature of the food.
The key is to remove moisture from within the food itself, then package that food in an oxygen-free environment.
Mountain House 30-Year Shelf Life
Longest Proven Shelf Life. Period.
Mountain House 30-Year Taste Guarantee
Mountain House 30-Year Shelf Life is backed up by our "Taste Guarantee" that we created to let you know that we stand behind our shelf-life promise. We guarantee your Mountain House meal, in our pouches or cans, will still taste good in 30 years!
We take pride in the shelf life of Mountain House freeze-dried foods. Our nearly 50-year history of using top-quality ingredients, the highest processing standards, and premium packaging materials allows for a shelf life that is unmatched.
And, our food doesn't sit in the warehouse forever either. This means when you buy your food from us, it will still have the longest proven shelf life in the freeze dried emergency food industry.
We are the only brand to fully cook our meals before freeze drying. We make our meals like you do at home, in a cookpot (granted ours is a tad bit bigger). This allows the flavors to mix just right like your meals do at home.
The rest is up to you: store food under dry, sanitary conditions, without prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures and avoiding any environment that could cause damage to the packaging, such as punctures, dents, or rust.
Simply follow these common sense storage tips and you will have emergency food when you need it.
The True Cost of Freeze Dried Food vs. Canning or Freezing
An article published a few years ago in Mother Jones Magazine cites a study that compared freeze-drying to canning and freezing. The article implied that the cost of freeze dried food is too expensive, energy-wise, to be a viable method of food storage.
The study mentioned in the article claims specific energy usage amounts for each of three methods of food preservation: freeze drying, canning, and wet-freezing.
Their conclusion states that freeze drying uses 1.2x and 1.7x more energy than canning or freezing, respectively.
However, as I note below, their conclusions are not based on sound logic.
The Mother Jones article states:Freeze-drying is one of the most energy-intensive ways to preserve food, according to R. Paul Singh, a University of California-Davis food science and technology professor. Mountain House freeze-dries its food in 3,000-pound batches over a period of 18 to 20 hours. The final product weights about 900 pounds and takes about 2.4 million Btu of heat to produce – 1.2 times more energy than canning, and 1.7 times more energy than freezing.
Three Things to Consider Before You Buy Emergency Food Storage
Before You Buy Emergency Food Storage, Be Aware of These Important Elements of Survival Food
It's easy to get caught up in today's mania of being prepared for disasters of all kinds. And this is especially true when you get ready to buy emergency food storage for yourself and your family.
And we understand that there is much to be concerned about: America's economy may be on the brink of collapse; many infrastructure systems are under-funded and/or failing; our political climate – at home and abroad – is precarious at best; and of course we always face the potential of storms, floods and other natural disasters. Not to mention, zombies!
Obviously, being prepared with some extra food on hand (and water, and power, and some other tools and gear of various sorts) is a wise decision. It's always better to have and not need, rather than needing and not having!
However, too many people begin their prepping activities in a haphazard fashion, and wind up purchasing too much stuff, too little stuff, or stuff they'll never really use.
When it comes to getting ready to buy emergency food storage, spending a few moments to consider what you truly need, and what you and your family will actually eat, will pay huge dividends in the long run. And take a close look at the companies from whom you're buying, and what they have to offer ... that is also time well spent. You'll be happy you did.
Below, we have outlined what we believe to be the three most critical aspects to consider when you buy emergency food storage products.
Take the Hassle Out of Bulk Food Storage with Legacy Essentials
Convenient Packaging ~ Quick & Easy to Prepare
Legacy Essentials are individually packaged bulk food items that you can eat on their own, or use to supplement other meals, either as side dishes or in your favorite recipes.
Legacy Essentials are packaged in heavy-duty Mylar pouches. A nitrogen flush combined with an oxygen absorber in every pouch assure the longest shelf life for your food storage supplies.
Unopened pouches have a shelf-life of 10-15 years, so you can be confident that your food will be there when you need it.
Once the pouch has been opened, our Legacy Essentials still have a shelf life of up to one year. This means that you won't be wasting any of your valuable food storage dollars.
Our dehydrated and freeze-dried foods provide the best nutritional value for your dollar. And they take up less of your food storage space.
Legacy Essentials are quick and easy to prepare: simply add water to rehydrate. Or you may add them to your other favorite recipes. (You may need to adjust liquids depending on your recipe).
