Long Term food storage options

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    Long Term food storage options

    I'd like to hear what everyone here uses. I've looked at the Wise Food storage stuff Wise Food Storage - Emergency, Long Term, and Camping Meals And I like the look of their stuff but I'd really like to hear what the members here think of them and what yall use.
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    I heard about this company: Welcome to Mountain House here on the forum and was preparing to order a few things to test when I saw they are for sale locally in our grocery. They're a bit on the expensive side for what you get but they store for many years, are light-weight, and easy to rehydrate in its own container. I opened the beef stew one last week and prepared it. Would I want it every day? No. Would it be great if it were all I had? You bet.

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    I am familiar with Mountain House. these are the food supplies I have packed in my get home bag. I've tried a few of them and like you said, they work. They will get my butt home and keep me fed.
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    For variety and a mix, the freeze-dried stuff is initially expensive, but it will last a long time, so I would think the cost per year is good.

    For bulk items, I'd consider bags of beans, corn, etc in bulk from Sam's Club or wherever, then put in mylar bag with 02 absorbers and a dessicant, sealed bag stored in 5 gal buckets.

    No matter what the food source is they should all be stored in cool, dark, dry place that will enhance their longevity and quality.

    IMO a mix of some regular household canned foods (which can be rotated for freshness), a few MRE's for that quick food prep needed, then the bulk of stuff being freeze-dried and Sam's Club bulk stuff bucketed.
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    The Gundudes just did a recent podcast about food storage. They had a guy on who says his food storage products have a shelf life of 25 years.

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    I have 6 months worth of food from Saratoga Farms I bought from The Ready Store. I also have a bunch of MREs. My water is stored in 3.5 gallon, stackable and durable Water Bricks.
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    I buy freeze dried food from thereadystore.com when they have sales.

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    I do my own rice, beans, split peas, rolled oats, etc. Mylar bags, oxygen absorbers and buckets. It's about 1/5 the cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RightyLefty View Post
    The Gundudes just did a recent podcast about food storage. They had a guy on who says his food storage products have a shelf life of 25 years.

    Numannafoodstorage.com
    I listened to that episode too. It sounded like good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppkheat View Post
    For variety and a mix, the freeze-dried stuff is initially expensive, but it will last a long time, so I would think the cost per year is good.

    For bulk items, I'd consider bags of beans, corn, etc in bulk from Sam's Club or wherever, then put in mylar bag with 02 absorbers and a dessicant, sealed bag stored in 5 gal buckets.

    No matter what the food source is they should all be stored in cool, dark, dry place that will enhance their longevity and quality.

    IMO a mix of some regular household canned foods (which can be rotated for freshness), a few MRE's for that quick food prep needed, then the bulk of stuff being freeze-dried and Sam's Club bulk stuff bucketed.
    I also use 5 gal buckets for my rice and beans. For dehydrated Mountain House is the way to go. With a 30 year life span it should get you there. Which ever way you go don't forget the spices to 'jazz the taste up a bit', salt, pepper, onion flakes, garlic powder, etc.............
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    I use Honeyville Farms aka Honeyville Grains for dehydrated eggs, meats, veggies and fruit. I also use food products from Oregon trail foods and of course the local grocery.
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    I've tried Wise products. They're good. So is Mountain House.

    I also like:

    Efoods Direct

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    THRIVE Food Storage

    My food storage consists of things I've canned myself (beans, rice, wheat, oats, dried potatoes, carrots, corn, etc) using mylar bags and #10 cans.

    I also have several tubs of prepared meals like Thrive, eFoods, Mountain House, etc.

    I have all ingredients to make bread from scratch: wheat, powdered eggs, powdered shortening, etc.

    All the companies mentioned above are good too.

    Be sure to compare prices and look for deals like buy 2, get one free, free shipping, etc.
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    We keep a year's supply of Augason Farm's storage food in place and have several bug out buckets from them and Family Store House. We also usually have some MREs laying around for quick grab and go meals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmy40 View Post
    We keep a year's supply of Augason Farm's storage food in place and have several bug out buckets from them and Family Store House. We also usually have some MREs laying around for quick grab and go meals.
    I had not heard of them before. I checked out their website and they have some good sales going on.
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    Take look at overstock.com as well. Augason Farms has packages there from time to time.
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