Wildtree.. Naturally The Better Choice
A few weeks ago my friend Carisa asked me to attend one of her freezer meal workshops for Wildtree. She is a Wildtree representative and wanted to show me what the products and teach me a little bit more about Wildtree. As a blogger, I am always intriquired to learn about new things. To me this is the fun in life. We try new things, we learn new things.. we never really stop learning. Before the workshop Carisa sent me a VERY detailed shopping list, which also contained tips to save me time and money. I headed to the grocery store to pick up the items that I needed. In addition to that there was little tricks on the list, like having the butcher cut and dice the meat the way it would need to be. That was a huge time saver and I never knew that my grocery store would/could do that, but they did! It was all pretty simple. I came home with my groceries and I put everything into labeled bags and put them in the refrigerator. I was set to go and learn how to make the dishes flavorful and complete.
When I arrived Carisa had my things ready and waiting. I sat down my cooler of bags and began to prepare my meals. As I was preparing my meals we talked. We talked about Wildtree and why I would use their stuff over another brand. I needed to be convinced that this was a good change and healthier for us. I’d been to Carisa’s house before and tried things that she made and I knew the taste was there, but what to know the differences.
What Is Wildtree?
I’ll admit, I am always skeptical with things like this. I know that as a whole people are looking more into their health and they are wanting things that are much healthier for them. While I can’t disagree with that, I also can’t admit to being a label reader
100% any of the time. Carisa had put a lot of time and research in to her workshops, so she could answer every question that was presented to her. I truly found that Wildtree was not just a seasoning or a spice. Wildtree offers the highest quality herbs, spices and culinary blends that are free of preservatives, additives, fillers and promote a healthier lifestyle.
- Wildtree was founded in 1996 by a mom, Leslie Montie, who had children with special dietary restrictions.
- Wildtree started as a small brand sold at local cooking fairs. Later it evolved into home parties.
- Wildtree officially launched in 1999 to local acclaim as a party plan company.
What Makes Wildtree Different?
Wildtree is different in so many ways, but there are a few of the BIG things that struck me.
- Wildtree herbs, spices and culinary blends are free of preservatives, additives and fillers. As an example Carisa showed us the photo to your right.. The taco seasoning that I had been feeding to my family for years contains Silica.. the same thing that comes in my new purse that says “DO NOT EAT!”. At that point I started to really question our food and what was in it. Silica is also used to make glass and ceramics. It’s not okay for it to be in my food too! Ick!
- No artificial colors
- No artificial flavors
- No preservatives
- No high-fructose corn syrup
- No MSG
- No hydrogenated oils
- No GMOs
What Are The Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshops?
The Wildtree freezer meal workshops are so wonderful. You make all your meals at the workshop. There are
MULTIPLE workshops, so if you’ve already done one there is a good chance the next one will be different. I’ve done the Homestyle Meals workshop and will be doing a couple more coming up in the next few weeks. As I mentioned above, your representative will send you the grocery list. You pre-pay ahead of time for your Wildtree products. That amount varies depending on the workshop and the products that you need. Since I had done my shopping and prepped everything up I was ready to go. My workshop time was at 5:00pm and we headed over with my prepped things in a cooler with ice. You never want to refreeze items, so I used fresh items, kept them cold the entire time and then froze them when I got home. Carisa had a nice print out that contained all the meals, the cook time and any additional items needed to serve the meal (like sour cream, cheese, etc). She also provided me bag labels for my bags that I put on which also contained the information on cooking. I love the sheet I can hang on the refrigerator. It lets me know my freezer inventory as well as what the cook time is so I can plan what meals will work best for what nights. The meals you make feed 6 adult people. I have a family of 4, with 2 being kids, but I made the meals as if I was feeding 6 so I would have a good idea and be able to gauge better for the next workshop. Plus, we love left overs and it works great for hubby to take to lunch or for me to have for lunch the next day. Some of the meals I knew that my kids wouldn’t really eat, but hubby and I would, I was able to split in half. Thus when I wrapped up instead of the 10 meals I had, I ended up with 14 meals. You can split all of them if you are serving just 2-3 people or have smaller children who won’t eat a full adult serving. Likewise you can double up on a recipe if you love it and want to repurpose the next night or have meals handy for nights you may have guests.
My workshop was the Homestyle Meals. They are all delicious!! We’ve made:
- Italian Chicken & Sausage Pasta
- Braised Beef Roast w/ Caramelized Onion & Wine Sauce (I customized this and removed the caramelized onion since we aren’t really fans of that.)
- Easy Skillet Sloppy Joes (I modified this one and put it in my crock pot during the day and it was ready for supper. It was delicious because the meat simmered all day in the juices and spices.)
- Stovetop Pork Chili Verde (This one was great. My husband suggested it with chicken next time. I liked the pork, but I love that I can personalize these meals to our taste, including making a meat swap.)
- Slow Cooker Wicked Pulled Port Tacos (We grabbed a bigger roast then needed. We had the tacos the first night, which were DELICIOUS (photoed below) and the next night the leftovers were re-purposed to make BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches. It was a great 2 meals and a HUGE hit. We will be adding this to our menu more often.)
I still have a few meals left to make. Currently in my freezer is the rest of the Homestyle Meals which include:
- Southwest Chicken “Stoup”
- Simple Skillet Stuffed Peppers
- Slow Cooker Italian Pork Roast & Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- Chicken & Tortellini with Mediterranean Cream Sauce
- All American Goulash
My workshop meals costed me $75 in Wildtree seasons and oils and $65 in groceries. Now that came to $140 for 10 meals. I’ve already said that I had more then 10 meals though, but for simple sake, we are going to say it was 10 meals for 6 adult servings. This breaks down to $14 a meal. That is $2.33 a serving. There is no place else I will get a HEALTHY and HOME COOKED meal for $2.33. Here’s some comparison:
- McDonald’s average customer = $6.58
- Subway average customer = over $6.50
- Frozen Pizza & fruit to serve 6 = $15 ($15/6 = $2.50)
- Grilled Ham & Cheese & Tomato Soup for 6= $13 ($13/6 = $2.16)
- Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Bread, Milk and Gravy = $18 ($18/6 = $3)
There is a nice cost savings with making your meals and preparing them ahead of time. I will be the first person to admit that I will run to the store and grab all I need for dinner at least once a week. This is because I am not prepared, I forget to take something out, I am missing an ingredient, etc. It happens. Stocking my freezer with pre-made meals that are ready to cook is a MUCH simpler plan for me. We can decide what meals we want to eat as we go. I just have to pull it out of the freezer the night before.
Wildtree also carries a wide range of other products that aren’t featured in their workshops. If you need an easy and quick Banana Bread, they have one all ready to go. Want a dill dip that you can whip up quickly for game day or any other get together? Wildtree can help. It’s not just about the things you make in the oven or on the stove. You can get your oils, culinary blends and even gluten-free products from Wildtree.
Carisa is so sure that you will love Wildtree that she is giving one Think Talk Blog reader their choice of an oil and a seasoning! I love the Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil. We’ve been using it a lot here and I cannot believe how much it adds flavor to some of the simple foods that we add oil too. My other favorite is the Natural Butter Grapeseed Oil. The choice is yours! You can get yourself a bottle of oil and a seasoning by entering to win below!