Many of our foods – like apples, peaches, strawberries and more – can be enjoyed right out of the pouch! They're perfect for a healthy between-meal snack!
Like all of Legacy Foods products, Legacy Essentials are Certified GMO-Free, so you can be assured you're feeding your family healthy choices of whole foods that have not been genetically modified.
And, in independent blind taste-tests, four out of five people chose Legacy Foods as "Best Tasting" in the food-storage industry. Whoever said that survival food had to be bland and boring ... was wrong!
Fill Your Pantry with Legacy Essentials ~ Discover the Best Value in Food Storage!
What Are 2000 Calorie Days?
We Use 2000 Calorie Days as a Measurement of How Much Food You May Need
We want to share with you a simple method for calculating the quantity and cost of the food you and your family may need over a given time frame. We call it "2000 Calorie Days."
We begin with a common denominator – the 2000 Calorie Day. This represents an average daily intake of calories for an average person. Needless to say, your individual needs may vary; you can easily make any necessary adjustments.
The 2000 Calorie Day is a fixed value: It is not based on "servings" per se, nor is it actually associated with the name of a food storage package you may be considering.
We have calculated the total calories in each food storage package, and divided that total by 2000. The result is the number of days the package will last at a consumption rate of 2000 calories per day.
We display this "Number of 2000 Calorie Days" in the description of our survival food storage kits that are intended to be long-term food storage supplies.
We did not include this info on packages like beverages, vegetables, etc., since it's unlikely that you'll eat only side dishes for an extended time.)
An Introduction to Knife Blade Steel
There is a plethora of information about knives and knife blade steel available on the web and elsewhere, written by experts far more knowledgeable than I. My intent here is to provide some basic, perhaps rudimentary, information on what qualities you, as a prospective purchaser, ought to look for in a knife.
It goes without saying, although I'll say it anyway, that the prices of knives are as diverse as the number of knife models and styles available. Do not let price alone be a deciding factor ... there are as many great values available for a quality knife as there are overpriced knives of undesirable quality.
There are many factors that influence a knife's overall quality, and many of those factors are inter-related with other elements of the knife. A well crafted knife, made of good materials, properly utilized and maintained, can last a lifetime, without costing a fortune.
So as a prospective buyer, you must ask yourself what are you going to use the knife for? No knife will do everything; some knives are extremely specialized, while others are great choices for all-around duties. So your first task is to ask what purpose(s) will the knife be used for? Then, when looking at a knife, ask: for what purpose is this knife best suited?
Our task here is to clarify the elements of a knife, and to describe the different options of those elements, and why certain characteristics – especially the knife blade steel – lend themselves better to specific applications.
We will need to isolate the components of a knife, and describe the varieties of options for each of them. We'll begin with the Knife Blade Steel itself. Future articles will speak to other important considerations such as Knife Geometry, Blade Shapes and Styles, Blade Edge Styles, Folders and Non-Folders, etc.
Legacy Foods Partners with Honeyville
Legacy Foods Partnership with Honeyville Offers Additional
Health Certificates and Higher Supplier Production Standards
Legacy Food Storage has announced that Honeyville Inc. will be its new ingredients supplier. Honeyville Foods has been a leader in the food industry for over 60 years, with a focus on producing foods that meet the needs of people with dietary restrictions, such as gluten-sensitivity, among others.
Partnering with Honeyville will not only enable Legacy Foods to continue to produce the healthiest and tastiest emergency foods, but also assures that all of Legacy's products will continue to be certified GMO-Free, with no trans fat, no cholesterol, low sodium and high fiber contents.
"Since its beginning, Legacy has striven to provide the healthiest – and most delicious – emergency foods, with real ingredients certified by our vendors as ‘GMO-free’ as well as featuring no cholesterol, no trans fat, low sodium, no MSG and high fiber,” said Phil Cox, CEO, Legacy Food Storage.
“With all ingredients now supplied by Honeyville, not only will our foods meet the aforementioned benefits but Honeyville’s additional certifications for dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, lactose-free, and even kosher, will give consumers with these restrictions the confidence they need to make Legacy their emergency food vendor of choice."
Legacy Foods CEO Phil Cox Explains GMO-Free Food Storage
Recently, Phil Cox, CEO of Legacy Foods, talked about GMO-Free Food Storage, and Legacy's practices to ensure that their products meet the rigorous criteria to be Certified GMO-Free.
