Something that absolutely drives me bonkers is to open a four-serving package of food, whether it is “regular food” or “emergency food”, only to find that it barely serves two people. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a big eater. Still, I expect to eat a plateful of food as I get in my 1600 calories a day.
Then there is the issue of cost. If I am paying for four servings, I want four servings. To me, 1/4th cup of rice with a speck of meat and two specks of vegetables does not constitute a serving.
The issue of serving size, calories, and cost is big one for every prepper yet many are blind to what they are really getting for their hard-earned dollars. They make purchases based on price and the quoted number of servings alone, when, in reality, the purchase should be based on a cost per serving, with the serving based upon a reasonable number of calories. While for many of you, I am preaching the choir, for others, this is new information.
In today’s Survival Buzz, I would like to educate you a bit relative to serving sizes and how, when it comes to emergency food, the size of the serving affects your wallet.
The Mystery of Serving Size and How It Affects Your Wallet
You might have noticed that serving sizes on your everyday grocery items aren’t always consistent, with one small carton of ice cream being four half-cup servings and another being two one-cup servings, or different brands of chips indicating a single serving is four or eight or even 10 chips. When listing smaller serving sizes, the manufacturer is downplaying the number of calories in the product. But who only eats four chips, or even a half a cup of ice cream?
Kind of tricky, right? One food industry niche in particular where this phenomenon is found is food storage.
Here’s how it works specifically in this industry: Some manufacturers will list similar prices to their competitors or claim they offer more servings per cost, but in reality, they are actually offering less food.
How can you know this? Instead of comparing prices based on number of servings, compare prices based on total weight of the package of food. Companies boasting lower prices per serving often cost far more than competitors when compared by the weight of the food inside. More companies than you think are “shrink serving” sizes to make it appear as if you’re getting more food per package than you really are.
For example, one food storage company offers a 720-serving package for $1,505 with the total weight of the package being 120 lbs., with total calories at 175,800, averaging 244 calories per serving.
Another company offers the same number of servings for $1,430, with the total weight of the package being 184 lbs., total calories being 267,360 and average calories per serving of 377.
A third company charges $1,646.99 for its 632-serving package. While that’s obviously fewer servings than the others, it averages out at even less calories per serving than the first choice: 224 That’s a huge difference, especially for the cost.
The last place and time you would want to discover that you don’t have as much food as you thought to feed your family is during an emergency situation. When spending your hard-earned money on emergency supplies, you need to be sure you are getting what you think you’re paying for.
So remember that the most important things to consider when comparing food storage packages is the total weight of the package and the resulting calories per serving, not the cost per serving. Knowing the total weight of the package will allow you to determine the real serving size for the price you’re paying—the calories per serving—so you can ensure that each member of your family gets enough each day to keep them healthy for as long as you need to live off of the emergency foods.
Now that you know the tricks many food storage manufacturers make to convince you that you’re getting more food for a lower cost than you really are, you can make more informed purchasing decisions.
By way of full disclosure, this article was written by Phil Cox, the CEO of Legacy Food Storage and long term Backdoor Survival sponsor, Buy Emergency Foods. Most of you already know that Legacy Food is one of the few providers of freeze-dried food that I trust.
Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #7
Here are this week’s prep tips from Linda Loosli’s recently published a book, Prepare Your Family For Survival. Be sure to check below in the giveaway section. Linda has donated five copies of her book in the latest Book Festival giveaway.
Chapter 7 – Lessons in Laundry
Tip: If you run out of disposable diapers and don’t have any cloth ones on hand, take some old flannel shirts or nightgowns or bathrobes, cut big squares of fabric out of them, and fold them up to make emergency diapers that you secure with safety pins if you don’t have diaper pins. You’ll also want to cover the diaper with plastic of some sort, perhaps fashioned from a food storage bag.
Tip: Those awesome blue jeans you tend to wear most days, won’t seem so awesome when you wash them by hand. They are thick, soak up a lot of water are difficult to wring out, and could take days to dry on the clothesline. If you live in jeans, make sure you have several pair, and think about having a few items in your wardrobe that are easy to wash and wear.
For more about the book, visit the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.
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Reminder: there are five copies of the book available in this week’s Book Festival giveaway.
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The Final Word
Of all of the topics I considered writing about this week, one that went to the bottom of the list was the “I am tired” speech. No, I am not talking about lack of sleep (although there is a bit of that), but rather tired of the BS and prepper porn (as one reader called it) that is out there on the internet. I find many of the attention grabbing headlines in our space tiresome and sad, mostly because some unsuspecting prepper is going to fall for the fear tactics.
The other reason I am tired is that these sites are still up to their old trick of stealing content, adding links that pitch crappy products, and then naming themselves as the author. Tiresome indeed. Some days I think about quitting the battle and writing books instead.
Okay, enough of a rant. I hope everyone had a fantastic week and that you did a modest amount of prepping. Everything in moderation right? So tell me about it; what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Below you will find links to the items in the article Finding Your Way Back Home Without a Map and Compass as well as the items shown my personal Survival Key Ring.
Original Fox 40 Classic Whistle: This pea-less whistle was my choice for my key ring. It is smaller than the Windstorm (still a favorite) with no "pea" to stick and impede sound. The harder you blow, the louder the sound.
Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight: This little flashlight is extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, it will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag. It is the #1 bestseller on Amazon in the category Key Chain Flashlights.
Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife: This is the Swiss army knife that both Shelly and I carry. It includes the following: large and small blades, two standard screwdrivers, bottle and can openers, a corkscrew, a wire stripper, scissors, key ring, reamer, and parcel hook. In addition, there is a tweezers and a toothpick that pull out of the end.
Kingston Digital DataTraveler Flash Drive: I much prefer these metalized flash drives because the ring will not break. Been there, done that. These flash/thumb drives have really come down in price and are great for storing important documents.
Nite Ize DoohicKey Multi-Tool: This little tool comes in handy for all sorts of things. You can use it to pry things, screw or unscrew things, and as a measure. It is well worth the $5 and weighs almost nothing on your key ring.
Compass and Thermometer: This is the compass I carry with me. It is tossed around in my handbag and has suffered a lot of abuse along the way. That said, nary a crack or scratch in the casing.
Bundle of 2 Premium 350 lb. Paracord Key Chains: The paracord key ring I own is no longer available on Amazon but here is a good alternative. Pricewise, you get 2 for the price I paid for one.
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