Can you believe it is Friday already? I don’t know about you, but each time a Friday rolls around and there has not been an emergency situation in my own household, I breath a sigh of relief and kick back with a celebratory cheer.
Today I have another Free Food Friday for you. Whether you want to cheer or groan, listen up because this week my guest is Phil Cox, the CEO of Legacy Premium Foods and Backdoor Survival sponsor, Buy Emergency Foods.
I first learned of Legacy Foods early on in my blogging career and have had a pleasure of enjoying their meal pouches whenever I am stressed for time yet want something more than a bowl of cereal (or popcorn) for dinner. One of my favorites is Pasta Primavera, very delicious, filling, and yes, even healthy.
You might recall that a couple of months ago I reviewed the new Legacy dog food product (Mikey Likes It!) and gave away a huge bucket of pet food to a BDS reader. We have another giveaway this week.
In addition to the interview, Phil and his team at Legacy Foods will be giving away a bucket consisting of their the 32 Serving Family 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit. More about that in a moment. First, enjoy the interview; it is a good one.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Legacy Foods and More
1. To get the ball rolling, tell me a little about how Legacy Foods got started.
Legacy Food Storage officially launched with product in October of 2011. Prior to launching Legacy Premium, most of the owners of Legacy Food Storage were owners in reseller businesses that sold ready-made meals in Mylar pouches, which required little time to prepare. We all dreaded having to grind wheat and bake food in order to manage through an emergency.
By spring of 2011, we had the opportunity to create our own product line in partnership with a company that has prepared grocery store ready-made packaged meals for approximately 20 years. We really wanted to deliver a healthy, high quality, great tasting, better packaged, and better priced offering, something our customers had been asking for since first launching our reseller businesses.
2. In the past few years, I have seen a lot of food storage companies come online. I have tried samples from many of them and some are great and others? Well, to be polite, not so good. That said, someone once told me that there were only a handful of companies manufacturing freeze-dried or dehydrated food.
So first of all, is that true?
Yes, there are only a few companies on the market selling freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, which simply stated, offer a longer shelf life, better taste, and greater convenience than any other method of food storage. They also tend to be healthier than other food storage options because the freeze-drying and dehydration process retains the original nutrient quality found in the food.
If you start with healthy ingredients, the freeze-drying and dehydration process keeps those intact until you are ready to eat them, in large part because the process removes the water from the food, leaving it a condition that will keep microorganisms from growing.
And if so, is the product you get from one company going to be the same as another product by the same name with just a different label?
No, these products aren’t all the same with different labels, as you noticed during your sampling. I am extremely picky on the ingredients I put in our foods, and as a result, very hands-on in picking the ingredients with our vendors. What’s the point of purchasing food storage if no one will eat it?
I’m never satisfied until the food tastes delicious and you’ll notice that difference in the myriad choices we offer. While not everyone will like everything (that’s not how people work), you can ensure your family will find plenty of meals that they will eat during an emergency or even as part of a regular meal plan.
Legacy’s freeze-dried meals are among the healthiest options because we use real ingredients along with ingredients that are certified by our vendors as “GMO free” with no cholesterol, no trans fat, low sodium, and high fiber.
3. How are your recipes developed and how often are they changed, if ever?
Legacy changes recipes and ingredients on a regular basis as new ingredients and processes with higher standards become available. Legacy is always going through the process of qualifying for additional certifications. Legacy is working towards having more certificates and higher supplier production standards than anyone in the industry. Status quo is not acceptable at Legacy.
Legacy Premium meals are developed by professional chefs and formulators, but the meals’ standards and flavoring is influenced by input or comments from Legacy owners, management, employees, resellers and customers. In fact, we love customer feedback and regularly track it to improve our business and product offerings.
The recipes are generated in part by claim needs such as Non-GMO or Gluten Free and the source of ingredient requirements. We also take into consideration the fact that Legacy Food Storage wants to provide meals that are appetizing and delicious. Only ingredients that pass the claim needs and source of ingredient requirements are used in the formulation process. Once a formula is developed, tested, and approved, it is either added to the current product offering mix or used to replace an existing product we wanted to improve.
