Legacy Food Storage Review – A Hands-on Sampling

Editor’s Note: This is an updated and revised edition for 2018.

Legacy Food Storage has earned itself a spot in many prepper’s pantries, and the reasons are simple. Their food options are robust, offer great variety, and have a 25-year shelf life. I received a sampler from Legacy that contained six four-serving packs: pasta alfredo, potato soup, enchilada beans and rice, a meatless stroganoff, oatmeal with brown sugar, and pancakes. I was very impressed by the amount of food that each of the packs provided. My Legacy Food Storage review follows.

Legacy Sampler
6 Legacy Samplers

A few notes about preparing the foods: I found it difficult to find and remove the oxygen absorbers hidden in all the packages. I ended up dumping each whole package dry into a Ziploc bag, removing the oxygen absorber, and then dumping everything from the Ziploc instead of from the original package. Other than that, prep was easy. I found that each meal alarmingly watery upon first being added to the boiling water, but that during cooking, each meal thickened dramatically and consistency wasn’t an issue.

According to the manufacturing dates stamped on each package, I could eat these meals in early 2042, and they’d be just as tasty as they are today. However, eager to try them within the decade, I decided it would be best not to keep you waiting! Here’s the official BDS Legacy Food Storage Review:

A Note on Sodium and Fat

All survival and camping foods are likely to be high in macronutrients like sodium and fat. However, this is because they are designed for more physically intense situations than in your day-to-day life. Whether you’re enjoying the wilderness for recreation or fighting for survival after a local volcano blows its top, survival and camping food suppliers are assuming you are burning more calories and will require far more fat, sodium, and carbohydrates than usual.

For someone like me, blessed with the metabolism of a hummingbird, the extra macronutrients are a wonderful thing. But if you’re concerned about getting too much sodium and fat, you can reduce your serving size or combine dishes with vegetable and low-sodium options to balance things out.

1. Pasta Alfredo

After following the instructions for making 2 servings, or half the package, I realized just how impressive a volume of food this package contained.

I’m a big eater. Usually, when a package suggests the amount for two servings, I scoff and make twice as much. However, two servings of the Pasta Alfredo (and the others I sampled) was truly two servings for me, filling me up beyond my expectations.

Pasta Alfredo

I wasn’t able to sample it on an actual backpacking trip, so I wasn’t as ravenous as I would ordinarily be when eating this type of meal. But even if I had to eat 25% more, I’d still be impressed with the amount of food provided. And since the whole bag weighs 13.6 ounces, bringing half of it on a trek would give you two robust meals in a fairly lightweight package.

The smell, taste, and aftertaste had a bit of a preservative-y tinge, but for any food storage solution with a 25-year shelf life, some trade-off is inevitable. In a survival setting, it wouldn’t matter in the slightest, and it’s minor enough that I’m looking forward to taking this dish on my next camping trip.

2. Enchilada Beans and Rice

The Legacy Foods Enchilada Beans and Rice were pretty good but would be even better (and healthier) with a higher ratio of beans in the mix. I’m no bean counter (sorry, I had to), but a more appropriate name would be Enchilada Rice and Beans — the rice definitely takes up the vast majority of the dish. I understand this might make for a more expensive product, but I’d personally be willing to pay extra for more beans, especially for the extra protein they provide.

Legacy Enchilada Beans and Rice
Legacy Enchilada Beans and Rice

This one was somewhat bland, but not bad. A bit of hot sauce (which I always keep handy anyway) did wonders for it. It didn’t’ have as much of that preservative flavor as the alfredo dish, but also packed less flavor on its own. It would be enhanced even further by mixing in freeze-dried cheese or high-quality cheese powder, along with some tortillas. With those simple additions, this could feel like a pretty luxurious backpacking or survival meal.

3. Potato Soup

Like the pasta Alfredo, the potato soup had a bit of that preservative flavor but also had enough going for it flavor-wise to make up for it. Since potatoes dehydrate so well, they translate well to food storage solutions, because Legacy was able to make real potato the first ingredient in the soup. It was well-seasoned, and although is not as calorically dense as the other meal options, proved to be a satisfying meal. I recommend seasoning with black pepper. I also imagine it would be a good one to combine with freeze-dried broccoli to add even more flavor and nutrition.

4. Stroganoff

The stroganoff dish was similar to the pasta Alfredo, just with a stroganoff gravy instead of Alfredo sauce and some nice little-diced onions thrown in. The noodles seemed identical. As with the others, the flavor was good – the stroganoff had less of a preservative taste than the Alfredo — but like those, could be improved upon if you rounded it out with some extras.

Stroganoff
Stroganoff

For example, seasoning with some black pepper made it tastier, and I bet that adding in some of Legacy’s freeze-dried beef chunks would make it an even more satisfying feast. On one camping trip where I made a box of macaroni and cheese, I crumbled on some of my homemade beef jerky (easy to make with a dehydrator), to fantastic effect. You could do the same for this stroganoff, and it turns it into what would feel like a gourmet meal in terms of survival and camping food.

5. Pancakes & Oatmeal

For breakfast options, Legacy Food Storage sent me one packet of pancake mix and one packet of instant oatmeal. Both breakfast options were extremely tasty, on par with the pancake mix and instant oatmeal you’d keep in your own kitchen. For the pancakes, mixing in freeze-dried blueberries is an easy upgrade that takes them over the top. The maple oatmeal was a bit sweet for my palate, but I’m not much of a sweets eater, so this likely wouldn’t be an issue for most people.

Maple Oatmeal with Brown Sugar
Maple Oatmeal with Brown Sugar

My only complaint about the pancake mix is that it requires oil, rather than being a “just add water” formula. While this probably helps with the flavor, it seems a little bit strange to require vegetable oil to make pancakes that are meant as a survival food, when store-bought mixes already come in “just add water” varieties.

While the bag of pancake mix might last 25 years, no cooking oil would last nearly as long and would be an extremely difficult ingredient to come by in a survival situation. This makes the pancakes more limited in their usefulness as a long-term survival food because if you don’t have access to cooking oil, you’ll be out of luck.

Old Fashioned Pancake Mix
Old Fashioned Pancake Mix

For the oatmeal, the 38 grams of sugar does make it a less than a totally nutritious breakfast. After all, that’s about 18 grams more sugar per serving than a Snicker’s candy bar. A vastly healthier survival breakfast would be powdered eggs with freeze-dried veggies, but a sugary breakfast could certainly do wonders for morale as well as being extra valuable as a potential barter item.

Aside from those notes, both the pancakes and oatmeal were tasty and filling and would make for an enjoyable survival or camping breakfast.

Legacy Food BDS Original Interview

This original review from Gaye Levy (BDS Founder) provides some additional color to Legacy Food Storage:

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.

Pricing and Conclusions

For the hefty serving size, shelf life, and flavor, I highly recommend Legacy Food Storage for survival food storage and backpacking situations. I would recommend mixing in plenty of vegetable options and your own extras, like adding homemade jerky to the stroganoff, to take the flavors and nutrition to the next level.

Legacy 16 Serving Family Entree Sample Pack
Legacy 16 Serving Family Entree Sample Pack

The pricing is competitive with other suppliers. Affordability per serving increases the more you buy, but Legacy’s entrée packs range from a 16-serving entrée sampler for about $40 to a 4,320-serving bucket set currently priced at about $8,800.

Legacy Premium 4320 Service Package
Legacy Premium 4320 Service Package – 1107 LBS

Whether you’re fighting for survival or just enjoying the great outdoors, a little bit of customization takes Legacy Food Storage’s meal options from excellent to extraordinary. I highly recommend them!

Author Bio:

Eric is a nature-loving writer, experience junkie, and former Boy Scout who never forgot that time-honored Scout Motto: Be prepared. Aside from camping and survival, he loves writing about travel, history, and anything he finds strange and unique!


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583 Responses to “Legacy Food Storage Review – A Hands-on Sampling”

  1. MEGA Sample Pack looks like a good choice.

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    • Regarding the Legacy Giveaway, I would go for the eggs.

  2. The freeze-dried item I would choose would be one of the egg products. I have a daughter who does not like to eat meat and in a time of crisis the protein factor would come and play with my family and eggs are good way to get that.

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  3. The items I would buy would be meat and eggs. Meat can be mixed with a huge amount of other foods to complete one pot dinners and eggs would be wonderful to have for a great start to the day!!

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  4. Regarding the Legacy Foods give-away…. If I could store only 1 freeze-dried product, it would be the freeze dried beef. I very much enjoyed roaming over the Legacy site (as I had not been aware of them before) and likely will be ordering in the near future. Best wishes, & thank you!
    G.

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  5. Since I am vegetarian (at least until the SHTF!) I would love to try the refried beans.

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  6. I think the meal replacement shakes look good and seem reasonably price. Someone who has tried them said they are actually quite good! I’d give that a try!

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  7. Breakfast, my favorite meal!

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  8. I would buy the 120 breakfast, lunch and dinner bucket. This appears to offer a great variety of products at a very affordable price.

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  9. the beef as we love eat and potatoes and i could grow the potatoes sure is alot of great items honey and eggs would also be good

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  10. Love the article. I will have to try the Lefacy Food.
    Thanks for all your hard work and keep the information coming.

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  11. THe FD meat package since protein will be the key in a SHTF situation.

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  12. I would stock fruit as my family loves it and we go through it at a rapid rate.

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  13. I like the entree combo. All the entrees look good, but my favorite would be Alfredo Pasta.

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  14. I can’t wait to compare the taste with what I’ve already purchased.

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  15. The 60 serving mango dice bucket. There’s no way I could grow them if they ever became unavailable, and they are one of my household’s favorite foods. They would also make all the rice and flour products I’ve stored taste a lot better – and taste and variety do matter.

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  16. If I could only store one FD item, it would be beef. Need the protein!

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  17. Something in bulk or I like the packages that come in the bucket.

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  18. The freeze dried beef would be my choice. Very versatile and good source of protein.

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  19. Definitely, my choice would be the assorted freeze dried meat package. The most “bang for the buck,” plus Mountain men, plains Indians and the like survived on “jerky” type products for hundreds of years.

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  20. Legacy Enchilada, Beans, and Rice looks like my favorite.

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  21. If I could store only 1 freeze-dried product, it would be the freeze dried beef. I feel the nutritional value versus price is a great deal. In a SHTF scenario your body will be burning calories at a rate much faster than normal.

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  22. My favorite would be freeze dried berries–any kind.

