Nutrient-Dense Food: Your Secret Arsenal for Food Storage Success
February 27, 2012 by Peggy Layton
In any survival scenario, the most valuable asset or currency you will need is food. Food reserves will be more precious than gold, oil and cash. We must have food to survive. Let’s face it, when you’re hungry, nothing else matters. If you don’t have nutrient-dense food, your food reserves will be insufficient.
Nutrient-dense food is your secret weapon. It is the single most important factor to catapult you from “someone who just has food storage” to someone who has a nutrient-dense food reserves.
It’s not enough to just have “food.” You should have food that has the highest nutritional density for the space that it will take up. This will ensure your family’s health will not be compromised in stressful times.
Pound For Pound And Dollar For Dollar
Money is getting tight for most people. We must be wise with each dollar we have.
The food-reserve decisions you make now will determine your wealth when food prices double and triple. Determining how much money you put into food reserves is like buying stocks. When it comes time to invest in your food reserve bank, there is one key investing tip that you must know.
One “dollar” doesn’t equal $1, and one can of “food” doesn’t equal one can of food.
A dollar spent today on dried fruits and vegetables is a stronger dollar than a dollar spent on a box of cereal. One jar of fruit whose juice you could also drink at another meal or add to pancake batter is not the same as one jar of food that is not as versatile and is limited in its recipe appeal. I believe that pre-made meals that you just add water to and cook are a great investment. You don’t have to open six to 10 cans and find a recipe to make a meal. When you need food reserves, you need them now and you need them convenient and easy to prepare with the minimal amount of heat and fuel. Each food-reserve choice must give you optimal return on investment, pound for pound and dollar for dollar.
Quantity Doesn’t Equal Quality
You may have a large food reserve, but is it quality food? In times of stress, you need the highest quality food available. To optimize storage space, each inch must yield the highest quality of food to justify occupying the space where it is stored. When it comes time to pack your 72-hour emergency bug out bag, every square inch counts. Lightweight, nutrient-dense food could save your life.
A “cheap” bag of processed food will not give you the nutrition needed. You need high-quality food in any stressful situation. In a worst-case scenario, there could be viruses in the air, irritants in your throat, bacteria to combat and gastrointestinal tracts that are not properly digesting food. If we eat nutrient-dense food, we will better combat illnesses caused by a pandemic flu or some other disaster.
I would rather have oatmeal or nine-grain cereal of the highest quality with a few dried apple slices than boxes of processed, poor-quality, sugary cereal. Why? Because each bite you put into your mouth will cost you — not financially, but you will pay with your health.
Digestive Enzyme Optimization
If your food is not living (whole foods), your body will need to produce enzymes and digestive juices to break the food down and make it bioavailable. Dehydrated fruits and vegetables are the highest quality because the water has been removed, and the enzymes are still in the food. Any grain, bean or legume that will sprout is a nutrient-dense food.
It takes more energy and digestive enzymes to digest processed, packaged food than high-quality, dried whole foods.
Food That Ignores Constitutional Law
All food reserves are not created equal. One can of dried food has greater nutritional value than other cans of wet pack food from a grocery store. Homegrown food that you dehydrate at home in your food dryer is better-quality food, because you can regulate what goes into putting up the food and the temperature at which it is dehydrated. Get fruits and vegetables from your local grocery store, farmers market or your garden. Even winter vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and onions can be sliced thin, dried and stored, then reconstituted in soups.
Imported food from countries with less-stringent inspection for insecticides, fertilizers, bacterial and chemical contamination have entered our country’s food supply and have proven to be problematic. Storing safe, clean food is essential.
When storing dehydrated food, it is best to look for the healthiest dried foods available. You want to get the most for your money. Read the labels on the containers. You should purchase foods that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fat. Organic food is usually more nutritious than other foods.
Use canned stored food such as dried fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and beans in recipes from my food-storage cookbooks, which are available here.
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I am very impressed with the food. It is dehydrated, not freeze-dried, so the prices are very reasonable. Each package of food is ready to go with everything except the water. It takes only 15-20 minutes to cook, and the food is delicious. The packages feed two to four people.
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