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#233619 - 10/13/11 07:21 AM Powdered food?
dweste Offline

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
You can store food in many ways, but dried and powdered food may be the lightest and most compact. You can buy some powdered food commercially, but I have not found a very wide selection. You can dehydrate and powder a wide variety of food, but have you done that? What powdered foods have you used and found acceptable? What role have you given to powdered food in your preparedness?

#233627 - 10/13/11 11:58 AM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
LesSnyder Offline

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1546
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
my initial venture (this year) into long term food storage, was with the less expensive bulk staples...many were less than $1 per pound

pinto and white beans
cocoa mix
instant mashed potatoes
pop corn
boullion cubes
dried spices

I plan on adding some higher cost, or more protein in the near future

powdered milk
powdered eggs
possibly some TVP

I hope to get some through LDS's Provident Living outreach... already canned

Edited by LesSnyder (10/13/11 11:59 AM)

#233646 - 10/13/11 03:41 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: LesSnyder]
bws48 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/07
Posts: 830
Loc: Anne Arundel County, Maryland
How about:

Oatmeal (any unflavored type)

Dried Fruit, e.g. raisins, prunes, bananas, etc. (keeps a long time, but not forever)

Buckwheat groats (aka "Kasha"); mostly found in stores specializing in Eastern Europe foods -- it is a grain like rice, cooked in the same way. Was a staple food for most of our ancestors in Eastern Europe). It used to be a major crop in the U.S. also.

Flour and Corn meal.

Just some suggestions to add to the list.
"Better is the enemy of good enough."

#233659 - 10/13/11 05:40 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Powdered food is generally bland and energy-intensive to produce. If you want to eat something the consistency of toothpaste for a weekend hike, go ahead, but I'll bet the thrill wears off really soon.


#233677 - 10/13/11 06:52 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
Blast Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
My family and I really like Shelf Reliance's dehydrated and freeze-dried foods. While we did have some issues with them getting our order right at first, the food itself is very good. I whip up awesome omelets for the family while camping using their powdered eggs, dehydrated sausage crumbles, and freeze-dried peppers & onions. Their prices may seem high but the food tastes surprisingly fresh. DW and the DDs love snacking on the dried fruit ad adding it to their breakfast cereal...though I wish they'd save it for emergencies. mad


Edited by Blast (10/13/11 06:54 PM)
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#233686 - 10/13/11 07:12 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: NightHiker]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
... why make a bad situation worse by having to endure nasty food?

Nasty or unfamiliar food in an already-stressful situation will just make things worse. Store what you normally eat, or at least have taste-tested.

If there is a time for comfortingly familiar food, this is it.


#233698 - 10/13/11 09:04 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
dweste Offline

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
So, now is the time to experiment!

A recent cheese-making class suprised me by relying on powdered milk. The cheese made from powdered milk was, of course, fresh -and tasted little different from that made from fresh milk.

The instructors said it was the same with making butter.

In an earlier class on dehdrating food, the instructors showed us a half-pint jar containing over 40 tomatoes. They used the powdered tomato, hot water, and other dehydrated and powdered vegetables, herbs, and spices to make a tasty soup.

I seem to recall that in the fictional story called something like, "The Long Way Home," the hero ate powdered beans, corn, and rice as the most compact and lightweight rations. I think I would have added onion, garlic, carrot, spices, etcetera.

#233699 - 10/13/11 09:33 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
Richlacal Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Are you an Astronaut?You will be better prepped for whatever fears you have by eating Real food,you can't get around it!Just curious? Travel to a 3rd world country,Your choice,& observe what the poor folks there are eating,I'll bet they don't have a clue to,What powdered food is!That should be food for thought!

#233707 - 10/13/11 10:42 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: Richlacal]
Pete Offline

Registered: 02/20/09
Posts: 1361
Add tapioca to the list - easy to prepare, nutritious, and tastes good. I don't think you're necessarily wrong to store away dehydrated foods and powdered foods - you just want to add a few extra flavoring substances as well. Do you like spices - then add a few things like paprika, chili, jalapeno etc. so your re-constituted food doesn't taste so bad.


#233708 - 10/13/11 10:45 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3078
Powdered wheat grains are very handy for food preparedness especially if you have powdered dried yeast and powdered Bicarbonate of Soda.

Long term availability of bakery bread and cake products can be quite difficult to obtain during an extended emergency.

I personally like the baking products from a company called Wrights in the UK. Bread and cake mixes are available in quite large bulk purchases of 12Kg (for domestic use) Packs at a reasonable price.



Other powdered foods I have include powdered milk (Milbona), Malt drink (Ovaltine), Cocoa powder, Bisto gravy powder, Powdered Soups, Potato (Smash) etc.

In the UK finding powdered eggs is quite difficult at local supermarkets but I would only use powdered eggs for baking anyway and these are catered for using the Wrights baking mixes.

Vacuum sealing the powdered products can effectively double the shelf life. Powdered products are also very energy dense for minimum storage space.

Edited by Am_Fear_Liath_Mor (10/13/11 10:50 PM)

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