Freeze dried food has been the new food storage craze over the past 8 or so years.  And I don’t blame them!  The food lasts better in long term food storage because there is less moisture in it (which tends to ruin food storage).  Freeze dried food is light weight.  It re-hydrates much quicker than dehydrated and keeps a similar form when re hydrated as well.  Really, the only downside to freeze dried food is the price.  If you are fortunate enough to be able to purchase a freeze dryer which is well over $1000, then purchasing freeze dried food from any store comes with a hefty price tag.

That being said there are 3 things you want to ask yourself BEFORE purchasing freeze dried food.

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Freeze Dried Food

Here are some tips to check out to save you the most money for your freeze dried.  (Hint: almost all the companies get their main food from the same suppliers).

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1. What is the serving size?

Each company has different serving sizes.  One company might have 1/3 cup servings while the other company have 1/4 cup servings.  This can make a HUGE difference when looking at how much is in the can.

For example:
50 servings of 1/3 cup = 16.6 cups total.  VS 50 servings of 1/4 cups = 12.5 cups.  That’s 4 cups difference!

2. What is the weight?

Another area freeze dried companies try to trick you is the weight.  This is especially important with bulk food storage buckets (with more than one meal included).  Many buckets will tell you it has 100 servings in there, and not tell you the size of servings (or there is a variety of serving sizes and they only tell you the biggest).  In this case, you want to look at the over all ITEM weight of the product compare to the price.  Comparing dollar per ounce is the best.

For example:

This Mountain House bucket (on sale for $75.71) advertises 29 servings and is 55.2 oz.  This makes it $1.31 per ounce.


This Wise Food Storage bucket (on sale for $119.55) advertises 156 servings and is 42 oz.  This makes the price $2.84 per ounce.


That’s DOUBLE the price, but it looks like a better deal because it has 5 times more servings!

3. What is the shipping cost?

A few years ago Thrive used to charge shipping weight per the cost of how much you ordered.  Shipping prices could be up to $50 for just one order.  Since then, they have lowered prices and even offer free shipping at times (when you purchase a certain amount).

Honeyville used to offer $4.99 shipping not matter the order size, but has since changed it the end of 2018 to $8.99 for any order size.  (If I had a crying emjoi it would be entered here).  They still have better shipping prices then some, but they are now on a more equal playing field… on the shipping side of things.

Shipping cost is something to be aware of, as it can make or break the deal with purchasing from a company.  And beware of companies that charge more shipping for more product.  A flat rate shipping is typically your best price.

In conclusion

It’s important you do your research and ask yourself these 3 questions before buying freeze dried food to save yourself money and frustration.

What’s your favorite freeze dried food company and why? Comment below!

Further Reading:

Long Term Food Storage Options

How to Shop For Food Storage

What Type of Food Storage Is Best?

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