Catalog Request

food storage

  • Storing Food Safely in the Summer Heat

    Author Carol Lynn Pearson once imagined a disastrous food storage location in her book, “The Model Mormon Mother’s Notebook.”

    “Crib mattress sprouting!” she wrote. “Find other places to store wheat.”

    Actually, below a crib might not be the worst place to put long-term food storage, if it’s done right. Now that the summer heat is here, it’s time to consider if your long-term food storage is in a safe location.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends storing nonperishable food in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

    “Never put [canned goods] above or beside the stove, under the sink, in a damp garage or basement, or any place exposed to high or low temperature extremes,” the USDA advised.

    summer heatIt’s especially important to store food correctly during the summer for several reasons. First, high temperature can cause food to break down faster. A general rule of thumb for chemical reactions is that reactions double their rate for each temperature increase of 10 degrees Celsius. There’s too much variability for that rule of thumb to apply constantly. But, heat will cause food in storage to break down faster. This breakdown changes food’s appearance and flavor, and can cause nutrient loss.

    In addition, many types of canned foods contain bacteria called thermophiles, which prefer high temperatures, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They don’t grow under normal storage conditions, but do and can cause spoiling at high temperatures (50-55°C). That’s 122-131°F, but the USDA says temperatures above 100°F can damage canned goods. The USDA recommends keeping food at temperatures below 85 °F, and most experts prefer below 70 °F.

    “The risk of spoilage jumps sharply as storage temperatures rise. In fact, canned goods designed for use in the tropics are specially manufactured,” according to a USDA fact sheet.

    Exposure to sunlight can cause rapid temperature changes, as anyone knows who’s touched a metal slide during the summer. These rapid transitions are also bad for food storage. Also, light can cause nutrient loss and a change in appearance for food in glass containers, according to Jan Rasmussen from the University of Minnesota extension service.

    Frozen cans can have more acute problems. As liquid inside a can freezes, it expands. That can cause the can to bulge, creating microscopic holes large enough for bacteria to enter. Cans are unsafe if they are frozen, thawed, and refrozen, according to the USDA. Frozen cans can, however, safely be defrosted in the refrigerator.

    “If the canned food is still frozen, let the intact can thaw in the refrigerator before opening. If the product doesn't look and/or smell normal, throw it out. Do not taste it,” the USDA fact sheet advised.

    Shelves - summer heatAlso important: keep food storage off the floor. First, it reduces the likelihood of pests getting into the home and food. Second, cement floors can be damp. Cans and metal lids on glass jars are usually made of steel and can rust on a damp surface. Rust puts tiny holes in cans, which can allow bacteria to enter. Discard heavily rusted cans or those with rust inside. Rust that a paper towel can wipe away is not serious, according to the USDA.

    With canned goods, watch for these warning signs: loose or bulging lids on jars, dented, swollen or leaking cans, or food that smells bad or looks cloudy when it shouldn’t.

    “If the cans look ok, they are safe to use,” the USDA fact sheet said.

    According to the USDA fact sheet, canned foods are safe indefinitely if not exposed to temperatures below freezing or above 90 °F. High-acid canned food like tomatoes and some fruit will keep their best quality for 12 to 18 months; low-acid canned food like meat and vegetables will for 2 to 5 years.

    Keep food storage in a climate-controlled area away from windows and moisture (we recommend storing your food at temperatures less than 70 °F). Put dry goods in plastic or glass containers or cans to keep rodents and bugs out. Put newer food storage items behind older ones.

    And maybe avoid crib mattresses.

     

    Disaster_Blog_Banner - summer heat

  • 5 Ways Freeze-Dried Meat Makes Meals Marvelous

    Looking for delicious meals but just don't have time to go bring out your chef's hat and create a fancy dinner? Not to worry! We've got 5 reasons why freeze-dried meat not only makes cooking easier, but adds a fresh take on your favorite meals.

     

    Food Storage Meal: Chicken A La King - freeze-dried meat

     

    1. Already Sliced, Diced, Chopped, and Ground

    Whether it's chicken or beef, the messiest part of meal preparations is cutting up your juicy meat into usable portions. Not only that, it can also be super time consuming. Freeze-dried meat is pre-cut, so all you need to do is pop open a can, grab the amount you need, and heave a sigh of relief when you don't have to bring out the knives.

     

    2. Tastes Like Chicken!

    And beef. And pork. And...well, you get the picture. Freeze-dried meat tastes just like its store-bought counterpart, complete with their natural shape and texture. It's the real deal, and you can tell with every mouthwatering bite.

     

    3. No Time? No Problem!

    Freeze-dried meat offers quick and easy meal preparation. All you need to do is reconstitute the meat in water for a few short minutes, drain, and you can add it to salads, casseroles, tacos, quesadillas, and so much more! Since freeze-dried meat is pre-cooked, good, hearty meals no longer require a whole lot of time, and that can make a huge difference after a long day.

     

    4.  Quick Clean-up

    Whenever you  cook with raw chicken, you probably spend a lot of time using anti-bacterial sprays and cleaners to make sure any residue is gone. But when you use freeze-dried meat, the only thing you’ll have to clean up is the bowl you use to reconstitute the meat in and the pan you use to cook with.

