Legacy Food Storage 72 Hour Kit: Chili Mac Review

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Legacy Food Storage Kit meal and I’m beginning to get sad because I only have two left to review.

Fortunately, I think I’ve saved the best for last since this time we’re looking at the Chili Mac meal which, to be honest, is one of my favorites:

Here’s the backside:

If you can’t read it well the directions are about the same as every other meal, just boil some water, add the food, cook for a bit, let sit… enjoy.

And here’s the nutrition facts:

Fortunately, there’s not a lot of saturated fats in this meal which my gallbladder appreciates, lol.

And, finally the meal itself which made enough for three large bowls for sure, but only my eldest son and I had a bowl because the rest of my family was on some train trip across Seattle:

Anyway, the meal was seasoned well, in my opinion, and not too spicy whatsoever; I’d imagine even my wife (who detests spicy foods) would eat it. 🙂

I should point out that when I’d originally dished up my bowl I was worried that there wasn’t going to be enough noodles to make this a chili mac, but after eating it I can attest there was plenty of noodles, which I prefer.

Honestly, this is probably very similar to the chili meal but with some noodles tossed in, which is fine with me.

Ultimately, another winner in my book.

8 Reasons to Try Hunting This Year

When it comes to shooting guns, more and more people are opting to spend time at a shooting range rather than going out hunting.

Little do they know that hunting not only gives you the same adrenaline rush that you would get at a gun range, but you will also get additional benefits that will enhance your entire experience.

Whether you are a new gun owner or have been visiting the range or a significant period, below are some of the reasons why you should try hunting this year.

1. Hunting is great exercise

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At the range, the only exercise you get is toting your gun, as your targets are stationary. If you are looking to get fit or simply want to stay healthy, you should consider taking up hunting. The process of hunting is not merely about making a kill. You need to stalk your prey and this can take several hours.

As a result, you get to walk around in the outdoors, which exercises your body and you get some fresh air too! Moreover, if you are hunting big game like deer, you also get a cardio workout as you lug your prize back to your vehicle.

2. Hunting promotes conservation

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A little known fact about hunting is that it’s actually good for the environment. What people do not realise is that taxes paid on ammunition and firearms are used to fund the preservation of the environment, which works to ensure the game animals do not go extinct.

In addition to this, hunters also have to pay licensing fees and part of this money is also funnelled into conservation efforts. Therefore, if you take up hunting as a sport rather than going to the range, you will be playing a role in conserving the environment.

3. Hunting benefits the species

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A lot is talked about dwindling numbers of certain species of animals, thus many people are aware that some animals are at risk of extinction. However, the flip side of the coin is overpopulation, and not many people are mindful of the fact that this could also be a threat to animals.

If a certain species is overpopulated, chances are they will not have sufficient resources to sustain them. As a result, they begin to die off due to malnutrition, disease and starvation. With hunting, large animal population are managed to ensure that the entire colony survives.

Additionally, hunting sites are usually sectioned off, which leads to proper management of game population.

4. Hunting boosts family bonding

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A great thing about hunting is that it is a sport you can enjoy with your family. Using proper safety equipment when hunting is paramount, whether you are an adult or a child. However, with the kids it is important they are always supervised during your hunting trips.

In this day and age where electronics have taken over as kids’ primary form of entertainment, engaging in hunting is a practical way of getting your children outdoors while also making time to bond with them.

Through hunting, they can learn various life skills including self-reliance, hand-eye coordination and more.

5. Hunting provides a sustainable food source

If you live in close proximity to hunting grounds, you may never have to buy meat again! Hunting game is a sustainable practice, which not only provides you with entertainment but you also get to put food on your table.

Moreover, the way you get the meat is more sustainable to the earth when compared to commercial breeding and slaughter of animals.

It may be more cumbersome to go in search or you meat when compared to simply walking into a supermarket, but this just makes it more rewarding once you see the catch of the day ready to eat!

6. Game meat is healthy

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Another reason why you should consider taking up hunting rather than being confined to a shooting range is the health benefits that game meat provides you with.

Firstly, with game meat you can be assured that your food is not genetically modified. Not only has the animal grown free range all its life, it has also been feeding on organic food all its life too!

Secondly, with game meat, you do not have to worry about any antibiotics or hormonal treatment that the animal may have been exposed to, which ensures that its meat is toxin free.

Lastly, game meat tends to be much higher in protein than the meat got from commercially bred animals.

Even if you hunt with larger calibers like the .357, the meat is relatively easy to dress and store for later consumption.

Overall, eating game meat gives you the assurance that your food is much healthier than what you will but from your local supermarket.