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  23. Nowhere in the above is any mention of the absence of MSG (monosodium glutamate). It has been my experience that even the big names in these storable foods is loaded with MSG. As I had a butcher once tell me “MSG is used to make poor quality ingredients taste better” and that was why he never used it. MSG causes severe 3-day migrane headaches for me. I bet many people who have migranes have the same allergy. MSG is toxic, like aspartame.

    So, question…… is there MSG in any of the Legacy products?

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  24. Cheese! We have chickens and rabbits for meat and eggs, a large garden for veggies and some fruit trees… but no dairy goats or cows, so milk and cheese would be luxuries!

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  25. I would go with the chicken dices, since I could could use chicken in a lot of recipes for the kids, and myself

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  26. the product i would choose would be freeze dried potatoes because they can be added to anything or eaten alone…and we all love potatoes

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  27. I like one dish meals, so the chili stands out to me.

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  28. It’s so hard to choose one item! Beef probably squeezes past fruit for me.

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  29. If I could store only one freeze-dried product, it would probably be meat. Other things could be stored in other ways, but the meat would be hardest for me to store in other ways.

    I love that Legacy has the gluten-free options. My husband has to eat gluten free or he feels terrible. He always tells me that if it were a real emergency, he would eat whatever I have, but I know he would be easier to survive with if he doesn’t have a tummy ache. 😉 Thanks for the chance to learn more about Legacy foods and the chance to win!

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  30. I really like the idea of mylar bags as opposed to tins! I think that would provide the ability to store food in multiple locations and it would be easier to carry in a bug out bag. Because I think that comfort food is so important I would want to store easy to reconstitute soups and especially the chili that Legacy Foods offers!

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  31. I would choose the chili. If its a favorite of the ceo, it’s probably good!

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  32. I’d like to try the sample pack.
    I’ve never had whole meals before.
    I enjoyed the site.

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  33. First off thanks for the article, I’m always interested to hear about the process which goes into making the meals.

    After looking at the site I’d really love to be able to get the Mega Sampler pack, that would be a great way to try different items and decide what we like. From our recent emergencies, ice storm & flooding, we’ve dug into our food stores & have been able to tell the difference in the meals. So I want to start storing what we like. Also I saw they had coffee as a beverage, which I think will be like gold when things happen.

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  34. The 120 meal bucket. Wide variety of choices for all meals.

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  35. I hope to never be put in the situation where I have to only choose one. lol. If I did, though, it would have to be beans and rice, even though I’m not much of a bean eater.

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  36. If I had the finances I would get the 120 serving combo. It has a wide variety of meals in addition to breakfast meals.
    (Of course, if I had the money, I’d really opt for the Premium 4320 combo!)

    One suggestion for them – why not make some single one person serving sample packs? I know you would have to charge more (per serving size), but it would give people a chance to determine whether they like the product before spending too much on it.

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  37. Interesting site. I had not looked at Legacy FD food before now. If I could store just one FD food it would have to be chili. Lots of protein, warm, comforting. Easy to pair up with rice, macaroni,or baked potatoes.

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  38. I would go with the Enchilada, Beans and Rice. With that, I’d be getting filled up, some protein and with a bit of creativity can spice the dish up so it can seem like a different meal a few times.

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  39. If I could choose only one product it would be the dry diced potatoes. They would go with any meal.

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  40. Chili! perfect comfort and nutrition food, and has to be better than the junk in the supermarket cans.

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  41. I would like to try the entree combo. Think I must try these foods, they look good

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  42. I would try the entree combo. I really want to try these foods, they sound good.

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  43. I would have to say CHEESE, everything tastes better with cheese!

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  44. I would get the freeze dried meat and chicken

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  45. If I had to pick just one I’d go with one of Phil’s favorites, Chili. In rough situations or when dealing with the cold chili is great. I do find it odd that someone who likes chili doesn’t like sweet n sour. As an IT professional I would like to add that Legacy has a very well laid out website. Companies of all types could learn a lot from visiting Legacy’s home page.

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  46. If I could only get one thing, it would be either milk or cheese. Those would be the hardest to acquire in an emergency situation, and powdered milk doesn’t last at all.

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  47. I would get milk, cheese or butter. Really need those with little children.

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  48. I would buy the pasta alfredo as my family loves alfredo and in an emergency it would be nice to have a meal they would really love I could fix easily.

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  49. So many choices! But if I had to choose one, it would likely be the 360 serving gluten-free entree package.

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  50. If I could choose only one freeze-dried item, it would be Freeze Dried Chicken Dices. It would be good protein that you could use in a variety of ways.

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  51. I would have to say beans and rice as you can do almost unlimited meals with the combination that are filling and when shtf times come you don’t need fancy food, just food that you and your family can survive on. I have grandchildren and I have made sure they understand that in the times that are coming to be thankful for everything – no matter how little it is – They are why I prep. GOD BLESS AMERICA

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  52. I would choose the freeze dried beef. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I have been a prepper for awhile but need to really up my game.

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  53. If I had to choose just one freeze dried product I would choose the eggs, especially since Legacy is the only company that says their eggs can be stored for longer than the 5-7 years I see on other sites. If we couldn’t find chickens(in a SHTF situation) I could provide protein for my family and stretch the food storage more.

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  54. I would choose eggs. I can meat and veggies; rice, beans and pasta come already dried and easy to store, but eggs? No. Eggs are a great protein and needed to transform dry ingredients such as flour and sugar into baked goods.

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  55. I would opt for the entree combo pack. To supply variety and ward off food boredom.
    Lacking that option it would be the meat combo pack for the protein content.
    Would love to try some of these samples.

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  56. I would definately choose the meat package. But I would like to see lamb in small packages to variation from beef and chicken. It would necessarily cost more, but could be used for special meals.

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  57. I would have to choose a combo of dairy and egg products. We live in the mountains and have plenty of wildlife for protein, and plenty of space for garden veggies and herbs so cheese, milk, and eggs would be a big plus to our storage supplies.
    Thanks BDS!!

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  58. Would have to be freeze-dried beef.

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  59. Would definitely get the chicken dices. My favorite, everyday food! Great base for so many meals.

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  60. I would choose eggs. You get a lot from them. I think they provide more of what you need in one item than other foods.

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  61. I would choose a variety/family pack. A little bit for everybody …

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  62. Meat would be my choice. I could grow and find vegetables and fruit easier than raise animals and butcher them.

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  63. I think one of the entree buckets would be handy to reduce preparation time in an emergency.

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  64. Wow – So what ONE Freeze Dried item would I choose — the chili as an entree looks good, however the bulk refried beans is one single item i would choose – really – any of the entree buckets. And my preference would be the MEGA ONE Vegan Meal Replacement Variety Pack – I like the idea of little or no meats – I have an egg/poultry allergy and most preparedness companies with prepared foods “leave out” important information like the eggs and chicken/poultry stocks – you clearly note Vegetarian Chicken Stock – I liked that ! making for easier choices! Thanks for the giveaway –

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  65. I’d load up on the freeze-dried pet food. One of my biggest concerns during an emergency is not having enough food for the fur kids. A couple of buckets of freeze-dried pet food would go a long way in easing those fears.

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  66. Only 1 type of item? Hmmmmm, so hard to choose, but I think I would go for the freeze dried meat package. Protein might be hard to come by.

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  67. I live in the mountains with plenty of wildlife for protein and space for fruits, veggies and herbs so I think dairy and eggs would be a great addition to our stock! Thanks BDS

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  68. First, thanks so much for what you do and the quality site you have developed. I believe you are truly here to help out the prepping community at large (we are not all the “lunatic fringe” as many believe) and not for individual gain. Your articles are well thought out, presented coherently and without bias, and cover most every facet of prepping. I really appreciate your product reviews (yes, and your giveaways). Actually, it says a lot about your priorities that you offer so many giveaways. (I also just bought 2 of the mini Cree flashlights you link to with reward points-no cash changed hands-COOL!) I went to their site and, once again, you have identifed another excellent prepping resource. It really looks like Legacy has established their business model to support the prepping community and not trying to gouge the wallets of their customers. The value they provide (vice other suppliers)appears excellent. I do wish I could find peanut butter more readily available though. I am a breakfast guy (particularly pancakes). Legacy offers old-fashioned pancakes, strawberry creamy wheat, multi-grain cereal or oatmeal with brown sugar, so I would definitely have to try the pancakes, if I can only choose one. Thanks again Gaye, for all you do. It is appreciated.

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  69. I would use the diced chicken because it can be added to so many other stored food items.

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  70. I believe it would be butter… cause I can’t imagine living without it!

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  71. Everything on the site looks delicious and my, what a great selection.
    My one item would have to be a gluten free product because my son is gluten intolerant and it is difficult to find gluten free products that will store for a length of time. Also planning gluten free meals from storage is a nightmare but the Enchilada, beans and rice package looks like a ready made meal and what could be easier?

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  72. I can’t pick just one. Any of the entries and I am short on veggies too.. They are great for single people. And I especially like the GMO free statements. I have tried asking several times with other companies and never got any answers

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  73. If I could only store one freeze dried product it would be the freezed dried meat (beef and chicken). We have a good amount of rice and beans as well as dehydrated potatoes and vegetables, so the meat would be a welcome addition. (Which is not to say that the other products don’t look good!).

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  74. The freeze dried mashed potatoes would be an interesting choice. They are after all the greatest comfort food.

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  75. I’d pick cheese. I know it’s something that could be made, but it’s so much easier to just open up a pouch and sprinkle it on something!

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  76. freeze dried butter, yes they have it…what a great staple to have around not to mention skipping the work of making it (not that I know how to)

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  77. I’m well stocked on beans, rice, pasta, grains and veggies, but not much in animal protein. For me, the Freeze dried Meat package would be the most helpful.

    Thanks for introducing me to a new food supplier. They certainly look superior to other suppliers.

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  78. In regards to the Legacy Food Giveaway; If I had to choose one product, I’d pick an entree package, especially one containing protein (meat, eggs, ect) If I was limited to a single, individual entree, it would be either the beef or chicken freeze-dried pouches. In an semi-urban setting, there’s not much hunting options in an emergency.

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  79. Definitely go for the egg powder. I tried dehydrating eggs myself and epic fail!

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  80. I go for the chili mac. High protein value with low sugar and low sodium – Tasty – and really good for you

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  81. I think the freeze dried eggs would be the most versitile food to have.

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  82. I would have to say the chicken dices.

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  83. I’d go for the freeze dried beef or chicken, they’re tough to source or maintain bacteria-free in a SHTF (stuff hits the heavens) situation. Thanks for making the effort to supply quality solutions..

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  84. I am also going with freeze dried beef or chicken. I have a pretty good garden and neighbor has chickens so eggs are readily available. Meat protein will be needed after our canned goods are gone.

