Easy Meal – Freeze Dried Food Facts

Here you will find our most frequently asked questions about our business and our freeze dried meals. Whether you have a question about nutritional information, storage or preparation, we’re here to answer your questions and give you the facts about our freeze dried food.

Have another question that you don’t see here? Please feel free to call our Easy Meal customer service line at 888.641.2933, or contact us with any questions you may have.



Question: What are your office hours?

Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm PST   Customer Service phone line: 888.641.2933

Question: Once I open a package (pouch or can) how long can I store it dry?

After opening a pouch or can, we recommend eating food within 1 week. Store any un-rehydrated food in sealed package in a cool and dry location. Learn more about storage information here.

Question: What happens after shelf life has passed?

Our products have been tested and found to be acceptable for many years after the shelf life, if they have not been punctured or opened and have been stored in a cool, dry location.

Question: How do we read the shelf life of Easy Meal products?

As for how we list the manufacturing dates may change, to see when your Easy Meal was made contact us. The information we’ll need to determine the age of your food can be found printed on the back of our pouches and the bottom of our cans.

Question: Do I need to use boiling water to prepare meals?

For best results we recommend using boiling water, however, cold water will also rehydrate your Easy Meal food. The preparation time will take about twice as long when using cold water. Meals will be nutritious with any water temperature!

Question: What if I forget to remove the oxygen absorber before adding water?

No problem, the oxygen absorber is completely safe and won’t harm you. Just remove it and continue to serve the product.

Question: What temperature should Easy Meal products be stored at?

Easy Meal products are best stored between 32-75◦ F. Long-term storage at higher temperatures can impact the flavor, however, they are still safe to eat. Learn more about storing Easy Meal products.

Question: What are Easy Meal advantages versus traditional canned foods?

Not only does it taste better, but the shelf life for Easy Meal products is at least 10 years if stored properly. This is because oxygen and moisture are removed from the product, eliminating the need to rotate (dispose/donate) and track meals during a 10 year period. This results in a cost savings for the Easy Meal program versus traditional canned foods.

Question: If we currently rotate emergency meals into our daily menu, what advantages does Easy Meal program offer?

There are a number of costs associated with traditional canned foods, which are eliminated with Easy Meal. To start, you’ll avoid bureaucracy and paperwork involved with planning and scheduling food rotation, including ordering, receiving, storing, and tracking food. In addition, Easy Meal not only prepares the menu, we cook the meals. All your staff needs to do is add water and serve!

Question: How can the Easy Meal program help simplify our emergency food plan?

The Easy Meal program can help simplify your emergency food plan in several areas, including:

  1. Easy Meal avoids rotating errors because of extended shelf life. Set it and forget it!
  2. EM program is easier for State Surveyor to approve.
  3. Consistent emergency program over multiple-communities.
  4. Canned meals difficult to rotate into daily meals. Lower quality=unhappy residents. 
Question: How much water is needed for Easy Meal Kits?

Core 3 Day Kit – 0.6 gallons/person = Total 15 gallons; Deluxe 3 Day Kit – 1.4 gallons/person = Total 35 gallons; Accessory 3-Day Kit – 0.8 gallons/person = Total 20 gallons. This does not include additional drinking water. Recommendation is 1 gallon/person/day for food and drinking, and Easy Meal only requires half of that amount. Also, Easy Meal uses less water for preparation and since you can serve directly from our pouches, you don’t need water for cleanup!

Question: Is Easy Meal part of any GPOs / Buying Groups?

Easy Meal partners with CPS and Innovatix group purchasing organizations. Questions? Contact our Customer Service at 888.641.2333 or fill out our contact form here.

Question: Is Easy Meal available through food service distributors?

Yes! Easy Meal can be purchased through Sysco, Food Services of America, Shamrock, and Gordon Food Services.

Question: What if I am skeptical about freeze dried food?

People that try Easy Meal freeze dried foods for the first time are usually very surprised with how easy they are to prepare, how great it tastes, and how much it is like homemade. In an emergency, if staff is limited, you don’t need training to prepare Easy Meal. Our home-cooked flavors can also help provide a sense of normalcy, which is so important in an emergency situation.

Question: I haven’t tried Easy Meal products.   May I obtain a sample?

To try Easy Meal yourself and experience first hand the ease of preparation and delicious home-cooked flavors, please click here for a sample.

Question: What is the nutritional value of these meals?

Specific information is provided on our nutrition page. Almost all nutritional value will be maintained during products’ shelf life because of the gentle, low heat freeze drying process, and expert packaging, which maintains a very low-moisture and low-oxygen environment. For best results, store Easy Meal products between 32-75◦ F. Long term storage at higher temperatures can impact nutrition and flavor, however, they are still safe to eat.

Interested in Learning More? Request more information or 888.641.2933


  • We sampled Easy meal product today for lunch to rave reviews!
    Larry Cedrone - Food Service Director
    The Hearth Glastonbury, CT
  • Preparing for my annual State Survey just got a little less stressful as now I don’t have the annual burden and expense of rotating my emergency supplies every year. We are expecting our survey any day and I am looking forward to the opportunity to show them our new Emergency Food Plan from Easy Meal.
    Kevin Ford - Director of Dining Services
    Sunny View Retirement Community Cupertino, CA
  • State Surveyor inspection went really well! They were impressed with the program on how complete it is. It is very cost effective for us
    Val McVeigh - Director of Culinary Services
    Bayshore Naples, FL
  • The inspection was very thorough and I am happy to report we were deficiency-free. Thank you for your assistance in getting the Easy Meal to us so timely.
    Mark Golliday - Food & Beverage Director
    Friendship Village MO
  • I plan to put Easy Meal in all 7 of my new communities. Our emergency plan from the start.
    Chas Kelly - VP of Culinary Services
    Watercrest FL
  • I have Easy Meal. I was waving the OFD banner at the LCS Conference. I hope everyone buys it!
    Rich Yarish - Director, Food & Beverage
    Blakehurst MD
  • I've stocked the Deluxe Easy Meal packages in our emergency supplies for over a year. I suggested OFD to CPS several years ago, and recommend the product to other LCS communities.
    Michael Reese - Director of Food & Beverage
    Marshes of Skidaway Island Savannah, GA
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