Many people are unsure about the differences between Mountain House freeze dried foods and dehydrated foods. Mountain House freeze dried foods are perfect for long term storage, offering about (30+ year) shelf life when stored in a cool, dark place. The dehydrated foods do not have as long of a shelf life (about 10 years) in a cool, dark place. The other big difference is you can eat freeze dried food with unheated water and they taste good. Dehydrated foods must be eaten with boiling hot water. The real difference are detailed below:
Dehydrated Food Taste
Dehydrated foods are without any seasoning or additional ingredients. Dehydrated foods require cooking and seasoning. Most dehydrated foods will benefit from added seasons. You can add any ingredients or topping to dehydrated foods. Seasoning is recommended simply for taste. Mountain House freeze dried foods are contain a multitude of ingredients and seasonings. Nothing more is needed, just a little time in hot water to rehydrated them and have them ready to eat. They are pre-seasoned, pre-cooked and pre-mixed with other ingredients, making them the fastest, easiest and tastiest foods available.
Cooking is very simple. Measure out the amount of ingredients you wish to make (depending on the number of servings you want) and dump into hot water. Cooking time is usually around 10 - 15 minutes for most foods. This applies to all the Mountain House freeze dried foods. Most Dehydrated foods have to be cooked after it rehydrates. This requires a lot more time.
Freeze dried food is usually an "entree", containing multiple items for a complete meal. Most dishes have several items included within them and you don't need to do any other cooking or adding ingredients to make a complete meal. Because it's freeze dried, you simply add hot water, or add the product to hot water and cook for about 10 minutes. Hot water rehydrates the freeze dried food completely and it's ready to eat!
Dehydrated foods are usually single ingredients. Some cheaper freeze dried food companies use dehydrated ingredients mixed with some freeze dried food and call it “Freeze dried food”. It is not and may not be useful as food when you really need it. Stick with Mountain House foods for quality that has been tested with time.
Freeze dried food are the easiest and longest lasting food made for long term food or survival storage. If you don't like to cook and want food that will be great 10, 15 or 20 years from now, freeze dried foods are the hands down winner. Check out the Mountain House in buckets or the Survival Cave Foods in Grab & Go Buckets.
Mountain House Foods advertises a 30 year shelf life. Store your food storage in a cold (or cool) dark place out of direct sunlight, preferably at a constant temperature. Dehydrated foods in #10 cans will store about 10 years under the same conditions.
Storage Space Requirements
Survival foods, whether freeze dried or dehydrated foods, are very compact, way more compact then their watered down canned food brothers. There is no excess water or fancy packaging, no empty air spaces. A entire years supply of Mountain House freeze dried food can be fit into a 2 ft x 3 ft area, stacked 5 ft high. Or under the bed, in a closet, in the pantry, in the basement. These freeze dried foods are concentrated, because the water has been removed before packaging. A single #10 can contains 8 to 16 servings on average.
Food Supply in the USA
Most people are unaware of how fragile the US & world food supply really is. The fragile state of our infrastructure and natural things like hurricanes, pandemic flu, dollar strength, and oil prices are often misunderstood. America is the land of plenty, right?
Wrong. And certainly, not forever. During times of natural and manmade crisis, the supermarkets and big box stores are stripped bare in a matter of hours. People used to stock food as part of their everyday preparations for winter months, but have since forgotten this time honored practice. Now, everyone rushes to the store to "stock up" when events frighten them into doing so. Or worse, they wait until after a disaster and find the shelf’s empty. This has happened many times in disasters across the USA. Stock up now and have your long term food supply ready when you and your family need it. Order today and Save with fast, free shipping.