Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why it is important to build up your personal food reserves?
A: Building your food reserves for your family is one of the most prudent actions you can take. No one knows what can or will affect the functioning of society or food distribution. With food reserves, you eliminate the worry. Each week, the attention of the nation is focusing more intensely on families storing quantities of emergency food and water in their homes. Why? Potential disruptions in the food supply can be caused by a number of factors such as unemployment, economic downturn, erratic weather, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, contamination of food supplies, and transportation disruptions.
Q: What is eFoodsDirect doing to keep up with demand for storable food?
A: We have multiple suppliers in place who have vast manufacturing capacity.
Q: How do I figure how much food to store for my children?
A: eFoods does not distinguish serving size between adults and children. All food supplies and packs are calculated on 1-cup serving size per meal, 3 meals per day, plus additional servings of drinks and desserts.
Q: What is the best temperature for storage?
A: As with all food, the optimum storage conditions are cool and dry (70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower). Prolonged heat decreases the nutritional value. We advise against storing the food in a garage or attic where summertime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. Cold or freezing temperatures are of no concern.
Q: How fresh is the food?
A: All supplies are packed fresh and date-stamped before shipping to assure freshness. Another Gold Standard!
Q: What are the sodium levels in your products?
A: Our labels provide accurate information about our sodium levels. Please consult your doctor if you have questions about sodium levels.
Q: Are there any specifications you require from your suppliers?
A: We have very strict ingredient requirements as follows:
- Dehydrated from premium-grade fresh raw foods
- No added MSG
- No imports from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides
- No hydrogenated oil
- Kosher Certified
Q: Many of my friends are vegetarian and I noticed that some of the foods have beef, chicken, or ham in the title. Do you have vegetarian substitutes for these meals?
A: All supplies are vegetarian. Any reference to beef, chicken, or ham refers to textured vegetable protein (TVP), which is a high-protein meat substitute. We use chicken, beef, and ham on our labels to represent flavor profiles. There are Freeze-Dried meats now included in our Ulitmate Units.
Q: Does the food contain trans fats?
A: All of our products have zero trans fats.
Q: Are the products organic?
A: Some of the ingredients are organic but not all.
Q: Are any of your ingredients irradiated?
A: None of our products are irradiated.
Q: What is a Quick-Fix Meal?
A: The Quick-Fix Meals are all quick and easy to prepare—add to boiling water and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. They are packed in pouches containing 4 1-cup servings.
Q: How long is the shelf life?
A: 25 years when food is stored at room temperature. The shelf-life can increase when food is stored in lower temperature or decrease when food is stored in higher temperature. Dehydration naturally preserves the food so that 92% of the nutritional value remains intact. The ingredients are then packaged in moisture resistant, light resistant Assurance Packaging that is flushed with carbon dioxide to prevent oxidation. Our foods require no added preservatives for the extended shelf life. Preservatives are only needed when food ingredients are exposed to air, moisture, or light. Our products are dehydrated using low heat, so there is no moisture.
Q: How do you measure a serving and a meal size?
A: Quick Fix meals contain four, 1-cup servings per pouch. eFoods considers a serving as 1 cup for children and adults. Most of our competitors measure their servings at ½ cup and meal size at ½ cup or 1 cup.
Our servings are all measured at one cup. But in terms of meal size, what is a meal to you? You may want to ask yourself that question. We suggest that you determine how many 1-cup servings your family eats. For example, some members of the family may want 2 cups of food for a meal, whereas children may only eat 3/4 of a cup. Use the number of 1 cup servings to determine how many cups of food you need for each meal. Each of our supplies lists how many 1-cup servings they contain and you can plan accordingly.
Q: Do the products contain chemical preservatives or dyes?
Q: Does eFoodsDirect add Mono-Sodium Glutamate (MSG) to its recipes?
A: There are no synthetically processed forms of MSG added to any of the recipes. Some of our products do include yeast extracts, which are not synthetic ingredients; they naturally occur in nature and in products such as tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and mushrooms.
Q: What is Whey Milk?
A: Whey milk has 50% less lactose and half the allergens as in regular milk. 80% to 90% of people who have trouble with regular milk can tolerate whey milk.
Q: Do you have products without dairy?
A: The following Quick-Fix meals contain no milk:
Q: Do you have products that are gluten free?
A: The following Quick-Fix meals are gluten-free:
- Creamy Potato Soup
- Corn Chowder Soup
- Potato Cheddar Soup
- Tortilla Soup
- Cheddar Broccoli Soup
- Au Gratin Potatoes
- Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole
Q: Do any of the eFoodsDirect products contain soy?
