Food & Beverage

Apr 1, 2017

PREPPER - DOOMSDAY MEALS

Thanks to National Geographic's Channel popular show, "Doomsday Preppers", the prepper phenomenon went from a small North-American niche market focused on the United States of America and Canada to a global market with enthusiasts on the four corners of the world, giving birth to a whole new industry that now reaches Japan and the whole Europe, with highlights on France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

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We're referring to the freeze drying industry. In little as 5 years ago, the long term food storage options (with products that now have a shelf life of up to 30 years) was restricted to bland food and military rations, more concerned with the number of calories and protein than with its look and taste.

That is no longer the case. The industry has developed in such a way that today several gourmet options are already available, along with tasty desserts and snacks and the market has evolved from serving solely preppers, humanitarian missions and Antarctica expeditions, to now include high competition athletes, alpinists, campers, yachtsmen and good health enthusiasts.

Its major distributor in Europe is Conserva.de, that supplies it both in retail as in wholesale packages with options that can go from one week, two weeks, one month or 90 days and with products with an expiration date from 10 to 30 years, amongst freeze dried options (more popular) and caned options.

Unlike on its earlier days, todays options are mostly organic and healthy, with a great availability of freeze dried fruit, whole cereals and organic products without Genetic Modified organisms.

Besides the new fruit options, the freeze drying process has perfected itself as to include sea food and meat (salmon, shrimp, chicken, pork, beef and even venison) on its long term storage, without losing any of its characteristics. As the process removes all of the foods water turning it almost impossible to spoil until the day we eat it, be it on a camping trip with the family next weekend, on the probability of a catastrophe 10 or 25 years from now, or just one of those days when we do not have the patience to cook a meal from scratch after a work day.

The industry has perfected its canning to a point that it now includes a few extravagancies, from canned bread to gourmet hamburgers and sausages, extremely popular on the German market. Even birthday cakes.

Today, we can find long term storage options that include pretty much all the foods we use on a daily basis and even on festive dates and, beware we're not talking about the old fashioned pre-prepared "just add water and cook", we mean actual cakes and loafs of bread made ready to eat, just open the can and serve it.

But the great novelty here is the freeze dried fruit, something that Healthy Supplies has specialized on making it possible to storage apples, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, bananas, pineapples, raspberries, blackberries and currants, either sliced, whole or even in powder form that can be eaten after rehydrated or straight from the package, as a quick tasty healthy snack.

Long term food storage has never been so wide, nutritional, healthy and delicious and as the old saying goes, "better safe than sorry."

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