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  85. I know this has been posted several times but I’d pick freeze dried meets. My reason is different from what others have posted. Preserving meet in the traditional fashion for long term storage takes great care and skill. Be it smoked, canned, or salted. I’ve not yet competent in my ability to can or salt meats safely.

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  86. Milk. Web page did not say if it was Freeze Dried or just dried. If not, then cheese. As both of these are the most difficult to replace in an emergency for me.

    Question for Phil Cox: I saw the various bags of FD fruits. Is it possible to make a bag with mixed fruits in it? Like several berries, bananas, mangos, pineapples, etc. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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  87. Tough choice between potatoes and cheese

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  88. I would store either freeze dried meat or textured vegetable protein. I think protein will be the h hardest thing to find in an emergency.

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  89. My choice cor freeze dried foods would be fruits because this is the hardest items for me to grow

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  90. The FD Breakfast would be my pick as that’s my fav meal. 🙂

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  91. I am new to Prepping and am seeing a lot of brands. I am looking to supplement meat that i harvest from the woods.

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  92. meat and cheese are the hardest to procure. rice and pasta/grain is everywhere.

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  93. I would get the 60 serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner bucket. It has all that is needed to cover a well rounded meal, and can be stretched out if needed.

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  94. IF I could choose only one thing it would have to be Bacon.

    Thanks Gaye! Your information is always very helpful and interesting.

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  95. Legacy Food has the best ingredients in there food

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  96. I haven’t tried any products yet. Any choice would do.

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  97. I really don’t know if I’d rather choose dried egg powder or dried honey powder.

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  98. Classic Chili Mix, old guy here have to go with the Chili

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  99. I’d like the 120 serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner bucket. I figure this would help in any disaster situation where going to the grocery store would not be an option.

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  100. It would be cheese. I have a garden, fruit trees, chickens. Cheese would be a nice addition to the vegetables, eggs and chicken.

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  101. If I could only store one freeze dried item it would be beef. Gotta have that protein! Have fruit trees and a garden but meat will be scarce within a year.

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  102. The 4 Person 72 hour 2,000 Calorie per day Kit. I’m a singleton and this would get me through 2 weeks easy. I love things I can just grab and put in the car.

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  103. If you could store only one freeze-dried product, what would you choose? The 183 meal sample pack. Since it gives the most variety and can sit on the shelf for 25 years this is the one I would choose. I have the shorted term needs already covered pretty well.

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  104. I would buy either the eggs or chicken dices. Proteins will be the most difficult items to obtain in a long term SHTF as hunting and fishing will not be sustainable.

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  105. I would stock freeze-dried fruit. I love it!!

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  106. My choice would be fruit.

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  107. Freeze dried beef

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  108. I think it would be the bulk whole egg powder. I have a garden and I do a fair amount of canning of soups and veggies. But I don’t have any fall back for eggs besides being my favorite breakfast item, they would help out in making comfort food items and snacks.

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  109. For me I would have to go for the Chili Mac, it looks delish! I love pasta dishes. I live in the mountains so I can readily have meat, grow my veggies and chickens can lay eggs. Gotta have pasta!!

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  110. My one choice would be the bucket of 120 servings of breakfast, lunch and dinner…………but I would also like to try the new chocolate meal replacement shakes!

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  111. I can grow fruits and veggies, but I would LOVE to have dairy, meats, and entrees! Pasta alfredo…oh yum! We are serious cheese and meat eaters! Thanks!

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  112. I would choose meat.

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  113. If I had to choose one product, I would choose diced chicken . . . if I chose one entree, I think it would be pasta alfredo; but I’d like to taste it first.

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  114. If I could store only one freeze dried product I’d choose the egg powder. We would find lots of ways to use it!

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  115. Although my first thought was the fruit options, I would choose the freeze dried chicken for a versatile protein that could be added to a variety of meals.

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  116. Freeze dried beef would be my choice

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  117. Legacy – as big a package as possible with a variety of good things – especially beef cause I grow potatoes and some veges but can’t grow beef!

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  118. I’d store FD beef, because I have chickens, and a garden, but think it will be very difficult to get meat, particularly beef, where I live.

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  119. My one choice would be the FD meats. That is one area that we don’t have covered yet. Love your articles. I am constantly learning from you & appreciate all that you do to help the prepardness community.

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  120. The obvious choice would have to be FREEZE DRIED BRUSSEL SPROUTS!

    When the zombies start storming the neighborhood looking for handouts, place a few cans at the end of the driveway with a sign ” Free Food “.
    Maybe I could rustle up a few cans of ” Dehydrated Water to go with them.

    At any rate, I seriously doubt anyone will come back.

    Sorry, it’s been a long week!

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  121. For my family the freeze dried beef would be my first choice. Next would be eggs.

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  122. If I can only take “one” freeze dried item, it would have to be the Potato Soup. I love Potato Soup and a salad.

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  123. Definitely the freeze dried meat combo. Protein is crucial.

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  124. Would Hate to Just pick one. Sounds Good. I would chose the freeze dry chicken for protein. I’m hungry.

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  125. Great article – tough to pick one thing to store but I would probably go with a beef item.

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  126. Assorted Freeze Dried meats. The main reason would me my 3 finicky children.

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  127. I would choose. TVP product since I’m vegetarian like beef, I could add it to a lot of different dishes . Although not sure if that’s FD, if it isn’t I would choose refried beans or another high protein combo dish that comes freeze dried.

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  128. They all look yummy.I think I would buy the 72 hr. emergency bucket,because of the variety. The price is good and it is easy to carry, if you must leave in a hurry.

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  129. Lots of great items from which to choose, but I would choose chili Mac. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  130. I would go for the freeze-dried beef. Beef goes with everything!

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  131. I would go for the chili mac and certainly for the cheese. Also love tomatoes!

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  132. I would choose the 120 serving breakfast, lunch and dinner bucket. Looks like a lot of variety there.

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  133. 16 Serving Breakfast Sample Pack

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  134. I would store the fruit. Probably pineapple as I couldn’t find that locally.

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  135. 120 Serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Bucket. That would get me started for a good while.

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  136. Yummy

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  137. I want a good supply of eggs first, then I want to begin stocking freeze-dried beef.

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  138. Definitely the assorted meat package!

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  139. I’d have to go with beef. Makes beans & rice much tastier!

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  140. I love the quality & commitment to GMO-free products of Legacy! If I could only store one kind of FD product it would have to be a meat product, as it is an expensive item and would be hard to aquire if you didn’t grow your own. And having a freezer full go bad during an emergency would be a tremendous financial loss. Other items are easily purchased in canned or dried forms.

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  141. I would have to say beef, for the protein.

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  142. Personally, I’m a fan of chili-mac as a dehydrated food staple.

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  143. If I could only store one freeze dried product it would be cheese. With cheese I could make a lot of different dishes with the other items I already have stored.

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  144. For me and my family it would be eggs and beef. We eat gluten free so choices are minimal for us. Eggs and beef are a sure bet!

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  145. all of it! what one person won’t eat another will. If no one in the house will eat it, then it will become a trade item.

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  146. I would choose one of the pasta options. Lots of good looking choices on their website.

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  147. I suppose the freeze dried beef although I would love to try their chili-mac to compare with Mountain House.

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  148. I don’t see it as a listed product but I’d have to go with freeze dryed beans, along the lines of pinto or black beans. A couple of reasons. They’re high in protein and fiber. They’re versatile and filling. They’re relatively inexpensive. Maybe Legacy could develop a bulk line of this type of product.

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  149. If I could store only one freeze-dried product, I would choose the
    Beef Dices for the high protein.

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  150. Mine would be the freeze dried ground beef…

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  151. The Legacy Pasta Alfredo looks delicious! I would stock up plenty of those.

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  152. I would have to go with the large meat package combo which I can enhance with home grown veggies.

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  153. I would start with the 32-serving-Family 72 hour emer kit. Since I am new to preping and foood storage. this is a smart start for me.
    //www.buyemergencyfoods.com/32-serving-family-72-hour-emergency-food-kit.html

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  154. The freeze-dried item I would choose would be either the meats or fruits.

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  155. There’s a lot of stuff that looks good. But I would have to say, I’d get the freeze dried meat package. Us mid-westerner’s have to have meat for about every meal.

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  156. The large meat combo package would be my choice. I have plenty if side items

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  157. If you could store only one freeze-dried product, what would you choose? I would choose CHICKEN the body needs protein and it maybe hard to come by i have plenty of grains,rice beans(yes i know beans are protein) but after a month of eating rice and beans some meat wold be a God send

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    • very impressed with their website i think i will be placing an order with them in the near future

  158. the assorted freeze dried meat bucket is what I’d like.

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  159. If I were to pick just one…..it would be anything with beans. One can forage for plants and fruit, but bean is an over-all excellent protein and fiber.

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  160. I would choose one of the gluten-free breakfast, lunch dinner combo buckets. My grandson has gluten allergies. He would like the enchilada, rice and beans.

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  161. I would go with the Premium 1080 Serving Package, it’s large enough that I can divide it across the 3 places my family would most likely be.

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  162. If I could only store one thing I’d go with beans.

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  163. I would choose the Chili. I have buckets and buckets of rice, so the rice would act as a great “extender” to the chili.

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  164. I would have to choose dairy and eggs. This would be lacking in my food storage.

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  165. while I would like just about anything that you offer, I would probably go with the eggs as well because it would be protein and it would be something that would be hard for me to get if things got bad

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  166. I would buy the freeze dried chicken. You can making so many different things with this main staple.

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  167. 100% usda freeze dried chicken dices

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  168. I would say I would do the chicken as it would go with just about anything else I have to make a complete meal or in a soup.

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  169. I’d have to get the freeze dried banana chips. My Dad is 87 and he eats bananas every day.

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  170. Either the freeze dried rice or powdered eggs – I can’t decide.
    I too would like to know about MSG. Also, it appears the meals are not listed for the buckets so you don’t know what you are buying.

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  171. I would go for the beef and add the mashed potatoes. Actually, there are many more items I would like to try as I have a bunch of picky eaters at home.
    Thanks for the info on these products

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  172. comment food

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  173. I would go with some type of multi-day pack with a variety of meals in it.

    On a side note, I liked your article on water storage. I did not know that water containers should not be stored directly on concrete. I learned something new today; thanks.

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  174. I checked out the website, and products look and sound great. Can’t wait to try some. If I could store only one item, it would be the 2 week 2000 calorie per day heart healthy bucket.