A: The textured vegetable protein (TVP) in our products is non-genetically modified soy. The following Quick-Fix products contain no TVP:
- Creamy Potato Soup
- Potato Cheddar Soup
- Cheddar Broccoli Soup
- Corn Chowder Soup
- White Cheddar Sauce Pasta
Q: What kind of packaging is used?
A: The meals are in double-thick mylar pouches.
BULK SUPPLIES FAQQ: What is the difference between the one-year Bulk Supplies and the Quick-Fix Meals?
A: The one-year supplies like the Freedom and Liberty Units are bulk supplies in #10 cans (slightly less than a gallon). After the foods are rehydrated, you can cook with these foods just like you would if the foods were fresh from the garden using your own recipes, or recipes from the cookbook that is included. Typical dinners would be casseroles, stews, soup, etc. This bulk supply is more economical but takes much more time to prepare.
The Quick-Fix Meals in the Food Supplies, Family Food Packs, and the Emergency Grab-n-Go Packs (as well as Case Lots) are all quick and easy to prepare—add to boiling water and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. They are packed in pouches containing 4 1-cup servings.
Q: What kind of foods are in the one-year Freedom and Liberty Bulk Supplies?
A: These one-year units are designed to be nutritious and well-balanced with the kinds of food folks are accustomed to eating. The supplies contain a lot of fruits and vegetables. Included is a 4-gallon bucket of sprouting seeds that equates to 1-1/2 cups of fresh sprout salad a day when sprouted. The sprouts are very nutritious providing fresh enzymes. You may see retailers selling supplies with a lot of buckets or cans of beans, for example—that may weigh a lot but are very inexpensive. Items like wheat, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, flour, spices, etc. are often sold in supplies, but again are inexpensive and can easily be bought by folks locally to avoid shipping costs.
Q: What is the difference between the Freedom and Liberty One-Year Bulk Supply?
A: The Freedom and Liberty units contain the same combination of foods except that the Freedom unit has additional items—a case of high nutrition products made from the Amarath grain and 2 large totes of the Quick-Fix soups and dinner entrees.
Q: What is included in the case of high nutrition products in the Freedom Unit?
A: This special case contains high energy nutrition bars, instant high protein cereal, and enzyme active instant fruit juice. All contain Amaranth and real fruit powders. Amaranth, called the super food by the ancient Aztecs, has a balance of amino acids making it an excellent source of high quality, balanced protein, which is more complete than the protein found in most seeds and grains. Amaranth contains large amounts of dietary fiber, iron and calcium as well as other vitamins and minerals.
Q: What is the Non-TVP Liberty Unit?
A: This unit was designed for those who are sensitive to TVP (textured vegetable protein). Additional rice, pinto beans, and sprouts are substituted for the TVP.
Q: What is TVP?
A: TVP is textured vegetable protein which is a high protein meat substitute. Since real meat cannot be dehydrated, TVP is an excellent protein source.
Q: How are the Freedom and Liberty units packed?
A: The #10 grade dehydrated foods are packed in American made cans that have a double enamel food grade lining that prevents any chemical reaction with the can (which is BPA free). The cans are then flushed with CO2 to remove all the oxygen.
Q: How much space does a Freedom on Liberty unit take?
A: A one-year Freedom or Liberty supply takes up approximately one cubic yard of space, which is about the size of a household washing machine. Amazing that 1000 meals can fit in that small of an area!
Q: What happens after I open a can?
A: Once opened, the cans can be resealed with the plastic lids that are included and kept on a shelf in your cupboard for up to a year. Nothing needs refrigeration. The objective is to keep air and moisture away from the food.
Q: Why can’t I order the Wheat Supply separately?
A: Since the wheat is so heavy, the shipping cost most always is higher than the cost of the wheat unless the wheat is piggy-backed with a larger one-year supply.
Q: Are there additional items that are needed to complete a one-year supply?
A: The following are some items that are recommended that are both easier and more economical for you to acquire yourself. Quantities suggested are for one person for one year.
- Store 25 pounds of SUGAR (or honey) for each adult. Sugar is heavy and shipping costs are more than it’s worth. Sugar in self-storing and generally does not spoil.
- Store 200 lbs. of whole WHEAT per adult. Hard white or hard red winter wheat is best. Wheat, just like sugar, is heavy and shipping costs become excessive. Always avoid storing flour due to rancidity and infestation.
- Store SALT (10 lbs.) and SEASONINGS in accord with your personal preferences. These are also self-storing.
- Store the three primary RAISING INGREDIENTS—baking powder (2 lbs.), baking soda (2 lbs.), and dry yeast (2 lbs.). Replace these according to expiration dates.
- Store COOKING OIL (2 gal.)—the same brand and the same size bottles that you are accustomed to using. Unopened cooking oil has about a 2-year shelf life.