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SassyLady
10-03-2014, 12:30 AM
Wise Company

Looking for advice. Have any of you used this company for emergency food supplies? They were recommended by a neighbor but wanted to ask you guys for your opinion also.

http://wisefoodstorage.com/720-serving-package.html

720 Serving PackageIntroducing our new formulation with lower sodium and trans fat. 3 month supply - 2 servings of food per day for 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 children...

Additional Product Details

Includes 6 total buckets.
Food is safely sealed in Mylar pouches
To avoid waste, each pouch conveniently contains 4 servings
Lock-in stacking buckets for compact and secure storage without the need of shelving
Grab-and-go handles for easy transport in an emergency
25 year shelf life

Kathianne
10-03-2014, 12:36 AM
Some comparison stuff:

http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/how-to-get-a-family-of-four-quickly-prepped-for-one-year-in-the-easiest-way-possible/

SassyLady
10-03-2014, 01:47 AM
I'm thinking of getting a one month supply from both companies and just using them for food source for a month to see which one I like better.

Has anyone here used supplies from either company?

SassyLady
10-03-2014, 01:49 AM
Some comparison stuff:

http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/how-to-get-a-family-of-four-quickly-prepped-for-one-year-in-the-easiest-way-possible/

Good article Kath .... checked out everything he mentioned. If I were to stay here on my property, I could do everything he suggested. As it is, I think I'll go ahead and get the Mossberg. I have most of the other stuff ... except the emergency food buckets. I had cellar with my supplies, but gave most of it away ... no place to store during transition period.

darin
10-03-2014, 05:54 AM
I was a fan of Man Woman Wild; and during Doomsday Preppers I see Ruth Hawke, hawking Wise food during commercials. She extols the quality - and seems lately every prepper featured has a couple of the familiar tubs showcased in the background.

I was excited to try out what I consider a big name in emergency rations. My judging criteria remains: Would I rather eat an MRE?


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In the Bag


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Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): Yes, I would rather eat an MRE from a taste and 'feeling satisfied in the portion size'. Taste - well...quite honestly this tasted akin to a very old can of Chef Boy Ardee. Flat flavours; I picked up tomato and the starch of the pasta - not much else. I used about a tablespoon of my favourite hot sauce (Trader Joe's) to make the meal interesting. Telling: I asked my 11 year old if he could eat this in an emergency. His reply was "Only if we have hot sauce in our bug out bag!"

Surfing the net looking for emergency food leaves me mind-numb. Among the many choices - a product my digestive system is all-too familiar. The gut-buster....Ready to Eat Meals. Side note, the reason they are called "Meals, Ready to Eat" is because on packing slips, forms, inventory sheets, etc, the noun is listed first - thus, as a supply guy is taking stock, he'll find something like this:


Meals, Ready to Eat, 10ea


That's 10 Ready to Eat meals. As opposed to other meal options like T-Rations (T-Rats) which required prep from sitting over boiling water, to actual 'cooking'. My google searches brought a lot of results, from freeze-dried type to self-proclaimed "Gourmet" rations. To being to get a handle on what's out there, I coughed up $9.95 for a sample kit from Go Foods (http://gofoodsglobal.com/). The package of two boxes arrived within a couple of days. What you see here is the contents of just ONE of the boxes; labelled with identical contents.
Now - I'd be remiss if I neglected to mention their awesome GoForces! program, offering substantial savings to members of the Armed forces, First responders, and Dept of Defense employees - just to name a few groups. Check out the link to the program here (http://www.gofoodsglobal.com/company/goforces-program/).


Armed with half-bottle of my favourite hot sauce (see image), a bunch of water, heat, a pot, and bowls, I set out to answer the question - "Would I rather eat a MRE".


Creamy Pasta Roma (http://www.gofoodsglobal.com/products/entrees/creamy-tuscan-pasta/)
BLUF: Creamy, almost a little citrus flavour - I can pick up the sweetness of the tomatoes, and tang of the Parmesan cheese. Very high sodium content. Definitely smokey, too. I enjoyed it best with a dash of hot sauce. Better than almost any MRE I can remember; I'm positive it's better than any T-Rat. For sure would turn to this in an emergency - but also would pack it for camping and eat this by choice. WITH hot sauce. I WOULD NOT rather eat a MRE.

