For today's featured spotlight, I want to share with you a new product I received recently. Before I had kids I did a lot of outdoor stuff and I love camping so this caught my attention. Now that I'm a parent and have a business to run, it is also fitting because it helps with a busy schedule. And as usual, as a matter of disclosure, I got this product for free.
The product I'm talking about here is food. Emergency food to be exact, even though it is so much more than that. My wife and I have been making a lot of lifestyle changes recently in regards to our diet so naturally, we're quite a bit opposed to processed and pre-packaged food. But this was a little different, this is not your average prepper food.
This is freeze dried pre-packaged and ready to save you in an emergency. The emergency may be a parenting emergency, where you didn't have time to go to the store and prepare a good meal for your kids. Or it could be that you've been working so hard on your business that you didn't have time to make food for yourself, or it could be for a true disaster emergency.
Legacy Premium makes what's commonly known as "prepper" food. You might have seen a "prepper" show on TV before; the most famous is called Doomsday Preppers. That's where they showcase people that have gotten ready to survive a major disaster like a flood, earthquake, tornado, and things of that nature. The people that are into this are called preppers and they range across the spectrum.
Some people, like me, will have a backpack or duffel bag in the car with the essentials for survival. Things like first-aid, some water, some weather protection and a few snacks. This approach is usually good for a day or two in case you get stranded or something like that.
By the way, Legacy Premium also sells complete survival packs, not just tubs of food. I might have to take a look at those in the future too.
More dedicated preppers go all out in anticipating and preparing for disasters, going as far as storing thousands of gallons of water and years worth of food in underground bunkers designed to survive a biochemical attack or total civilization collapse.
That's what this food is for. The food packs that Legacy Premium makes are designed to last 25 years! We've already gone through about half of the packs they sent me. And no, we didn't have an earthquake or tsunami. I was just
lazy really busy a few times over the past few months and didn't feel like going to the store to do a whole shopping trip.
So far I've made rice & bean enchilada rice, macaroni & cheese, fettuccine alfredo, and a few other ones. Everything has been surprisingly good. My wife, some friends and I are planning some camping trips for late summer or early fall so these are going to come in handy.
If you're a backpacker or outdoorsman or woman, these are perfect because they store easily, they come portioned in 4 servings per pack, and all you need to do is add hot water.
The way these food packets work is simple. You heat up water, add the contents of the food pouch to it, stir it and in 10 - 15 minutes you have a ready-to-eat meal for up to 4 people. So far every one of the recipes I tried has been as close to the intended original recipe as possible. The kids love the food too.
I've heard some people add hot water to the pouch instead of pouring the pouch into a pot with the hot water, so you have choices, and this method seems ideal for camping or backpacking.
One tip I have for you if you're going to make them stove top, follow the instructions and trust them. One time I thought the amount of water they recommended was not enough and I ended up with a soupy fettuccine alfredo, and another time I thought it was too much and I ended up with dry mashed potatoes. Since I know my way around the kitchen, I knew how to fix it in both cases, but my recommendation is to trust the instructions.
My wife was skeptical at first, but she recently tried the enchilada beans & rice and said she could eat the whole thing. That's an achievement because she's picky when it comes to prepared food.
For the food to last 25 years, there as to be at least some preservatives, but the process of freeze drying the food accounts for the primary reason why this food lasts so long. I noticed no after taste as you will usually find with processed foods and even frozen meals. This food is excellent, and I highly recommend you check it out.
I remember eating some MRE's before and I thought they were disgusting. If you don't know, MRE stands for meals ready to eat and they are what the armed forces use during battle and emergency situations.
My friends and I got a hold of some to try out and the only benefit of those over the Legacy Premium stuff is that they were literally ready to eat out of the bag without any heating, or anything, but then again canned haggis is also ready to eat out of the can, reminding us all that just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
Legacy Premium food packs taste great AND could save your and your loved one's life. I can't say enough good things about them. They are also non-GMO and many of the recipes are gluten free.
I'll probably be reviewing more individual recipes on my daddy blog in the upcoming weeks and months, but in the meantime, check out Legacy Premium and give yourself some peace of mind.
You could start with some samples to see what you like and how it all works and then get one of the 72-hours survival packs or maybe a bigger container, that's what I got.
The food packages come inside an easy to handle tub with a sturdy handle that lets you carry it easily. The container (see picture above) can store easily too, easy to stack, properly labeled and sealed to keep dust, insects, and contaminants out. If you were in a real survival situation, the container in which the food comes in can be used as a water carrying or water capturing device too.
So whether you're a backpacker, outdoor enthusiast or like me, you're a busy parent working from home, you should check out Legacy Premium for more info.