5 Jan 2019
Having some food stored in your house as well as a second or third location is a smart idea.
Many times when people hear the term “prepper” they think of people who are planning for a zombie apocalypse or the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI). Sure, that may be a reason why some people prepare, but I dare say most prepare for things like natural disasters such as hurricanes. Other reasons to prepare are for things like financial collapse, job loss, or times when, for whatever reason, you are unable to work, maybe due to your own illness or to care for a loved one. Buying and storing food now when you have the funds to do so, will provide you peace of mind during those times when income may be limited, it would be good to know you don’t have to worry about how your are going to buy food…you will already have it.
Regardless of the reason you prepare, ensuring you have some food stored is essential.
Ideas for some types of food to store include:
- Can goods – they are a good idea, but they are heavy if you have to take them with you to another location. They also take up a good bit of space. Even though they will last for years beyond the best buy date, as long as the can is not damaged or rusted, sometimes the taste of older can food isn’t always the best.
- MREs another good option, portable, but a bit heavy. Shelf life is limited to 7 maybe 10 years if stored consistently at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or below. These are handy because they are totally self contained and don’t require heating to eat, although a hot MRE is better than a room temp MRE.
- Freeze dried solutions are another great idea, most come in large #10 cans which are good for home storage, again, they do take up a lot of space. Shelf life is 25 to 30 years and they only need water to prepare.
- Other freeze dried solutions are package based, solutions like Legacy Food Storage. These solutions usually are an entire entree meal in a package bag. Light to carry and store and only need hot water to prepare.
Legacy reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to try some of their products and share my honest thoughts.
The first product that I tried was the Nine Grain Cereal. Below is a video of how easy it was to prepare and my thoughts on the taste, spoiler alert, it was delicious!!
Some things that are important to note regarding Legacy Food Storage products:
- They have a 25 year shelf life
- Even though they are designed for long-term storage, they can be used for everyday quick meals as well. This is something I see myself using them for as well as putting some back for storage.
- The cost per pound of food based on their serving size is the largest in the industry. Basically you are getting more than your money’s worth, a great ROI (return on investment).
In the next several weeks, I will be testing out their Stroganoff and Creamy a la King. Please check back for my thoughts on those products as well.
Let me know in the comments below what type of long term storage solutions you have or are considering.