What a crazy weekend. First we received a free sample of a gourmet emergency and outdoor meal in the mail. Then today Randy was watching the Discovery Channel’s Shows Man vs. Wild and Survivor Man. I could not help but wonder if he was trying to tell me something. It made me very curious.
But on reflection I remembered that several years ago after being hit with several devastating hurricanes in one year we started taking seriously the advice given each year by our local newspapers and TV stations to be prepared.
We prepared a hurricane bucket filling it with flashlights, a tarp, duct tape, batteries, etc. We talked at length about where we would go in case of a destructive storm or got separated. We purchased a propane gas grill with an extra burner and a gas generator.
But we started to wonder: What do you do if a devastating event takes place without warning and lasted a long period of time? The first reaction to an announcement that a hurricane is imminent for most people is to run to the nearest store and clear the shelves making supplies scarce in the event of a long term event.
Two years ago Randy came across several Internet sites promoting ‘Emergency and outdoor’ meals some with a shelf life of up to 25 years. We spent the next two years talking about should we try one to see what it was all about. Well I guess Randy got tired of talking about it and found a site that would send along a free sample.
The sample came from the Wise Company specializing in, “ready-made freeze dried and dehydrated meals for emergency preparedness and outdoor use”. The meal they sent was Chili and Macaroni in a savory tomato sauce. The meal was 100% vegetarian containing pasta, pinto beans and soy and would serve four adults. So, I thought: Okay I’ll give it a try.
Preparing the meal was a snap. All that was necessary was to bring to a boil 4 cups of water, pour in contents of the package, turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 12 to 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Now the big question was what about taste? Randy and I had differing opinions about the taste. Randy’s reacted to his meal saying, “It was okay but a little blah. It doesn’t have much taste. It would be fine if I had no other food to eat”.
I had several reactions to the meal. First, I added salt and pepper before eating my first forkful so it did not taste blah to me, however, I could not taste the tomato sauce. Second, the pasta was fine but I would have liked more beans. But that is just me, I love beans.
We talked at length about other food options offered by this company such as the freeze dried fruit and snack combination, vegetable and gourmet flavored selections and seasoned freeze dried meat selection. The company also sells outdoor meals with a shelf life of up to seven years for camping, backpacking, hunting, fishing, boating, RV traveling and 72 hour kits. We wondered if these would make a good Christmas gift for our son-in-law Kevin who loves to hunt and fish. We both agreed that the foods being made in the USA was a plus.
In the end we both agreed that what we would have to try other selections before forming a final opinion and that the meals would give us the energy we would need in an emergency situation. But for now we will continue to stock up on all our canned, packaged and paper supplies at our local markets. Hopefully, 2012 will be a calm hurricane season.