Thursday, October 6, 2016

Food Choices For Your Prep Plan

“The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat.”
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 1 page 250
"The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah." Ezra Taft Benson, "Prepare Ye," Ensign, Jan 1974, 69.
"We are living in the prophesied time, 'when peace shall be taken from the earth,' (D&C 1:35) when 'all thing shall be in commotion,' and 'men's hearts shall fail them' (D&C 88:91) These signs of the Second Coming are all around us and seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity.'" ... While we are powerless to alter the fact of the Second Coming and unable to know its exact time, we can accelerate our own preparation and try to influence the preparation of those around us. We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming." ( Preparation for the Second Coming, Elder Dallin H. Oaks Conference, April 2004).
When I teach preparedness I use an acronym for the basics of survival. It is ASWiFFS. It stands for Air, Shelter, Water, Food, Fire, and Security. I believe these to be the basics of survival. I also teach the rule of 3’s. You can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter in inclement weather, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. Food is a basic building block in its importance to our survival. Emergency food is a little different than food storage although it is an important part.
Freeze-Dried Food
Long shelf life
Very lightweight
Very low moisture
Reconstitutes quickly
Best way to dry meat items
Generally tastes better than dehydrated
Retains original shape, texture, color after reconstitution
Most expensive food storage option
Most items require water to prepare
Items are bulkier than if dehydrated
If purchased in Mylar pouches, they’re susceptible to puncture

Dehydrated Food
No waste
Low moisture
Long shelf life
Not easily spoiled
Requires water to prepare
Some items have poor visual appeal
Some items lose taste after reconstitution
Some items take a long time to reconstitute
Dehydration process can affect nutritional value
MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)
Convenient to use
Familiar foods available
Requires no water to prepare
No mixing or blending required
Can be heated for hot meal by many methods
Can be eaten right from pouch without preparation
Taste of MREs considered poor by some
Not intended for long term consumption
Artificial additives added in many recipes
Expensive considering actual food received
Entrees alone will not supply adequate nutritional value
Because of foil pouch, they are susceptible to puncture
Can be heavy if larger quantities need to be transported
Many entrees more like sauces & require additional quality carbohydrates for a filling meal

Commercially Canned Food
Wide variety of canned foods
Secure packaging-containment
Readily available at all grocery stores
Moderate shelf life, generally 3-years – depending on food
‘Real’ shelf life often much longer than posted without issues
Difficulty in freezing conditions
Heavier than dehydrated, freeze-dried
Typically lots of preservatives-salt, etc.
Not as practical for on-the-go or carrying
Exposure to water-humidity promotes rust
Requires more physical space than other types of processing
Emergency Food Bars
Low cost
Calorie dense
Good shelf life
Compact – convenient
Good for portability – small kit, etc.
Limited nutritional value
Not everyone likes the taste
Not adequate for prolonged use
Not a satisfying substitute for a hot meal
Grains, Beans, Basic Commodities
Low cost
Good nutritional value
The basic food staples – very important
Very long storage life if stored properly
Essential ingredients for sustaining life
Many sprout-able seeds, grains, and beans increase nutritional value
More time consuming to prepare
Heavy weight – meant for storage, not portability
Not generally appropriate for shorter term emergencies
Time is required to adapt to basic commodity oriented diet
Requires relatively large quantities of water and fuel to prepare
For calories, a fairly large quantity must be consumed when eaten exclusively
Storing food for long term is different than for short term emergencies. A mixture of some of these may fit into all your food storage needs.
Food IS more valuable than gold. Having food storage will give you greater peace of mind than any amount of gold would.
Your family should have a food storage program tailored to your needs and desires. Food storage should be in your family’s preparedness plans.

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