We review Preparewise Legacy Food Storage Packs
Affordable Variety For Your Emergency Kit
by Paige Estigarribia
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The Dollar Stretcher was sent four packs of sample storage foods to facilitate this review. The Dollar Stretcher received no compensation for this review. The opinions in this article are those of the author.
Staying comfortable when unexpected weather arrives or natural disasters strike can be hard. Growing up, my family would spend time during the summer in the islands, and when the power would go out (which was often!), we would get creative with our meals (think cereal and bottled water). Here in Florida, emergency kits are the norm during hurricane season because, depending on the severity of a storm, you could be looking at a lack of electricity, food, fuel, and even clean water. And a lack of basic essentials can happen to anyone, be it a big city or a rural farm. Preparewise, a company that specializes in disaster and emergency prep, can get you and your emergency kit ready. Preparewise sent us some of their food storage options to try out, so I passed them around our office to staff for a try.
What is Preparewise?
The mission of Preparewise.com is to supply families with emergency preparedness supplies at the lowest cost possible. They actually offer all types of supplies, from food up to a 25 year shelf life, to "Bug-Out" kits for many different types of specific disasters. They even have water storage kits, emergency fuel, and pet foods too. Preparewise has partnered with Legacy Foods to offer Legacy Premium foods which are storage food packs good for the long term
Legacy Foods - How Do They Work?
I really like cooking, and I enjoy all different kinds of foods...so I admit that I was a little skeptical about the taste of these food packs. Plus I wouldn't be the typical purchaser of these, which makes it especially hard to review. I'm the one headed to the grocery to try and stock up on what's left when a hurricane is headed our way. So being that I'm not a preparation-type person, and I love a good, homemade meal, I reviewed the packs for their taste and ease. Preparewise sent us something similar to the 16 Serving Food Sample Kit which has a 25 year shelf life. The foods included were Italian Pasta with Marinara, Creamy A La King, Vegetable and Rice Soup Mix, and Southwestern Soup Mix. I divided the 4 packs up around TDS headquarters so that everyone could get a feel for the food packs. At first taste, everyone agreed that the foods weren't meant to replace your Friday night pizza take-out. They also aren't meant to taste like a homemade meal. With that said, everyone thought that the food packs would definitely be a welcome alternative to spoiled refridgerator food or pantry remnants in the event of a power outage or an emergency. In our opinion, these don't taste like freshly made foods or something you'd find in a restaurant, but for storage foods for an emergency situation, or even for a camping trip, they are a good option for variety.
When you open the pack, don't forget to look for an oxygen absorber packet in there. The meals that we received called for boiling water, and we needed to remove that oxygen packet before pouring the meal in the boiling water. The meals are also gluten free and without GMOs, and they are relatively easy to prepare - just add the meal to the required amount of hot water and cook.
You can purchase Legacy foods in different ways. They offer large buckets or packs, filled with different kinds of foods, depending on your tastes and needs. You can also purchase individual packs, and Preparewise offers variety with these. They offer, as single items, fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, dairy, and specialty items. Be sure as you are browsing the bulk single items that you pay attention to the shelf life, as some of the meats only have a 10-15 year shelf life, some of the vegetables will last 5-10 years. Depending on the packs you choose, the costs can vary - a 16 serving Entree sample pack (similar to what we received) costs $38.00 on the site. Bulk milk powder runs about $29.00, and bulk vegetables cost between $24.00-$29.00 per pack. Bulk single packs of protein costs around $55,00 for beef.
Also, remember that we all have different tastes, So what we think is good might be different for others, so consider trying several packs to see what you like and what works for you and your family.
And that's it! In our opinion, Preparewise offers great food storage alternatives for anyone who wants to fill an emergency kit (or a camping backpack) with easy to prepare food.
Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.
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