Food Storage

Connection or Catastrophe?

The city of San Francisco recently launched “SF72”, an online emergency preparedness site aimed at helping citizens in one of the most earthquake prone places in the country prepare for emergencies. They have an interesting perspective on disasters: “We believe in connection, not catastrophe. Actual emergencies look more like people coming together than cities falling apart. SF72 is about prompting San Franciscans to get connected before an emergency—so we can be that much better off when something happens.”
 Mother […]

How much food should I store for an emergency?

This is a question customers ask all the time and in light of the disasters of 2013, we’ve changed how we answer. As we mentioned last week, you’ll want to carefully determine your calorie needs as you make your emergency plan. The first step is to consider what kind of emergencies are most likely to happen in your area and what other kind of emergencies you want to prepare for. Current Red Cross guidelines advise people to store at […]

Food Storage and Preparing for Disasters – Back to Basics

It’s the start of a new year and a time when many of us make plans for the coming year and beyond. Last year brought increasing media coverage about people and families who are very serious about being prepared for emergencies, people affectionately referred to as “Preppers”.
At Wise Company, we have all kinds of customers. On one end of the spectrum, some of our customers are interested in the ability to live a quality life off the grid by […]

Five Ways to Make Use of Your Food Waste

Recent studies reveal that Americans throw away about 40% of their food. Consider how much you could save by cutting your food budget by almost half, or how much further your food stores would stretch if you could put to good use everything you buy. The little effort it takes to use food that would formerly have gone in the garbage can be well worth it. Here are five ideas for ways to use food waste:
 1. Make Soups
If you […]

Seven Things We Learned From Sandy

A year ago Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard affecting 24 states and causing damage from Florida to Main and even as far inland as Michigan and Wisconsin. The interesting thing about Sandy’s timing is that, thanks in part to shows like Doomsday Preppers, prepping had gone mainstream so lots of people got to test their plans. The other interesting thing is that lots of people who never thought they needed to prepare for a hurricane realized they were […]

Emergency Communication: Phonetic Alphabet and Morse code

Whiskey, Tango, Bravo
If you’re not in the military you probably only hear people use the phonetic alphabet in movies. The phonetic alphabet may seem like useless knowledge, but it’s not – everyone concerned about being prepared in an emergency situation should know it. Technically it’s called the “International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet” and it was developed to avoid confusion between speakers of different languages. In emergency situations it can be used to communicate clearly over bad connections or in times […]


Salt is one of the things that made civilization possible. Sure, it makes food taste good but its real value is in it’s ability to preserve food. When you can preserve excess food, your chances for survival through a tough winter, summer drought or other disaster or emergency, go way up. Today we take salt for granted but it was hard to come by for thousands of years. Traders established “salt roads”, or well-worn trading paths through countries that […]

Home Canning: Ensuring Safe Food Storage

There was a time when colorful jars of home-canned fruits and vegetables lined most everyone’s basement shelves. Canning was a normal part of the harvest season – those jars of preserved summer crops made the budget stretch and added a little warm weather flavor to the root crop drudgery of the late winter months. Because modern food storage is so inexpensive and easy, many families have stopped canning food – especially in the last generation, and the oral tradition […]

Drying Food as Part of Your Food Storage

Drying food is the oldest method of food preservation. That’s because it’s so simple. As harvest and hunting season approaches, drying is a great way to prolong the enjoyment your fruits, vegetable and meat into the winter months. Though dried food is probably not the best plan to feed your family in emergency, it’s one more survival skill you can learn to supplement your emergency stores and reduce food costs. Here are some drying methods and safety instructions:
Solar drying
Solar […]

Preparing Stored Food 101

Grinding grain and soaking beans for emergency food storage is fun, right?
Not so much. We’ve done it and we’ve learned that on the occasions that we need to use our food insurance it’s because we’ve got better things to do, whether it’s hitting the trail at first light or keeping the household warm, safe and occupied while we wait for the electricity to come back on.
There are two species of Wise freeze dried food: for household use, just empty […]