Feature Friday: WISE Food Storage and a Giveaway!

Howdy y’all! Today starts our GIVEAWAY! {GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.} Woohoo! πŸ˜€ But first, let me introduce you to a great little product called WISE Food- Gourmet Food Storage. It’s freeze dried meals that have a 25-year shelf life! (Wowsers!)


A little while back, I had the chance to meet with a great guy named Dan (owner of Red Alert Outfitters) who was in town for the Houston Hurricane Expo. He explained the Wise Food product to me and left me with some samples to try out. And I gotta say, this is definitely something every family should consider having on hand.
I made sure Dan knew that my philosophy on food storage was to be storing everyday foods, which he also agreed with. But later I got to thinking… and I remembered my 10 days or so of the month where I would be eating 30 year old beans and rice for dinner instead of something tasty. And I thought to myself,
“Hm… Perhaps I could store some freeze-dried meals to cover those 10 days of the month!” (and yes, I talk to myself like that. ;)) It was brilliant! A perfect solution for my situation. Freeze-dried meals are also perfect for 72-Hour Kits and I keep several in each of our family’s kits.

The Product

So now that we know what we can do with them, let me tell you a little about the product.
Wise Foods are freeze dried meals (not individual ingredients) that are stored in mylar pouches and have a 25-year shelf life. (Other freeze-dried meal products usually have a lower shelf life). They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner varieties and a nice selection of meals as well.

There are two different styles of the meals: cook out of the pouch, or cook in the pouch. To cook out of the pouch, you simply boil water in a pot, add the contents of the package to the boiling water, then cover and wait. To cook in the pouch, you simply add heated water to the pouch, close the pouch, and wait for the meal to re-hydrate. Walah. Dinner is served. The latter option is a little more expensive because of the extra packaging required, but it’s also the kind I recommend for 72-Hour Kits (due to ease of clean-up, etc). For meals at home, the first option would work great.

My Review

The food is surprisingly good. As I told Dan, it’s not the same as a homemade meal, but then I wouldn’t expect it to be. I could eat it and be very happy in an emergency situation. And I love how much food you get in a single pouch. Our little family of four usually does not finish a whole package (each package has 4 adult servings). Preparation is a snap, and I also love that it has the 25-year shelf life so you can purchase it and not worry about it again for 25 more years. And the price is great as well (especially compared to competitors).
My only beef with these meals is that there is no… well, beef. πŸ™‚ These don’t come with actual meat in them. Instead they have textured protein that is meat flavored. But I assume this is one of the reasons they are able to keep their prices so much lower than the competition, so it’s a little bit of a trade off. Personally, I’m not someone who has to have meat in every meal so it’s not that big of a deal for me. However, if I were purchasing this as my sole source of food storage, I would definitely miss my meat. Of course, you could always store extra canned meat to add to the meals if you wanted. There’s always a work-around. πŸ™‚

Bottom line, I give these a thumbs up. So check out Red Alert Outfitters (RedAlertOutfitters.com) for more information and you can even get a free sample meal as well!

A Few Tips…

  • One thing I learned from Dan is that when buying a freeze-dried meal, it’s wise to get them in individual pouches versus a big #10 can (unless you’re planning to cook the whole can in one sitting). This is because each meal consists of a certain balance of pasta/rice to sauce mix. When you buy a #10 can of a meal, some of the sauce mix settles to the bottom, and so when you scoop out an amount for your meal you’re not necessarily getting the right balance of pasta/rice to sauce. Individual pouches have the right balance in every pack.
  • When ordering, each of the buckets are based on servings, not packages. So if you order an 84-serving bucket, that will be around 21 pouches. Don’t let that throw you off and catch you by surprise.
  • When making the ‘in the pot’ variety, give the mixture a vigorous stir with a whisk after adding the contents to the boiling water. This will help break up the mix so you don’t have any powder clumps in your meal.
  • When making the ‘in the pouch’ variety, it helps to insulate the package with a blanket or something after adding the hot water and closing the pouch. This will help retain the heat and cook the meal better.

And now on to the GIVEAWAY!!!

*UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*

“Grab and Go” Pack Giveaway

Red Alert Outfitters is generously sponsoring a giveaway of their “Grab and Go” pack. It is a 12-serving selection of their new outdoor “cook in the pouch” meals! (Perfect, considering we’ve just finished talking about our 72-hour kits, dontcha think?!) πŸ˜€

Giveaway Product Information: Cook in the pouch entrees. 3 days/4 servings per day/ 20 ounce lunch and dinner entrees. Total number of servings for 1 person over 3 days: 12 servings.
A $39 value!!