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  175. My budget would have me start with the 72 hour emergency food kit. Like the free shipping because I could spend more towards other items. The Mega meal drink would be next. I want a good balance of nutrition in my storage.

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  176. I would say a one of the meats, they are harder to store.

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  177. I would select the eggs. I really like the Mega sampler

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  178. I would get the Freeze-Dried Meat package.

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  179. If I could store only one of the products offered, I would choose the chili Mac. They mostly all look good,
    but when you talk about only one, I believe the chili Mac is what I could the most day after day. Thanks
    for the opportunity to add to my preparedness.

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  180. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how
    to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but
    I never seem to get there! Many thanks

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  181. What I would really like are non GMO soybeans packed for long term storage either alone or in a meal, however, I would appreciate the eggs, too!

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  182. We’re including all the condiments that my household uses regularly…just picking up extra mustard, salad dressing, sauces, mayo or ketchup each shopping trip.

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  183. We’ve stored away dry foods ~ rice, beans

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  184. Don’t have anything other than ketchup lol.

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    • oh the many ways of ketchup?….sorry I couldn’t keep my fingers quiet!!

  185. many spices, mayo, mustard, and ketchup, and pickles!

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    • Everything helps

  186. We try to keep extra ketchup and mustard from Sam’s Club. I’ve also canned half pint jars of salsa and corn relish this summer, with tomatoes, corn, and peppers from our garden! (I’m relatively new to canning, so this year’s garden is the largest we’ve had so far).

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  187. We have ketchup, mustard, and salad dressing.

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  188. Spices, ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressing

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  189. Lots of different spices and condiments that we normally use.

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  190. Get a little extra each trip

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  191. I have all the ones I normally use, plus I am going to add my homemade mixes, such as taco seasoning and Italian blend as the store bought one’s are too salty.

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  192. Salt most definitely but most condiments go bad in a short period, have a few dried versions tho.

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  193. Right now I’m working on dried foods like beans and rice, and some pastas.

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  194. I have been collecting recipes for making fresh condiments. The one I’m making this week is mustard. Can’t wait to try it!

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  195. I’ve stored extra of all the condiments I usually use. My goal is to have enough food storage to last a full year along with the means to cook without utilities. Not there yet but it’s a work in progress.

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  196. Hot sauce. It can make anything taste better. OK. maybe not chocolate. But just about anything else I proves with a dash of sauce.

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  197. We have ketchup too but that’s it for now.

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  198. We are just starting prepping so I try to keep a list of all your tips and we are implementing them as we go. We have been purchasing $5 extra canned foods/dry foods each week and putting it away for emergencies. Hopefully we will be better prepared for this winter than we were last winter!

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  199. I have 15 gallons of honey, 200 lbs of sugar, 100 lbs of various kinds of salts, (I need more) and I buy some of my spices in 5 lb containers. Turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, in which all can be used for medical purposes. Is alcohol a spice? It has been know to make me spiced. I have some of it stored.

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  200. Taco seasoning, Italian seasoning, chili powder, salt, pepper, garlic, and lots of it!!!

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  201. I try to always keep a well stocked pantry, including condiments. I have not included any in my “emergency” preps, because that is still in the beginning stages, but I usually have an extra bottle of ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, barbeque sauce, etc. in my pantry. My spice cabinet is also well stocked, and since I continually restock any spices we use consistently, we would be good for quite a while with what I have.

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  202. Hot sauce and honey are a must have. Still learning how to make mustard and ketchup.

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  203. I have a huge variety of spices stored and just about every kind of mustard that you can think of. Mustard is on the list of “forever” foods and I love it to boot. I also have a lot of sweet/sour hot sauces which I make sure to rotate regularly. We do love our spcy food.

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    • can you give a list of “forever foods” thank you.

    • By “forever foods” do you mean those with an unlimited shelf life (such as salt)?

    • yes, I only know of three forever foods, salt, Honey and now mustard. somewhere on this post someone said they made their own powder catsup, that is something I would like to add to my list of know-hows.

  204. Everything we usually use, spices, ketchup, mayo, salad dressing, soy sauce, hot sauce, vinegar and oils.

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  205. Salt, pepper, mustard, catsup, onion powder, garlic powder.

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  206. In my house, we have stored powdered mustard and ketchup, and tapatio and tabasco sauce. We also have stored sea salt, black and white pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, ground red pepper, and turmeric for extra seasoning.

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  207. I am still getting started with all this, being prepared, but I’m sure I would have to have the basics…mustard, catchup, mayo.

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  208. I always wonder if we have enough variety of foods stored, or if we’re missing some key item that will “bite” us later…

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  209. Tomato powder a little vinegar, mustard and honey makes a great ketchup supplement. And have lots of hot sauce on hand.

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  210. I’m trying to get extra packets of condiments anytime I get fast food.

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  211. Salt, pepper, ketchup, mayo, mustard & BBQ sauce.

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  212. Salt, pepper, other spices.

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  213. Just beginning this adventure but storing some of the basics first…various salts, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes…

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  214. I grow a number of herbs, both medicinal and culinary. I also keep a number of cans and bottle of seasonings on the shelf. It will keep meals from being so bland when eating from storage

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  215. Ketchup, mustard, spices, taco seasoning.

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  216. No Condiments As We Really Do Not Use Them.

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  217. Make an inventory sheet of what is in your refrigerator and in your pantry that you use. Then buy 2 or 3 extras each week. Make sure you store appropriately.

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  218. We started collecting little packets of condiments from fast food, restaurants which will work well for bug out. I have a whole cupboard dedicated to spices, a shelf dedicated to bottled, jars of condiments, a cupboard for herbs and in the long-term items, we have small cans of different kinds of spice and seasoning mixes. I’m just that kind of cook.

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  219. Basil, garlic, taco mix, powered gravy mix, salt, pepper, chili powder, curry, mayo, mustard, ketchup , hot sauce ,salsa, BBQ sauce, honey, powdered Alfredo sauce, salad dressings, vinegar, oil. These all rotatable sizes I go through except the spices I have in mason jars, not sure how long they last there, suppose I should start rotating through those too.

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  220. I am trying to store lots of basic spices. So many ways to change food storage into delicious meals.

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  221. We have stocked up on salt, spices and honey.

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  222. We’re putting back a bit of everything. We’ve got all the spices and seasonings that we normally use, plus all the little packets that you get at restaurants, like the ketchup and mustard, etc…

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  223. I have dehydrating all kinds of veggies to make into a powder. Also have lots and lots of cinnamon and other spices. Ketcup, mustard, bbq.

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  224. I have some bottles of dressings and sauces. Also quite a few of the packets.

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  225. Sea salt and black pepper are my standards. I also have garlic powder, ginger powder, chili powder and other powdered spices. Also try to keep yellow mustard, mayonase, hot sauce and ketchup around. Taco seasoning, chili seasoning, salsa. But for freeze dried foods I seldom add anything.

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  226. I’ve been buying extra spices, condiments, honey, etc. Trying to make a variety of everything I store. Takes up more room but hopefully will be more satisfying longterm.

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  227. Condiments to spice up survival food: horseradish mustard, sliced jalepenos.

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  228. Hot sauce, honey, salt pepper, hot pepper flakes, and more! anything to make plain Connecticut Yankee food taste better!

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  229. I like to keep a variety of spices, including some of my favorites – white pepper, smoked paprika, Lawry’s seasoned salt, garlic salt. Also a must have for us is the smoky tabasco sauce and Franks red hot sauce! So good! Other than that, honey, olive oil mayo, dressings

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  230. The basic herbs and spices, salts, pepper, sweeteners

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  231. I have the usual: ketchup, mayo, mustard, lots of marinades and salad dressing and a bunch of spices.

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  232. I keep soy sauce and ketchup and mustard. Also apple cider vinager and olive oil to make simple salad dressings.

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  233. I like to keep spices and home made spice mixes, soy sauce, salad dressings and dressing mixes (dry mixes all home made). I also have “cream of anything” soup mix I keep on hand. I don’t use commercially canned soups. I also try to keep a good stockpile of olive oil and peanut oil, lard, tallow, home canned salsa and enchilada sauce. My neighbors all say if it fits in a jar I will can it. We are currently overhauling our kitchen and it is nice to walk into the store room and pull out something home made and just heat and eat. Life without a kitchen sink is a trial!

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  234. Sweet chili sauce, can be used as ketchup or flavoring for soups or beans, mayo, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, and vinegar

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  235. I have mustard, mayo, salsa, salad dressing, and quite a few packets left over from fast food restaurants. Unfortunately, I know these things all have short shelf lives, so it’s hard to keep enough of anything. Would love to know better what keeps and for how long.

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  236. My pantry is full of condiments of all kinds. Love them.

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  237. A variety of spices, including salt, pepper, ground spices and dehydrated (i.e., rosemary, dill, basil), and mustard.

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  238. Not being technically inclined, I lost my post somewhere in the ether!! At any rate, get lots of condiments, spices and gravy mixes!

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  239. lots of salt, honey, white vinegar, whole peppercorns & a grinder, and dehydrated onions & chives. I have a huge container of freeze-dried basil, thyme, and am getting more freeze dried onion and chives a little at a time, as I can afford it. Lots of pure vanilla extract, vanilla beans, whole saffron, whole nutmeg complete w/the mace and a little grater for that. Also alot of whole cinnamon, but my daughter is allergic, so that stays separated, I’m thinking more of it being useful for barter.

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  240. Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, mustard and ketchup

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  241. I would like to try some freeze dried food but my budget is very small.

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  242. Oh boy! Shelf stable meals!

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  243. Must… Have… The Big 3… Ketchup, Mustard & Mayo… w/some 1K Island & Ranch for the wife…M… (EVIL ZJ)

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  244. Salt, and ketchup and vinegar

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  245. We have ketchup, mustard, picante sauce, and bbq sauce. I am planning on adding soy sauce and honey mustard in the future.

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  246. I would love to try this type of food. I have heard mixed reviews on these and would love to try them for myself.

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  247. Spices and Tabasco

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  248. I wonder how the survival food is going to taste in a grid down situation.

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  249. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  250. Everything we normally use has been bought for prepping too.

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  251. I hadn’t even thought of condiments. I’ll have to get on that. Soy sauce, spices, salt and ketchup come to mind.

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  252. Have stockpiled Himalayan pink salt for the purported benefits of the trace minerals it contains. Tastes good too…….

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  253. We have mostly spices though I’ve been picking up extras of mayo, ketchup and mustered.

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  254. Mustard, mayo, ketchup, hot sauce, salt, pepper, spices. I REALLY want to win this!

