Saturday, September 29, 2012

Shelf Reliance Honey Crystals

THRIVE Honey Crystals are the easy answer to keeping honey in your Home Store. The crystals rehydrate in water to make smooth, sweet honey to spread over toast or sweeten your baked goods. The extended shelf life will ensure that you always have it on hand, and the dry crystals make a crunchy treat to toss on top of oatmeal or muffins. THRIVE Honey Crystals are the perfect naturally sweet addition to your Home Store

Friday, September 28, 2012

Shelf Reliance THRIVE White Chili

Chef Todd's White Chili
by Chef Todd Leonard, CEC
Prep time: 90 min
Serves 8
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1cup THRIVE™ Small White Navy Beans, uncooked
4tbsp. butter
5tbsp. THRIVE™ White Flour
1tbsp. butter
1tbsp. garlic
1cup THRIVE™ Green Chili Peppers
½cup THRIVE™ Red Bell Peppers
½cup THRIVE™ Sweet Corn
½cup THRIVE™ Chopped Onions
½cup THRIVE™ Celery
1cup THRIVE™ Seasoned Chicken Slices
3cups water
1tbsp. THRIVE™ Chicken Bouillon
2cups THRIVE™ Instant Milk, reconstituted
2cups heavy cream
1tsp. chili powder
1tsp. cumin
1tsp. season salt
1tbsp. Cholula hot sauce
1tbsp. fresh lime juice
¼cup cilantro, finely chopped
Place the beans in a small saucepan with 4 cups of water and 1 tablespoon salt and simmer for 1½ hours or until just tender. In a small glass bowl, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Add the flour and mix well. Reserve the roux mixture for later.
In a 3-quart sauce or stock pot, melt the 1 tbsp. butter and add the garlic. Sweat for a few minutes on low heat. Add all the vegetables and the chicken to the pot; stir a few times and add the water and bouillon. Bring to a simmer and add the milk and the cream. Add all seasonings except cilantro and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the roux to thicken the soup and cook at low simmer for another 5 minutes. Drain the beans and add them to the soup. Add the cilantro and stir will before serving.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Shelf Reliance Ready Rack Sale


Shelf Reliance Ready Racks are on sale this month, so make sure to take advantage of this September special—and don’t forget to accessorize! Make the most of your FRS with handy accessories like shelves for the top, sides, and front of your unit, rivet hooks to hang supplies from, and sliders to help you move it. Shop FRS accessories to make sure your FRS unit is customized for your storage space!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shelf Reliance Brown Rice

Shelf Reliance just announced one of four new products that they are launching this fall. Brown rice is a healthy alternative to white rice that provides the perfect foundation for yummy dishes like stir-fry, Hawaiian haystacks, or Spanish Rice.  Here is a recipe from Chef Todd featuring the new instant brown rice.

Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice
by Chef Todd Leonard, CEC
Prep time: 25 min
Serves 6

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1tbsp. garlic
2tbsp. butter
11/2c. THRIVEMushroom Pieces (FD)
1/2c. THRIVE™ Chopped Onions (FD)
2c. THRIVE Instant Brown Rice
4c. water
2tbsp. THRIVE Chicken Bouillon
11/2c. THRIVESeasoned Chicken Slices (FD)
11/2c. cream
1/2c. THRIVECelery (FD)
1tsp. Italian seasoning
1bay leaf
1tsp.  season salt
1tsp. lemon juice
1c. THRIVEShredded MontereyJack Cheese (FD), reconstituted

In a medium saucepan, sweat garlic and butter together. Add mushrooms, onions, and rice and stir well. Add water, bouillon, and chicken. Add remaining ingredients except cheese and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. Reduce liquid until thick and creamy. Fold in cheese and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What makes Shelf Reliance the best freeze dried food company?

I often get asked, What makes Shelf Reliance the best freeze dried food company?  Take a look at he picture below and if this does not convince you take a look at a few things that set THRIVE foods apart from any other company on the market today!

