If you have felt like temperatures in your area have been unusually high over the past couple of weeks, you’re not alone. According to multiple news sources including CNN and CBS, “a record-breaking heat wave is sweeping across the United…
Transition to a Shelf Stable Disaster Plan & Draw a Comprehensive Return on Investment
by Jo Miller, MPH, RDN
There are many benefits to transitioning from a traditional disaster plan to a shelf stable plan. In order to be shelf stable, perishable food must be treated by heat and/ or dried to destroy food-borne microorganisms that can cause illness or spoil food. Shelf stable foods can be safely stored at room temperature in a sealed container for a usefully long shelf life (i.e. 10 years). Drying is the world’s oldest and most common method of food preservation. Freeze-drying preserves freshness, color, and aroma, while being completely shelf-stable. And, the compact design of the packaging allows you to store more in less space.