7. Hunting is a stress reliever

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In this day and age, many people are finding it harder to get some time to themselves as they are inundated with numerous responsibilities ranging from their professional life, home life and social life.

If you are looking for a way to disconnect from the world, albeit for just a few hours, you should consider hunting.

Going hunting on your own gives you the chance to leave all trappings of the modern world at home or in your car, giving you the chance to be one with nature. In addition to this, hunting can also decrease the physical manifestation of stress in your body.

For instance, walking through the woods as you search for prey helps in boosting blood circulation.

Secondly, the fresh air in the woods also works to decrease your anxiety and lower your blood pressure.

8. Hunting is family tradition

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If you do not have any particular traditions that you observe with your family, you may want to take up hunting as a family activity! With hunting as a family tradition, you and your loved ones will always have something to look forward to.

You can then decide whether this would be a monthly, bi-annual or even annual activity that you are all a part of. The excitement of planning a hunting trip as well as the memories that you all make during the trip would last you and your loved ones a lifetime.

Moreover, when your children grow up, they could also pass this one to the next generation!

Big game hunting also gives you the chance to collect souvenirs and mementos from your hunting trips that can be preserved through the process of taxidermy.

A final word

Going to the shooting range may be a covenant option for many people since these places provide you with a controlled environment to hone your shooting skills.

However, the exhilaration of hunting a wild animal and making accurate shots without having any control of the wind and other external factors is much more exciting.

Author Bio

Sam Bocetta is a retired engineer and writer at Gun News Daily. He’s is an avid hunter with over 30 years experience.

Legacy Food Storage 72 Hour Kit: Cheese And Broccoli Soup Review

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Legacy Food Storage Kit meal, so I figured I’m due for another review. This week we’ll look at the Cheese And Broccoli Soup mix:

And the backside (the cooking directions are identical to all the others) and notice the two cups per serving and four total servings which means plenty of soup for all, in fact, I think we even had a bit leftover:

Now the nutrition label (I swear they’re trying to kill me off with all the fat content, lol):

And finally the soup:

As usual, it made a good four bowls so we all had some and I can say that, while I was looking forward to this one (our family loves broccoli cheddar soups) it needed a good amount of seasoning (especially salt) and broccoli.

While there may have been some tiny bits of broccoli in there I was expecting a bit more than what I got, so let’s just call this cheddar soup with little green pieces floating around. 🙂

Regardless, everyone else ate it without complaint. I think my wife added salt and my boys probably didn’t even notice. So, it wasn’t the best of the bunch but would make a decent lunch meal, for instance.

Note: Amy from Legacy foods (the nice lady who sent me the 72 hour kit for review) just pointed out that “…soups make a great base and a fantastic way to stretch out your other food storage. Adding only a fraction of a package would provide really nice seasoning to a pan of rice and beans for something different.”

That’s a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?

Legacy Food Storage 72 Hour Food Kit: Classic Chili Mix Review

Here’s another yummy meal from the Legacy Food Storage Kit we’ve been looking at in recent weeks, this time the Classic Chili Mix:

I’m not sure why I keep showing you the front of the packages since they’re all the same besides the name… guess I’m just being thorough.

And the backside as usual:

Again, you just boil a specific amount of water and cook for about 15 minutes. It’s really THAT easy. That’s why I just LOVE freeze dried meals!

And here’s the nutrition label:

Notice all the fiber… this meal will keep you “regular” for sure. 😉

And here’s the final product which made three full bowls plus at least one more (my wife wasn’t home to eat any):

If it looks a bit “watery” that’s because it is, in my opinion. Since I like my chili thick I think next time I would choose to use maybe a cup less than what’s recommended (this package suggests 8 cups which is about 2 cups more than the others thus far).

Regardless, I though it was seasoned fairly well, though I would have preferred it be a bit spicier as I’m trending that way as I age, it seems.

My kids seemed to eat every last spoonful so they seemed to like it as well. Overall, this was a winner.

Legacy Food Storage 72 Hour Food Kit: Stroganoff Review

Last night my kids and I decided to make the Stroganoff which is part of the Legacy 72 Hour Kit I started reviewing a few weeks back.

It’s non-GMO, vegetarian, and obviously low in fat. Here’s the front of the package:

And the backside:

Just like with the other meals thus far, it’s super simple to make… just boil some water and cook for about 12-15 minutes, then let stand for a few minutes. And, of course, you could choose to cook half of the package, they give directions for that too.

If interested here’s a closeup of the label:

I did notice quite a bit of sodium in this package but it didn’t taste overly salty and neither did I notice my wife needing to add salt like she normally does, so it must have been salted “well enough” lol.