Photo Courtesy of Marci Pratt
Shelf Reliance Independent Consultant 

Product Offering
Shelf Reliance offers more products in more packaging sizes than any other company.
Pouches - Great for trying new products, backpacking and gifts.
Pantry Cans - A must have for your cabinets and for those ingredients that you don't use often.
#10 Cans - These are a great size for everyday stables and the larger the size the better the pricing.
Buckets - You can save 20% when ordering products in buckets.

THRIVE foods are made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The Shelf Reliance quality assurance team reviews each product to make sure that it meets our high standards of premium quality.

Since THRIVE was developed for everyday use the foods are are not only long lasting but great tasting.  This is not a product that is meant to be hidden away and never used.  With THRIVE foods, great taste is the standard - not the exception.

With a low per serving cost, THRIVE is a great way to save money while giving your family the food variety and nutrition they deserve.

Having the ability to store multiple items in your pantry without refrigeration or worry that it may spoil will open up a whole new world of quick and nutritious meals.  Not only will you always have that one ingredient that you only use a few times a month you will also save the time of dicing, chopping and browning because it has all been done for you.....just add water and you are done.

Color coded cans keep your food organized while ensuring your diet contains the correct balance of each food group.  When combined with our Food Rotation Systems, THRIVE foods are constantly rotated on a first in first out basis.  This guarantees your family receives the freshest food possible and helps reduce waste.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

National Preparedness Month


Taking Baby Steps In Preparedness
Article by Shelf Reliance 

 In breaking down your preparedness goals, the first step is to determine exactly what you want to accomplish. If you plan to set aside a little money each week or month to go towards your family's preparedness, you will be surprised what you can afford. Now is the time; make the goal to be prepared.

To start, you could plan a budget for buying emergency supplies that deal with water. A reliable water storage system, such as a 55 gallon barrel or smaller buckets throughout the house, is essential. Water is something that people often forget to store or procrastinate, perhaps because it's usually so accessible; we have a hard time imagining what life would be like without a working, clean water supply, and it's also hard to estimate how much water we're actually using. In fact, water should be the first item on your list of goals, because it is the most crucial item to have available during an emergency. Evaluate both portable and stationary water sources. You could also plan out a budget and save up to buy a great portable water filter or purifier. There are also different types of prepackaged water you can purchase, such as water in pouches or foil-lined cardboard "juice boxes." These small containers are excellent for small children and babies.
Another step to reach your preparedness goal is to set up a schedule of certain things you want to buy each month Maybe you want to be prepared by having 72-hour kits for everyone in your family. Perhaps you want a total preparedness package consisting of 72-hour kits and a year's supply of food storage for each member of your family. These kits and packages can cost a pretty penny, but when broken down into "baby steps," the cost becomes quite manageable.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Growing Peanuts At Home

I was so excited earlier this year when my husband brought home a bag of peanuts for us to plant.  The idea started with a silly gift that I bought him a few years back while visiting Savannah.  It was a little pack that had three peanuts that you can grow in a pot.  Even though they were several years old they took off and grew quickly on the back porch so we decided to plant a few rows.

Well a few rows turned into a lot of  rows, but that's ok, I LOVE peanuts so I was thrilled when I came home from work and saw all of the work that he put into getting the area ready.  I love this kind of gardening, all I had to do was walk the rows and plant.

After a few weeks our peanuts and sweet potatoes started sprouting!

At first we spent a good bit of time weeding the garden.  Later in the summer the temperatures reached 107 and the last thing on my mind was weeding!  Luckily the peanut plants choked out most of the weeds except for some grass which is almost impossible to get rid of anyway.

Yesterday I talked my husband into pulling a plant even though we knew they were not quite ready.  I just had to see how many peanuts we might get off each plant.  I cant wait to boil and can a few jars and I would love to hear your favorite boiled peanut recipes!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shelf Reliance Consultant Starter Kit Sale!

