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Daily Bread Emergency Preparedness Review and Giveaway

We are so excited to introduce you to Daily Bread!
Daily Bread provides the highest quality food storage products and the best overall value.  They have a strong customer satisfaction track record. Tens of thousands of people have chosen Daily Bread for emergency preparedness because it tastes great, is easy to prepare, is convenient to store, has a 25-year shelf-life and is affordably priced! 
 
Our parents have always been faithful about having a food storage.  With so many natural disasters and calamities wreaking havoc on our country (and the world) in the last few years, the importance and urgency of having food storage has been looming over my head!  Now that I have a family of my own, I have never found it so crucial to be prepared.  For decades, government and religious organizations have urged people to prepare themselves by storing extra food and water. In light of recent disasters and unsettled economic times, it is becoming easy to see the importance of doing so.
When I thought of food storage and emergency preparedness, my mind immediately turned to Daily Bread
Here is why:
  Daily Bread offers a huge variety of freeze dried goumet foods that taste as good as a homemade meal!  I don’t know about you, but if I was feeding my family in an emergency situation, cans of fruits and vegetables might not go over too well for a long period of time!
When it comes to buying food storage, here are 12 questions YOU should ask before making your purchase:
  1. Does the food or meal plan contain TVP or “textured vegetable protein”?   
  • Review the nutritional fact panel provided on each food product for insight into whether the it contains TVP.
  • TVP will be listed as soy nuggets, textured soy protein, soy meat, soya chunks or soy flour.  
  • A high concentration of Soy Protein can also indicate that TVP is the main source of protein.
  1. How many calories per person/ per day?
  • When considering calories-per-day, more may not always be better.  
  • Understand the “quality” of the calories you intake.  A heavy amount or servings of drinks/drink mix or foods with high sugar or carbohydrates (grains or starches) may not provide you the correct balance of calories you need in an everyday situation or at a time of high stress.  
  • Although you may need 1,200-2,400 calories per day, according the American Journal of Medicine, based on your height, weight and activity level, a balanced diet is the smart way to approach to daily caloric intake.
  1. Have you compared the price per serving?  
  • Lower is not always better.  Price per serving is a common way for companies to present their food products as competitively priced.  
  • Make sure you look at the nutrition panel for clarification when comparing one brand or product vs. others.
  • Compare the costs of the meals to meal meals only, drinks to drinks, and side items/snack items to the same.
  • It is important that you compare the actual serving size.  (Be aware that companies do not all use the same serving size; they may range from ¼ cup to 1 cup.)   The number of calories per serving is one way to compare.  Or using 1 cup as a common denominator, and the company or the brand should be able to give you their price per 1 cup.
  1. Is there variety and balance in the meals offered?
  • Today you enjoy a variety of products and tastes in each of your daily meals.
  • In Barbara Salsbury’s bestselling book Preparedness Principles, she discusses the need for meal options on both an emotional and nutritional level.  
  • When choosing products, ensure that you are getting an assortment of products and flavors and that you know how to use them.
  1. Are there advantages in how food is packaged?  
  • Oxygen and moisture are the biggest challenges to preserving shelf-life for any food packaged for long-term use.  Oxygen provides the environment a catalyst where bacteria grow and thrive.  Freeze-drying and dehydrating will both remove a significant amount of moisture from the food.
  • Food that is packaged (freeze dried food or dehydrated) correctly, using an oxygen absorber that is important to maintain and sustain the quality of the food.   An oxygen level below 2% is the optimal for long term storage, while moisture levels must be below 4%.  
  • According to packaging studies conducted by Oregon Freeze Dried (the nation’s leading long-term food supplier) properly sealed metal cans provide the best environment/conditions to have food products maintain a 25+ year shelf-life, as well as taste, texture, and nutritional value.  Mylar re-sealable pouches or basic pouches, although very convenient, have a higher probability to become compromised, allowing oxygen and moisture into the package.  Pouches provide a maximum 7 to 10 years of shelf life when stored properly.
  1. Where do I store my food?  What are the recommended storage conditions?
  • Optimal storage conditions for dehydrated products are in place that can maintain a maximum 50-55 degrees F/ 10-13 degrees Celsius.  
  • Freeze dried foods optimal storage conditions are also a cool location that can maintain a 70 0F or 210C.  You should never store food products in direct sunlight, high humidity, or heat.
  1. Are the eggs powdered or freeze-dried?   
  • Eggs are a product that you will definitely taste the difference whether they are dehydrated and freeze-dried.   Both are a good source of protein and will provide good nutritional content.  
  • Powdered eggs are dehydrated eggs.  Powdered eggs need to be cooked in a pan.  
  • Freeze-dried eggs have already been cooked and only require hot water to prepare.  Powdered eggs can achieve a shelf life of 3-10 years when stored properly.  Freeze-dried eggs have been found to last 25 years when packaged properly.    
  1. How do I know I am purchasing from a reputable company?  Does it matter if they are a reseller?
  • If you are not purchasing directly, but through a reseller (whether websites or traditional retailers) be aware that many do not carry inventory or may only stock a minimal inventory.
  • If this is the case, your order may be shipped from manufacturer third-party, which can lead to lengthy delivery times.
  • It is always a good idea to understand product guarantees, return policies, and shipping methods.    
  1. Should I purchase meals, single items, or both?   
  • Take an assessment of what staples you already have in your pantry (grains, sugar, pastas, etc…).  
  • Determine what you or your family enjoy or like…then look for those items.  In general, combining a meal plan with other items will provide variety and overall best value. 
    Note: Comprehensive meal plans usually provide the best value, as the Brand/Reseller usually builds in an attractive discount for buying more.
 