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  255. pepper,salr,italian seasoinig, old bay seasonings, verious BBQ rubs

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  256. I have a small amount of basic spices, a jar of ketchup and mayo, bottles of different mustards, and repackaged a 4lb container of chicken bouillon. I’m a little behind on some like pepper, but I am getting there.

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  257. We tend toward the dry rubs and creating our own condiment mixes more than anything so we have a lot of salts — sea, Himalayan, Hawaiian, etc. We also keep on hand the small tins of spices from Emergency Essentials to make ranch & Italian dressing mixes, taco seasoning and the like.

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  258. i don’t have to many in storage i do have many recipes to make things such as ketchup, mayo, BBQ sauce, and relish but not much in storage itself.

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  259. I love your page,hope I win! I have stored cinnamon,rosemary,thyme,garlic,bay leaves,parsley,sea salt,pepper,pumpkin pie spice,sugar,mustard,ketchup and malt vinegar.

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  260. Spices, but I also store any extra packets of ketchup,mayo, mustard…etc if we eat out.

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  261. Salt, pepper, spices, mustard, ketchup.

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  262. The usual, ketchup, mustard, mayo. Canning tomato sauce, salsa, soups and doing lots of dehydrating.

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  263. Love food giveaways. Helps get that pantry or BOB moving further along!!

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  264. Vanilla flavored stevia

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  265. I try to always keep at least one extra bottle of ketchup, mustard, mayo, and barbeque sauce. As soon as the bottle I am using gets below half, I start looking for sales or coupons to pick up at least one more, knowing my one on the shelf will be opened in the not too distant future. I also have a wide range of my spices and vinegars to make dressings.

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  266. I mostly store normal household foods for a 30 day supply. I then cook out of the storage and put new in to cycle everything though

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  267. Salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash–my favorite!–salad dressing, mustard and BBQ sauce… Also keep olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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  268. I love to get these meals.. one of the condiments that I have in my backup is mustard and ketchup. mayo sugar stevia and syrup both corn syrup and maple syrup.. I buy the single serving packages that way they can stay on the shelf and used almost indefinately. I do the can count method when setting up my wet food dehydrated we either buy month buckets of pre packaged meals and number ten cans of basics buckets of wheat and other beans etc..

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  269. Hotsauce, salt and pepper

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  270. I have some Mountain House pouches and some dry foods ( rice & beans ) but not a lot of either. Never tried this brand but have heard some good and not so good reviews. Only way to tell is taste for myself so I hope that I might be the lucky one.

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  271. Salt,Sugar,spices like Garlic,onion,cinnamon,cloves,ginger,pepper,chili pepper,basil,mint,salad dressing packets,gravy packets,BBQ sauce,mustard,ketchup,mole!!

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  272. Mustard, ketchup, mayo, soy sauce and BBQ sauce.

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  273. I have containers of good sea salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Also lots of cider vinegar and hot sauce, neither of which goes bad. Also real organic honey and some manuka for medicinal use.

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  274. I have dried onions, salt, herb seasoning, garlic powder.

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  275. Always trying to improve my food storage. Thanks for the opportunity

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  276. Bottled hot sauce, mustard, garlic in many forms, all of the spice blends that I make regularly, and lots of dried chiles.

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  277. I would choose mustard and ketchup.

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  278. Seriously; I have Mrs.Dash, salt, pepper, and various seasonings, in case I have something that needs some spice. Ready made condiments; I have none.

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  279. Tabasco, spices, ketchup, and mustard.

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  280. My family wants to try these before they are faced with a situation where they have to eat them. Thanks everyone for the spices and condiments suggestions.

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  281. Ketchup, mustard, and the like. We also have lots of hot sauce and soy sauce.

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  282. I have stored pickle relish, both dill and sweet. Also barbecue sauces, mustard and ketchup, and hot sauces. I think they help a lot in making bland food taste better.

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  283. 72 piece spice rack. A-1 sauce, Worchershire sauce, ketchup, Texas Pete’s hot sauce,honey mustard,yellow mustard

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  284. w have mustard and catsup and salsa

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  285. I have put up mustard. It has been the easiest so far.

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  286. We have a stock pile of all the condiments my family uses every day.

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  287. Mustard so far

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  288. Flavored mustards, ketchup, dried herbs, spices,dehydrated garlic, ginger, etc.

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  289. Salt With iodine. Never gets old. Same with mustard.

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  290. I keep at least one extra of every condiment we use in my storage and then rotate them when needed. I also store extra salt and several freeze-dried herbs.

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  291. I include ketchup and salad dressings.

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  292. Pickles, ketchup, and other things I canned.. We typically do not condiments alot A pint jar of ketchup last us a year and a quart jar of worcheshire last us two years.

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  293. Usually the Emergency Foods do have the weird after taste. Would love to try this one out and maybe start including these to my store house. Most of my condiments are herbal from my garden or foraging. But I still like chocolate in any form.

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  294. I would include all of the spices I currently use, including white, black, pink and seschawn peppers, seeds only (not ground), dried chilies (pequin, Red Amazon, cayenne, tobasco, ancho [ie, dried poblano], chiles de arbol, cascabels, gyajillo, pasilla, morita [dried jalapeno]). Also seeds of cardamom, cumin, cloves, yellow & brown mustard seeds, nutmeg,sesame), cinnamon bark, dried & ground (turmeric, regular and smoky paprika, dried basil, rosemary, oregeno, lemon peel, lemon grass, Dill weed, and green mango), and probably a number of others which I can’t think of right now.

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  295. SALT,PEPPER,GARLIC SALT,ONION SALT, OTHER SEASONINGS,VINGAR,SALAD DRESSINGS,SUGAR,MUSTARD,SALSA,KETCHUP.

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  296. My condi choices in my stuff several salts, black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, paprika, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, nutmeg (whole nut), and a rotation due to running out of something and needing my emergency back-stock :o)

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  297. Mustard, different kinds – Dijon, Spicy Brown, Frenches Yellow. I’ve stopped using mayo because of the fat, even the Lite or Low Fat has more fat than mustard. The only time I miss mayo is when I want to make tuna salad sandwiches.

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  298. Sea salt, black pepper, sage, nutmet, plus some other minor ones.

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  299. Mustard, salt and peppers.

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  300. Lots of salt and spices. I grow my own herbs so that’s taken care of. I keep some mayo on hand but could make it if I run out and need some.

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  301. Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper (Medicinal uses also)Clove(Medicinal uses also. Most of the spices I have, have multi uses, most being medical. Itialian seasoning, use for breads, pasta, and dressing. Have mustard and ketchup. Not a big fan of mayo, but have it also.

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  302. salt, pepper, assorted herbs, ketchup, mustard.

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  303. Salt, spices, ketchup, mustard, mayo, barbecue sauce, pickles, salsa, salad dressings.

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  304. I keep salt/pepper along with the spices we normal use. Also, keep lots of hot sauce. Finally got the kids to try it and they found out they liked it. We normally have quite a bit of mustard/ketchup on hand since we buy it in bulk.

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  305. I have all of our usual condiments including soy sauce, hot sauce, bbq sauce.

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  306. Herbs, spices and herbs(lots of different kinds, flavor=comfort food) Mayo, ketchup, mustard seed, vinegar, salt, pepper, salted lemons, lemon juice, ACV, salad dressings, pickles, salsa, BBQ sauce, Cayenne Pepper,Clove, dried onions and garlic, jams, jellies, chili sauce……. bunch more stuff

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    • What is ACV?

    • Apple Cider Vinegar

  307. I can’t wait to try this!

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  308. Just spices

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  309. salt
    Pepper
    ketchup
    mustard
    ranch dressing
    mayo
    salsa
    BBQ sauce

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  310. I hoard extra free condiment packets on the rare occasions when I get fast food….salt, sugar, ketchup, mustard. This is a good reminder that I need to do more in this area.

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  311. Building up all condiments that we normally use. We are also picking up one new one everytime we go shopping. Variety is the “Spice” of life, right?

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  312. Italian salad dressing, soy sauce, mayo and ketchup

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  313. Salt, pepper, mustard, ketchup, and mayo.

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  314. Lots of Spices, 2 kinds of mustard, ketchup. vinegar, lemon & lime juice, salt

    Thank you very much for this giveaway! Really love all your posts.

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  315. This is the one thing lacking in my storage. Meals in a bucket. Would love to have. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  316. mustard, ketchup and pickles

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  317. I usually include some hot sauce of some kind. This stuff will make almost anything taste a bit better.

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  318. We have ketchup, mustard, hot sauce and all kinds of dry spices.

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  319. You can’t ever have enough of these; especially if space is tight, buckets always stack nicely!

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    • Also: no condiments at this time…but I’d say pepper and salt are always good, as is chilli spice.

  320. Not exactly a condiment, but bullion cubes are a necessary ingredient. Also olive oil and seperate spice mixes for Italian dressing, miracle whip, ketchup & ingredients for bbq sauce.

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  321. Salad dressing,ketchup,BBQ sauce, mustard and miracle whip.

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  322. ketchup, salt & pepper, BBQ sauce

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  323. We have our spices, make ketchup and mayo. Just don’t seem to have enough oils, olive, going to try coconut oil to see how that blends in.

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  324. None. I don’t consider it a priority. I do have extra spices on hand.

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  325. Mustard, mayo, ketchup, pickles, BBQ sauce, horseradish, salad dressings, steak sauce & hot sauce.

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  326. The usual ketchup, mustard and lots of spices.

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  327. Ketchup, mustard, hot sauce and a LOT of dried spices. I usually get them in the bulk aisle and the two I think I use most are cumin and chili powder.

    There’s a liquidator near me and I buy things like the little jellies restaurants serve at breakfast with toast, and packets of condiments. They sell them 20/$1. I have things like relish, mayo, hot sauce, non-dairy creamer. I keep a big drawer and they last in the little packets for ages.

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  328. Ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, salad dressings, etc.

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  329. We have a good supply of salt, sugar, ketchup, mustard, mayo BBQ sauce and salsa. But need to increase our small supply of spices, that will be one of our goals this winter.

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  330. Salt, Pepper, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, EVOO, vinegar and others.

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  331. I make sure I have plenty of ketchup, mustard, soy sauce,and mayo. I am always looking for things to store that will give flavor to an otherwise bare bones meal.Hmm, just had a thought, I should add a couple bottles of hot sauce too!

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  332. Well to start our food storage, I basically created an Extended Pantry. So we have extra of just about everything we eat, including Ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, hot sauce, and salad dressing. Plus I have an extra small container of the spices I use most often. If anything happens, we might end up eating alot of beans and rice, but we can at least make it taste different every time 😉

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  333. I have extras of everything we normally use.

