Will Your Fettuccine Alfredo Keep For 15 Years?
6/15/2011 12:53:43 PM
Our earthquakes, fires, floods, record snows and tornadoes have been a boon to the emergency food industry.
I just received an email update from a vendor of baking goods and "pantry" foods. The big news was that their powdered eggs are back in stock but what caught my eye was this:
"take a look at our new Emergency Meals in the #10 cans. These are classic meals using Freeze Dried Meats and sealed in the #10 can for long term storage with a shelf life of 10 to 15 years. With great combinations like Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and Rotini in Meat Sauce, you'll have the variety on hand to weather any storm"
I was going to write up a story goofing on the product but then I read some of the product reviews. I guess people out there actually use dehydrated foods on a non-emergency basis? I mean I've eaten dehydrated stuff when I was back packing. If you are away from real food long enough and you're hungry enough the stuff tastes great! I'm not so sure I'd make it for Sunday dinner.
The fact is there is a growing industry dating back to the Y2K panic of these "storable for 15 - 25 year" products. Most of these stores are promoting the products as emergency food. Heaven only knows with the earthquakes, fires, floods and tornadoes an emergency stash of food isn't at all a bad idea. So that leads me to the question, do YOU have a supply of freeze-dried or dehydrated emergency foods? I'd love to hear from you.
Here are some sources Just in case you'd like to try them:
Honeville Foods - Assorted pastas with meats. Many general pantry items too.
Field Harvest Foods - Sells assorted emergency food kits
eFoodsdirect.com - A large array of emergency foods packed and shipped in storable plastic tubs.