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Freeze-Dried Foods
Freeze dried foods have become the primary staple for hikers, hunters and explorers, because they are lightweight, convenient, easy to use, nutritious and taste great. Gary Stoner, a professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, found that freeze-dried berries retained 90 percent of their anthocyanins-compounds that give berries their color and are thought to prevent cancer. Once rehydrated, freeze-dried food is similar in nutritional value to fresh food according to Diane Barrett, a food science and technology prof at UC-Davis. Barrett calls freeze-drying "one of the best ways to preserve food." You have probably noticed that dehydrated fruits and veggies also have intense flavors, each thin slice of a dehydrated tomato, banana or apple packs a wallop of flavor that you won't find in a fresh slice.  NAO carries AlpineAire freeze-died meals with no artificial additives and preservatives to make sure you relish in every nutritious, refueling, lip-smacking bite.

  The AlpineAire  product range consists of meat dishes, soups, vegetarian meals, vegetables and other diverse nutritional items from breakfast to dessert. AlpineAire takes pride in choosing the freshest, most nutritious ingredients that not only taste great, but will sustain you on your adventures. They use natural ingredients that don't contain additives like coloring, flavoring or preservatives, so you know exactly what you are eating. No surprises! The quick reference icons serve as confirmation that you have made the right choice. Icons that are most commonly used are Gluten Free, Lower Sodium, No MSG Added and No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives added. AlpineAire also offers one of the broadest selections of Gluten Free meals on the market.

1. E-Z Fill Line
When you find yourself without a measuring cup, or you just don't want to hassle with measuring, you can use the E-Z Fill Line on the side of the pouch to help determine your water needs. Simply crease the pouch at the appropriate mark (as indicated in the instructions), and then pour in enough water until it reaches the crease mark that can be seen on the inside of the pouch. Stir. Wait. Enjoy! What could be easier?
2. E-Z Selection
Don't waste precious time trying to figure out what's in each pouch; we've taken the guesswork out of that equation for you. We have color-coded and categorized each meal so you can easily find what you are looking for. On top of that, we provide a name and a mouth-watering description that helps you determine your choice. We've also called out total calories and protein values so you can decide if you are going to share, or if you need to buy another pouch. Not everyone likes to share! 
3. E-Z Preparation
When time is of the essence, "Just Add Water" meals will be your best friend. But when you have time to linger, our "Cooking Required" options allow you more time to spend with your real friends. And for those times when you need a snack on the go, our Organic Fruit Snacks can be eaten directly from the pouch without any preparation. Simply tear off the top and devour.  Whatever your timetable, we have something for everyone.     
While we recommend adding boiling water to your food, sometimes it isn't always available, or you may not have a source to heat the water. You can prepare AlpineAire meals using cold water, however you will need to wait an additional 20-40 minutes for your food to properly re-hydrate.

If you are preparing meals at high altitudes (above 10,000 feet) you may need to allow for longer cook times. For every 1,000 feet over 10,000 feet, we recommend adding 5 minutes to the preparation wait time indicated on the package.  (Ex. 12,000 = 10 additional minutes)
Not only for Back Packing...
Although credit for the process of freeze-drying is given to Arsene d'Arsonval and Frederic Bordas (Paris, France 1906), its use as a food preservative actually dates as far back as 1200 A.D. The Incas freeze-dried potatoes (chuño) and a precursor to beef jerky (charqui) by placing slices of food on high-elevation stone platforms to freeze overnight and then dry in the sun. In the late 1970's, economic hardship and a series of natural disasters roused interest in long term food storage, creating a new market for freeze-dried foods, which can have a shelf life of up to 25 years. 

When I first started backpacking, convenient packages of freeze-dried foods were not available, so we ate a lot of pasta, dried soup and canned meat combo meals and either granola or instant oatmeal for breakfast. Things have greatly improved in both flavor and lightness, which my knees and belly approve of. However as I was doing research on freeze-dried foods, I also discovered their widespread use in survival kits, which makes sense given the fact that freeze dried foods retain nutrients and have a long shelf life. Since you never know when a natural disaster might occur and Juneau is pretty isolated from the outside world, it is wise to have a survival kit handy. Below is a list of common items that you can either buy in a commercial kit or put together yourself. I have not included amounts as that will depend on the size of your family, but you should plan to have enough to cover a 72 hour period.

Food and Water:
The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for 72-hours without access to additional supplies. These products have a 5 year shelf life.

Selection of Freeze dried foods (we now carry 7 day meal kits!)
Snack bars
Water Pouches
Water Filtration Bottle
Water Purification Tablets
1L Folding Water Container
Portable Stove
Stove Fuel
Metal Fork
Knife and Spoon
Sierra Cup
GI Can Opener
Light and Communication:
In the event of a power outage you'll have independent access to your own means of lighting and communication with the outside world.
4-in-1 Flashlight
30 Hour Emergency Candle
12 Hour Bright Stick
5-in-1 Whistle
Water Proof Matches
Shelter and Warmth:
These supplies will provide protection from outside weather forces. They will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and many other conditions you may encounter.
2 Person Tube Tent
50 ft. Nylon Rope
Emergency Ponchos with Hood
Mylar Sleeping Bags
Survival Blankets
Hand and Body Warmers
These items are designed to be useful in disaster situations. They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.
Roll of Duct Tape!!
Multifunction knife/tool
Leather Palm Work Gloves
Compact Shovel
Hand Chain Saw
Safety Goggles
Dust Masks
Sewing Kit
Flat Pry Bar

Hygiene and Sanitation: When in a disaster situation it is useful to have access to hygiene products. Staying clean can protect against infection, disease, and depression.
Hygiene Kits (tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, razor, bar soap, shampoo, shaving cream, feminine pads, wash cloth, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, wet wipes, tissue packs)
Waste Bags
First Aid: These first aid items can assist with minor injuries and protect against serious health concerns in disaster circumstances.
Bandages, sterile sponge dressing, alcohol pads, antiseptic wipes, butterfly closures, Q-tips, iodine pad, N95 breathing mask, Self-stick bandage wrap, tweezers, trauma scissors, instant ice pack, nitrile gloves
Other: These items are useful for stress relief and activity in strenuous or challenging circumstances.
Deck of Playing Cards
Note Pad
Golf Pencil
Emergency Preparedness Guide

You might think that the deck of playing cards is a bit hokey, but researchers that have studied lost person behavior say that attitude plays a large roll in survival. Having something to distract and entertain you during stressful times will actually help you manage those periods better. So if the deck of cards is not your cup of tea, then include a game, a book of jokes, coloring materials or anything that you think would be fun.

Once you get everything together in one place, store them in a waterproof, portable container. You can use a plastic bin with wheels or a brightly colored, easy and comfortable to carry, Seal Line Boundary pack. Leave your survival supplies in a location that is easy to locate and reach, in case you need to get to them in a hurry or in the dark.
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