Ten Eight wrote:I'm trying to get my parents on board with some long term food storage. They want a buy once, cry once, never have to mess with it again solution. They really don't want to have to combine bulk storage items for meals.
So, pros/cons of going with a year supply type package of 2000 calorie a day Mountain House freeze-dried stuff from The Ready Store? Obviously, they'd sample some entrees first, but what else should be stored with such a kit? Vitamins? We have the water storage aspect covered, but we'd have to come up with a way to heat that water long term. I doubt it, but are there any long term food items that are not heavy in sodium?
They're not interested in heavily rotating foods, etc. They want to buy a supply, throw the boxes in a closet, obtain the heating ability to reconstitute it, and forget about it until it's needed.
Pros: You have a one year supply of food and you are done
Cons: My biggest beef with any of the 'One Year Supply' is you get stuff that can be acquired much more cost efficient through other measures. You also get a lot of redundancy when/if you have been doing any kind of food storage, for any amount of time.
You also have GOT to check the MSG/Sodium levels that are in some of the brands. Depending on the way the food is packaged, some methods use a lot of 'stuff' to preserve the food. This is the biggest advantage to what I have found with Thrive, they don't do that. You also have to watch out for GMO types of food that have been used in brands.
So depending on what
you choose for long term food storage will develop your list of pros and cons.
Also the power source for cooking will be determined by what you choose. Some lines don't require real cooking, just rehydrating.
I did a lot of research based on my family and needs/wants and made the decision based on what I wanted for them.
As far as looking into a years supply of food, I have done several custom packages for people, from regular/everyday, to gluten intolerant and high allergy households. There are ways to personalize/customize these packages and get them affordably. In fact you can put together a package, set a budget and have it shipped to your house every month and it is a lot less painful.
I try to make sure no one ever thinks I am trying to just 'sell' anything but through helping them with research and their personal considerations. The decision is usually made pretty easily and they see how different things (bulk mylar, prepared and whole foods) can work for them.
Sorry if I haven't answered all your questions, but I hope I at least gave you some things to consider.