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    Ask This When Buying Emergency Food Storage Kits

    Buying emergency food storage kits is an essential part of an overall emergency plan. Being prepared for an emergency is one of the best actions that individuals can take to protect their families and give them peace of mind. An essential part of that plan is having unspoiled food to feed family members, not only when a crisis begins, but as rescue and rebuilding operations unfold. Emergency Food Storage Kits are one of the popular ways that families buy food that will last 25-30 years and provide them the nutrition they need for days, weeks, or even months. The top three suppliers of emergency food kits include Costco, Amazon, and Sam's Club. There are many things to consider when buying emergency food kits to ensure you get something that will last as long as it says it will and be there when you need it most. Here are valuable questions to ask when purchasing emergency food storage kits.

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    Is there a healthy balance of food types?
    A proper emergency food storage kit should have multiple types of food from different food groups such as grains, meat, fruits, vegetables, and dairy. This will help to ensure that, should you need to consume the food, you are getting the required minerals, vitamins, and other fuel your body needs to run.
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    What companies sell emergency food storage kits?
    The manufacturers and sellers of emergency food kits must be scrutinized. Researching the seller and manufacturer and only buying from a trustworthy supplier can ensure you do not buy faulty or improperly packaged food that will let your family down in a crisis. Popular sellers of emergency food kits include Costco, Amazon, and Sam's Club.
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    How many mouths do you have to feed?
    Buying an Emergency Food kit that only feeds 2 people when you have a family of 6 is foolish. Typically, adults will consume 2000-2500 calories per day, while kids average 1600-1800 calories depending upon age and activity level. Look for the amount of calories your Food Storage Kit supplies before purchasing to make sure you can feed everyone during an emergency.
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    What type of packaging is used and how long will it last?
    This is food you will hope to never have to use. However, it cannot be spoiled or expired should an emergency occur, and different packaging affects the shelf life of food. For example, cans are the best packaging material and some foods such as grains, beans, or legumes can last up to 25 years in cans. Metal-coated pouches are the main alternative to cans but do not last as long because of the amount of air that can be inside and the thinness of the material.  Metal lined pouches that are stored inside plastic can help increase their shelf life. 
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    What is freeze-dried food?
    Freeze-drying is a process of preserving food by freezing it and then turning the water into a gas, thereby removing most of the water from the product. Freeze-drying is effective because it provides very little heat to the product and heat often changes the chemical nature of a food which can be observed by change in color, texture, flavor, or weight.
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    Should I buy freeze-dried food for my emergency kit?
    Freeze-drying, while effective, is an expensive process and can increase the cost of your food kit dramatically.  This lack of chemical change in the food tends to preserve the nutrients that are naturally found in foods which is why frozen fruits and vegetables are sometimes said to be just as good for you as fresh.
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    Should I buy dehydrated food for my emergency kit?
    Dehydrated products are the second common type of food in emergency food storage kits. This simply means the all the water has been removed from the food or product. Dehydrated foods that are not freeze-dried do not last as long because they will usually have been exposed to heat in order to remove their moisture. This heat exposure changes their internal chemical structure and they do not last as long. However, dehydrated food tends to cost less than freeze-dried products.
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    How expensive are emergency food storage kits?
    Ultimately, spending thousands of dollars of food you might never eat might seem foolish to some, but the presence of these products could save your life in a crisis. Fortunately, there is a wide range of products at price points, from $40 for one emergency meal to $2,000 for three months worth of emergency food.