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Three weeks ago I started heavily supplementing my diet with dehydrated, emergency style food. You may ask yourself why. After all, I'm eating other foods as well; I'm not exclusively on a dehydrated diet. I'm not doing it to cut calories (although that is one side effect). Mostly I'm doing it to ensure more nutrition in my diet. After all, I have these meals that are made to help sustain life in a nutritionally balanced manner for a month.
So how has it been going so far? Both badly and well. From basically the second day I abandoned the meal plan in the kit, eating as I felt hungry and as I've had nutritional cravings. I've eaten a lot of oatmeal for breakfast, which is good for me. But I've been supplementing those oatmeal breakfasts with things such as bananas.
Frequently my wife has been preparing healthy, yummy dinners, and I'd be a fool to pass those up, even though I have healthy options available to me from the month's dehydrated supply.
I've been using one of Augason Farms' month supply of food in a bucket. It is literally a 7 gallon bucket with foil packets of food. There is, of course, oatmeal, but there are other options such as cheesy rice and creamy potato soup.
To be honest, though, the variety isn't too great. I'm not especially surprised. This was a bargain kit that I had hoped would help me cut down on my food bill. But for those of you who have dehydrated food sitting around for an emergency, let me stress this. You need to get used to that sort of food now, and not when a flood hits or a hurricane makes its way through town. It'll be another stress in your life to change our diet that drastically when you're working on cleaning your house up from a disaster. There are foods in the kit that I like more than others, such as the cheesy creamy rice. But the honest truth is that not one of the included packets is what I would eat for fun.
I have found universally with each provided dish that it needs more salt. In some cases, it needs much more salt. You may look upon this as a good thing, since it is wise to limit your salt intake. But in the case of these dehydrated foods, they've either cut the salt way too drastically or just not included any. You need some salt to stay alive. You can add your own, and I've found myself doing just that. A little bit of salt and pepper will go a long way.
The oatmeal is the easiest dish to fix. You can add some dehydrated milk substitute, for instance. But you also have to be careful with the oatmeal. The package says to really shake it and they mean it. Even though it's labeled "maple brown sugar oatmeal", there is actually very little maple flavoring and brown sugar in there. It tends to settle. Plus, the brown sugar tends to clump. If you haven't shaken the package, then whisked it well while cooking, you could get portions of your oatmeal devoid of any flavoring at all. I'm a fan of oatmeal, but I don't eat it straight.
So, I cannot stress this strongly enough. If you keep long term storage food in your house for emergencies (they happen; we had a massive flood a few years ago where it was very helpful to have some food and water on hand), then you owe it to yourself to live off the long term storage food beforehand. Even for a few days. At the very least you'll get used to it and it will be less of a shock.
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