4. I see that Legacy Food products are GMO- and in some cases, Gluten-Free. What type of testing or certification has been done to assure the consumer that these statements are true?
We require verification from our supplier that the ingredients we use are GMO-free.
Also, when manufacturing our gluten-free products, we ensure that our facilities are free from cross-contamination with other foods containing gluten. The clean room is cleaned before gluten free items are run. Different product items are packaged on different days. The rooms are completely cleaned between running new items.
Finally, Legacy is taking action to add a gluten-free clean room that is dedicated to gluten-free items only. Within the next few months, our products will be packaged in one of the highest rated facilities in the country. In the meantime, our current production facility is highly rated for its cleanliness and the production room (clean room) is cleaned in such a manner to prevent cross contamination.
5. Let’s talk about packaging. I see that Legacy Food Storage sells their products in pouches rather than tins. This includes bulk products such as butter, egg and honey powders. Why have you chosen this type of packaging?
We like Mylar pouches more than tin cans because they are more convenient for individual use; package easier into plastic buckets, which are good for storage; they don’t rust, and are easy to carry. In addition to being easy to store and carry, Mylar bags help keep oxygen from contaminating the foods. In fact, it’s crucial that residual oxygen levels be below 2 percent to keep food from spoiling.
Nitrogen flushing and oxygen absorbers are two things we use with our Mylar pouches to keep the levels in our packaging below this level. If your food storage is not packaged in these ideal conditions, and then stored appropriately (low temperature and low light), it is going to spoil long before you might need them.
6. It seems as though everyone is on a budget these days. What advice do you have for someone who only has $500 to spend on emergency supplies?
If you only have $500 to spend on emergency supplies, buy a solid emergency bag that has both food and water storage, emergency items, and the basic items necessary to keep one warm and protected in an emergency. A good emergency bag with everything can be bought between $300 and $800, depending on what you want in the emergency bag.
7. Two fun questions: What is both your favorite and least favorite FD product?
My favorite is Chili and least favorite is Hawaiian Style Sweet N Sour.
8. Do you have plans for any new products?
Yes. In addition to all of the meal options we sell, Legacy Food Storage is devoted to making overall emergency preparedness as simple as possible. We’ll be introducing enhanced 72-hour kits and emergency-specific packages for specific emergency situations, such as tornados, hurricanes, snow storms, etc.
Also, recognizing that water is the most important item in emergency preparedness, we have developed 5-gallon water storage boxes that can be filled at home long before an emergency happens. We have also just released our MegaOne Meals, a 100 percent natural meal replacement shake with complete nutrition in every serving, ideal in emergency situations for the elderly or the infirmed that might not be able to eat solid foods.
On the other hand, when prepared, most of our entrée foods are soft food as well, such as all of our soups and breakfast items.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers at Backdoor Survival?
This year, Legacy will be introducing a lot of new emergency items, including various bug out bags and kits, a bug-in kit, a sanitation kit, and food fuel water packages as well as a new line of camping food.
Legacy has put a lot of time and resources into the development of new products to meet customer requests and hopes to be able to continue to satisfy the requests of our customers long into the future.
The giveaway this week is a Legacy Foods 32 Serving Family 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit. Included are eight food pouches of four servings each. The meals include Pasta Alfredo, Pasta Primavera, Enchilada, Beans, and Rice, Stroganoff, Loaded Baked Potato, Chili Mac, Cheese and Broccoli Soup Mix, and Classic Chili Mix. No boredom here!
So what do you need to do to win? On the honor system, jump on over to Buy Emergency Foods and look around. Then come back here and answer the following question:
If you could store only one freeze-dried product, what would you choose?
To enter the giveaway, you need to respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner selected at random and notified by email. He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning prize.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
The Final Word
What can I say? These occasional Friday giveaways have morphed into something so much bigger. I have been blessed that sponsors such as Buy Emergency Foods have generously partnered with Backdoor Survival to offer readers and followers a chance to win some great products.
Today I would like to thank Phil and the Legacy Foods team for offering this giveaway. They are the best!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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