Monday, April 7, 2014

Another Look at Emergency Freeze Dried Food Stores for Diabetics

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    Pre-packaged food stores, many of which are freeze dried, often have an abundance of carbohydrates, calories and often entirely too much salt.   MREs and camping foods were originally constructed for soldiers and hiking campers where 2800 calories a day or more and abundant carbohydrates were really important to fueling the kind of activity that was necessary.  Abundant salt was added not only to enhance palatability but to prevent too much water loss through perspiration.

               However, when we are talking about stockpiling freeze dried emergency foods for families, or for family members who are women, or for someone who is Type I or Type II diabetic, then excessive carbohydrate is pre-packaged packets is unwise, and we might need to consider other freeze dried alternatives.  (Keep in mind that Type I autoimmune/juvenile diabetes mellitus is a different illness than Type II diabetes mellitus. However both have the same "rash" in terms of glucose regulation difficulties. Although the control strategies for each do differ, there are commonalities in that the regulation of carbohydrate intake needs to be organized,  planned and mindful.)

               For example, if you, a non-diabetic or active male, are looking for high calorie food, then look to

             Expedition Foods  which sells a macaroni and cheese freeze dried, reconstituted with water, entree which is 800 plus calories per serving.

              However, if you have a family member who must conserve carbohydrates and perhaps enhance protein and vegetables as in diabetics, then perhaps your best bet is not to purchase much of the pre-made entree ready meals, and do what I do.


Most of the time our chickens keep us blessed with plenty of eggs. However, there are times when whole eggs which are freeze dried can be very useful.

               I purchase #10 (industrial cans) of Augason Farms freeze dried food which has the calorie counts and grams of protein etc. for each measured serving clearly on the can. This way I can custom construct exactly what my diabetic daughter needs even in emergencies.   I can reconstitute chicken, beef, potatoes, vegetables and a variety of fruits and provide exactly the correct diet for her fairly easily.  The freeze dried eggs work well and one can make a crustless quiche which works well.  There are recipes on the Augason Farm website which you can make using their broad range of meats, vegetables, potatoes, rice, and grains, etc.    She can also eat servings of the prepared entrees, but we often need to provide only 3/4 of the adult serving.

              Another important strategy is to buy a modern diabetic cookbook which has the calorie counts broken down for each serving, and then to substitute the plain Augason Farms freeze dried origin foods (reconstituted)  

             Remember if you have diabetic family members after planning their basic meals,  to stock nice-to-haves like sugarless chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, and cheesecake flavored puddings.  These are not freeze dried but will last a couple of years in a clean dry cabinet.  There are some excellent and very low calorie and carbohydrate controlled hot chocolate mixes.  In addition, stock some freeze dried fruits ( I use the large cans Augason farm strawberries or apples)  These can be reconstituted as fruit or measured out so you know how many carbs and calories you are ingesting, and eaten as a snack. If you are even moderately creative, you can provide interesting meals with variety which do fit within the confines of even a restricted weight reduction diabetic diet. It's certainly possible to structure interesting meals for diabetics without a need for weight reduction.

           In addition to stocking certain emergency freeze dried foods for diabetics, it is important to make use of growing your own sprouts and growing some lettuces when possible in anything from a window or porch garden, where you can not only attend to these items and water them often, but where you can harvest from them, often daily.  (The easier your access is, the more likely you will use them in your daily diet.)

          If you do grow  kiwi, blueberries, blackberries, apples, tomatoes etc., make sure that you use this when fresh especially in diabetic diets, and find some ways to save this bounty for later in the year through either canning or dehydratiing these yourself.

These are some interesting recipes which can be used for diabetics:

Vegan cheese

Gluten free vegan cookies

These are some of our earlier posts which are beneficial in providing emergency food for diabetics:

This is an earlier post on exactly this subject:

Other Rational Preparedness posts on the subject of preparedness which may well be of interest to

These  are also  interesting links:

State of N.J. Disaster Preparedness Pages for Diabetics

Diabetic diet plans for 1200, 1500, or 1800 calories


lotta joy said...

WHAT would I (and a lot of other people) do without you. I'd rather not know.

I would love to be able to buy smaller cans of veggies from Auguson, but they only seem to offer them in the institutional sized cans, or in groups that cost WAY too much for us.

JaneofVirginia said...

Lotta Joy,
Augason Farms sells everyday sized cans of freeze dried onions, broccoli, potato slices, potato gems, potato shreds, red and green peppers, and sweet corn. The everyday sized fruits include dehydrated apple slices, freeze dried pineapple chunks, freeze dried strawberries, f.d.blueberries, fd raspberries, and honey coated banana slices. These can be purchased from their website at
To get even more items in an everyday can size you can go to They also sell the smaller cans of most everything freeze dried, which includes spices, baking powder and supplies, peaches, pears, pineapple, gravy, puddings, peas, raisins, margarine.
Between the two companies you can likely get a very broad range of excellent emergency food in smaller and much less expensive containers, which would be perfect for couples or smaller families.
Thank you for the kind words, and also for posting !

lotta joy said...

Thank you! I believe one of the first problems would be food boredom, and smaller cans would allow variety. I just never saw them at Augason. Off to get broccoli and more food choices!

JaneofVirginia said...

Yes, Augason's website can be a bit complex and this can make it tougher to see what they have. I was not able to enter "Everyday Size" on their search feature and see a comprehensive listing of those sizes. Instead, I manually went through vegetables and fruits and was able to cherry-pick the listings of those sizes.
The other seller is good too for those sizes, and both companies run some periodic great specials.

JaneofVirginia said...

I should also update this information by saying that certain staple items in the Augason Farms line are available a bit less expensively from Wal-Mart dot com (often only online and only in a few Western stores) and also at SamsClub dot com. This may save you some money along with free postage if you're spending more than fifty dollars. This is a result of an agreement Augasons must have made because Sams and Wal Mart are capable of moving a great deal of product. Augason Farms dot com still sells some of the more unusual items and has its own specials on items and on postage occasionally.