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Dehydrated Food

Storing food for an emergency or natural disaster is very different from just making a shopping list and going to the grocery store. Emergency food supplies have to be able to last for weeks, months or even years without spoiling or requiring power to keep them cold or reheat them. One of the most important things to look for in emergency food supplies is food that has been dehydrated, not fresh or traditionally packaged foods since those will spoil very quickly.

Dehydrated food has had all the liquid in the food dried up. This makes the food last much longer since the liquid is what traditionally leads to spoiled food. It also means the food will be very easy to prepare - mix with water and serve. No stove, oven, microwave, pots, pans or cooking skills required.

Generally food is dehydrated through evaporation - placing the food in a high-heat environment to evaporate the liquid. This will stop the growth of yeast, bacteria and mold in the food to ensure the food has a long shelf life, sometimes up to 30 years as with the Essential Food Supply. Professionally dehydrated food has the longest shelf life, since the food is prepared and packaged using industry standards and professional equipment.

It is possible to dehydrate food at home, but many people may be surprised at how long the process takes with no guarantee on the shelf life. Building up an emergency food supply also requires a lot of food, anywhere from a short-term, three day supply to the Starter Food Supply, which will last one adult for three months to the Harvest 10 Pack Food Supply, which will last 10 adults for one year. The shelf life on these products is 30 years, so buying more than one package can ensure a person and their family has enough food to last for years in the event of an emergency.

Dehydrated food is usually a better long-term option for food storage than freeze-dried food because it has a longer shelf life. Freeze dried food is good to have in an emergency supply, but people need to be careful to mark the expiration dates on the packages so they do not consume spoiled food in the future. There is a greater variety of food that can be dehydrated as well, from vegetables to fruit to meat, and some of these foods can even be eaten without re-hydrating them for convenience or snack foods on the go.

Even food that has been dehydrated and properly stored is vulnerable to accidents. Extreme temperatures or sun exposure can lead to food containers cracking and letting in bacteria or bugs that will spoil the food. It is vital that the food containers be of the highest quality like the 6 gallon buckets in the Ultimate Harvester package, and they be stored in a cool and dark place. Dehydrated food does need water for most food to be prepared, so people should make sure there is enough water stored for drinking, cleaning and food preparation.

How much water does it take to rehydrate food?

Depending on what you are cooking and the serving size of what you are cooking, this will determine exactly how much water you will need to rehydrate the food in question. Typically for every cup of TVP, otherwise known as Textured Vegetable Protein, you will want one cup of boiling water. In some cases, you can add a bouillon cube into the boiling water to give the meat a little bit of an extra flavor. Some recipes say that you can place vegetables in with the TVP and bouillon cube to that all of the flavors will blend together, making the perfect mix for an excellent meal.

Some people might be asking about what will happen if too much water is added to the TVP. As most people know, when water boils, it starts to evaporate. So a portion of this water will be evaporated, and the other portion will make the TVP moist and delicious to the point where it will practically fall apart on the plate or be easy to chew and digest in your system.

TVP is great for people who like to spend a lot of time outdoors. People for example, who like to go camping, and hiking. It is easy to store, light weight, and does not take up much space in a hiker's backpack. You can easily take a bottle or two of water with you on your hike or camping adventure and just boil it over a campfire or on a burner in your RV if that is an option that is available to you. You can put in enough water to make it the consistency for sloppy joe's, or taco's, it really depends on how much time you have, and what you are in the mood for.

Depending on the situation, you could easily carry with you a half gallon jug of water so that you will have it handy when you need it. You never know what might happen and you will be thankful that you have thought ahead and prepared yourself for any situation. It is better to plan for long term sometimes, than it is for a short term situation. If you should happen to run out of bottled water and there is a stream or something near by where you are camping or hiking, you could easily boil this water and have everything that you need right at your fingertips.


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