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  334. I always have salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic and onion powder on hand. I grow as many herbs and spices I can and preserve them / dehydrate myself. You can also find vinegar and olive oil in my pantry.

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  335. salt is my #1 spice then comes a few others like garlic powder, basil, oregano. For my ‘condiments’ I have some ketchup, mustard and I include the ALL IMPORTANT olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

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  336. Ketchup

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  337. We have Horseradish.

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  338. Mustard, hot sauce, packets of mayo, lots of dried herbs and spices.

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  339. Storing dried versions of the things we use most.

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  340. We have extras of everything we like to eat. Salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, salsa, hot sauce, soy sauce, chilli sauce, powdered salad dressing mixes and good old oil & vinegars.

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  341. To be honest I just recently like with in the past two weeks started my prepping. I don’t have much of a food storage yet all it includes is a few dried fruits. I am slowly working daily to build all aspects of my survival plan up. With four kids and minimum income this has became a hard task so I have been watching for things that I can use that others throw out… like left over building materials that I can use to make into something I could survive with. So far I have made a garden bed that I plan on some how turning into a small hot house. To win this would be such an amazing blessing and prove I am on the right track. Thank you.

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  342. I’ve just gotten into making my own condiments and canning them, mainly mustards and hot sauce. I do have an over abundance of bbq sauce I could include in the list of pantry items, though, because I cannot resist a good sale on Sweet Baby Rays!

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  343. Lots of different spices, mayo, mustard, ketchup, honey ,bbq sauce and salsa.

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  344. We have ketchup, salad dressing, mustard(2 kinds, A-1, Heinz 57, and any spice you could want to flavor with. Also this next summer will be growing a new herb/spice garden. Will be drying spices for long term storage and using herbs and some spices for medicinal uses.

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  345. Salt, pepper, vinegar, spices like cinnamon, ginger, mustard (dry), and dried herbs and tomatoes. Lots of cocoa powder, and also recipes to make mayo and sauces from the basics that are stored.

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  346. I always ask for extra ketchup, mayo , mustard packs when I get fast food. I then keep them stored in resealable containers.

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  347. i do alot of canning and freezing and drying,even sloppy joe sauce ketcup etc the works

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  348. None yet. 🙁

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  349. I do a fair amount of canning so a pack-able option is what I seek

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  350. I am starting to store dried foods.

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  351. I save salt and all the other spices we typically use, as well as mustard, catsup and typical condiments. Foods need flavoring!

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  352. Catsup and salt for sure.

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  353. I have just started on the condiment area of preps. At this point all I have is 3 cases of sweet pickle relish made from cucumbers that I grew myself. I am drying chili peppers that I also grew myself, I plan on drying them for one year then trying my hand at grinding them into chili powder. ( You have to let the chili peppers dry for one year and use thin walled peppers)I tried to grow cilantro, however it all went to seed. When the time is right I will harvest the coriander seeds and save those. ( the seeds of the cilantro plant are called coriander. If I make a comment on another post does that count as two post

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  354. Soy sauce

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  355. Thanks for the great give-a-way. I am trying to start getting ready.

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  356. most spices, ketchup, mustard, mayo. rice and beans

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  357. Mustard
    Ketchup
    Home made pickles
    Vinegar

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  358. Never tried Legacy foods, sounds interesting

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  359. Enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for writing.

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  360. I love your blog……I have salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders, various other seasonings, and honey.

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  361. We have a good bit put by now. Really love your blog.. I like learning new things.

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  362. We have made our own powdered ketchup, powdered mustards (four yummy kinds!), salt and pepper packets, syrup packets, jam packets, and soy sauce AND Taco B*ll hot sauces (my favorites).

    Having said that, growing our our vegetables goes a long way in fleshing out emergency rations.

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  363. I would love to stock up on all of the above but that would not be very practical. So let’s just say sea salt, black pepper, several killer hot sauces, and coffee.

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  364. I like the fact that in your giveaways i dont have to use all of the other social media sites… Those are way too open… Thank you

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  365. mustard, dressing mixes and spice mixes!

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  366. none yet. I was thinking about checking on the restaurant individual packets

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  367. All the usual things you’d find in the frig and cupboards, plus garlic and walking onions in the garden, herbs growing in a bed by the kitchen, salsa, hot sauces, lots of salt, vinegar, soy sauce, homemade taco seaonings, and whatever I can find on sale to add to the mix.

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  368. salt, pepper, vinegar, cumin, garlic powder, ketchup, mustard, mayo, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, hot pepper flakes, cayenne, ACV, white vinegar, local honey and local maple syrup, molasses – oh, and a bunch of boullion cubes (do those count?) I can’t imagine facing 100 pounds of white rice without a good stock of boullion cubes.

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  369. Does anyone know how long restaurant packets are good for? I have a bunch of them but have no way of knowing how long they are really good for.

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  370. We mostly keep fats and seasonings that could be used, but also plenty of ketchup and mustard – most importantly it’s things that we do actually use in our day to day eating.

    As an aside: I was really impressed by the 25 year shelf life listed on the buyemergencyfoods website – it seems like so much of what people put away is destined to simply go to waste when it isn’t rotated properly. I don’t think anyone has to worry about this food not getting used up in the next 25 years! 😀

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  371. Spices that we use daily, salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc. Also mustard, Ketchup, mayo, hot sauce, chili sauce, etc. I try and pick up one or two things extra each time I shop

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  372. I have packs of various condiments from fast food restaurants.

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  373. I have ketchup, mustard, mayo, various salad dressings and spices.

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  374. Everything I can pick up at the fast food places…

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  375. Honey, sugar, salt and pepper are the basics. We slowly add to our supplies. We add different spices on a regular basis. We have also been growing, drying and storing a variety of herbs. We plant heirloom seeds and harvest and store seeds for future use.

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  376. The condiments in our food storage include mayo, mustard and dressings.

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  377. Condiments include olives, green and black, Catsup, mustard (various types), Pickles, A-1 sauce, tabasco, relish dill and sweet and I have been putting away a lot of different spices and herbs and have vac-pac’d DreamWhip. (For those who may not know what Dream Whip is, it’s a powdered form of a type of whipped cream),Packets of different dry salad dressings(powdered form) which can take the place of some spices and herbs.

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  378. I’ve just started growing my stockpile so I don’t have a lot but I did can a bunch of salsa and pickles this year.

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  379. A good addition to anyones stores 🙂

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  380. salt, pepper,chili powder and salsa

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  381. Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, many different spices, salt, and pepper. I plan to store more but these are a good beginning.

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  382. hmm . . anything to supplement our small herb garden would do fine

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  383. Salt, onion & garlic powder, ketchup, and mayo.

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  384. Mustard, ketchup, vinegar (gallons and gallons!), spices, mayo… More importantly, due to short storage times of many condiments, I also store dehydrated tomatoes (to make ketchup, tomato sauce, etc.), onions, garlic, etc. so I can easily make my own condiments. Also have chickens for eggs (mayo).

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  385. We always keep Montreal steak seasoning, Greek seasoning and cajun seasoning on hand in large quantities because they are our favorites. As for condiments mayo, pickels, mustards, horseradish, BBQ sauce and homemade salsa. We aren’t big ketchup fans at our house lol

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  386. I am putting aside a little bit of everything that we normally use. I’ve got the spices and seasonings that we use and have been dehydrating and grinding all kinds of veggies to make into powders. I am also learning how to make my own spice blends.

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  387. Mayo and Mustard.

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  388. Geez…lots of condiments…how about salt and pepper, both black and green olives, pickles , sweet and dill, catsup, mustard, salad peppers, salsa…several different kinds of salad dressings including balsamic vinegar which is great bread dipping sauce lol..

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  389. At this time I dont have any condiments included. With such a large family as mine, to me it is more important to have ample food and water

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  390. I’m a fan of mustard, salsas (can my own), and lots lots of dry seasonings.

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  391. Currently have only basic food supplies; rice, sugar, beans, etc. Spiced are next on the list.

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  392. Franks Red Hot . . . put that S..T on everything 🙂

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  393. hot sauce and more hot sauce!

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  394. we have a variety of spices and seasonings. tomato powder for making ketchup salt ,peppercorn and ground pepper.dry mustard and mustard seed.

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  395. Condiments and spices have a high priority on my list. With herbs, spices, and sauces, you have a much less limited way of dressing up foods which might otherwise get old after eating them the same way for a long time. Ketchup and mayo are two of my standby condiments.

    Goes beyond prepping for me – we eat foods that are pretty plain just in our normal day-to-day life such as beans, rice, etc. With a dash of this and a sprinkle of that, “plain” food gets livened right up. 🙂

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  396. My condiments and spices all have back-ups normally, now those have back-ups!

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  397. Our stored condiments include mustard, ketchup, Miracle Whip Light, salad dressings, taco sauce/salsa, worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, various vinegars, olive oil, barbecue sauce, pickled peppers, pickled okra, pickle relish, pancake syrup, and Karo syrup.

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  398. Besides salt and pepper, at this time we have 3-5 containers of: Vinegar, apple and white; Olive Oil, gallons and jar, Garlic Powder, trying to get some going in garden; Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup; Dill and Bread & Butter pickles; Mad Butcher Salsa; Sweet Chili Sauce; Maple Syrup; Saffron; Strawberry & Grape Jelly/Jam; Cinnamon, Dried Onions and MSG-free Gravy Mixes.
    I only keep 1-2 small containers of other spices because I don’t bake much now. I have tried keeping them in the freezer or refrigerator but they get forgotten. When I baked regularly, I would go through a small container every month.
    We also only buy those condiments and spices we use ALL the time. After we have opened something if it sits 3 months on the shelf without being used again it gets crossed off the list, used up an never purchased again.
    The family was surprised to discover that we had a minimal of items that we needed to make life feel good.
    Enjoy your site! Thank you.

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  399. Trying to store all condiments we use.

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  400. let’s see…..I have BBQ sauce,soy sauce,salad dressing (& dry mixes),spices, mustard, ketchup, mayo (I have recipes for homemade M,M & K,also) and oils and vinegars.

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  401. NO condiments stored yet…. =)

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  402. I store Honey for its longevity. In my BOB’s I store ketcup, mustard, hot sauces, salt, pepper etc. I find in fast food restaurants I rotate every 6 months.

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  403. Salt

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  404. I found a website called ripoffreport.com that says the non-gmo claim is questionable at best, and actually is not to be believed. Too many questions left hanging for me to think this company is legitimate.

