If you have kids, don’t wait for an emergency to break out your food storage supply. Try rotating freeze-dried and dehydrated foods into your regular family meals. That way when you use your food storage in an emergency there won’t be as many complaints about a change in diet or a new variety of food choices.
The last thing you want to deal with in an emergency is a meltdown because your children refuse to eat that strange food you’ve been storing in the basement…
Here are 5 kid-friendly food storage favorites that have been tried and tested by our customers and their kids. These foods have gotten thumbs-up approval from 10-month-olds all the way up to teenagers.
5 Kid-Friendly Food Storage Favorites
1. Mountain House (Just-Add-Water) Meals-The great thing about Mountain House meals is that they start out as a home cooked meal before going through the freeze drying process. They’re using fresh ingredients your kids will love. Here are a couple of kid favorites:
- Mountain House Noodles and Chicken-“Out of all the Mountain House entrees, this is the one my 5-year-old will eat any time we make it. We use the pouches when we go out backpacking or snowshoeing, and this is one of the better dishes. Sort of like chicken noodle soup. I recommend it!” – Fred
- Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork-“This is amazing! The flavors blend perfectly and have a wonderful taste. My super picky teenage son had three helpings with our first taste test! Great dinner and purchased numerous cans”- Cynthia
- Mountain House Beef Stew-“My 10-month-old and I think this stuff is fantastic. We have reduced the amount of waste materials with traditional baby food (no more jars, foil, or plastic containers). The size and texture of the beef and vegetables are perfect for her. And the broth adds just the right balance of flavor for her palate. I strongly recommend this to all my friends.”- Connie
2. Provident Pantry Instant NonFat Dry Milk-Dry –This is not your traditional dry milk. It has a rich, creamy taste. One customer even said she ran out of milk and put this into her kid’s breakfast cereal instead; they couldn’t tell the difference. Here’s what another mom had to say:
- “We were absolutely amazed at how delicious this milk is! We are BIG milk drinkers in our home, so we were a little reluctant to order powdered milk, but I ordered the “MyChoice” size for a trial, and was ecstatic at the taste! I gave some to my husband (who is extremely picky) to try, and he loved it! My kids,who are also very picky, loved it as well! This is a definite must-have for your food storage”-Darcy
3. MRE Stuffed French Toast-Great for a quick meal on the go, this MRE has been praised by our employees and customers alike. Check out what these customers thought of them:
- “I loved this and so did my children. They loved it so much they have asked if I can order some for breakfast on the go. We had these while camping and they will definitely go on the "to buy" list again!”- Suzanne
- “My daughter and I loved these. They’re very filling, and the syrup is good to be artificial. I recommend these to anyone with kids” - Travis
4. Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Strawberries -Great to eat straight out of the can or rehydrated, these strawberries are sweet and tangy. They’re excellent additions to desserts and cakes. Here’s how this grandma got her grandkids to try them:
- “Purchased one #10 can to try. I put them in smaller containers for my grandchildren to snack on and I put them in their oatmeal. My little food critics loved them! I immediately ordered 12 more cans for my food storage. I rehydrated them in fruit juice, thickened it, and made fruit syrup for the pancakes. Lots of possibilities, want to try strawberry bread next.” - Linda
5. Provident Pantry Scrambled Egg Mix–This mom’s rendition of breakfast tortillas made her kids crazy about eating these scrambled eggs:
- “Okay, so it’s not real scrambled eggs but my kids really like them. I bought it to try out and see if we could survive off of this and I think we will have no problem. My kids’ favorite way to eat these eggs is to combine it with freeze dried sausage and roll it up in a tortilla. I even served it to some friends this way to see if they could tell the difference and not one noticed. In fact, all the breakfast burritos were gone!” - Tammie
Of course, not all kids will love every type of freeze-dried food, but check them out and find the ones perfect for your family. For more kid-friendly foods and snacks, check out our baking mixes, desserts and drinks, and meat, eggs, and dairy items.
What types of food storage items do your kids love?