The Truth About Food Storage
Pre-Made meal Food Storage is the most common type of food storage sold now. Here are the basics of how it is made, what to watch out for and what the true shelf life is.
Fats & Oils are what make food storage go rancid. As food storage companies, we need to get all the fats and oils out of the food in order to get the maximum shelf life.
SO HOW DO WE DO IT?
Fat & Oils contain most of the calories and flavor. This is why a lot of food storage has the reputation of not tasting good and is also the reason it is very hard to get a standard 2000 calorie per day diet. (It would almost end up being more food than you could consume)
HOW DO WE DETERMINE OUR MONTHLY MEAL PLAN?
Easy, we decide what meals we want to create for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, times it by the average number of day in a month and were done!!!!! Wrong!
Our meal plan is awesome and we are happy with the variety. The problem is, we count up the daily calories per person and it is under 400 calories per person!
Thats a diet plan, not an emergency food supply.
SO WHAT DO MOST COMPANIES DO?
1. Sell it the way that it is and really push how inexpensive the food is.
2. Start adding more of the items that are cheap to produce (potatoes, grains or cereals)
3. Add salt and MSG for better flavors and sugar for calories (Flavored drinks etc.)
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR...
SALT, MSG & SUGAR
Salt & MSG is the most common way most food storage companies add flavor to their meals. Sugar is the easiest way to add calories and flavor to your food storage. Sugar is cheap!
Watch out for companies that give you a lot of drinks inside their meal plan in order to increase the # of servings. This stuff is very cheap to produce and the caloric benefit is very little.
PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OILS
Don't buy products with this stuff in it! Not for food storage, not for your everyday foods. They are designed to have a longer shelf life but your body does not metabolize them correctly. This is a money thing. Partially Hydrogenated Oils cost less than real oils but they interfere with your bodies ability to process good fats!
THE BELOVED #10 CAN
These cans are great for storage. They are also a great way to get ripped off! How much food is in your #10 can? Is it half full? What happens when you open it? You have to eat is all. Why do they only fill my cans half full? Money!
Is this really the best packaging method? The answer is yes only if it is done correctly. You have to have 5mm thick mylar at least. Thin Mylar does not keep out oxygen and moisture as well.
Does all of your food storage have oxygen absorbers in it? It should, if it doesn’t, its probably bad and needs to be thrown away. (not true for grains etc.)
The concept is great. But do you really know it has been done? You can’t see it or smell it.
NEVER BUY SERVINGS
There are no rules in food storage for a serving! It can be 1 cup, 1/8 of a cup etc. This is the most common way to confuse people.
BUY THE CORRECT CALORIES
Don’t spend money on sugar calories. Buy meals or individual items that are not drinks. This is so easy to deceive people it is unbelievable.
DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH
Research the products that you currently have first! Maybe you do have enough food storage, maybe your storing to many grains etc. Then do business with a reputable company. The door to door people may be offering a great product, they may not be. Research before purchasing.
WHAT IS THE REAL SHELF LIFE OF YOUR FOOD STORAGE?
I believe it is time that someone starts telling the truth about shelf life right up front. At Family Storehouse we struggle with telling people that our food will last 25 Years. The problem is... the competition is really pounding the 25 year shelf life of their products. Im not calling them liars, It's just really crafty wording. We all say "up to 25 year shelf life" instead of "25 year shelf life". It makes attorneys feel better and it a way to get around the liability. Yes, we still use the wording, but only because we don't want to look inferior. Honestly, most people see that and never ask any questions. They should.
TEMPERATURE IS THE KILLER!
You only get the 25 Year Shelf Life is you store you food storage at 55 degrees or lower! Really....98% of our customers do not have that kind of area to store anything for a long period of time. Thats the catch.
At 70 degrees you will get 15 years. That is more of a reality for most people. I know it is for me.
SO WHAT IS OUR SECRET?
I'm not telling. But we have the best guarantee in the business and we don't sell you a bunch of sugar and cheap to produce products. We don't use MSG, GMO or use any partially hydrogenated oils. Read your labels and then read ours. We'll see you soon!!
- Josh Baum