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Prepper food! I try a Wise Company entree

Updated on February 19, 2016

Wise Company's Beef Stroganoff served in Limoges china . . . why not?

You don't have to be considered a "yahoo" to find long-term food storage useful. People who are experts in the field are called "preppers". There are lots are reasons why you should consider their suggestions and point of view!

  • You may live in the eastern part of the US where there have been had record snows. Your municipality may not be efficient in clearing roads, thus making grocery shopping impossible. This winter, my city was under the most severe of its disaster codes: people -- even first responders -- were not allowed to drive on any of the roads, by order of the mayor.
  • In natural disasters, power outages are to be expected. But when the weather's severe, the utility companies can't get to everyone in a timely manner to fix things. You could be out of power for several days.
  • This past year, my city suffered rioting and we had a city-wide curfew at night. Many US cities have experienced civil unrest as of late. You may not be able to leave your house for a period of time or it may not be safe for you to do so.
  • Elderly people may have trouble getting to the store on a regular basis.
  • If you're not feeling well, you don't want to grocery shop.
  • You could be driving in desolate areas and break down.
  • You might love heading outdoors for camping, fishing, hunting, hiking.
  • You're in school and don't want to eat in the cafeteria.
  • Perhaps you're the independent sort and like the idea of living "off the grid".
  • You could be laid off from work or otherwise have to wait for a paycheck.

So, you can see that it doesn't necessarily have to be "End Times" for you to need food that's easy to prepare and lasts for a long time.

In the past, though, many of the choices from these specialized food companies were mainly beef jerky and odd stews. Lots of people don't want to eat like that, even under dire circumstances! Here are real-life examples: my grandfather -- a highly decorated Army surgeon in WWII -- was under fire in the South Pacific. A plane dropped cans of the first food he had seen in a long time: pork and beans. He kept Kosher and refused to eat it! My mom (his daughter) claims that if she were in a plane crash, she'd become a cannibal like the Uruguayan rugby team. Except . . . she doesn't even eat red meat! She has stocked up about a bazillion boxes of cornbread, though she doesn't eat bread in restaurants! I don't think she even likes cornbread. None of these are viable options.

Fortunately, there's Wise Company to the rescue! I called the company and got a sample.

The first thing that struck me was the totally normal food selection: foods with texture, familiarity, nutrients. There are selections like cheesy macaroni, maple multi-grain, chicken pot pie. There are items suitable for vegetarians, gluten-free, etc.

I tried the Beef Stroganoff. It's easy to prepare: take out the oxygen absorber (I like to save such things in a drawer in case my phone gets wet), boil water, add, stir, wait. Also, once you boil the water, you don't have to use any more fuel -- good in emergency situations. It has 250 calories: it'll keep you going, but also good for portion control for non-emergency meals. There are 7 grams of protein: nutritious.

So, how did it taste? It was fine. I'll admit: it's not like homemade and it's not very salty. Not salty is probably good, though, in an emergency situation: you don't want to drink up your whole water supply. It's not a Happy Hour! If you have seasonings like hot sauce or black pepper, you'll want to use them. You feel fairly full and satiated.

The company sells storage containers to hold the flat packages, accessories and different meal plans. It's endorsed by a number of conservative public personalities, including Dave Ramsey. If you buy in volume, there are substantial savings.


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