Details: eFoods Gold Label. Vegetarian, manufactured 10 Jan 13.
Serving size: 1 Cup - 4 verified* servings per pack.
Calories: 240 - 50 from Fat
Sodium: 800mg
Carbs: 41g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 9g
Protein: 6g

*sometimes food makers list 'servings per bag' as if their product will be eaten by small fish. When I use 'verified' it means their serving is enough for a fat guy (me) to feel like he ate something.

Chicken Cheddar Rice (http://www.gofoodsglobal.com/products/chicken-cheddar-rice/)
BLUF: This was a family-favourite. Sometimes we grill marinated flank steak, cut across the grain on the bias, and cooked medium rare. We dip the steak pieces in homemade curry mayo. I want this Go Foods dish to replace our typical boxed rice side. Creamy, cheesy - the only thing I didn't get a lot of was Chicken. I didn't notice chicken texture (thought they'd have fake-chicken bits) but I tasted chicken base. Risotto-equse. SUPER-high sodium content. Hot sauce not required, but delicious of course with a few drops. Two members of my tasting panel complained of a bitter after-taste. I WOULD NOT rather eat a MRE.

Details: Gluten Free, no added MSG, Vegitarian, best if used by 26 Nov 2027
Serving size: 1 Cup - 4+ verified* servings per pack
Calories: 269 - 90 from Fat.
Sodium: 912(!!)mg
Carbs: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 7g

Creamy Potato Soup (http://www.gofoodsglobal.com/products/soups/western-potato-chowder/)
BLUF: Bland. Starchy. Tasted like potatoes. Boil a tater - before it gets too soft remove and cool a bit. Now eat that in warm milk - with assorted spices, chives maybe, and that's pretty close to this dish. UNTIL I doubled-up the hot sauce; then it became pretty okay. Could eat this with a warm grilled cheese and feel comforted. I WOULD rather eat a MRE.

Details: eFoods Gold Label. Vegetarian, manufactured 4 Feb 2013
Serving size: 1 Cup - 4 verified* servings per pack

Calories: 130 - 90 from Fat
Sodium: 532mg
Carbs: 17g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 1g

GoFoodsGlobal.com lists a week's worth of meals (Family of 4) for $240. Compare that with about $100 for a case of 12 MREs, I'd spend three-times the cost of GoFoods meals to feed my gang. GoFoods.com - if their other meal packs are as-good, I would not feel hosed or cheated sending in my money for their emergency foods. In fact, I recommend - and will when asked - GoFoods to my friends and Family.

SassyLady
10-04-2014, 12:34 AM
I was a fan of Man Woman Wild; and during Doomsday Preppers I see Ruth Hawke, hawking Wise food during commercials. She extols the quality - and seems lately every prepper featured has a couple of the familiar tubs showcased in the background.

I was excited to try out what I consider a big name in emergency rations. My judging criteria remains: Would I rather eat an MRE?


<tbody>
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dwfZOC-O3Ww/UU4y74nF9fI/AAAAAAAAADM/gBgilbdIJeg/s200/2_wise_inbag.jpg (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dwfZOC-O3Ww/UU4y74nF9fI/AAAAAAAAADM/gBgilbdIJeg/s1600/2_wise_inbag.jpg)


In the Bag

</tbody>
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A5aydO8vheQ/UUYrn0AxylI/AAAAAAAAACQ/yIxGJXRBTYQ/s200/trader_joes_hotsauce.jpg (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A5aydO8vheQ/UUYrn0AxylI/AAAAAAAAACQ/yIxGJXRBTYQ/s1600/trader_joes_hotsauce.jpg)


Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): Yes, I would rather eat an MRE from a taste and 'feeling satisfied in the portion size'. Taste - well...quite honestly this tasted akin to a very old can of Chef Boy Ardee. Flat flavours; I picked up tomato and the starch of the pasta - not much else. I used about a tablespoon of my favourite hot sauce (Trader Joe's) to make the meal interesting. Telling: I asked my 11 year old if he could eat this in an emergency. His reply was "Only if we have hot sauce in our bug out bag!"

