What do these words evoke in you? If they make you think of safety and security – well then, you are right!
But maybe they make you think of words such as boring, bland, basic, or difficult. If so, then I’d like to prove you wrong.
When done right, food storage (aka shelf stable foods) can be exciting, full of flavor, delicious, and easy.
My family likes to eat. Multiple times a day in fact! I’m guessing that your family might be similar?
Food is an important part of our lives, and not just for our physical health! Our emotional well being is linked to meal time as well.
In a time of stress, such as a natural disaster, job loss, or economic recession, quality food and meals will be even more important. Investing in high quality, nutritious, easy to use shelf stable foods is wise.
In this book, I share with you some of our family’s favorite “food storage” recipes and provide some tips for converting your family’s recipes to high quality shelf stable ingredients as well.
Freeze Dried Is Different
When I first started learning about “food storage,” back in 2007 all I knew about were foods like whole grains, beans, powdered milk and the like.
I learned to use those things and started storing them (and I still do today). But I wasn’t able to make full, well-rounded meals from just basic food storage ingredients. I was missing fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese. Canned and dehydrated versions of these foods just didn’t work quite right in my family’s recipes.
Eventually, I learned about freeze dried foods and this opened up a whole new world to me.
With freeze dried produce, meat and cheese, I found I could convert nearly any family favorite recipe into one using 100% shelf stable ingredients.
Freeze dried foods are nutritious (they retain nearly 100% of their original vitamins and nutrients) and easy to use. They have a long (25 year) shelf life and best of all, they are delicious. Storing freeze dried foods in the closest you will get to be able to store fresh foods.