Freeze-Dried Food Pantry Size For Emergencies

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Today it’s about freeze-dried food in pantry size cans. When I teach classes or I’m asked to speak to large groups, I always bring some #10 cans (7-inches tall and 6-1/4 inches in diameter), but I also bring some smaller pantry size cans. The pantry size cans I have are a bit more expensive per ounce, but in reality, Mark and I don’t need to open a large #10 can for just the two of us. I’m so glad a few readers reminded me to mention the smaller cans. I thought to myself, oh my gosh, I have got to write a post about the smaller pantry size cans. Now, I did write a post a few years ago with pictures of them in my bag of food if we had to leave our home with our 72-hour kits.

It’s so hot where we live, I store my 72-hours kits outside in the garage and the food in a sweater bag. 72-Hour Food Bags. I want to share this picture with the pantry size cans and the pouches I purchased a few years ago. Remember, 95% of them have a shelf life of 20-25 years. I don’t like digging through stuff to rotate, so I used a Sweater Bag to store my grab and go food. They work great. Please remember that we still need to grab water to go with the food. Just giving you the heads-up here. This is the food spread out on a table:

pantry size

The pantry size cans are 5-1/2 inches tall and 4-inches in diameter. The reason I like them is that they are smaller in size and I don’t feel like I have to open one of my #10 cans when it’s time to plan a meal. I buy a lot of #10 cans, don’t get me wrong, I need to for my long-term storage. But sometimes I need a little cheddar cheese, instant milk, or freeze-dried grapes. Yes, the freeze-dried grapes are awesome in quinoa salads or to eat right out of the can. Yummy!

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If you ever buy freeze-dried pineapple it will disappear very fast. It’s my family’s favorite snack. I buy that in #10 cans. I also dehydrate excess pineapple as well. But the commercial products last longer and it saves me money in the long run.

I bought mine from Thrive Life and I highly recommend that company. You can see some pouches above as well, but today I am just talking about the pantry cans.

You may see a can of soup above and some yogurt bites. The shelf-life of those two items is much shorter than the 20-25 years. I feel like I need a soup base where I can just add water and throw in some freeze-dried veggies to make a soup. I thought the yogurt bites would be a nice treat to snack on.

My Favorite Pantry Size Freeze-Dried Food:

Soup base:

I can’t find a soup base on their website. I can see some pouches, but they may have discontinued the cream based soup in pantry size cans.

Freeze-Dried Vegetables:

The website won’t let me grab the pantry links, so here is the Thrive Life Vegetable Link. I have all of these and have tried each and every one of them. Please remember that freeze-dried food is a bit more expensive, but you can eat the food right out of the can. It uses less fuel and lasts 20-25 years (in a cool room). You don’t have to wash the veggies, slice or chop them. You can use these in soups, stews or eat them as a side dish after you hydrate them.

Please keep in mind if you see they do not have the one product you want today, it may be out of stock because it is out of season.

Bell Peppers


Butternut Squash


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Green Beans

Green Chili Peppers

Green Onions

Green Peas

Potato Dices



Sweet Potatoes

Zucchini: I noticed it is not available at this time. I did not like the zucchini, too chewy for me.

Freeze-Dried Fruits:

I have tried all of the fruits I have listed below, except the cranberries. They are all fabulous, no washing, slicing or cutting up anything. Freeze-dried food lasts longer, just check the shelf-like of the kind you decide to buy whether it’s this brand or another company. Thrive Life is the only one I am aware of that sells pantry size cans. Thrive Life Fruits Link















Instant Milk:

I highly recommend this milk. I don’t drink milk, but I have made this milk for Mark and used it when I make my white bread.  Thrive Life Instant Milk Link

Please remember I don’t sell these, but I do recommend them and I have several cases of the ones I have listed. I will never recommend any food I have not tried. When I taught classes in my home before I started my blog, I had my neighbors taste test all of these items. My plan today was to let you know that you can buy pantry size cans of all these items. They are great for one person or a couple. I think even large families may want a pantry size can of say Parmesan cheese because a #10 can might be too much for them to use before it goes bad once opened. Thanks to all of you who read and apply the things we discuss on the blog. You’ll be so glad you implement a food storage plan for your family.

