Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dehydrated Foods - Making the Wise Choice - Part One




Dehydrated meals that are pre-packaged and ready to go can be a real life saver in an emergency. They can be used to cook a meal in as little as 15 or 20 minutes and usually require little more than a few cups of water in the process. This minimizes time, effort and resources spent on meal preparation during a crisis.

There are a lot of choices available when it comes to using dehydrated foods. Packaging, cost per meal, nutritional content, shelf life and the manufacturing process are all important things to consider when deciding which type of pre-packaged dehydrated food you may wish to use in your emergency food storage. While it shouldn't be your only method of long term food storage, dehydrated foods should always be included as a part of any balanced food storage program.

Not everyone has the time or the ability to dehydrate and package their own dehydrated food items. This is when the ready-made dehydrated food packets can be used to fill the gap in your balanced long term food storage program.

After obtaining a sample packet of a ready-made dehydrated food packet, a decision was made to review this product and see if the Wise choice stands up when put to the test by Riverwalker.

Once the test has been completed, a further review of this item will be posted in Part Two with the complete results and my recommendations.

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

8 comments:

mama4x said...

Dang it! Gonna have to live vicariously through your review then, my order hasn't come yet. I was so glad to check BOB food off my to-do list, but I'll feel better when my order is actually here in my hands and not perpetually in transit.

Anonymous said...

I had a thought along these lines.Years ago,I recall "boiling bags",frozen food that you just dropped in boiling water,heat and serve.A few dozen of them in a cooler as ice,and food too!Haven't seen them locally in a long time tho,guess the microwave killed them off.
Dean in az

idahobob said...

Ah RW, I got spoilt years ago with freeze dried meals from Mountain House, Richmoor and AlpineAire.

Dehydrated food in a pouch just takes too long for me.

Bob
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Anonymous said...

What exactly is the difference in "freeze dried",and "dehydrated"? Weight,water and so on.

riverwalker said...

To: mama4x

Will let you know the results...

Thanks.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Dean in AZ

Yep! Familiar with the "boilin bags" bu their big drawback was the need to keep frozen. Probably why they aren't around anymore since better alternatives are now available.

Thanks Dean.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: idahobob

Freeze-dried food can be a little pricey...but usually have a better flavor even though the nutritional content is similar.

Thanks Bob.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:20

Freeze-dried is flash frozen first and then dehydrated. This adds to the cost but does help the flavor.

Dehydrated food uses a simpler drying process that uses heat only. This generally makes it cheaper and more lightweight.

Dehydrated food can also be home-made where freeze-drying is a fairly complicated process that increases the cost.

It is usually a difference in cost and taste to suit individual preferences.

Thanks anon.

RW

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