  1. Where is the food manufactured?
  • Most brands do not produce their own food, but rather contract with food manufacturers.   
  • Food needs to be produced in food grade manufacturing facilities or in USDA approved
  1. How do I prepare the food?
    • Both dehydrated and freeze dried products need water.  Dehydrated products require you to boil water, add the food, simmer for a predetermined time (usually 20-30 minutes) and stir.
    • If you are choosing dehydrated foods, you will need to think about how you will boil water as well as the time it will take in preparation.  
    • Freeze-dried food, on the other hand, requires you to just add water and wait 6-10 minutes depending on the meal or food.  Note: most people prefer warm food so adding warm or hot water is nice, but it is not necessarily required. 

  1. Is Free Shipping really Free?
  • When companies offer standard FREE shipping, you should be aware that they have accounted for the shipping cost in their final pricing to you.  You are most likely paying for it one way or another.
  • If a company is offering FREE shipping as limited promotion, it probably is truly a promotion and you are saving on the shipping cost.  Caution: Do not get caught up in FREE shipping as key driver to make your decision.  Quality, Taste, and Variety should rank higher in making a final choice.
After reviewing these questions, we knew that Daily Bread was the answer to all of our food storage needs! Which is why we thought our readers needed a little Daily Bread in your lives too!
 

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Emergency Preparedness- Week 11

I am so sorry- I think that I skipped a week or two! It has been crazy around here!
{If this is your first time reading our Emergency Preparedness Posts, I suggest you start here. We are putting our 72-hour kits together by adding one or two things to it each week.}
Week 11:
Add 4 rolls of toilet paper to 72 hour kit . . . so you don’t end up with this problem . . .

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Emergency Preparedness- Week 1

With the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, and then the earthquake in New Zealand, I have been thinking about what I would do if something that devastating happened to me and my family . . . and I don’t think that we are quite ready! So, I dug out a paper that received years ago that broke down Emergency Preparedness week by week. It can be overwhelming to do everything at once, so doing just a couple small things a week is perfect. I will post something every Saturday or Sunday . . .So, here is week 1:

1. Obtain a suitable 72-hour kit container (backpack, duffel bag, garbage can with lid). Make sure you have one kit for every member of your family, even children. (If you have a baby/child in diapers, buy an extra pack this week)

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Emergency Preparedness- Week 12

{If this is your first time reading our Emergency Preparedness Posts, I suggest you start here. We are putting our 72-hour kits together by adding one or two things to it each week.}
Week 12:
Add 1 bar of soap to 72-hour kit.

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Emergency Preparedness- Week 10

Week 10:
Add $10 cash to 72-hour kit.

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Emergency Preparedness- Week 9

Week 9:
Add 1 blanket to 72 hour kit.

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Emergency Preparedness- Week 8

Week 8:
Add 1 large roll of paper towels to 72-hour kit.

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