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6 thoughts on “Freeze-Dried Food Pantry Size For Emergencies

  • October 13, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Honeyville has peaches that are absolutely wonderful. I don’t dare open a can, because they are gone. Unfortunately, they are only in #10 cans there. I might have to try Thrive. Is there anywhere that has soup base in pantry cans. I would like that also.

    • October 13, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Hi, Janet, I love Honeyville products. I need them to make their website “Secure” with a green deal in the URL. My website is a secure site and I cannot put links on MY website that are not “secure”. I used to teach classes there and I highly recommend their products. I sent them a message to get it changed to SECURE. I was disappointed to see Thrive Life didn’t have the pantry size soup bases. Sometimes they are just out of the product, but if it’s out of stock it usually says that. I’ll check around and see if they will be getting some in stock or another company. I’ll keep you posted. Linda

  • October 13, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Don’t forget that sauce powders that you’ll use sparingly are another great item to get in the pantry can size. I have alfredo sauce mix and hot sauce powder from Emergency Essentials in the pantry can size. That way I don’t have to open quite as much at once.
    Although I do have a plan for prolonging the life of any FD can I open: I have lots of freezer grade Ziplock bags (both quart and gallon sizes) and a bunch of silica gel (food grade) packets. When I open a can that I can’t finish right away, I plan on putting the remaining contents into a baggie, tossing in a few silica packs and sealing the bag (after pushing out any extra air.) Once I finish the bag, I can probably reuse it, but the silica gel packs are easily refreshed in a solar oven – just have to be careful to not get it too hot.

    • October 13, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Hi dmwalsh, I visit Emergency Essentials when I go up to Salt Lake City, Utah a couple times a year. I love hearing this comment, I am going to go check out the pantry size cans online. Thanks for the tip! Love it! Linda

  • October 13, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Linda –
    Thanks for the post on pantry cans of FD fruits and veggies.

    Something else that I do to extend the life of some bulk foods: I package them in mason jars with an oxygen absorber (OA). The OA seals the jars and they keep well for some time – not as long as an unopened sealed can of FD foods though.

    I went camping for a month last summer and had to take a lot of food!! So, I took FD foods and made tiny mason jar meals with meat, sauce, pasta, etc. I used the OAs though as I wanted to make sure the meals were safe in the event I didn’t use them. This was not a backpacking trip so weight was not a concern. One recipe I used:
    In a half-pint mason jar, layer: (keep in mind I was only feeding myself!)
    Ground beef crumbles (Thrive Life FD)
    Tomato powder (Thrive Life FD)
    Italian herbs (store bought in bulk)
    Spaghetti noodles, broken to fit the jar (store bought in bulk)
    In a zipper style snack bag, place a mixture of FD mozzarella and parmesan cheese, leave open
    Place an OA in the jar and put the lid on. OH – make sure nothing comes between the lip of the jar and the lid otherwise it won’t seal.
    At camp, I took out the cheese bag and rehydrated the cheese mixture while I was cooking the rest. The meat/tomato/pasta mixture I placed in a small pan and added water (I didn’t measure but used the jar to measure the water, sort of!). I let this sit for a few minutes and added a bit more water. I didn’t want it too watery but enough water to insure that all the pasta was cooked thoroughly. I then cooked this mixture over the fire until the pasta was cooked to my liking. I then stirred in the cheese and heated all through. Yum!
    I made other jar meals as well – just took a bit of forethought. This isn’t something that I would use for a grab and go bag due to the glass but it worked well for my camping trip and I was able to plan enough meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and assemble them in a very short time. I also made sure that I didn’t have much if any left over in an open can – all takes planning!


    • October 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Oh, Leanne, this is awesome! I mean really awesome! I love it! I remember a teaching a class at Honeyville Grain and they also had a lady selling her books showing how to make meals in quart jars. I didn’t want to make a lot of those for long-term storage, but your idea for camping in half-pint jars rocks! These would be easy to pack in the car to take to a campground. I LOVE this comment! Linda


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