Valley Food Storage
I think it goes without saying that food and water are pretty important. Especially during an emergency, when caloric demands are high due to increased exercise, stress, and movement.
You and your family will have to eat, and a few MRE's in your BOB isn't going to cut it past a couple of days.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's that we need to have at least a 3-4 months supply available.
There are several approaches that we think are best, and it includes a combination of techniques: canned foods, dried foods that can be stored medium term, and long-term freeze dried foods.
Let's look at one of the best options for your long term food supplies - the offerings from Valley Food Storage.
Freeze-Dried Food Benefits
Let's briefly touch on the reasons why you should have some freeze-dried food around.
Firstly, with the process Valley Food Storage uses their food can be kept stable and edible for up to 25 years. Set it and forget it! Get a bucket or two, throw them in an interior closet (keep in a climate controlled area) and if you should ever need it, it's there.
Second, freeze dried food is easy to reconstitute and cook. Just boil water, and dump it in.
Pro tip: If you live in an area where you don't have easy access to wood or propane for fires, grab a solar stove and you can boil water whenever the sun is shining.
Third and most important, Valley Food Storage is good. Like, really good. No GMO's, no fillers or artificial ingredients, no preservatives. Just good ol' American food that you'll be really happy to have when the chips are down.
And its all made and packaged in the USA!
The only real problem I have with freeze dried food is the consistency of eating it long-term. Most freeze dried food, when reconstituted, tends to be like a warm, somewhat soupy type of meal.
That's fine, and really a non-issue for a few days, but at some point (if you are like me) you will long for a variety of food textures that items like bread, crackers, croutons, meat and fresh veggies provide.
You can fix that of course by supplementing your food stock with the above mentioned items, or better yet, learn how to make or produce them yourselves.
Valley Food was kind enough to send us some samples to provide feedback on. We got a packet of: Apple Oatmeal, Italian Wild Risotto, Irish Pub Cheddar Soup and some freeze-dried Strawberries.
The Irish Pub Cheddar was our favorite, and we went thru the whole packet in a couple of days. On it's own it is delish, but when coupled with smoked bacon and crackers it's excellent.
The Apple Oatmeal also has a nice flavor. It has some sweetener in it, so you don't have to add syrup, but not too much as to make it taste like junk food.
The dried strawberries were perfect. We eat tons of dried fruit in our house all the time, my wife likes to bring it along for snacks for the kids. Freeze dried strawberries tend to get a little mushy, even right out of the bag, but the Valley Food strawberries were nice and crunchy and really quite wonderful. We piled them up on top of the oatmeal each morning while testing the product.
We haven't gotten into the Risotto yet, as soon as we do we'll post the results.
What Do They Have?
Depends on what you need! Cute answer, right?
We lets look at it by person since I have no idea how many people you're trying to feed. Just multiply the amounts we talk about by the amount of people you have to take care of.
One Month Supply
At a minimum you should get a month's supply. Valley Food Storage has a Premium one month kit for $399.
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That's $1.33 per serving or $10.50 per bag.
- Includes two buckets with:
- 20 bags of entrees: 100 servings
- 12 bags of breakfast:120 servings
- 2 bags of protein: ~20 servings
- 2 bags of fruit: 30 servings
- 2 bags of vegetables: 30 servings
- Over 50,000 Total Calories
- More than 300 Total Servings
I'll let Joe from VFS tell you more about it:
In addition to a kit like this I would grab several things from the grocery store:
- Cans of tuna, herring, salmon, or chicken (keep for several years)
- Bags of rice and beans
There is a Basic Kit which is also available for $229. It has half the stuff. Good if you just want to supplement stuff you already have.
What's in there?
FREEZE DRIED BREAKFAST SELECTIONS: Apple Oatmeal, Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Multigrain Cereal, Strawberry Cream of Wheat, Strawberry Oatmeal, and Apple Cream of Wheat.
FREEZE DRIED ENTRÉE SELECTIONS: Chicken à la King, Chicken Teriyaki, Enchilada Beans & Rice, Fettuccine Alfredo, Irish Pub Cheddar Potato Soup, Italian Wild Risotto, Mac & Cheese, Mango Habanero Chili, Pasta Primavera, Sweet & Sour Asian Rice, White Bean & Lime Chili
FREEZE DRIED PROTEIN SELECTIONS: Beef Dices, Diced Chicken, Pork Sausage Crumbles
FREEZE DRIED FRUIT SELECTIONS: Freeze Dried Apples, Freeze Dried Bananas, Freeze Dried Blueberries, Freeze Dried Peach Slices, Freeze Dried Pineapple Chunks, Freeze Dried Strawberries
FREEZE DRIED VEGETABLE SELECTIONS: Freeze Dried Sweet Corn, Freeze Dried Asparagus, Freeze Dried Green Beans, Freeze Dried Peas, Freeze Dried Potato Dices, Freeze Dried Red Bell Pepper Dices
If you need more than a month (you do) or you have multiple people to feed then look to buying one of their bigger kits to save some cash.
The three month Premium Kit will run you $1,129 and gets you 6 buckets and 114 bags of food.
The Basic Kit costs $624 and has 3 buckets with 57 bags of food.
The six month Premium Kit will set you back $2,099 and gets you 12 buckets and 228 bags of food.
The Basic Kit costs $1,189 and has 6 buckets with 114 bags of food.
The one year Premium Kit will set you back $3,999 and gets you 24 buckets and 456 bags of food.
The Basic Kit costs $2,209 and has 12 buckets with 228 bags of food.
Don't need that much or want to test drive the stuff first before a big commit?
If you have the land and a green thumb, supplement your food supplies with a garden. VFS has a Survival Seed bucket that is chock-full of great choices for $55.
11 Pouches of Seeds in resealable pouches in a 1 Gallon Bucket. Most of which will keep for 3 years or more after you get it.
They have Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onion, Pepper, Squash, Tomato, and Spinach (subject to change with seasonality.)
Where to Get It
Go straight to Valley Food Storage.com to buy directly from them.