Yay!  Shelf Reliance has just announced a 20% discount for their consultant kits.  If you have been thinking about joining Shelf Reliance, now is the perfect time to join.  With the 20% discount and our special promotion for $100 in free products its like joining for as little as $59.20 + tax and shipping.

Whether you want to start your own business and make extra money or enjoy the discounts to help build your personal home store you don't want to miss out on this great sale.

To join our team you will need to enter the 
following information when signing up.  
Enroller ID 4576
Enroller Name Leigh Ann Pettit  
Enroller Email:

Start THRIVING today!  Shelf Reliance is a great opportunity
to earn extra money and help build your own home store.

Shelf Reliance is is a great company that can help you earn extra money, free food, shelving and emergency supplies. We are offering $100 in free products of your choice to newly enrolled consultants to help start your business off on the right foot.
To join our team click below or call me, Leigh Ann @ 803-443-6636
Enroller ID 4576
Enroller Name Leigh Ann Pettit 
Enroller Email:

Benefits of Becoming A Consultant:

  • You will receive 10% commission on all sales including your personal orders.
  • In addition to receiving your commission check each moth you can also be the host of your own parties and earn host benefits for free food, shelving and emergency supplies.
  • Once you make a sell you can sit back and relax.  All orders are shipped directly from Shelf Reliance so you don't have to worry about packaging or keeping inventory.
  • You can have as many consultants on your team as you want and you will earn commissions from their sales too!
  • Make 5% commission on your customers Q orders even if you don't book any parties for the month.  
  • By joining our team I will help your home party business and also show you how to have successful internet sales.
  • In addition to having great contacts from members of our team you will also have access to training material, marketing material and forums to help your business grow.
  • By earning extra money and free products you and your family will benefit by knowing that they are becoming more prepared and self reliant each month.
Requirements of Consultants:

There are only two requirements to becoming part of the Shelf Reliance team.
Have an active Q of $50 before shipping and purchase a starter kit.  There are no minimum sales requirements or inventory to deal with.  Simply enjoy the products from your Q and earn income on any sales you make!  It doesn't get much easier than that!

Click for Starter Kit Contents:
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Below is a video about Shelf Reliance Home Parties.

Take a look at what a typical party dialog looks like.

To join our team you will need to enter the 
following information when signing up.  
Enroller ID 4576
Enroller Name Leigh Ann Pettit  
Enroller Email:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Shelf Reliance Hearty Corn Soup

This is a great soup recipe that uses 100% food storage ingredients.  It would also make a wonderful gift jar, package it to take on a camping trip or just have some mixed up in a container for a quick weeknight meal.

Here is a picture of the dry ingredients used.  At first I wasn't planning to add the roast beef so it is not pictured.  I am glad that I made the addition, it gave the soup a great hearty flavor!  I think that adding cheese would also be a nice addition to this soup.

1/2 Cup Shelf Reliance Freeze Dried Roast Beef
1 Cup Shelf Reliance Freeze Dried Corn
1/4 Cup Shelf Reliance Freeze Dried Celery
3/4 Cup Shelf Reliance Dehydrate Potato Chunks
2 T Shelf Reliance Red & Green Bell Peppers
1 1/2 T Shelf Reliance Freeze Dried Onion Dices
1 1/2 Cups Shelf Reliance Powdered Milk*
3 Cups Water

Combine all ingredients into a large saucepan, add salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer on low for 30 minutes stirring occasionally......enjoy!


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Monday, September 3, 2012

THRIVE Life Taco Dip

This recipe is an awesome appetizer and I can guarantee that there won't be any leftovers!  My friend Jennifer shared this recipe with me and I wanted to make it with 100% Shelf Reliance ingredients.  Not only did this save me the time of browning the meat I didn't have to worry about draining off the grease and it is so tasty no one would ever guess that it was from my food storage!

I decided to make a small batch yesterday for a cook out that we were having for my Father's Birthday.  I had just put the dip into the oven and started cleaning the house a little bit.  I guess I couldn't hear the timer and came in the kitchen to find my husband diving in before I could even take pictures.  I guess he couldn't wait.....

