Food storage provides, not only sustenance, but peace of mind.
“It is sound planning for the future,” says CEO Phil Cox of Legacy Food Storage (Legacy Premium), based in Salt Lake City. Flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, wild fires are in the news all the time. If not natural disasters, then job losses, ill health and foreclosures happen to the best of us.
“You should prepare to take care of your loved ones,” says Phil. “Food storage, storing water and emergency items (are) as sound to me as purchasing home insurance, car insurance, flood insurance, saving money and investing for retirement.”
Phil, 37, and his wife live in Farmington and have four children, ranging in age from 2 months to 12 years. “My family and I have eaten a lot of Legacy meals over and over again,” says Phil. His children prefer macaroni and cheese, and pasta primavera. He likes the classic chili, chili mac and enchilada beans and rice entrees the most.
The “what” to store is almost as time consuming as the “how much” food to store. Phil recommends looking at a few things.
Taste: The food needs to taste good to you and your family.
Storage: Look into the shelf life of the product, take note of packaging and oxygen absorbers, test for moisture.
Ingredients: Know what you are getting calorie-wise in emergency meals. Be aware of products that “sugar up” or “rice inflate” the packages.
Cost: Focus on cost per 2,000 calories (daily needed calorie count), not cost per serving.
Ingredients: Look for the healthiest ingredients.
Personal tastes: Find a company that will customize what you want. If you don’t like stroganoff, make sure you don’t have to buy it with your order.
Service: Don’t feel forced to purchase the product.
He adds, “Children might prefer a different type of food than adults ... snack foods, chocolate milk.”
What about water? One gallon per person per day is what FEMA recommends. “Have several large containers of water on hand that are either emptied and/or replaced once or twice year,” says Phil. “Or have approved chemicals available to keep the water clean for drinking.”
He adds, “Food storage is part of the preparation process of caring for those you love.” The following is one of his favorite meals at Legacy Premium (less the mylar packaging!)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 29-ounce can tomato sauce
- 29-ounce can kidney beans
- 29-ounce can pinto beans
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup diced green chilies
- 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
Brown ground beef in skillet over medium heat. Drain off fat.
In large pot combine beef plus remaining ingredients and bring to simmer over low heat. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes for 2-3 hours.