1. Mountain House — Survival and Casual Prepared FoodsMountain House provides food rations for emergency preparedness and for casual use such as camping, hiking, and backpacking. Their product list includes:
- Pouches — Prepare using hot water and time. These are perfect for casual use or emergency preparedness, especially if you want to add specific meals to bolster an emergency food kit.
- Serving Size: Available in single serving (small portion) or pouches (large single serving portion).
- Cost: Under $6 for a single serving and under $9 for a pouch.
- Sample Item: Beef Stroganoff
- First three ingredients: Cooked beef, sour cream, and mushrooms.
- Calories per serving: 260
- Total Fat: 11 grams
- Total Carbs: 29 grams
- Total Protein: 11 grams
- Mountain House #10 cans — 30-year shelf life. These are prepared meals in a can that are reconstituted using hot water.
- Serving Size: Approximately 10 servings per #10 Can
- Cost: Under $45 per can plus/minus depending on meal.
- Sample Item: Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Peppers
- First three ingredients: Precooked scrambled eggs, ham, red and green peppers.
- Calories per serving: 190 (2/3 cup)
- Total Fat: 11 grams
- Total Carbs: 7 grams
- Total Protein: 15 grams
— Basically the same as a pouch except that the Pro-Pak packaging features high-altitude stability so that packages do not rupture due to the increased pressure.
- Serving Size: Single Serving
- Cost: $6-$8 per Pro-Pak
- Emergency Meal Kits
— Food supplies from 2-14 days
- Serving Size: Available 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, 5-day, and 14-day kits and buckets.
- Cost: Under starts at $42 for a 2-day kit (feeds one person and contains 15 servings) and $285 for the 14-day kit (100 servings). Contains 14 breakfasts, 28 lunch/dinner options. Suitable for one person for 14 days or two people for seven days.
2. Wise Company — Offers a One-stop-shop for Supplies That Are Helpful for Prepping.Wise company offers many products for emergency preparedness. They have full emergency food kits, and freeze-dried staples, such as meats, eggs, fruits and veggies. Per information on Wise Company’s site, these meals are good for daily use or for food storage for upwards of 25 years. Food is preserved by freeze drying or dehydration and reconstitutes with water. Their product list includes:
- Emergency Food Kits
— These are grab-and-go buckets that ranges by meal type and servings per bucket. Servings-per-bucket range from 40-296.
- Serving Size: Available in buckets ranging from 40-296 servings.
- Cost: $90 for a 52-serving bucket ($1.73/serving) to $245 for a 296-serving bucket ($0.83 per serving.)
- Sample Item: Creamy Pasta with Vegetable Rotini (Included in the 52-Serving Bucket = 16 lunch/entrée servings, 8 breakfast servings, 16 servings of Orange Delight drink, and 12 servings of Whey Milk Alternative.)
- First three ingredients: Pasta, Freeze dried carrots, Peas.
- Calories per serving: 200
- Total Fat: 4 grams
- Total Carbs: 35 grams
- Total Protein: 6 grams
- Freeze Dried Meats
— 15-year shelf life. These are prepared meats-based meals in pouches plus servings of rice that are reconstituted using hot water. Buckets range from 60-servings to 1080 servings. Buckets contain various types of meat, such as chicken and beef.
- Serving Size: Approximately 4 servings per pouch.
- Cost: $145.00 for 60 servings ($2.41 per serving) – $2,100 for 1080 servings ($1.94 per serving.) *price per serving includes added pouches of rice.
- Sample Item: Roasted Chicken
- First three ingredients: Freeze-dried Chicken, Chicken Broth Flavor, and Roasted Chicken Flavor.
- Calories per serving: 50
- Total Fat: Zero grams
- Total Carbs: Zero grams *Nutrition from the included rice, not available.
- Total Protein: 9 grams
3. Max Life — Emergency Food and Useful Products for Setting up an Emergency Food Supply for the Whole FamilyMax Life offers emergency food kits that feed four people two-three meals per day. They also offer individual buckets so that you can add food in quantities that meet your preparedness plans.
- Family Packs — Prepare using water. Each kit ranges from a one-month supply to a full year’s worth of food for a family of four. Expect balanced meals with either entrée or breakfast with fruit or vegetable or both. They also offer individual buckets that help to customize an emergency food supply. Shelf life is 25-years.
- Serving Size: Available in family sized buckets that range from two meals per day to three meals per day.
- Cost: Under $529 for 392 servings ($1.35 per serving) in their 1 month kit -$4,998 for 4,412 servings ($1.13 per serving) in their one-year kit both kits offer three meals per day, family of four bucket/kit.
- Sample Item: Red Beans and Rice:
- First three ingredients: Cooked red beans, cooked long grain rice, spices.
- Calories per serving: 221
- Total Fat: 1 grams
- Total Carbs: 32 grams
- Total Protein: 7 grams
4. Honeyville — Offers a lot of products that fit into emergency food storage and they have a huge selection of freeze-dried foods.Honeyville offers foods for long-term emergency food storage or for casual everyday use. They sell freeze-dried and dehydrated dairy, complete meals, freeze-dried fruits, meats, veggies, and plenty of grains, rice and beans. Their emergency freeze-dried meals reconstitute with hot water. Shelf life ranges 10-15 years.
- #10 Cans — Prepare using hot water. Each #10 can holds about 20 servings. You can buy these as a single can or in a case of six #10 cans. These are perfect for casual use or emergency preparedness, especially if you want to add specific meals to bolster an emergency food kit.
- Serving Size: Available in single #10 cans (20 servings) or in cases of six #10 cans (120 servings).
- Cost: Around $34 ($1.70 per serving) depending on the meal for 20 servings and $183 ($1.53 per serving) for a six #10 can case.
- Sample Item: Rotini with Meat Sauce
- First three ingredients: Rotini Noodles, Niacin, Iron.
- Calories per serving: 210
- Total Fat: 3 grams
- Total Carbs: 36 grams
- Total Protein: 9 grams
5. Legacy Food Storage — A One-stop-shop for Pretty Much Everything PreparednessLegacy offers a wide range of emergency preparedness products including emergency food. Their offerings include a range of sample packets, which are handy for trying before you go all in, single buckets and bulk options for purchasing emergency food stores.
- Bulk Meal Packages
— individual meals in Mylar pouches with a shelf life to 25 years. Prepare using hot water. Per information on their site, the average calorie count per serving is 372. Bulk Meal Packages start with a 64-pound 240 serving kit and ends with a 1,107 pound 4,320 serving kits. Their bulk meal packages come with enough options to feed one person three meals per day for an amazing four-year period.
- Serving Size: Available in kits based on total servings
- Cost: $565 for 240 servings ($2.35 per serving) or $8,790 for 4,320 servings ($2.03 per serving).
- Sample Item: Stroganoff
- First three ingredients: Pasta, Corn Starch, Onion.
- Calories per serving: 330
- Total Fat: 4.5 grams
- Total Carbs: 61 grams *likely from the corn starch.
- Total Protein: 10 grams