A deep and well balanced food supply is a critical part of any family’s preparedness plan and my family and I recently decided to look around for a long term option to add to our food storage. As luck would have it, I awoke one morning to find that a representative from Valley Food Storage had sent me an email asking if I would be interested in trying their product. After visiting their website and nosing around a bit I decided to give Valley Food Storage, a small and relatively new company that hails their product as a ‘healthy, great tasting, long lasting’ option for anyone with a preparedness mindset, a try. I cannot in good conscience suggest any product without trying myself first and I asked the good folks at VFS to send us some meal options to review.
I received four dishes from VFS to sample: Chicken Teriyaki, Mango Habanero Chili, Pasta Primavera and Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato.
Mango Habanero Chili
**We added some mixed vegetables to the pasta primavera dish just for fun.**
Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato
During the review process for the Valley Food Storage products I learned something new. Certain oils have short shelf lives which can impact the stability of your long term food storage. In two of the samples sent to me, palm oil was listed among the ingredients so I began to wonder. In doing my research on for this review I found this info on the shelf life of palm oil:
Palm Oil / Red – Unrefined/Organic
Shelf Life of 2 years
(Environmentally sustainable sources only)
Botanical Name: Elaeis guineensis
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed
Color: Deep orange/red
Obtained From: The palm fruit
Contains: Very rich in carotene and anti-oxidant tocotrienols
After reading that I went directly to the source and asked a Valley Food Storage rep about this. Here is how they addressed the Palm Oil question….
Customer Support: Palm Oil does last up to 25 years there is certain things required to help it last that long. FDA actually says if the oxygen is removed and has less then .7% oxygen count from it and nitrogen flushed it can last up to 40 years however we guarantee the 25 years. And we do have less then .7% oxygen count as well as we nitrogen flush.
That was enough to answer the question for me.
After trying these four dishes sent to us by Valley Food Storage for review I can say without hesitation that VFS offers a quality product at a very competitive price when it comes to options to consider when rounding out your long term food storage as a part of your greater family preparedness plan. You can’t beat healthy, great tasting food that has a guaranteed shelf life of 25 years that won’t break the bank. Be sure to check out the social media pages for Valley Food Storage as well. They are always announcing fantastic SALE prices on their products. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube, as well as always on line at Valley Food Storage.