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Top 10 Long Term Food Storage Companies

Emergency Food Supply for Disasters

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Emergency Preparedness (being a Prepper, as it's called) seems to be in fashion these days. You may not believe in a coming zombie apocalypse, pandemic, or government collapse but it's perfectly reasonable to assume you may find yourself a victim of a natural disaster. Disasters can come in many forms: tornadoes, forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards. Any of which may leave you without access to a food source, sometimes for a considerable amount of time.

A popular way of guarding against this kind of catastrophe is storing food at home. This is called Long Term Food Storage. There are dozens of companies selling food specifically for this purpose. I've listed ten of my favorites here in no particular order.

A lot of this type of food is simply meals where you add water and heat. However, if you buy individual ingredients you can create more of a gourmet pantry which allows you a much greater range of meals to prepare.

There are two types of long term stored foods - dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods. Freeze-dried items typically have a longer shelf life than dehydrated and often a better flavor. Dehydrated has it's place, though, often having a better texture. Look for foods that are stored in mylar bags, which protects better against oxygen and has a much longer shelf life than the old #10 cans used to store food. Prices seem high some times until you calculate the price of an individual meal which is usually around what you would spend on a conventional meal.

If you've never tried a brand, check the website for free samples. Several companies listed here offer free samples or individual meals at a low price.

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1. Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center

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Nitro-Pak is my favorite place to find dehydrated and freeze-dried foods. They have a huge selection that includes one of the best tasting labels Mountain House.  They carry various long term food kits, as well as a huge variety of individual products.  They also have the best prices and back that up with a low price guarantee.  In business for over 25 years, the customer service is top notch and shipping fast.

Brands available for purchase include: Mountain House, Backpackers Pantry, Rock Mountain Food Reserve, AlpineAire Foods, OvaEasy Eggs, Astronaut Foods,  and more.  You can find staples like flour, powdered eggs, powdered milk, etc. to complete entrees and freeze-dried ice cream.

 

2. Augason Farms

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 In business for over 40 years, Augason Farms is one of the top producers of long term storage foods.  They manufacture their own food products and are a supplier to many other food suppliers. (Augason Farms is also the creator of the popular Morning Moo brand of powdered milk. )

They have a great selection of Food Storage kits - 72 hour emergency kits to the Deluxe 1 Year Kit. What I like most about Augason, however, is the incredible selection of individual ingredients available - dehydrated and freeze dried vegetables, rice and grains, freeze dried fruits, baking ingredients, powdered milk and eggs, freeze dried yogurt, beans, gluten-free products, plus a wide variety of entrees.  

3. Preparewise

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Preparewise is another seller of Legacy brand foods, which are considered some of the best tasting long term storage foods and also GMO-free. Foods are sealed in mylar packaging which is superior in keeping oxygen out and giving the food a true 25+ year shelf life.

They have a wide variety of meal packages, as well as, individual entrees, sides, and breakfast - great for camping trips or traveling. You can also find freeze-dried meats and gluten-free products.

 Receives an  A- rating from the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org).

4. Emergency Essentials

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Emergency Essentials carries a huge inventory of long term food storage items from MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) to Mountain House Freeze-Dried Entrees. Several different brands are available. Powdered butter, freeze-dried meats, cereals, grains, pastas, fruits and vegetables, baking ingredients, entrees, and lots more.

 Receives an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org).

5. My Food Storage

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My Food Storage has been in business for 10 years and is one of the most highly rated food storage companies.

 My Food Storage is very similar to Wise Company with a lot of the same products.  Prices are cheaper than most companies

 

6. Food Insurance

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Food Insurance has a great selection of long term food storage choices from a 1-week supply to a 12-month family supply. Foods are freeze-dried and stored in mylar bags which have been shown to give food the longest shelf life, typically 25+ years.

They have a wonderful selection of individual entrees to make your meal plan more interesting. Some choices available include: freeze-dried scrambled eggs with sausage, fettuccine alfredo, blueberry pancakes, lasagna, Italian wedding soup with meatballs, plus lots more including a selection of gluten-free products.

 Receives an A rating from the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org).

7. Wise Food Storage

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Wise Company is one of the top rated prepared food companies and one of the first to store their foods in mylar bags (vs. the traditional #10 cans).   Mylar packaging gives food a significantly longer shelf life. Wise manufactures their own products here in the United States  They sell a variety of long-term food kits as well as short-term emergency kits.

Reviews on taste are mixed for Wise but they are generally less expensive than other companies.

Receives an A- rating from the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org).

8. eFoods Direct

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eFoods Direct has one of the best selections of long term foods anywhere. They have a wide variety of emergency food kits from 1-week to 12-months. One of the best features of eFoods Direct is all the individual meal choices available by the case. Some of the delicious offerings include bakery mixes, fruits & individuals, soups and stews, entrees and more.

 Receives an A rating from the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org).

9. Buy Emergency Foods

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Sells a wide variety of top quality Legacy brand emergency foods. Legacy company emergency foods are sealed in double thick mylar pouches and resealed in waterproof BPA free buckets. Each pouch has an oxygen absorber on top of being nitrogen flushed. This translates into a 25+ year shelf life, eliminating the need for rotation. Also their products are GMO-free.

You will find a big selection of long term storage foods including kits, individual entrees and sides, freeze-dried meats, as well as some single ingredients in bulk such as powdered milk, dried honey powder, whole egg powder, parboiled rice, and lots more.

10. Honeyville Farms

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Originally started as a grain mill back in the 1950's, Honeyville has a fantastic selection of flours and grains - barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, rye, rice, wheat. They also have freeze-dried beans and peas, freeze-dried meat, seeds, gluten-free items, baking ingredients, and many other products.

 

Receives an A+ from the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org).

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