Purchasing Food Reserves - The Essential Questions
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1) Are the
quantities and specific food products you are considering purchasing adequate
and appropriate for the circumstances
or scenarios you have determined may exist that will require you to rely upon
your preparedness food supplies?
will be the anticipated duration of the emergency for which you are preparing? Will you need to be mobile?
2) On food
assortments that specify food supplies for a specific length of time (i.e. 1
year, 6 months, 30 days), how was this time frame determined?
determined it - the provider (the person or company selling you the products)
or the manufacturer? Was it determined
by caloric value or another means?
3) If caloric
value was used (the usual method), what are the daily values that determines
the length of the assortment?
Children - teens - adults - elderly?
What was the source of the technical information on caloric values?
Most companies selling food units do not properly inform the
customer of this essential information, and without it how can you properly
compare differing available food reserve units?
Unfortunately many units have inadequate caloric values and deficient
They are advertising number of servings - these servings have low caloric value. Buyer beware!!
4) What is the
source and quality of those calories?
amount of those calories comes from sugar?
5) Who is the
manufacturer/canner of the food reserves?
What do you know about
them? How reliable are they?
6) Does the food
manufacturing facility conform to federal standards, and are they inspected for
cleanliness, and labeling compliance by the USDA?
not who does inspect them?
7) How long
have both the provider and manufacturer been in business?
provider/manufacturer be available in the future? What about future customer service?
8) What is the
experience and qualifications of your food reserve provider?
researched them? While prudent planning
and self-reliance is always important, is your provider more interested in
promoting fear and catastrophe as an incentive to buy rather than knowledgeable
information and sincere customer support?
9) Do you
trust your food reserve provider?
Will they deliver true value for your monetary
investment? Also, do you trust their
knowledge of the quality, quantity, and nutritional value required of the foods
that you will be relying upon to keep you and your family alive in a serious
familiar are you with the foods in the units you will buy?
Do you know
how to prepare them? Are they similar to
your current diet? Are you or family
members allergic to specific ingredients?
Will you be able to properly digest the types of foods in the units you
want? Are the foods "better than
starving" quality and consisting of items you have never eaten or hope you
never will have to eat; or will you be satisfied to use your reserves at any
time for convenience, camping, temporary economic difficulty, or during an emergency.
11) In the
units with #10 size cans have you been given the information you need so you
can make comparisons with other companies products?
compare apples with apples. For example
one might be given serving sizes but not the calories per serving, or one
company has significantly more product in a can compared to another, or the
calories per can may significantly differ.
The chart below is an example of an appropriate comparison.
12) Ultimately the question is: What are you really paying
What is the cost per serving or per calorie? You must determine the real cost by
evaluating caloric values, the quality of those calories, the nutritional worth
of the specific foods, and the real quantities you are buying
. Be diligent in your research and equip
yourself with the facts - beware of less than honorable providers - I wish it
were not so, but there is a great deal of inaccurate, misleading, and outright
false information about preparedness products, storing foods, and proper planning.