Watch Out For Food Storage Lies

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The following post originally appeared over at The Berkey Buy Blog. The Berkey Guy carries more than just water filtration equipment. Check ’em out. – Rourke 

I have noticed a trend over the last few years when it comes to food storage,  A lot of companies are claiming anything in order to get your business. I wanted to expose these things as food storage lies, whether intentional or not.

At the very least, they are misleading claims, but having received many calls and emails from food storage companies, I had to share this list of what I see as food storage lies or misleading statements when it comes to purchasing long term food storage.

Lie #1: “Our dehydrated pouched Food Storage meals last 25 years.”

The most prolific of all the lies, this one doesn’t reveal the fact that the food must be stored at 55 degrees or less at all times. The chances of you storing it at 55 degrees is extremely rare.  They don’t even put this on their web sites, and won’t even tell you on the phone.  Once you get the bucket, you will see the fine print.  Some may not even have this fact on the bucket when you get it.  Also, one Food Storage company who claims a 25 year shelf life has even admitted to me that they use the claim just to be “competitive”.

Integrity should be the first thing a company stands by, but many of these companies honestly don’t have any or very little. I have seen reputable companies offer Freeze dried food in pouches and only claim 10-12 year shelf life. That is what I look for.

Lie #2: “Our Food Storage is Non-GMO.”

If any company says that, I would specifically ask them for what certifications they have.  Then have them email you the certifications. Don’t let them say I will get back to you, demand to see them before placing your order.  If they have a USDA Organic Certification or another reputable GMO testing certification, then they have something to back up the claim. Also, this claim may not be on their web site, but if they say on the phone to you that their food is Non-GMO, immediately ask them to send you their certifications via email. Most likely they won’t have them. I have talked with a Food Storage company who claimed Non-GMO, but had no certifications.  Buyer Beware on this Claim, be sure to see the evidence.

Lie #3: “Our Food Storage is Gluten Free.”

This is mostly done over the phone, but I have seen it on some of their web sites. This claim goes a long with the Non-GMO claim, ask for certifications and make sure they are from organizations that you find reputable. Don’t fall for in-house tests or anything like it.  Ask for certifications before thinking about purchasing any of their food storage. I also recommend calling the certification companies, and talking with them about the process.  Your health could be at stake, I recommend being extremely cautious of any food storage company that claims Gluten Free.  Making Gluten Free food can be pricy, so if the prices are low or comparable to their regular meals,  I would look elsewhere.

Lie #4: “Our Pouches are nitrogen flushed and have an oxygen absorber in them, which helps them last 25 years.”

While the first part of this claim is true, the 2nd part is not. They can also say they double or triple nitrogen flush the pouches, its all marketing.  Also,Check Lie #1 for their claim of 25 years.

Lie #5: “We have Celebrity and Radio personalities that endorse our products”

These are paid endorsements and some of them are very costly endorsements. I wonder if these people have even tried the meals which they endorse, as they seem to mimick each other when the ads run.  Don’t fall for the marketing, if there is a high profile endorsement, I personally won’t buy it.

Lastly, there are reputable food storage companies and organizations to buy food storage from. The ones I personally purchase are either 100% freeze dried  , USDA Organic , or minimally processed. I avoid dehydrated Meals and have seen that they are highly processed.

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  1. TY @BerkeyGuy for reminding us that not all products are alike! Vet your sources, folks! And if @Rourke didn’t believe and trust in them, they wouldn’t be advertising here…just saying…

  2. And I have a $20 dollar HT that is good for 30 miles. Hucksterism is alive and well in the land of capitalists.

    I have a number of large freezers that I use to ‘stop time’ on freeze dried foods, including a number of canned hams. I am always careful when freezing metal canned goods as water inside can expand and break the seals. In the case of canned hams I have noted no expansion and as their shelf life is listed at five years, it is probably indefinite below 0F, likewise for the freeze dried foods.


  3. Thanks for the info. It’s easy to get caught up in the marketing hype.

    And thanks for your blog! I have just started poking around and like what I see.

  4. Thanks for the info. I have often wondered about the basis of the claims of 25 years and more. How has this been tested? Unless they packaged some of these foods 25 years ago using the same methods, and have opened it and tested it, the claims are guesswork. They may be educated guesses, but guesses nonetheless.

  5. “Gluten Free” is a scam or waste, unless you are one of the very rare people that are actually allergic to gluten or with Celliac Disease. Otherwise, gluten is actually good stuff. You should be looking to store foods WITH gluten, like whole grain wheat, for example, which will keep for several thousand years.

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