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  405. I ordered some things from a company called “Thrive ??” I’ve asked more then a couple of times , if their products are non GMO, organic. They have yet to answer me. After Jan. I will not order from them anymore. All though I think most of us have GMO chemicals in us right now, I don’t want to keep adding to it. No answer from them is incriminating. I must say they have a very few organic products, but GMO? Can’t believe anybody anymore. I committed to a three month thing, to get some perks, so that’s why I have one more month.

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  406. my most valuable skill would probably be negotiating disputes. i’m good at keeping people calm in tense situations.

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  407. Depending on how deep into a situation, sewing and/or spinning may be valuable.

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  408. All depends on how deep the decline might be. Right now, computer repair, if decline is steep than basic carpentry, plumbing and general repair skills might be valuable.

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  409. Prepping has been a lifesaver when both my husband and I were injured in an accident and out of work for 9 months. A disaster can happen at anytime.

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  410. I could really use this …thanks and good luck everyone!

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  411. I am a welder with the equipment, a farmer and carpenter one of these needs to be valuable

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  412. I spin, weave, and sew so I think my skills would be in high demand.

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  413. We garden, he barters and negotiates, I sew and teach children.

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  414. Water if we get that pump installed.

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  415. I think fishing, hunting, and trapping. Food is always a good barter tool.

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  416. Gardening, carpentry, general farm knowledge – I hope that would help us get through! Thanks for the generous offerings and the helpful website. Thanks for introducing us to so many varied topics and products.

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  417. My most valuable skill is that of being a resource-finder. I have lots of books, and binders full of material; and I remember where I read certain things, so I can find it when needed! I have other skills but that one is a unique one.

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  418. I am an accomplished seamstress. I also break and train horses which may or may not be helpful in a major event. May not be helpful if people see them as food rather than assets!

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  419. I would have to say plumbing and well work to get water to everyone. That’s saying medical, welding and all the rest are just as important.

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  420. I’ve been reading and researching quite a lot about everything medical from basic medical care to how to treat a gunshot wound. I’ve been amassing medical supplies, medicines, essential oils and the like so as to be able to care for a wide variety of medical needs. I have several books and hundreds of pages of printed info from the Internet in binders.

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  421. We garden and I am good at getting people to sell me stuff cheaper than they intended.

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  422. Contstruction abilities

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  423. One item I plan on stocking a lot to barter is alcohol. If nothing ever happens that I would need it for barter, well…Skill-wise, hopefully the knowledge I have gained from sites like yours will allow me to help others when the time comes.

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  424. Gardener, first aid.

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  425. Two of my skills that may be valuable are cooking and sewing if things got bad

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  426. Since I can’t negotiate my way out of a paper bag, I rely on the knowledge that I’ve picked up to determine true value to me and whoever I’m trading or bartering with.

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  427. I can do most any household thing…sewing, knitting, crochet, rugbraiding, canning, gardening, etc.

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  428. I’ve acquired many skills over the years, but the most valuable would be to keep calm and motivate others to do the same. Prioritizing what needs to be done would be paramount in keeping your small community running in the right direction. Water, Food, Safety.

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  429. negotiating

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  430. I am gradually adding to my long-term food stash. This would be a welcome addition!

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  431. A firm belief that a deal is only a good one if both parties receive good and equal value.

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  432. I always read this to keep up with prepping.

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  433. I’m actually really excited about these shakes. I have a hard time eating enough but love drinking my vanilla shakes on the way to work in the morning.

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  434. Medical and nutritional knowledge

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  435. Medical knowledge as well as some natural healing knowledge.

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  436. Sewing skills.

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  437. It is hard for me to decide which ONE skill would be the most valuable. I would say that having so many domestic and agricultural skills would be a barter because I would surely have a skill that would be barter worthy to most people. If they have something or a skill that I need, I stand a good chance of having a skill that they are in need of because I would have so many to choose from. I can raise animals, and crops (both in the ground and in a greenhouse), preserve foods in a wide variety of ways. I have a decent amount of certified medical training plus the experience I am now gaining using EO’s and other alternative treatments. I have a vast library of resource material in my home covering about every topic you can think of. I also have really awesome navigational skills, I seem to be able to keep my bearing of directions when most others around me have gotten completely turned around.

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    • I have some skills, but I am just going to move in with learner.

    • AH HA HA HA! I didn’t mention the skills hubs has, many of which would discourage your decision. lol

  438. I could use this also. Thanks for this

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  439. I could use this giveaway. My survival skill is gardening & woodwork

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  440. This would be a great start for me

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  441. Canning, gardening. I am a good trader.

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  442. I can sew, I can cook, and I’m not too bad a carpenter. Fair to middlin’ mechanic, too.

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  443. Medical knowlege and some homeopathic.

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  444. Canning and sewing. But hubby is a doctor, so I’m thinking that’s likely to be more valuable.

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  445. I am just starting the prepping process and I am hoping to learn skills that will help my family and I to survive if there ever comes a day we’re left to fend for ourselves. I am currently researching and trying to learn about essential oils and herbs. I want to learn as much about how they can be grown and used to help give me the skills to deal with a myriad of health related issues from cuts & scratches, to colds and fevers to overall well-being of my family. I want to have skills that will benefit our everyday life of being self-sufficient and learning to live with less.

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  446. I sew and knit, keep a garden and know how to can what we grow.

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  447. Cooking from scratch.I’ve been told (albeit from family members), that I am a whiz at “creating” meals from scratch. I think the ability to put together good tasting, nutritious meals from basic ingredients will go far. In addition I come from a large family so being able to stretch the food to go around so everyone gets enough I feel may be a small advantage

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  448. Probably gardening, bartering with fresh or dehydrated veggies and fruit.

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  449. I connect with people welland always have a good sense for the best ways to handle tough situations. That serves me well in any negotiation.

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  450. I’m a Registered Nurse and former nutritionist but think my nursing skills would be more valuable over the nutritional counseling in bartering anyway, lol. I enjoy sewing and cooking too, thanks to my early 4-H skills. I think I’d do OK.

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  451. I am a jack of all trades, master of one…inventive in jimmy rigging anything!

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  452. I’m good at taking care of children and rationing supplies, I can read any kind of map, and I have an impressive stash of health/personal care/feminine hygiene products.

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  453. I’m stockpiling toilet tissue and alcohol for bartering items. Not only do they have multiple uses in event of crisis, but I don’t have to worry about them spoiling.

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  454. I ferment and as long as I can grow the ingredients I will have something for trade.

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  455. Good mechanical skills, basic medical knowledge and gardening are some of my valuable assets.

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  456. This would be a bit of a toss up. I can knit small items. It’s been awhile but I can take raw wool through the steps and turn it into a finished product. I can start fires several ways and know how to cook over an open campfire. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  457. I have wood working and good problem solving skills.

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  458. I could teach sewing,cooking and crochet. Or do those things for trade.

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  459. I can knit hats for warmth and can know how to make a little bit of food go a long way

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  460. Hmm. Bartering isn’t my strong suit, although hubby does it well. I would have to say cooking would be my skill. I’m learning how to ferment food and we’re obtaining items that would be useful to barter.

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  461. Just starting to consider adding long storage foods to my stock. I want to try as many as I can before I decide. This would be a huge boost to my chances to try before I buy.

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  462. Being able to grow my own chickens and the knowledge I’ve been building, hopefully someone considers that valuable!

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  463. I have ordered a free sample of an MRE meal and hope it arrives soon. I love this blog page

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  464. sewing, cooking, and gardening. Hope someone would want one of those skills.

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  465. I am able to make really great meals from simple ingredients. I could easily barter home cooked foods for items I needed.

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  466. I know a little about a lot of things. Basically mechanically inclined. But, best skill is with computers and computer technology. Would it be useful? Perhaps, it depends on how badly things came down. Otherwise, carpentry, mechanic, animal husbandry.

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  467. Knowledge more than skills — I suffer from RA so I have difficulty with a lot of physical activities.

    I do, however, have experience as a Military Police officer and well over a decade of security under my career belt.

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  468. I am new to prepping, but i think my most valuable skill at the moment is in being actually in a state of building up food storage, and having the mindset of looking at items in a new way- for instance before throwing things out, seeing if items can be saved, reused, repurposed. I can cook, sew, garden, etc and i have been looking to plant more food sources into our landscape.

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  469. Tough question, Between being a paramedic for 14 years, an avid hunting and fishing person for 30+ years, a recent grad of residential and architecture, i cannot really pick one.
    I have never tried these but would like to taste them. I am more of a MH person.

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  470. I see many of us have similar skills which will be great to support one another. I could barter my skills of a homesteader including gardening, canning, cooking from scratch and small animal husbandry to name a few. My husband is a wonderful woodworker, remodeler and general handyman proficient in most areas of building houses.

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  471. Considering that I’ve prioritized and made the most worthy preparations in advance of a catastrophic “grid-down” event… my most important ability would be to not allow FEAR to overcome my ability THINK. Such clear and prioritized thinking is essential forssurvival. Such things as knowing when and if you should use indoor or outdoor lighting when the electrical grid is down…

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  472. I have collected a lot of resource information and am also learning to prepare herbal products, both personal care and medicinal. Hope that would help me in a barter situation

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  473. I like to make fair deals so I wouldn’t try to take advantage of someone or be taken advantage of.

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  474. Canning/drying food. I am already teching several friends to can and ferment foods.

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  475. I can sew and cook.

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  476. Of all of the skills that you possess, which do you feel will be the most valuable in a barter situation?

    That would be my medical,gardening and livestock knowledge– I am generally the one folks come to already for this and I generally can remain calm in chaos.

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  477. Cooking from scratch and preserving foods

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  478. Valuable skills? I can sew (mend and darn) by hand. I think there would be value in that skill that others might be willing to barter for.

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  479. My ability to grow food…

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  480. I can cook just about anything from scratch on a variety of heat sources. Can sew and garden as well.

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  481. Sewing and mending skills.

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  482. Probably my gardening skills will come in the handiest. Producing food and lots of it, in addition to having lots of seeds to barter with will certainly help.

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  483. Currently… Can grow a percentage of my own food, can can/dehydrate both with and without power, basic carpentry and bricklaying skills, a decent shot (and, more importantly a decent stock of ammo)… AND having grown up overseas – am completely bilingual. 🙂

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  484. We garden, I can sew and teach children, and my husband is an excellent carpenter.

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  485. Thank you for providing us with an opportunity to try this survival food. It helps to be able to try things before purchasing a lot.