     

    5. Mundane to Marvelous

    Tired of eating spaghetti over and over again? The fact is, eating the same meal repetitiously can really put a damper on dinner time. Toss some freeze-dried chicken in with your spaghetti and then smother it in Alfredo sauce for a delicious take on an old favorite. Or, add some extra beef to your chili or casseroles for an added boost of flavor and energy. By adding freeze-dried meat to your meals, not only will it add to the flavor, but you'll look like a seasoned professional!

     

    5 Reasons Why you Need Freeze-Dried meat

     

    These are just a few reasons why freeze-dried meat is great to use for cooking. But don’t just take our word for it. During our Annual Warehouse Sale Event (happening now!), grab yourself some delicious freeze-dried meat at huge discount and try it for yourself!


  • Mountain House: Nearly 50 Years of Freeze-Dried Excellence

    We strive to bring you emergency food that will stand the tests of time, in quality, taste, and health. So when we were looking for a company to partner with, these high standards played a key role in our selection of Mountain House as our freeze-dried food partner.

     

    A Lasting Legacy

    Mountain House has been creating delicious freeze-dried meals for nearly 50 years. This legacy of excellence began during the Vietnam War when the United States military requested better tasting, longer lasting, and lighter food than the K and C rations they were currently using. Mountain House (known as Oregon Freeze Dry at the time) was awarded the opportunity to be the military’s supplier, and has been ever since. For more details on how they came into being, check out their video below.

     

     

    Proven Quality

    Creating freeze-dried food for almost half a century means Mountain House has been around long enough to actually test their 25-year-old food that has aged in real-time, as opposed to accelerated lab tests done by other companies. This makes their claim of their food having up to a 25 year shelf-life a proven fact. But what about food older than 25 years, you ask? According to Mountain House, it’s still good! The flavor might change a little bit, but it will still be safe to eat.

    There’s more that goes with this proven shelf life, however. Mountain House has what they call a “Taste Guarantee,” meaning if your food doesn’t taste as good as it would have the day it was packed by 25 years, they will replace your food for you, no questions asked. That’s a confidence that can only come from decades of quality production.

     

    3rd Party Testing

    Mountain House doesn’t just believe you will love their food; they know you will. By taking advantage of third-party testers, Mountain House has evidence to back up their claims that people really do prefer their food over that of other brands. With our quest for the best in freeze-dried food, it’s little wonder we’re the largest suppliers of Mountain House around. We carry every Mountain House product they produce, and sell them at the lowest prices anywhere!

     

    Mountain House Overall Liking Summary for Chili Mac via Oregon State University Mountain House Overall Liking Summary for Chili Mac via Oregon State University

     

    Mountain House has Variety

    Emergency food doesn’t just have to be for storing and never eating. Mountain House expects you to eat their food, whether in an emergency, while hiking or camping, or just as an easy-to-fix dinnertime meal. They want you to enjoy their recipes, and they’ve provided you with many options to do just that.

     

    Mountain House Chili Mac Mountain House Chili Mac

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Meats

    Mountain House has a plethora of meal options from breakfast dishes, lunch and dinner entrees, and meats. From scrambled eggs and breakfast skillets for breakfast to chili mac and beef stew for lunch and dinner, your options for meals stay as fresh as the food itself. With cans of meat – such as chicken or beef – you can add extra bulk to your meals or use them in your own recipes.

    These freeze-dried entrées are prepared by professional chefs and are then freeze-dried so when they are reconstituted they revert back to the ready-to-serve meal they started out as. Boring and tasteless camping and emergency food is a thing of the past. Mountain House gives you the power to eat what you want, wherever you are.

    You can find every Mountain House option by clicking here.

     

    Sides and Desserts

    A meal just isn’t complete without a side and dessert. Sides help round out your meals with vegetables and fruit, and Mountain House’s delicious desserts really are the cherry on top. Choose from raspberry crumble or freeze-dried ice cream (just to name a few) to really turn your outdoor or emergency meals into something special.

    Mountain House Raspberry Crumble Mountain House Raspberry Crumble

    Buckets and Kits

    The Mountain House buckets and emergency meal kits are easy to carry and easy to store. Depending on the bucket, you get either 12 or 16 Mountain House food pouches. As for kits, you can combine various kits to create multiple combinations of meal options. For example, the 2-Day case of emergency food has different food options than the 5-Day Emergency Food Supply, and the 3-day is different from the 4-Day, as well as the others. So when it comes to having a variety of meals, mix it up with these Just-In-Case Emergency Food Supplies. Combine the 5-Day case with a 2-Day case for 7 days of Mountain House meals. Combine others for even more days’ worth of food! It’s up to you how you mix it up, but you can guarantee a varied supply of your favorite meals.

     

    Pouches

    Mountain House Breakfast SkilletEach pouch has approximately 2.5 servings full of delicious Mountain House food. One of the perks of pouches is their small, personal-sized contents. If you’re out on a campout, you may not want to haul around a #10 can of your favorite entrée. Pouches allow you to pack your food in convenience. The pouches can also be used to reconstitute the contents without even having pour it into a separate container. This makes it so you don’t have to carry plates around, either. When it comes to quality and convenience, these Mountain House pouches definitely deliver.

     

    After all is said and done, however, the most important thing about Mountain House meals is whether or not you like them. Of course, their track record in creating mouth-watering meals is above expectation, so we’re confident you’ll love them, too.

    Throughout the entire month of March, we’re throwing out all the stops to give you some of the best deals ever on all things Mountain House. Visit our Mountain House page by clicking here and take advantage of some great deals on amazing freeze-dried food!

4-6 of 163

Back to Top