Anyway, the final product yielded four bowls of Stroganoff plus a bit extra we saved for later:

Overall, I’d say it was tasty enough, though I would have preferred some meat (guess I’m used to Beef Stroganoff) but I didn’t see anybody complaining either. 🙂

Sawyer Mini Water Filter Hacks

If you want a good quality, inexpensive backpacking water filter for about $20, it’s hard to beat the Sawyer Mini Water Filter considering all that’s included.

According to the Amazon description it:

  • Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium
  • Filter rated up to 100,000 gallons; includes 16-ounce reusable squeeze pouch, 7-inch drinking straw, and cleaning plunger

The following video partly shows what’s included and then discusses a few “hacks” to make it all work better…

Legacy Food Storage 72 Hour Food Kit: Enchilada Beans And Rice Review

This week we’re taking a look at another Legacy Foods 72-Hour Kit option which I introduced last week here, specifically the Enchilada Beans and Rice meal:

And the backside of the package:

I should point out that last week I said that I wasn’t sure if any of the meals in the 72-hour kit were gluten free, well, it turns out that four of them are, including this one. The Classic Chili, Cheese & Broccoli Bake, and Cheese and Broccoli Soup are as well. Here’s their gluten-free selection if that’s of interest to you (and their verification letter if you’re the paranoid type, lol).

Just like with the previous meal, you need to bring about six cups of water to a boil, add contents of the freeze-dried pouch (remembering to remove the oxygen absorber which I forgot to do) and then cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes… and remembering to stir it on occasion which I tend to forget as well. 😉

Once finished you end up with a nice beans and rice meal:

This particular meal made at least three large bowls of food, enough for me, my wife, and both of my kids to have their fill. In fact, my kids honestly thought there would be an enchilada inside because of the title and so, when the found out there wasn’t, they added the beans and rice to a flour tortilla and topped that with cheese like so:

It seems my oldest liked it well enough to have seconds. And, overall, everyone liked the taste and seasonings and so didn’t bother to add anything to it.

Personally, I felt it was seasoned quite well and I was also pleased with the quantity. It was enough for all of us to eat and have full tummies plus it’s easy to cook and lasts a long time in storage. That works for me.

Until next week. Enjoy.

Legacy Food Storage 72 Hour Food Kit: Pasta Primavera Review

I was recently sent this Legacy Food Storage 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit in exchange for an honest review. I figured rather than reviewing the entire bucket contents at once that I would taste test a few of the meals and share my thoughts each time… probably once a week or so.

With that in mind, let’s get a few things out of the way:

First, the food is freeze dried which means it’s both super-lightweight and able to be stored for years without worry if not subject to extreme temperatures or conditions.

Second, according to their literature their ingredients are non-GMO and even offer some gluten-free meals as well, though I don’t believe the meals that came in this kit are.

Third, the meals come in this handy bucket which can certainly be used for storing a variety of items (not food) once everything has been consumed. After remove the safety seal it’s easy to open and close again:

While I’m not sure, I assume the buckets can be stacked atop each other if you purchase more than one and because they’re roughly square these buckets will ultimately take up less space in storage than round buckets will, a nice benefit.

As you can see from the photo below, there are a good variety of meals included, such as pasta primavera, stroganoff, enchilada beans and rice, chili mac, and plenty more.

Now, this is a good time to point out that one thing I would have preferred be different was the images on the front of each pouch. As you can see each one is the same which makes it a bit difficult to show my kids exactly what each meal “looks like.” Though not a big deal it would have been nice to have the photos of each meal on the front of the package to make it obvious what you’re about to eat.

All total there are eight meals included. Since this is a 72-hour kit I would have assumed that a total of nine meals would have been provided (3 meals over 3 days) and that a few breakfast meals would have been included as well, but that’s not the case. No big deal here either as I would honestly prefer better lunches and dinners in my 72-hour meal kit.

While I can easily come up with my own breakfast meals, if you’re expecting no additional forethought you would be wrong. Maybe adding in several dry oatmeal packets into the bucket would be a great start? I’d say that’s the way to go here.

Anyway, my boys voted we try the pasta primavera first:

And here’s the backside:

I did notice a rather significant amount of fat, particularly saturated fat, which is good in a survival situation but it was a bit surprising from pasta; I’m guessing it’s the coconut oil included.

After boiling water, adding the pouch contents, and cooking for about 15 minutes it was done. Here’s the finished product:

Ultimately, this one pouch made three large bowls of pasta primavera which was plenty for me, just about right for my oldest child who eats nonstop, and a bit too much for my youngest who actually saved the last bit of his (which I ate the next day). If we had to split it with my wife too then we probably could have made it work so everybody got enough, but I’d imagine my “chow hound” teenager would still be looking for something else to eat, lol.

