Emergency preparedness (being a prepper, as it's called) is becoming more and more important. With unrest around the world, climate change, and catastrophic and natural disasters, having an emergency kit prepared with survival and emergency food is essential.
Disasters can come in many forms: tornadoes, forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and blizzards. Any of these may leave you without access to a food source, sometimes for a considerable amount of time.
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The Ready Store
The Ready Store has won numerous awards for the best food storage company, both for its great products and excellent customer service. Started by a Utah couple just after 9/11, The Ready Store has grown into one of the best food storage companies in the country.
They have a huge selection of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods from top brands such as Saratoga Farms, Mountain House, EasyPrep, OvaEasy, Yoders, Datrex, Mainstay, WonderMill, and more. They also have a complete selection of MRE Military Meals. These include self-heating kits with meals like spaghetti, sweet and sour chicken, and garden vegetables in tomato sauce.
You will also find grain mills, cherry pitters, apple peelers, sprout growers, and many other top quality kitchen tools to supplement your survival kit.
02 of 08
Valley Food Storage
Valley Food Storage offers high-quality products with all natural ingredients at a reasonable cost. It's hard to beat, especially with no shipping fees and a genuine 25-year shelf life on most products.
Their great selection includes many specialty diet foods including gluten free, no MSG, no fillers, dairy free products, and DIY kits. You can order freeze-dried meats or fruits and vegetables in small servings or buckets with a month's supply of various foods.
Many of their prepared emergency food is interesting as well. Imagine sheltering with Irish pub cheddar potato soup or pasta primavera for dinner, knowing you have apple cinnamon pancakes to look forward to in the morning.
03 of 08
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, including the popular Morning Moo brand of powdered milk, and are a supply many other food suppliers.
They have a great selection of food storage kits, from 72-hour emergency kits to the Deluxe 1 Year Kit. However, Augason's best offering is the incredible selection of individual ingredients. This includes dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables and fruits, rice and grains, baking ingredients, powdered milk and eggs, freeze-dried yogurt, beans, gluten-free products.
Augason's wide variety of entrees is equally impressive. For example, their 1 Week Pantry Pack includes tasty morsels like stroganoff, oatmeal with strawberries, enchilada soup, and pasta alfredo. All of it comes with a 15-year shelf life, so you're sure to be prepared.
04 of 08
Preparewise is another seller of Legacy brand foods. Legacy is considered some of the best tasting long-term storage food and it's also GMO-free. Foods are sealed in mylar packaging which is superior in keeping oxygen out and giving the food a true 25-plus year shelf life.
They have a wide variety of meal packages, as well as individual entrees, sides, and breakfast. There's something for every family as well. The Legacy combo bucket options include gluten-free meals while there's also a bucket filled with a great variety of chicken and beef entrees. The smaller packs are also great for camping trips or traveling.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Enjoy these healthy meals tonight or in 30 years with Numanna which has many different dietary restriction options like organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and more. Their best seller, the family mega pack will give you 840 servings of wholesome food and includes delicious recipes to make meals such as habanero chili, cheddar broccoli soup, pancakes and much, much more. This food can be used alone or along with other foods.
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Emergency Essentials carries a huge inventory of long-term food storage items from MREs to Mountain House Freeze-Dried Entrees. Several different brands are available.
You'll find staples like powdered butter, freeze-dried meats, cereals, grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables, and baking ingredients. They also offer a great selection of entrees, including popular Mountain House meals like turkey tetrazzini, rice pilaf, and sweet and sour pork. Many of these are included in their emergency kits that will keep you fed for days or months at a time.
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Wise Food Storage
Wise Company is one of the top-rated prepared food companies and one of the first to store their foods in mylar bags. 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. You'll also want to check this company out for smaller cases of camping food. They offer the basics like noodles with beef, chili mac, and strawberry granola crunch that are easy to pack and should keep you going on your next adventure.
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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 one 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 black bean burgers, cheesy rice casserole, and tortilla soup, which is always a favorite.