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.

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: 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. 🙂

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.