How The Cozy Business Got Started
Well, see, there was a woman who liked to eat real food and not starve on the trail. She also wanted to give her breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, and dinner a chance to rehydrate to the best of its capabilities. Her name is Sarah Kirkconnell and is a Washington State native, cookbook author, and blogger that spends a lot of time either in the woods or kitchen. She designed and sewed the cozy since the mid 2000's and Dani Hendrickson (that would be me) took over sewing in 2012, when Sarah's life went from full to bursting. Today, I officially am handling the cozy side of the business and plan on using it for the cornerstone for Valhalla Outdoors. Cozies continue to be sewn in the shadow of the Olympic mountains on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.Read Sarah's Cozy Story.
What Do I Do With My Cozy?
Cozies were designed to be used in conjunction with freezer bags. Simply put a quart freezer bag with your meal of choice inside the cozy. Add your water to the bag and stir well. Then seal the bag tightly and close the cozy. Lean the cozy so it is upright and let it sit to rehydrate. The cozy is ultra-light, packable, and crushable in your pack. They will deliver hot meals even in the coldest months.
The cozies work for quart and pint freezer bags as well as smaller commercial freeze dried meals such as PackitGourmet, Mountain House Pro-Paks and Mary Janes meals. These cozies hold quite a bit!
If your cozy is in need of cleaning, hand wash and air dry. Use an iron on low steam setting to remove wrinkles.
Can't I Just Use My Hat?
The disadvantage of using your hat as a cozy is:
1) You can't wear it and use it as a cozy at the same time.
2) Food splatters and food smells. Do you really want to chance mice, or something larger, trying to nibble on your hat with your head in it? I tend to cook away from my sleeping area for this reason and am careful not to wipe my hands on my clothes when preparing food. The likelihood of me using a piece of clothing as a freezer bag holder is nil.
3) Hats aren't reflective, unless it's like the tinfoil one your neighbor wears. The reflective Mylar in the cozy is made to reflect heat or cool to best work with your food temperature.
Wait! Tell Me More!
Constructed of washable and breathable fabric, it retains both heat and cold, depending on what you have in the cozy. The outer fabric is 100% cotton and the liner fabric is a Washington State, USA made poly/Mylar needle punched insulating fabric .
Cozies are 8″ wide and 8 1/2″ long. Weight is on average is 1.1 to 1.4 ounces, depending on outer fabrics weight/thickness. Dimensions and weight are approximate, as these are hand crafted items, sewn one at a time. When you buy a cozy, you are supporting a small, made in the USA, cottage industry business. So, thank you!