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Food Storage: Pre Made Meals Vs Ingredients

April 15, 2019 3 min read

As you head home late after a long, stressful day at work, relaxing on the couch after a hot meal may be the only thing on your mind. However, you may not be looking forward to actually cooking that meal. It takes time and energy and you may not even have all the ingredients you need. What was seeming like a great idea has turned into a cold cereal for dinner kind of night.

Disaster Planning

During a disaster, these days may happen all too often. You may have spent the day trying to clear the rubble from your home, or helping out in a medical center, or just doing your best to help out your neighbor. Once you’ve arrived at home you look at the pile of wheat and think of the effort and time it takes to make one loaf of bread from that wheat. Cold cereal is not an option, but thankfully, you had picked up some of those freeze dried food you had heard about and now dinner is on the table in 15 minutes. And it’s deliciously HOT. Having freeze dried meals may seem like a luxury, but it should be a vital piece of your food storage, even if you like to cook. By adding these easy prep meals, you are adding not only a way to avoid food fatigue, but also fresh nutrition.

Freeze dried food are pre-prepped and are easy for anyone to make. You can enlist your tween to help with dinner or trust that your college student won’t burn down their apartment. With simple directions, such as adding water and simmering, you may find that you use them for busy nights where you rush from soccer practice to dance. The ingredients are already cooked which means less cooking time is needed. You’ll be able to save time making a healthy dinner. Plus, since they usually require a little hot water or very littlesimmer time you’ll be able to preserve precious fuel. Less fuel used cooking your meals in a disaster means more hot meals later on.


Although you may absolutely love homemade wheat bread, eating it for every meal will grow old quickly. You’ll get to the point where you don’t even want to see another slice of it, let alone eat it. This is called food fatigue. Generally, young children and the elderly will get to the point they would rather starve. It’s important to have a variety of foods to provide the nutrition your bodyneeds, and to avoid food fatigue. Switching to a completely new diet is rough on your system. Rushing to the bathroom may not be a great option during a disaster. Eating the foods that you store and storing foods that you like to eat provides a regular diet even during an emergency.

Freeze dried fruits and vegetables are close to what you eat already. Especially considering they contain regular ingredients you can find at the grocery store. Having pre-made meals also helps provide a mental boost. Knowing that the work is already done, the food is delicious, and it providesmuch needed nutrients, your mind can take a break from worrying about your family. Plus, these hot meals that are similar to your home recipes will boost your spirits and remind you of good times and great memories. With meals that have been pre-made with natural and fresh ingredients, the nutrients have been locked in. Vitamins and minerals are vital for a healthy body. This doesn’t change during a disaster. In fact, it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy diet! You want to be healthy and strong. By eating the right way, you’ll be able to boost your immune system to fight off infectious diseases and illnesses.

When it comes to emergency food storage, make sure you add pre-made meals to ease your mind and provide a great easy option in an already stressful situation.