Wise Foods Sampler Kit
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- Sampler Kit includes 4 cook in the pouch entrees
- Two, 10-ounce servings in each pouch
- Cheesy Lasagna,Savory Stroganoff,Pasta Alfredo,Chili Macaroni
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|Item Dimensions||7 x 9 x 10 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
At Wise Company, we are dedicated to providing outdoor enthusiasts with ready-made freeze dry and dehydrated meals that are delicious, nutritious, and lightweight. Wise Company outdoor meals are packaged in durable, extra strength Mylar foil pouches that ensure freshness for up to seven years. Our outdoor meals are prepared in minutes by just adding water, making them perfect backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, RV traveling, 72 hour emergency kits and for everyday use.
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Top customer reviews
Worse, it made my daughter ill.
I will be sticking with Harmony House, Thrive and Mountain House from now on.
The quality of the mylar packaging is very nice, they're sealed well, and very lightweight.
Preparation is simple, open them up, add water, stir, seal, and let sit. Just to help mix the freeze dried mix up it doesn't hurt to hold the zipper and shake it a few times.
The taste isn't bad, it's comparable to canned food. Consistency is a matter of luck though. The pasta is thin strips or noodles that may or may not rehydrate properly, and some pasta may have pieces of the powdered sauce inside. This can result in a gritty, crunchy, and overly flavorful bite occasionally. It's also difficult to thoroughly stir the contents in the package so it may require pouring into a bowl to adequately remove all chunks of dried material.
Overall I'd just avoid these unless you're curious.
If you will be taking these hiking or hope to rely on them in a crisis, you should opt for a different brand. Any of the other major brands will be better than Wise. I've tried them all, and Wise makes the least palatable food, and seems to be the most expensive as well.
In a crisis, and certainly on a recreational outing, you are going to want to have the best tasting food possible. This is obvious if you're out in the woods for fun, but it will be even more important in a crisis. Morale is a critical factor for survival, and a variety of good tasting food is essential to morale. If you're investing in freeze dried foods in order to be prepared for such a scenario, be sure to taste test. Go for variety and include extra supplies of meat, soy protien, fruits, and vegetables. Freeze dried meals are almost always rice and noodle based. You'll need more protien and nutrition to thrive in a crisis. Check the caloric value carefully as well. A "serving" are not the same as a "meal" even though these companies often suggest otherwise. As a general rule, you'll need twice as many calories as most survival food companies supply. In other words, a "3 months supply" will last no more than 45 days if that is your only source of chow.
Don't forget to store lots of water too, especially if you are loading up on dehydrated or freeze dried foods. The water issue is a good reason to consider canned foods in your storage plan in addition to (or instead of) dried foods. The water in your water heater and toilet tanks will be gone much quicker than you think and you won't last long without water, even if you're sitting on a mountain of dried food! Freeze dried foods take up as much space as canned foods, despite being lighter, so unless you have a reliable, independent source of fresh water, you'll use up twice as much space by storing water and dried food separately.
Another site several people wrote negative responses and within a day or two several highly complimentary comments were posted leading the first reviewer to comment he thought that perhaps the company was flooding the Internet with their own comments. In fairness to Wise I sent my unopened packages to a friend who is facing hard times. He ate it and said he found nothing wrong with it . . . just be aware if your buying Wise food as an alternative to Mountain House food they are complete different.