For those of you who aren't worried about prepared freeze dried food, or just need to jump start your food storage, check out Costco online starting September 7th through the 27th. They are selling cases of Mountain House Beef Stroganoff in #10 cans for $99.99 Delivered. That works out to $16.665 per can which is much lower than I could find anywhere else on the Internet and they have free shipping. They also have Mountain House Freeze Dried Cinnamon Apple Slices for $69.99 a case to help give you some flavor in your emergency food supply. I agree with many of you that the first foods you should put away are beens and rice. They are cheap and will give you the most bang for your buck. Adding a couple of cases of freeze dried food will really help with a quick meal and to break up the boredom of living like a Cuban after the fall of the Soviet Union. You won't need to salt your beans and rice if you have a portion of freeze dried food with it! We tried a mylar package of Mountain House Beef Stroganoff tonight just to remember how it tastes and even my wife liked it and she is a great cook. You do need boiling water but it only takes 9 minutes of soaking before its ready to eat. Give it a couple of extra minutes of soaking for the big chunks of meat to get fully rehydrated. You don't even need to fight the crowds at Costco and they will deliver it to right to your door. Hope this helps someone put away a little for hard times.