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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Introducing our newest sponsor: Thrive, by Shelf Reliance

You guys, this is such a really cool concept!

Thrive, by Shelf Reliance offers delicious shelf-stable (some up to 20 years!!!) products that are wonderful to have on hand for emergencies, natural disasters, etc.  My whole goal for stocking up our home-canned goods is that we won't be forced to rely on hand outs and FEMA assistance should zombies attack there be some sort of disaster that prevents us from getting to the grocery store.  Shelf Reliance products are like an insurance policy for your family.

Teresa, a Thrive consultant, contacted me last month about Shelf Reliance products.  I didn't know much about the company, so she sent me a few samples to try out.

Dudes.  YUM.

My family tried the creamy chicken noodle soup, assorted flavors of yogurt, and the whole fruit slices.  The soup cooked up in about 15 minutes, and Troy and I practically licked our bowls.  Jack, my yogurt connoisseur, really enjoyed each flavor.  Per my usual routine of shoving food in his mouth during church to keep him quiet, he loudly declared the fruit slices "delicious.  The BEST mommy".  And my boy knows his fruit. 

Before I introduce you to Teresa, I want to point out that there is a huge sale on Friday (Black Friday), but you can preorder now if you'd like.  Contact her (details below) and reference me.  Pimp me out!

And now, here is a note from Teresa:

All of adult life I have been a closet food hoarder.  I think that there must have been some kind of serious depression era experience that impacted my parents as they lived meagerly.  There has always been a need in mind to "be prepared" with enough food.  So as time went on and my own little family was stable I stored cases of dry goods in our garage.  I learned to garden.  A few years ago a trusted friend who watches market trends and food commodities advised me to store enough wheat to feed my family for a year which amassed a ton of wheat in our garage.  You can imagine my husband's dismay at my take over of the "cave".  But once the wheat was all packaged, sealed, and stacked I sat back a little smug and thought "OK now I am set".

Not long after I had my "stash" as I referred to my collection of food stuff,  there was a bad growing season here in the NW and my garden did not do so well.  That got me thinking about my "stash" and I realized that if I really HAD to live off the "stash".  I would be very disappointed as I did not have any of the things I really loved like broccoli, cauliflower, and pea's, not to mention my favorite asparagus.  I don't care how you try to preserve some of these items there is no way to make them taste good.   I did not have any of the fruits that I love to just eat.  Not to mention what to do about cheese and who can live without butter?

Fortunately at this time I was introduced to Shelf Reliance and their AMAZING & DELICIOUS premium freeze-dried food line of THRIVE which totally knocked my socks off.  The taste of each item is so fresh and clean.  I began researching what separated Shelf Reliance form the rest of the freeze-dried food companies. Aside from taste and appearance the difference that sealed the deal for me is that ALL of THRIVE fruits, vegetables, and grains are GMO FREE and all of the meat & diary are hormone free as well as steroid free.  For a short informative article about freeze-dried food CLICK HERE .  Well you top that with the fact that all freeze-dried food has at least a 25 year shelf life unopened, open it is good and viable for upwards of 18 months to two years.  In my book that is a winner winner chicken dinner!
Well with that it was a no brainer for me, I became a Shelf Reliance consultant.   I began using the food in my every day meal prep and much to my surprise I was saving time and money.  Time, in the fact that I was not spending as much of it chopping, cutting, cooking of food.  I was heating water and simply assembling yummy dishes for my family.  Money in the fact that I was not throwing away parts of the food that I don't use like onion ends, but I paid for them. Nothing was spoiling in the fridge either.  So yet another time saver I don't have to clean out my fridge as often from science projects.  Having THRIVE foods in my long term storage as well as my working pantry gives me great piece of mind that I will never  be without.  I love this product and use it just about every day

10 comments:

  1. I'm going to a THRIVE party tomorrow and am very interested in this. I already buy freeze-dried fruits as my go-to snack to carry around for the kiddies and am really interested in what all THRIVE has to offer.

    The non-GMO, steroid free, hormone free piece is GREAT! What I'm curious about is whether any of these fruits/veggies are organic??? Do you know?

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    1. Currently there is no organic line, but there is Certified Gluten free

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  2. Freeze dried yogurt?! Really, I have to check that out. Thanks!

    I'm a geologist in the PNW so I have my little food storage as well. But face it, my lil urban garden can't support much. I've used Emergency Essentials and Mother Earth so I'm going to check out Thrive... although I promised myself not to spend money on the Black death Friday.

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    1. Circe, I totally hear you! My husband is a geologist and me a biologist, also in the PNW, and I HATE the 7-10$ freeze dried packs from REI or Fred Meyer and peanut butter and trail mix get old fast.

      I am planning to order some... Sarah is a great cook so I trust her if she liked it!

      Teresa, what happens if you use cold instead of warm water?

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    2. Thanks for theCascadia link!

      $90 bucks later... 6 cans. Although the sales weren't all that significant ... like a few bucks off. There goes my food prep cash for a while.

      KEQ you and hubby sound like a fun pair. Lol. Waitin for Cascadia or Barrington?

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    3. opps, that was suppose to be thanks for the Thrive link! Posted from phone...

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  3. The cool thing about the deal is you have until Monday at 11:00pm PST, so you can be true to commitment and take advantage of AMAZING PRICING

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    1. Hurm! Don't see any contact information for ordering?

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    2. KEQ, use the sponsor badge on the right side of the page. It will take you to her page.

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  4. I really love the non GMO, hormone free food option! My only concern is that a lot of foods labeled "organic" or "non GMO" are actually imported from China. Unfortunately the "independent certification process" in China is completely unreliable. I have a close relative who has worked in China (in the food industry) and he has assured me that the labels mean nothing. He is also militant about what his children eat and he refuses to allow food from China to be consumed by his family. So apparently it really is that bad! LOL

    Anyway, the point of my comment is; Are THRIVE foods grown/raised in the USA or countries where food safety can be reasonably assured? I realize that nowhere is perfect and I would love organic options but would settle for non GMO and hormone free as a supplement for our current food storage.

    My husband and I have discussed investing in freeze dried foods many times as we would feel so much more secure with a long term freeze dried "stash" supplementing our home preserved food. However, we have not moved forward because what is the point of investing in an emergency food supply that may be dangerous?

    Could you address my country of origin concerns? In the past, I have contacted THRIVE through the website customer service and have only been told that country of origin information is "proprietary" and no further information will be provided.

    There is a gap in the market for VERIFIED safe origin foods. As a consultant, would you be able to find out where the food is grown? We would immediately begin stocking up with a monthly order if we could find a safe vendor. The vendor we order our wheat and bulk spices from supplied me with a PDF listing the country of origin for each product they carry. This allows me to research the country of origin's food safety. I am not just picking on China...many spices I love originate in India and are not food safe. So I have to pay a lot more and find alternate sources.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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