I should point out that they include directions for using only half of the pouch if, for instance, there’s only two of you to feed.

How did it taste?

Quite good, actually. I thought the seasoning was just about right but I did add pepper. Of course, I add pepper to pepper so that’s not saying much. My kids both wanted a bit of extra salt but they’re used to my wife’s taste buds who seems to add salt to salt. 🙂

I can say that I’ve had some experience with other freezer dried foods (specifically Thrive Life, Mountain House, and Wise Food) and I’m pleased with my first introduction to Legacy Foods. There was a good amount of food provided–enough for my entire family to have a decent meal–and it was tasty too. What else can you ask for?

The price wasn’t too bad either considering I can feed the four of us with a single pouch. Nearly every other freeze-dried pouch meal I’ve experienced wouldn’t have done that.

More to come next week.

6 Ways Famine Grips The U.S.

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It always amazes me how complacent the vast majority of Americans are. Most people seem to think that disaster will never strike them. That the lights will always stay on. That grocery stores will always have food.

On the one hand I can understand this sentiment because–while times are good–society runs very smoothly and we’re rarely without anything we could possible need… or want.

On the other hand, it’s this very “smooth running” of society which makes us uniquely vulnerable because the vast majority of us haven’t a clue what to do if the lights go out for longer than a few hours or if the grocery stores don’t get their next shipments of food in a day or two.

The sad thing is that it’s really not that hard to prepare yourself for at least a minor hiccup in the food supply, for instance, by stockpiling even a bit of shelf stable foods. There are a few strategies to employ, one of the best ones is to start copy canning, that is, purchasing twice the amount of any shelf stable foods you consume each time you got the grocery store (e.g., buy fours cans of green beans if you used two, six cans of corn if you used three, etc). In short order you’ll build up a small stockpile upon which to rely.

Why bother, you ask?

There are plenty of reasons. The following article discusses six, each of which are certainly possible (one or two are inevitable), and I’m sure there are plenty more if one simply bothers to think about how food becomes a precious resource here in America once again…

“1. EMP – one nuclear bomb, detonated high in the ionosphere, can ruin your whole decade. Most of the U.S. could be without power for a very long time. Computers and anything using computer components would be burned out. It’s hard to say just how extensive the damage would be. Most cars would probably be inoperable. Cell phones may or may not be burned out, but the cell towers definitely would be dead. Radio, TV, cable, internet, would all shut down for a very long time. The infrastructure that supports modern communications took many decades to build up, and it would take just as long to rebuild…”

Read the full article here

When Was The Last Time Your Cooked A Meal From Scratch?

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A while back–over Easter, I think–we had a conversation with my kids about cooking food, in part because the topic came up, but also because my oldest is growing up and needs to realize that making meals is more than just opening a can of soup and calling it good.

Honestly, he actually is interested in learning to cook which is a good thing because he certainly likes to eat, lol.

Back to our conversation… my wife and I began to explain how easy it is to make meals these days. For instance, he loves something called “green bean casserole” which is little more than some green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and shredded cheese combined and cooked in the oven.

Anyway, we tried to explain that making a meal “back in the day” (before modern canning, for example) consisted of way more than just opening a few cans to make your meals. It took a lot of work! Which is probably why women stayed home… it was a full time job. No doubt we’re spoiled in modern society if for no other reason than modern canning.

Just trying to make this green bean casserole from scratch would have been a big ordeal. For instance, the green beans would had to have been picked, snapped, washed, cooked, and then maybe cut into smaller pieces.

I’ve never attempted to make homemade cream of mushroom soup but it’s obvious that mushrooms would had to have been picked, washed, sliced and cooked. It appears that onions and garlic and involved too, along with some more cooking, as well as chicken broth, and flour. Heck, just making bread from scratch is bad enough (here’s a great recipe I’ve used many times).

All that work and we’re not even done yet! The shredded cheese involves a lot more planning as this article points out and far more work than I would be willing to give it, not to mention the waiting involved for the cheese to form. Honestly, I would have just skipped the cheese by now. 🙂

Granted, I know it wouldn’t have been quite this hard. Our ancestors would have canned foods and planned well in advance but, if we’re talking about making a meal from absolute scratch, it’s a lot of work to be sure.

Ultimately, that example was just one side dish. We didn’t even mention the mashed potatoes made from “scratch” (meaning we had to cut and cook the potatoes rather than making the boxed version), or the meat that somebody else had processed–that is, killed, plucked, and cleaned)–or the bread which was already made… you get the idea.

Like I said above: our modern society has us spoiled. I’m not complaining, I’m just worried that when the canned foods run out nobody will know what to do… me included, lol. Seems you and I had best stock up on our canned goods or learn how to cook and eat very, very differently.