Q: Why do you advocate freeze dried survival food for a long term food storage program?
A: The reason is a lot of people have no food storage, and they want to go from a point of having nothing, to having something, and do it very quickly. In my opinion, freeze dried food is the quickest, easiest way to get started. You can go from point A to point B very quickly. All you need is the money to pay for it. You buy a unit for your family and the only planning involved is what size food unit you should get.
Freeze dried food takes less space, stores for a long time (up to 25 years), requires no lengthy preparation (just add water), and tastes great. If you look at some of the Mountain House Freeze Dried Food units, you will find that they provide a certain number of calories per person per day. This is very important. You will need the calories in an emergency situation.
Q: So, you only recommend using freeze dried foods in a food storage program?
A: No, the choice of the type of food storage is a personal thing. To cover all the bases, I think you should have freeze dried foods packed in #10 cans, bulk items (wheat, beans, rice, etc.) packed in buckets or #10 cans, home-canned foods in jars, and store-bought canned goods. I also have some dehydrated foods. Currently I don’t have MREs in my personal food storage, but that is just because I prefer other types. Nothing against MREs.
Q: Your slogan is “Prepare for the worst, live with the best”. What does that mean?
A: It means that if you take the time to create a long term food storage program that your family will enjoy eating, you can live through some very rough times and do it while eating the best possible food.
The other advantage of preparing for the worst is that you will not have as much anxiety about world events. You know that whatever happens, at the very least, you and your family will live through it with full stomachs. Just make sure your food storage is secure enough to survive different types of events. It’s not hard if you just give it some forethought.
Q: Should I tell other people that I have a long term food storage program?
A: No, absolutely not. The exception is if you are part of a larger group of like-minded people where food storage is what you do. But to the general public and your neighbors, I would keep my mouth shut. It’s nobody’s business what you have. Because, if a major event were to occur, they would know exactly where to go to get food. You don’t want that to happen, do you?
I’m not saying that you can’t help out your neighbor in times of emergency. But when you tell someone, you have no control over who they tell. Before you know it, the fact that you have food stored has been told to someone you don’t know, and to whom you would not normally want to know. By then, it’s too late.
Q: Can you prepare Mountain House Freeze Dried Food with cold water?
A: Yes, but you will have cold food. The rule with freeze dried food is that if you make it with cold water, you will have cold food. If you make it with hot water, you will have hot food. However, in a survival situation where you only have access to cold water, yes you can prepare it with cold water and eat it, and that is an advantage over food that requires cooking.
Q: Is TVP the same as Freeze Dried Meat?
A: No, definitely not. I personally do not care to eat a lot of TVP (textured vegetable protein). It is a meat substitute, and it certainly is palatable if you prepare it correctly, but in my opinion it never tastes like freeze dried meat does when reconstituted.
Q: So, why do a lot of food storage units have TVP rather than freeze dried meats?
A: The reason is that TVP is less expensive than freeze dried meats. If you are really serious about food storage, then I would order small amounts of different types of foods, including those with TVP, and try them out. That way you will know if you want to put the money into a large unit of that type of food.