When I was a kid & family lived in Germany in very early 60"s we (Dad had) a 1911 45 & C rations because we were near the border with USSR & things were not too great back then.
All given to him from A Master Sergeant in the Army. Dad was civilian.
I used to sneak the C rations when hungry. I thought tasted good!
Have a bucket now from MH..good for 25 years. Won't live that long to find out how this taste, hopefully.
Their pouches have been tested and are also rated for at least 30 years FWIWThe #10 cans of Mountain House food say 30 years. Pouches ought to be good for a shorter time.
Mountain House also has a line of lower sodium foods (check their site for details)does anybody make such line of long term foods, that are not infected with so much salt.
Sugar too!!!!!sad part for me is i have cut out all added salt in my diet for well over a decade, so any added salt is heavy for me.
salt is adictive in a way, as the more you use the less you taste. (i have seen people literately cover there food with the stuff. and they say it is not salty).
yes there is plenty of salt added to our food chain, so we Americans eat way too much for our own good. and that is in "regular" foods.
adding salt is a deal from well over 100 years back, there were no freezers or refrigerators in the avg home. so salt was the only way to keep foods good to eat longer.
200 more years back a man with a salt mine was richer than one with a gold mine.
but yes if everything goes to he.. then eating too much salt will not be a problem. nor what would kill me.