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  486. Thanks for the review and the contest. You seem to be organized and thorough. I think a great skill to possess would be the ability to observe, learn and adapt (or take action). Team building skills would be essential as well. I don’t know where this quote comes from, “the more you know the less you’ll need” but it is appropriate.

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  487. I can do a bit of everything from spinning to weaving to other homecrafts. Also I’m medically trained and have had military training.

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  488. I am a welder,plumber,carpenter, I have my EMT, I have many combat skills training, a marksman and a jack of all trades

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  489. My main skills are in the clerical fields — secretarial and accounting. At age 69 with arthritis I’m not too good at physical things — but could help with paperwork that comes along with prepping — spreadsheets especially. This breakfast kit would be nice to add to my food storage.

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  490. Outdoor skills along with gardening and beekeeping

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  491. My husband has the skills needed- he uses them when he negotiates roofing jobs as well as lining up blues gigs. He has people skills, roofing skills, whiskey and ammo- what else do you need? I can, crochet, forage, teach…only useful at home I think.I LOVE this bucket!

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  492. Patience, I have a lot of that skill. I am practicing it now while my computer does flash dancing and 1 min. switch positions

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  493. Baking bread in my solar oven…

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  494. Baking in my solar oven…

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  495. I think my super hoarding ability will serve me well in a barter situation. Because you never know, I may need that someday.

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  496. I have many skills,knowing only one thing isn’t going to help you to survive for very long,take a workshop, read the boy scout, army,etc. survival books, buy and know how to use many different tools. And above all, be prepared for anything.

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  497. Gardening

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  498. Gardening, everyone will need food!

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  499. People come to me alot for advice and for someone just to listen, so I would guess I can be a type of counselor, which will definitely come in handy in a major catastrophe with the different kinds of emotions. I’ve also been a sort of peacemaker in disputes

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  500. As a retired teacher, I hope I can offer my services in return for goods, food and/or other services.

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  501. Scavenging.

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  502. I think my medical background and my knowledge and supply of natural meds and remedies will help. I am very calm in stressful situations as well, which can go a long way when others are panicking.

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  503. I guess being able to can would come in handy.

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  504. As a retired ED RN I have emergency med skills. As a farmer of fruits, veggies and livestock I think we would do ok.

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  505. Using my MacGiver skills of using things around to fix , build or repair this, would be a attrubute.

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  506. Canning and knowledge about herbal medicine and essential oils.

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  507. I think my best skill in a barter situation would be patience.

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  508. My skills might be cooking…a little sewing…organizing…a few others. Not sure there is a single best.

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  509. Thank you for your tireless enthusiastic diligence in providing survival information.

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  510. Ack! I hit enter instead of backspace and it entered my email address without the hotmail.com. So it just ends with @!! I hate when you can’t correct an entry with this type of form. Anyway it is dede12812 at hotmail dot com. It is too early in the morning for me obviously and no coffee yet!

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  511. I am very good at cooking and canning. Also hunting/fishing and raising vegetables.

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  512. Wow, to look at any skills I might have is daunting. Do I Really Have any? Let’s see. I can sew by hand, I can make cold process soap. but would love to learn to make it like those of long ago, and tho I am not certified I do have some basic medical skills as a medical assistant.I am good under pressure. I am very resourceful

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  513. I am a retired electronics technician with experience ranging from vacuum tubes to many of the newer nano-components. If it isn’t working and there is access to replacement parts, I’ve got a much better than average chance of making your dead unit function again. I’m willing if you are!

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  514. The ability to think clearly and use your mind with the materials at hand. Also having the know how to talk to and properly communicate as well as diffuse a situation if the need rises, and if that fails the need to defend oneself.

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  515. Well in bartering situation I have garden in summer has a lot of fruit and vegetables,also home canned foods a few silver coins and could sing a song with my guitar but I don’t think that would work ! 🙂

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  516. This would be a great addition

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  517. Gardening is my skill and I could grow food and trade it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  518. My cooking from scratch using various heat sources would be pretty useful.

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  519. My food foraging skills.

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  520. Healthcare experience

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  521. Gardening and cooking.

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  522. I can do reloading and bullet casting (for select calibers) and have a supply of lead that could be used for trade/barter.

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  523. What a great idea. Thank you! !

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  524. I have boatloads of resources, information and knowledge that I would hope I could pass on. Also, as a homeschooler, I have the curriculum and experience to help people who will have to then educate their own children.

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  525. one of the skills I have not mastered as yet is solar cooking. I would love to learn how to do it. I love this blog because there are so many useful articles in it. the giveaways are always a plus for some lucky person.

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    • This summer I will be doing a webinar with Sun Oven. We can learn together!

  526. I would be offer vegtables, eggs, wood, water, and grazing land

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  527. I’ve spent most of my adult life in emergency and/or birth medicine in addition to having studied natural healing modalities. Given that I’m a bookworm as well and read a great deal of non-fiction I have a good bit of book knowledge on many subjects as well.

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  528. Construction.

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  529. Happiness is food in the pantry

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  530. Being a trench medic and plant knowledge

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  531. I think my greatest skill in bartering would be that I am an expert rated shot. I don’t miss. I hunt so I will have protein available to trade. I will also be excellent at providing protection for the person actually doing the bartering. You never know. My ability to shoot may save the life of a member of my family or group.

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  532. I’m just getting started in prepping, looking around for info, and this site has been brilliant! Thank you very much for the great articles and tips.

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  533. I’m seriously lacking in the breakfast stores! However I do a lot of dehydrating, canning and freezing but never really thought about breakfast type foods! DUH me!

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  534. My most valuable skill would be working with wood. It is a hobby and could translate into a useful barter tool.

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  535. Right now the most valuable skill is probably foresight to get prepared for anything that is coming.

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  536. As for barter skills I am focusing on providing creature comforts, sewing repairs to keep clothing in usable condition, building an inventory of grooming items (sun glasses, nail files/clippers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, hair clips and bands, socks, mittens, winter scarves, and the like). All are small and a lot can be stored in a small place.

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  537. This would be a great camper bucket for bugout or emergencies. Thank you!

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  538. I have an electronics background and was raised on a ranch/farm. I’m pretty handy at just about anything ranch related and have been upping my kitchen skills with canning and bread making. My husband is a machinist so he’d be very useful for manufacturing anything. His best skill though – in my eyes – is his guitar playing. You can’t stay stressed listening to him.

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  539. I have been learning about essential oils and use them in health and beauty items (miracle healing salve is by far my favorite and most requested from family and friends who’ve tried it!). If I can use this to barter – great!
    I’m glad to see the Legacy Food give away! It’s a great prize.

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  540. My skill would be sewing, which would be in demand.

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    • As mentioned this would make a great camper package, too.

  541. Oops just realized I have not done much at all for breakfast foods in my food storage…eeks!!

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  542. My most valued skill will be knowledge and experience in medicine and veterinary medicine.

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  543. Though I hope the SHTF never happens, I can offer my sewing and canning skills for bartering. I also knit and crochet and could teach these skills.

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  544. I believe that gardening (and also dehydrating/canning the produce) would be the skill that I have that would be the best skill to use in bartering. Fresh produce would probably be in the greatest demand, but I’m sure preserved foods would also be in demand.

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  545. Skills: camping, baking, sewing, fishing… learning to hunt.

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  546. EMT, construction(framing)

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  547. Navigation, planning, communicating, analysis, languages. Sounds like something for Linked In!

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  548. Herbal medicine use and preparation; sewing; teaching; lending non-electric equipment that I have accumulated; information source.

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  549. Cooking from scratch and gardening

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  550. My skills would be growing food and preserving it by canning and drying.

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  551. My negotiating skills.

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  552. I guess i could cook, sew, garden, teach, or be a whiz at first aid!

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  553. I to am a jack of all trades…

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  554. I guess right now it would be garden seeds and produce.

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  555. Physical skills are very important but I think the #1 thing is attitude. You must first believe you can survive if you’re going to have a better then fair chance at at!

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  556. Having to improvise for so many years because of a tight budget, my skill is being able to make things out of items that others throw away.

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  557. I would have to say, gardening, crafting/building, sewing, cooking/canning.

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  558. Truly, not sure. I’m former military and a clinical social worker. Depending on the situations faced with I have skills to offer to help children traumatized by all that might happen. Also, communication, negotiation and mediation. Really, not a lot to offer. I have the other skills a lot of women have to offer as well, cooking, sewing.

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  559. We have lived off the grid and in the bush for so many years that we are used to doing almost everything ourselves. From cutting hair to canning and sewing. Getting our own firewood and cooking with it. We may be old fashioned in some circles but we are self sufficient.

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  560. I have ordered freeze-dried and dehydrated pordoucts from another company. But when I asked several times, if they are non GMO, I didn’t get an answer. So, I’m looking for another company.
    The freeze dried food, I would like to store the most of would be vegetables…..of all kinds.

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    • You might find this interesting: //www.buyemergencyfoods.com/non-gmo-and-gluten-free-verification/

  561. Thank you Gaye….I will check that out.:-)

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    • Here is one more for you: //www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/understanding-our-seal/

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    I’ve absolutely no knowledge of computer programming but I was hoping to start my own blog in the near future.
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  563. Applesauce can be used instead of oil. Equal amounts

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  564. I found this to be a fair-minded critique and will certainly aid the manufacturer in what might need improvement in their products. Thanks for sharing.

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  565. I’ve been wondering what the difference is between the freeze-dried meals sold by Legacy and other companies and the freeze-dried meals sold in grocery stores, which look like they’re nitrogen-packed in mylar bags. It seems that the only difference is the stated shelf-life, along with the huge difference in price. In particular, I recently tried Bear Creek’s Beef Stroganoff and it was delicious. I stocked up on several packs, and am wondering if it’s possible to re-pack them so they also will have a 25-yr. shelf life.

    Could you research on whether it’s possible to take some of these dehydrated and freeze-dried meal packages from grocery stores and re-pack them for long-term storage?

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  566. A huge difference we are very proud here at Legacy, is the amount of food Legacy gives you per serving! The majority of companies give you 1 cup portions for your meals, others only 1/2 cups :o(! Legacy gives you 1-1/2 cups to 2 cups with EACH serving. Factor this into the price, Legacy beats all the other brands. You would have to double or triple the price of competitor packages to match the same amount of food you get from Legacy. Not to mention, Legacy ingredients are all Non-GMO and we have Gluten Free selections for those who are gluten sensitive! Thanks so much for your thoughts on our brand Backdoor Survival!

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  567. I found that the Legacy food items take to far long to cook and wastes valuable cooking fuel just to prepare one simple meal. For me it’s better to just boil a cup or so, add to my MH FD meals and eat.

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