Eligibility Rules

Eligibility Rules {GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED} for the “Grab and Go Pack” giveaway are as follows:

  1. You get one entry by leaving a comment on this post and stating your favorite food storage topic. (To leave a comment, simply click on the ‘conversation bubble’ icon at the top of the post and then scroll down to the comment section.)
  2. You may earn a second entry by sharing this giveaway via a post on your blog or an email to your friends that links back to this post. (Simply leave a second comment on this post stating that you have done this along with a link to your blog and/or include us in your email to friends for verification purposes.)
  3. You may earn a third entry by grabbing a “Food Storage and Beyond” button and putting it on your blog/website. (Leave another comment on this post stating that you have done this along with a link back to your site for verification purposes.)

The giveaway will close in one week {GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED}… at midnight (Central Standard Time) on Friday, August 13th, 2010. The winner will be selected via Random.org and be posted on Monday, August 16th, 2010. The winner will then have Β 48 hours to claim his/her prize!

Good Luck and have a Great Weekend! πŸ˜€

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23 thoughts on “Feature Friday: WISE Food Storage and a Giveaway!

  1. Amme says:

    Hey, Debbie,
    Great post. The product sounds great and you can’t beat free. I would have to say that lately my favorite food storage topic has been canned meat.

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  2. Mark Packard says:

    Hey Debs!

    So I already bought a year supply of freeze dried food storage through Daily Bread a while back, but I’m glad these companies are popping up. It’s a great idea, and almost as cheap as a homemade meal (and much cheaper than the crap I eat).

    Maybe you could, in a future post, give some ideas on how to store enough water for the hydration + other water needs. Saving up 2 liter bottles isn’t the most convenient, so I’m looking for space/time saving ways to store water.

    And FYI, I added a button to my blog (not that I get any traffic that you don’t already get…).

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  3. Elisha Christensen says:

    Gardening is my favorite food storage topic!!! Our garden has done soooo well this year. We have made salads, chard w/ melted butter and homeade spaghetti sauce with our β€œcrops”! I love to be outside (even when its hot) and I get such a sense of accomplishment & earthy fulfillment when weeded and watering my garden.

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  4. Bonnie Packard says:

    The Blog site is really blossoming…I’m sending the link to our Relief Society Pres. for her to pass along to the sisters in our ward. I’ve purchased some freeze-dried food from other companies as well…the shelf-life longevity was a selling point for me, as well as the fact that it really does taste pretty good. Yes, water storage becomes pretty important along with it. Bean storage and use is an area I could use help with.

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  5. Kristi Rondo says:

    Products like these are so awesome. It is so nice to have a little extra help in the food storage area. Thank goodness for creative innovative people like yourself to help the rest of us get where we need to be:)

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  6. Charlene B says:

    Just found your site today. It looks great and has wonderful information. So glad I found you.

    Of late, I’m really interested in meals I can make from pantry staples alone. Last year, I was ill for a short time and would have loved for my family to have a list of easy recipes to make from our pantry. A lot of my preps are long-term storage items and my family wouldn’t have a clue what to do with those. So, I’m concentrating my 3-month supply on easy-to-prepare meals directly from my pantry. If someone is ill, hopefully the rest of the family can pick up the reigns easily.

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  7. Melanie Mcilroy says:

    I’m excited to get going on our food storage. We have been hearing rornado sirens as of late and it has reminded me that we need to have our supplies in order. This would be an excellent way to get started!!

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  8. Annie says:

    Woot-woot! I love give aways! And food! Yay for FOOD GIVEAWAYS! I would say I’m most interested in the 72 hour aspects of food storage and preparedness since we don’t have a ton of room for tons of food storage πŸ™‚

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  9. AJ says:

    So I have loved so many of the topics you have shared. I think the emergency readiness are my favorite. It really makes me think and plan more for our own needs. I love your website!

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  10. Angela Groke says:

    HA! I added your darling button to my extremely un-updated blog before I even read I could gain an entry with it :D! Let’s see if I can do some posting by tomorrow (but don’t hold your breath).
    My fav. food storage topic lately -ummm -I know -I’d love a good list of what fruits,veggies, meats… require a pressure cooker or not and recipes (like add lemon juice and salt when canning). But I don’t even have a pressure cooker yet, so no rush :).

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  11. Angela Groke says:

    Okay, yeah I’m still on your site -trying to catch up on all your amazing food storage recipes. I’m definately getting fresh inspiration -so thanks a million! I saw your e-mail, so this is my re-entry for the button :D! Thanks again! Love ya!

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