U Konserve/Kids Konserve Food Storage Solutions

U Konserve / Kids Konserve


 U Konserve

Reviewed by: Nicole


Note:  U Konserve / Kids Konserve graciously supplied me with one Stainless Steel Insulated Coffee Cup, one Medium To-Go Container, and one set of Clear Large Food Kozy Wraps for review.  No other compensation was received.  The review in this post is honest and my own.


Gift Guide Age Recommendation:­  18+



I am always looking for ways to improve how I store and transport food.  I have attended meetings in friend’s homes to watch product demos and I walk thru the kitchen section of local stores frequently.  I’ve even been one to do random searches on Amazon to see what pops up.  When I find something that works, and works well, I tend to stock up.  And, yes, I am that lady who puts masking tape on my dishes with my name written upon it… just in case a co-worker dares to THINK that something in the fridge has been there long enough to claim it.


When U Konserve/Kids Konserve offered to send me samples of their lunch-packing and food-storage line, I was quite happy.  I think I may have even said “Woo-Hoo!”  They send me a Medium To-Go Container, a set of Clear Large Food Kozy Wraps and a Stainless Steel Insulated Coffee Cup.  All of which are currently in my rotation of frequently used items.


The real show stealer was the Kozy Wraps.  I was confused by the concept, until I tried it.  Essentially, they are a circular piece of  LDPE #4 Plastic with Velcro closure.  You place your food item (sandwiches, fruit, veggies, etc…) in the middle and close the sides being sure to close the Velcro ends last.  I put a huge meatloaf sandwich in mine the other day and it still closed easily and stayed closed (without leaking any sauce) till I was ready to eat.  All I had to do was hand wash and dry the item to use again.  My sandwich was so secure I could have just placed the Kozy Wraped sandwich directly in my bag without worrying it would leak.  Oh, and for those who don’t want to dirty a plate, or are eating on public transit, the Kozy Wrap also functions as a place mat while eating.  I really like how functional they are!

U Konserve Sandwich to WrapU Konserve Sandwich







The Medium To-Go Container was the perfect size for a sandwich, a good serving of fruit, or an average portion of left-overs at a restaurant.  I’ve enjoyed packing crackers and cheese for my son, fruit for a morning snack, and a small salad in mine.  The lid is made of LDPE #4 Plastic and the container is stainless steel.  I hand washed the lid to keep the plastic away from high temperatures, but the stainless steel container easily goes into the top rack of my dishwasher.


I’ve also used the Stainless Steel Steel Coffee Cup many times since it arrived.  I like that the cup can be used for cold items or hot.  My ice water has stayed cold for hours in this cup.  I don’t know how long it will keep my coffee hot since my coffee never lasts all that long, but I do know that the outside of the cup has stayed cool enough for me to use it without the need for a coffee cozy.  I like that the lid is made of food grade silicon instead of plastic (again, I’m not a fan of exposing plastic to high temperatures).  And, I really like that I can make a latte at home and easy transport it with me.  Every trip I take my own from home is one less coffee cup going into a trash can.


Who would like this gift?

I would give U Konserve/Kids Konserve products as a gift to an office co-worker, the high school student preparing to leave for college, the young adult entering the work force, those already in the work force who “brown bag” it, and the parent who sends lunches with their kids to school.


I think it would be fantastic to give a set of U Konserve/Kids Konserve products as a larger gift, but you could easily give an item or two for a Secret Santa gift or Stocking Stuffer.


Where to Buy 

You can purchase these products and view their whole product line  by visiting Kids Konserve.

ZinZig Wine Tasting and Trivia Game

 Play this great wine tasting game and learn more about wine!

ZinZig Wine Tasting game arrived at my door a week or so ago for our  Gift Guide and I have to admit I was very intrigued.  I have always loved board games and trivia games and to combine that with wine tasting just has to be fun.  So, we decided to grab a few bottles of wine and a couple of friends and play ZinZig.  Game  night started with my “Almost Famous Chili” with all of the fixins’ and then we moved into the living room to play a very competitive game of ZinZig.

The wine tasting game can be played with up to 6 people ( or by up to 6 teams) but there were only 4 of us for our initial run playing ZinZig.  We thought the instructions were pretty straightforward….nothing too complicated ( which is good considering you are drinking wine during the entire game!).  

The game started with us tasting all of the wines ( 3 bottles).  We each picked a winery and the figure to represent us on the board.  We each picked a winery for our figure to start on.  The board is circular and the game moves quickly as you move around the board, trying to answer trivia questions and then “swapping” , “trading” or the favorite of everyone “sip and savor” )where you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy your wine, while earning a free card)


Each trivia card has a resource printed on the back — barrel, grape, bottle or cork.  The point of the game is to collect one of each resource and then start production.  Once you do that, you move to the middle of the board and go through the stages of production ( crushing, fermenting, aging and bottling) by answering more trivia questions.  All in all, ZinZig has over 200 trivia questions about wine and 50 blind tasting cards.  

I did not win that night, but I had loads of fun.  We all thought the trivia questions were interesting and we all learned something new about wine.  The game lasted about 2 hours and got a resounding approval from all of us.  

 ZinZig is available from Amazon for anywhere between $ 38.00 to $ 49.95.  Amazon.com

Note:  True Fabrications provided us with one ZinZig game to review for our Holiday Gift Guide.  No compensation was received.  These are my true and honest opinions.





Wine Barrel Serving Trays

Looking for a unique wooden serving trays then check out these wine barrel serving trays!  


Wine barrel creations are fun and  wine barrel serving trays are perfect for entertaining.




If you love to entertain, you know the importance of serving trays.  They are a practical necessity.    Every hostess loves serving trays and these unique wooden wine barrel  serving trays that are made from a reclaimed wine barrel top will be a favorite!  They are made from real oak wine barrel tops and are sure to become an heirloom.  You can enjoy an authentic part of wine country in your home with these wine barrel serving trays.  Let this be the centerpiece of your next party!  Showcase your homemade pizza in wine country style or feature a beautiful artisan cheese display on this serving tray!  The possibilities are endless!  

Why not consider hosting a wine tasting party?

A wine tasting party is a creative way to gather your family and friends into your home and it is fairly easy to do.  Offer four or five different wines and creatively display them on these wine barrel serving trays.  Then do a wine and cheese pairing for each wine.  A  wine and cheese pairing chart is helpful when planning your party.  You might consider offering a Brie cheese which is creamy paired with a Chardonnay.  Salty cheeses like Blue cheese pair well with a sweet wine such as a Port.  Consider offering a Cabernet Franc with Cheddar.  A Beaujolais pairs nicely with goat cheese.    

Great for gift giving or your own entertaining.  These beautiful wine barrel serving  trays are fitted with over-sized handles for easy transport. 

$ 129.00 USD.  
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Reclaimed Barrel Top Tray Reclaimed Barrel Top TrayEvery fine-grained oak barrel end deserves to be used to serve the wine it so patiently aged. Weve fitted our over-sized tray with handles for easy transport. Made in USA. 29D

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