If you're starting into the prepper mindset or even if you're already underway... it can feel like you're looking at Mt. Everest on your first hike up the hill. While there are many aspects and approaches to prepping regarding provisions for short and long-term food needs including gardening, canning, MRE's, grain, animals, and a lot of other considerations... many of the current freeze-dried offerings can help you bridge short-to-long-term food and nutritional needs for your family while offering a very long shelf life to provide a return on your investment.
We've tried various freeze-dried foods from several manufacturers over the years and for the most part we have preferred the products from Mountain House and Wise Company. While there are plenty of reviews on the web, my thoughts today are more to encourage you to at least think about your family's situation and do something. If you've already set aside three-days worth of grub, great! Now start thinking ahead and take the next step.
It might take some time to build up your stocks and supplies, but you'll find piece of mind knowing that even rough times from things like unemployment can be eased if you supplement your daily needs with food from your preparations while easing your tight budget, then build your stores back up when times are better.
"They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine." ~Genesis 41:35-36
The gals and I have found that the Wise Company often has unadvertised specials that are only available if you call them and some of their products have a shelf life of twenty-five years in optimal storage conditions. They also pack their products in mylar pouches that are then packed in sealed, food-grade buckets.
So as you're making your preparations, you might just consider stocking up on some... Freeze-Dried Food for Feast or Famine...