GMO foods are foods that are genetically modified, also known as genetically engineered (GE) foods. Briefly, genetically modified organisms have been altered at the cellular level either by removing specific genes, or introducing new genes.
The purpose behind these alterations is to create crops that exhibit certain desirable traits, while simultaneously eliminating undesirable traits. For example, some manufacturers of GMO seeds claim that their crops require less water or are more resistant to pests or pesticides.
The broader claim among GMO seed producers is that their crops will have increased yields over normal, non-GMO seeds. That claim has yet to be definitively proven.
2014 USDA Egg Recall Does Not Affect
Legacy Foods or Lindon Farms Products
On Feb. 15, 2014, the USDA issued a recall for over 250,000 pounds of processed egg products from Nutriom LLC, based in Lacey Washington. Nutriom's freeze-dried eggs, which are used in "Ova Easy" and "Crystal Eggs," are being voluntarily recalled because of the potential for Salmonella contamination. This USDA egg recall did not affect any of our products, which include Legacy Foods and Lindon Farms.
According to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), approximately 226,710 pounds of processed eggs were affected by the recall. The FSIS press release stated that the potentially defective products were produced between Feb. 28, 2013 and Feb. 8, 2014, and have been shipped nationwide, and to U.S. military installations at home and abroad, as well as to locations in Canada.
Legacy Premium Foods:
The New "Gold Standard" of Emergency & Survival Food Storage
Find Out Why Legacy Premium Foods Offers a Better Value in Food Storage
More Variety ~ Better Tasting ~ Longer Shelf Life ~ GMO Free
Legacy Premium Foods offers emergency and survival food storage products that are unsurpassed. Our products represent the best in quality of ingredients, packaging, shelf life, nutritional content, and, unlike the typical offering of the emergency food storage industry, TASTE!
Starting with only the finest ingredients, Legacy Premium provides meals that are bursting with gourmet flavors, yet are quick and easy to prepare. Simply bring water to a boil and add the contents of the pouch to the pot. Each pouch has cooking directions so you know the correct amount of water and cooking time for that meal.
Meals are low in fat, low in sodium, with high nutritional content so you can be assured that your family is getting the proper nourishment you need to survive.
All of Legacy's ingredients have been certified GMO-Free, and many of their meals are Gluten-Free as well.
With Legacy's wide array of meal choices – 4 breakfasts & 19 entrees in their food storage packages, (and we also offer real meats, side dishes, fruits, vegetables, beverages and bulk food items) – your whole family will be thrilled with the variety of choices available.
Perhaps most surprising is Legacy Premium's affordability. Compare the "Cost per 2,000 Calories" and you'll find that Legacy Premium Food Storage offers the absolute best value for your food storage dollar!
Serving sizes may vary from person to person, and from company to company. But two thousand calories – typically what an adult would need each day in a survival-type scenario – represents a stable, constant value that can actually be measured and evaluated.
We have calculated the total calories in each food storage kit, and divided that total by 2000. The result is the number of days the kit will last at a consumption rate of 2000 calories per day.
It's also important to note that Legacy Premium does not include 'side dishes' as a serving in their food storage packages. This means that all of the servings in your food storage kit are actually nourishing food that your body can use – not just a sauce or a drink.
When you compare the cost of 2,000 calories among various food storage companies, you'll find that Legacy Premium is one of the lowest priced emergency food storage solutions available anywhere.
Lindon Farms ~ A New Way of Thinking
About Emergency Food Storage
The Lindon Farms Difference
Lindon Farms was founded in April of 2007, in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains. They have created partnerships with suppliers of the best survival & emergency preparedness products available.
While many other food storage brands simply "relabel" food storage products, Lindon Farms produces all of their meals in their own facility. The result is higher quality products, more variety, and timely shipping.
Lindon Farms is a Certified GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) facility. Quality long term food storage straight from the manufacturer to your door.
Wide Variety of Gourmet Meals
Lindon Farms' gourmet chef developed award-winning entrees using recipes passed down through four generations of European immigrants who brought their old-world recipes to the Wasatch Mountain region of Utah.
Only the highest quality ingredients and freshest fruits & vegetables are used to bring you truly satisfying, 'just-add-water' gourmet meals.
Lindon Farms offers a wide variety of food storage meal choices, and their meals are great tasting, too! Your whole family will love having these delicious flavorful meals on hand. Rely on them in an emergency, or enjoy them every day!
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