Food Storage Recipe Shelf Reliance

4 Cups THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef
1 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles
2 Cups THRIVE Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese*
1 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Monterey Jack Cheese*
2 1/2 Cups THRIVE Sour Cream Powder + 2 Cups Water Whisked Together
2 Packs Taco Seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine meat and taco seasoning in a large pot and fill with water until meat is just covered (4 1/4 Cups).  Bring pot just to boiling and simmer for 3-5 minutes.  Once meat is rehydrated remove from the stove.  Drain any remaining water from the meat.  Mix meat, cheese and sour cream and pour into a 9" x 11" baking dish.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Note: This recipe makes enough for a large crowd.  For a group of six I divided this recipe by four.

* Rehydrated - Click here for detailed instructions

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On The Path To The Triple Crown

We were very excited to help a Father and Daughter team with their food needs while hiking the Appalachian Trail.  You can help support them too!  When placing an order through our website add
AT behind your name at checkout and we will donate 10% of your order in free food for their upcoming CDT hike.  Below is an entry from Balls & Sunshine.

 If your lucky enough to be in the mountains, then you're lucky enough.  This makes me the luckiest man alive, because on top of that, I spent the last 4 months in the mountains with my oldest daughter Sunshine!  Sunshine is a very goal driven girl and plans to be the youngest Triple Crown Hiker at age 13.  The triple crown of hiking is the Pacific Crest Trail 2,652 miles, the Appalachian Trail 2,184 miles, and the Continental Divide Trail at 3,100 miles.  We already hiked the PCT in 2011 and just finished the AT this summer.

Balls and Sunshine Complete the AT on the Summit of Mt Katahdin
  People continue to ask us what is the difference between the two trails, or which we like the most.  The first is a tough question.  Everything is different about the two trails.  The PCT passes through much more wilderness lands while the AT has more towns and development near by.  This gives the AT hiker the opportunity to resupply more often and carry less food weight.  However the PCT hiker enjoys more solitude and less distraction from the modern world.  The PCT allows horses, which keeps the grade less than 14% while the AT at times can be very rugged and steep.  Sunshine tripped and broke her arm on the rocky Pennsylvania tread, however the dry and dusty PCT gave her more blisters and one of them became badly infected.  She recovered from both of those set backs and bravely finished the trails with grace and determination.  Both have their rewards and challenges, but as Oregonians, the PCT is home and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Sunshine sporting her cast on the AT.
  When it comes to preparing for a long hike, there is nothing more important than finding the right food!  It has to be healthy, have the appropriate calorie to weight ratio, and most importantly, delicious!  Carolina Food Storage helped us achieve all these elements for our Appalachian Trail adventure with their delicious and nutritious Thrive Foods.   When you are hiking for 4 to 5 months at a time, it is very easy to get bored with typical backpacking foods, but thanks to Carolina Food Storage and Thrive Foods, this never happened this year.  We especially enjoyed Tacos, Sloppy Joes and Chicken Salad made from THRIVE freeze dried foods. We also enjoyed adding THRIVE powdered whole milk and berries to cold cereal and water many mornings.  We usually woke up at 5:00 am each morning and snuck out of camp, not waking up the other hikers, by 5:30.  We would walk 3 to 6 miles before stopping for our delicious breakfast, then we brushed our teeth and hit the trail again for another 20 some miles.  Thank you THRIVE Foods and Carolina Food Storage!

Preparing our meals for the hike.
    Good news!  We are raising money to provide clean drinking water for villages in Zambia Africa.  Thousands die each year from water born diseases there.  We committed to raising $4362 (two dollars for every mile we walked on the AT), which is enough to provide one village well and a few family water filters.  A very generous anonymous person committed to matching all contributions up to our goal!  This means we can provide two villages with wells!  As of now we have raised just under $4,000 including this match.  Think of the lives we can save together!  Please see our Active Water page at:

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