I’m obviously a big believer in preparedness. I try to cover all of the 12 topics we cover here at BoomerPreps – Money, Food, Water, Safety, Utilities, Environmental Toxins, Shelter, Communications, Health/Medical, Mental Health, Restricted Travel and Records.
Too many folks that are new to the preparedness mindset think that all they need to do is to buy a gun and ammo, get a water filter, and buy some commercial dehydrated survival food, and they’re all set for the Zombie Apocalypse.
Yeah, things aren’t going to work out so well for those folks if they ever find themselves in a pinch.
Regarding survival food: I own some. Quite a bit, actually. It’s mostly dehydrated pouches for quick and light movement or evacuations. Some of it is in #10 cans for longer-term “bug in” situations.
The stuff lasts a very long time. Keep it out of high heat, and the pouches generally last 5-8 years, and the cans for upwards of 25 years! It’s amazing stuff.
Add some hot water, and you’re ready to rock. You can get whole dishes (i.e., Chicken with rice and gravy) or the individual ingredients like dehydrated carrots, eggs, milk – even pork chops! In general, the stuff tastes pretty good, and provides you with a properly balanced diet.
If you don’t read the fine print and do a little math, you’ve got a great chance of finding yourself in a world of hurt. This is one of the main concerns I have for the “fad” prepper.
Virtually every single manufacturer of these foods sells kits. “72 hour emergency kit” or “1 month food supply” or something similar. The problem is, if you do the math – particularly the calorie count – it doesn’t pencil out. Not by a long shot.
Mr. I’m Prepared For The End Of The World likely only has half as much food as his family will actually need during his planned “event”.
Please Note: The information I’m providing below is from Food4Patriots dot com. Understand that every site where I’ve done this computation, the results have been very similar. I’m not picking on them, just using them as an example so you can verify what I’m about to present. Some, but not all, of the sites will have somewhere in the fine print at the back of the Policies page, that the food needs to be “supplemented”.
That means you need to add more food!
Also, I just purchased their 4-Week Supply, and will get back with you with additional information if anything changes.
On their sales page, they list the items that MAY be included in each of their kits. Digging deeper, I was able to find a very thorough listing of what is actually contained in each kit. You can find that PDF file here.
In my mind, the Number One requirement for food is the number of calories it provides. Yes, I want to have sufficient vitamins, minerals and the like, but calories is at the top of the list. You need a minimum of 2,000 calories per day, per person.
In practice, you probably need at least 3,000 a day if you’re in a particularly stressful situation, or even more if you’re having to perform greater amounts of physical labor than usual.
Anyways, the web site said the 4-Week kit provided 140 servings, but it only showed 124. When looking at the PDF file, two items were listed there that were not listed on the website. I added 8 servings of each of those meals (they are the last two items on the list).
This image below shows the different foods/meals that are included in their 4-Week kit, and the calories it provides. The food comes in pouches, and the Servings column shows how may servings are in each pouch. The second to last column shows the total number of servings (NOT pouches) that are included in their 4-Week kit:
This is truly a very nice assortment of foods (that’s why I’m buying one to try) but it doesn’t even come close to providing enough calories for 4 weeks. You essentially need to double your purchase to cover yourself for your intended time frame.
That being said, as long as the calories listed on their products is correct, spending $13.65 per day for food that will last (as they claim) 25 years, makes it a hell of a good idea to put some of this away.
I just wish they’d market their foods in an up-front manner. Just because your competitor lies doesn’t mean you have to, too. Use that knowledge as part of your marketing plan. Do a comparison chart like I’ve done here, and show how your product offerings are honest and accurate.
We preppers aren’t stupid. We’ll pay an honest dollar for an honest product. If we get screwed, we let the world know.
Maybe these guy’s target market is soft-headed yuppies who buy the image more than they buy the product. I dunno.
If you’re going to buy packaged survival foods, do the math first. If you’ve already bought some, now would be a good time to go run the numbers and see where you stand.
Right now, you might be in deep-doo…