Surfing the net looking for emergency food leaves me mind-numb. Among the many choices - a product my digestive system is all-too familiar. The gut-buster....Ready to Eat Meals. Side note, the reason they are called "Meals, Ready to Eat" is because on packing slips, forms, inventory sheets, etc, the noun is listed first - thus, as a supply guy is taking stock, he'll find something like this:


Meals, Ready to Eat, 10ea


That's 10 Ready to Eat meals. As opposed to other meal options like T-Rations (T-Rats) which required prep from sitting over boiling water, to actual 'cooking'. My google searches brought a lot of results, from freeze-dried type to self-proclaimed "Gourmet" rations. To being to get a handle on what's out there, I coughed up $9.95 for a sample kit from Go Foods (http://gofoodsglobal.com/). The package of two boxes arrived within a couple of days. What you see here is the contents of just ONE of the boxes; labelled with identical contents.
Now - I'd be remiss if I neglected to mention their awesome GoForces! program, offering substantial savings to members of the Armed forces, First responders, and Dept of Defense employees - just to name a few groups. Check out the link to the program here (http://www.gofoodsglobal.com/company/goforces-program/).


Armed with half-bottle of my favourite hot sauce (see image), a bunch of water, heat, a pot, and bowls, I set out to answer the question - "Would I rather eat a MRE".


Creamy Pasta Roma (http://www.gofoodsglobal.com/products/entrees/creamy-tuscan-pasta/)
BLUF: Creamy, almost a little citrus flavour - I can pick up the sweetness of the tomatoes, and tang of the Parmesan cheese. Very high sodium content. Definitely smokey, too. I enjoyed it best with a dash of hot sauce. Better than almost any MRE I can remember; I'm positive it's better than any T-Rat. For sure would turn to this in an emergency - but also would pack it for camping and eat this by choice. WITH hot sauce. I WOULD NOT rather eat a MRE.

Details: eFoods Gold Label. Vegetarian, manufactured 10 Jan 13.
Serving size: 1 Cup - 4 verified* servings per pack.
Calories: 240 - 50 from Fat
Sodium: 800mg
Carbs: 41g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 9g
Protein: 6g

*sometimes food makers list 'servings per bag' as if their product will be eaten by small fish. When I use 'verified' it means their serving is enough for a fat guy (me) to feel like he ate something.

Chicken Cheddar Rice (http://www.gofoodsglobal.com/products/chicken-cheddar-rice/)
BLUF: This was a family-favourite. Sometimes we grill marinated flank steak, cut across the grain on the bias, and cooked medium rare. We dip the steak pieces in homemade curry mayo. I want this Go Foods dish to replace our typical boxed rice side. Creamy, cheesy - the only thing I didn't get a lot of was Chicken. I didn't notice chicken texture (thought they'd have fake-chicken bits) but I tasted chicken base. Risotto-equse. SUPER-high sodium content. Hot sauce not required, but delicious of course with a few drops. Two members of my tasting panel complained of a bitter after-taste. I WOULD NOT rather eat a MRE.

Details: Gluten Free, no added MSG, Vegitarian, best if used by 26 Nov 2027
Serving size: 1 Cup - 4+ verified* servings per pack
Calories: 269 - 90 from Fat.
Sodium: 912(!!)mg
Carbs: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 7g

Creamy Potato Soup (http://www.gofoodsglobal.com/products/soups/western-potato-chowder/)
BLUF: Bland. Starchy. Tasted like potatoes. Boil a tater - before it gets too soft remove and cool a bit. Now eat that in warm milk - with assorted spices, chives maybe, and that's pretty close to this dish. UNTIL I doubled-up the hot sauce; then it became pretty okay. Could eat this with a warm grilled cheese and feel comforted. I WOULD rather eat a MRE.

Details: eFoods Gold Label. Vegetarian, manufactured 4 Feb 2013
Serving size: 1 Cup - 4 verified* servings per pack

Calories: 130 - 90 from Fat
Sodium: 532mg
Carbs: 17g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 1g

GoFoodsGlobal.com lists a week's worth of meals (Family of 4) for $240. Compare that with about $100 for a case of 12 MREs, I'd spend three-times the cost of GoFoods meals to feed my gang. GoFoods.com - if their other meal packs are as-good, I would not feel hosed or cheated sending in my money for their emergency foods. In fact, I recommend - and will when asked - GoFoods to my friends and Family.

Hey Dain, I knew I could depend on you to have the info I needed. Thank you!!!

Will go take a look. Guess I should go to Trader Joe's to get hot sauce as the first step, no matter what choice I make!!!