Monthly Archives - December 2011

Resolve to Be Prepared

‘Tis the season to make resolutions; recent polls show that Americans are making a surprising resolution – they are vowing to save more money and be more prepared. It seems we’ve learned the hard way that it’s worth the effort.
FEMA is also encouraging Americans to make individual disaster preparedness plans part of their New Year resolutions. To help, they’ve launched a comprehensive website, Are You Ready?, that provides guidance for making an emergency plan and putting together an emergency […]

Preparing for Winter Storms

Winter storms have a thousand ways of interrupting dinner. Power outages are common as ice builds up on power lines, car slide-offs regularly take out transformers, deep snow and ice can either keep you or supply trucks from getting to the store and hazardous conditions and dangerously low temperatures make it a bad idea to even try.
Forty-nine US states experience winter storms. That means, wherever you are, at some point you can count trying to figure out what to […]

Stocking (and Stomach) Stuffers

We love giving our Wise freeze dried food Sampler Kits as stocking stuffers. There are four different dehydrated entrees in each kit and if the stocking is of generous size, the individual packets fit nicely in a stocking toe, making a delightfully mysterious bulge. Inevitably, long after the chocolate is gone and the Pez dispensers are empty, everyone wants to see what gourmet freeze-dried meals taste like. Sharing and comparing ensues and if only we were there, we would […]

What Are Ideal Food Storage Conditions?

Ideal conditions are 50-55 degrees (brief periods of 60 degrees is okay) and no more than 15% humidity. Most dry basements are perfect, but if your zone goes through a period of high heat or humidity you might want to temperature / humidity control your storage space.
Also, it’s a good idea to keep storage containers out of direct contact with floors, walls and direct light. Simple shelving, a discarded wood pallet, or a small row of cinder blocks makes […]

Eating an Elephant

Around this time every year many of us get invited to a White Elephant holiday party. At these parties everyone brings a fairly inexpensive gift, and all of the wrapped gifts are piled on a table and everyone takes a turn picking a gift from the pile. When it’s your turn you can pick a new gift or “steal” one from someone who’s already opened his or hers.
There is an art to this, you see – this is very […]