Wise Favorites–A Review

A while back I was given the opportunity to try the Wise Favorites package for review from Wise Food Storage. This is their best selling meals packed into one package. If you’re trying out different products from food storage companies to see which ones you want in your survival pantry, this would be a good one to try.

What do you get? The package includes six entrees and one breakfast–2 servings per pouch–for a total of 14 servings. All you do is add hot water to the pouch and wait a few minutes. No cooking required. Main entrees include:

  • Noodles and Beef in Savory Mushroom Sauce
  • Pasta Alfredo with Chicken
  • Teriyaki Chicken and Rice
  • Cheesy Lasagna with Meat
  • Creamy Chicken with Vegetables and Pasta
  • Chili Mac with Beef
Is it good? It all sounds good, doesn’t it? Since I like rice better than pasta, the first pouch I tried was Teriyaki Chhicken and Rice. It was very good. My wife and I later tried the Cheesy Lasagna. It reminded me of Hamburger Helper with less meat. But my wife didn’t care for the tomato sauce. We shared some with a friend who thought it was great.

As for the Noodles with Beef in Savory Mushroom Sauce, my wife thought it was rather plain. I, on the other hand, was glad it doesn’t have a lot of spicy flavor. The other meals we had were quite satisfactory as well.

By the way, the Apple Cinnamon Cereal is a multigrain hot breakfast cereal. I liked it very much, but I think the recommended 14 ounces of hot water to cook it is too much.

Any problems? I was home alone when I tried my first meal from the Wise Favorites package. I had difficulty getting the tear-off strip off the pouch.. The pouch sat for longer than 15 minutes after I added hot water because whatever was going on at the time distracted me. Actually, it worked out well because letting the food sit longer makes sure everything rehydrates well.

I poured the contents of my pouch into a large dish. I found it difficult to get all of the food out of the bottom of the pouch because of the pouch’s folds. This proved to be a little messy for me. Is that being too fussy? Somebody else might have done it more neatly. My wife had less trouble with this than I did when we shared meals afterward.

What about advantages? It’s easy to prepare these meals. Simply pour the recommended amount of hot water in, close the pouch with the ziplock seal, and wait about 15 minutes. While boiling water is recommended, I don’t think it’s necessary.

You’ll be glad to know there’s plenty in each pouch for two people to have good sized portions. I suggest you share your pouch with someone, or save leftovers. The exception for me was the Apple Cinnamon Cereal because I ate all of it in one sitting.

The beauty of meals in a pouch is convenience. When you’re in a bind and need to fix a meal at home in a hurry, your food can be ready to eat in just a few minutes. You could also take Wise Favorites along on a family camping trip and see how your family likes the meals. Or this would be a good box of meals to have on hand in an emergency, such as in the aftermath of a hurricane.

How can you try Wise Favorites? Click on the offer shown below. Then when you’re on the Wise site, click on Emergency Food Kits to see the page where the Wise Favorites package is featured. Order there, or click to get more info before you order.


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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.