Monday, December 31, 2012

Build Your Food Storage Today With The Shelf Reliance Smart Start

With the new year just around the corner many people are making their list of resolutions.  If food storage is on your list of things to do in 2013 I have a plan for you.  When building your food storage one of the most important things is to know and like the foods that you are storing.  The saying "eat what you store and store what you eat" makes storing food easier and more cost effective.
The Three Month Smart Start Program Makes Food Storage EASY!

The Shelf Reliance Smart Start packs are designed to give you the foods and recipes so that you are familiar with your food storage.  The pack is available to Q club customers and can be added to or replace your monthly shipment for 3 months.  The Smart Start pack gives you foods from each of the THRIVE categories including desserts and THRIVE Express meals.
grains Food StorageFood Storage veggiesFood Storage fruitsFood StoragedairyFood Storage meatsFood Storage basics

You will receive a recipe booklet with over 20 tasty recipes by Chef Todd and shopping cards for the non-THRIVE items.  In addition you will also receive a menu planner so you can organize your meals.  With the Smart Start plan you will save time and money on meals, grocery shopping and preparing meals.  Get started today!  If you are already a Q club member you can click here to add the Smart Start to your Q.  If you are not yet a Q club member click here to sign up and start enjoying all of the benefits today.

THRIVE Smart Start Contents

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Milk $7 a gallon?

THRIVE products allow you to buy at today's prices!

Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) - A new year is on the way and it may bring in higher milk prices. Some experts predict the price could jump as high as $7 per gallon.

Milk costing $7 a gallon? Why such an increase? The current agriculture bill expired this summer, and temporary aid to farmers is set to expire on January 1. 

Luckily I don't have to worry too much about a possible price increase.  Most of our dairy is THRIVE freeze dried cheese and powdered milk.  Since these are shelf stable items I can buy at today's prices and enjoy them years down the road.
Currently a gallon of THRIVE instant milk is $3.12 per gallon when purchased in one of our buckets. Unopened our milk has a shelf life of 25 years and once opened is good for up to 2 years.  If your family loves milk this is a great time and money saver.  Never run out of milk again!

              Or if you are really dedicated you could buy a milk cow like my friend Jill at The Prairie Homestead!

Original Article Milk $7 a gallon? 

Friday, December 28, 2012

5 Common Food Storage Mistakes

Many people are realizing that having a food storage plan for their family is a good idea.  There are many situations when having your own food storage supply can come in handy from job loss to natural disasters.  Here are 5 common mistakes not to make.

1.  Storing food that your family doesn't eat.  When we first started our storage we made the same mistake.  My husband filled a cabinet with beans and Ramen Noodles.  The problem with this is that I for one don't eat beans!  In a true emergency situation it would sustain life but it is best to store items that your family will enjoy eating.  The other problem with storing a lot of one item is that canned goods only have a shelf life of a few years so if you are not eating them regularly and rotating them they will expire.
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2.  Storing items that you do not know how to prepare.  For example, storing grains like wheat is a great idea but if you do not know how to grind them or even own a grinder they are not going to do you much good.  Make sure to cook with the items that you store so that you know how to use them and how your family likes them prepared.
3.  Forgetting to add sweets and comfort food.  Everyone loves a little sweet treat now and then so make sure to include some freeze dried fruits into your storage.  Freeze dried foods are crispy and are great to eat right out of the can. They are a sweet and healthy snack.
4. Not storing spices or cooking basics.  Your favorite dish is not going to taste the same without salt, sugar pepper etc. so make sure that you have the spices on hand that you normally cook with.  Another group of items that is a must are your cooking basics like oil, shortening, baking powder etc., without these it is hard to bake even the simplest recipe.
5.  Forgetting to store water.  Water is one of the most important items to have on hand.  You need it to keep you alive and you need it to rehydrate your dried foods, boiling meats and cooking beans.  If you have a natural water supply near by a water filter is great.  If you live in an urban area and do not have a water supply you can store fresh water in a 55 gallon water barrel or smaller sized H20 packs that can fit in a closet or under a bed.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Chex Mix

Every year around this time we will make a huge batch of Chex Party Mix.  It's one of those little things that we enjoy doing that brings back a lot of memories.  While making our party mix I noticed a recipe on the back of the box that had dried apples in it and I immediately thought of using my fuji apples and vanilla yogurt bites!  Both are super flavorful and the fuji apples add an awesome sweet & tart bite to the mix.
Freeze Dried Vanilla Yogurt Bites

4 Cups Wheat Chex Cereal
1 Cup Rice Chex Cereal
1/4 Cup Butter or Margarine
1/3 Cup THRIVE Brown Sugar
1 tsp THRIVE Honey Crystals
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Pecan Pieces
1 Cup THRIVE Fuji Apples (broken into bite sized pieces)
1/2 Cup THRIVE Vanilla Yogurt Bites

In a large microwavable bowl, mix cereal and pecans.  In a small microwavable cup, combine butter, brown sugar, honey crystals and cinnamon and microwave for 1-2 minutes stirring half way through until mixture is boiling.  Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until cereal is evenly coated.  Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes stirring after each minute.  Spread mixture on a sheet of tin foil to cool.  Once cool mix together with apples and yogurt bites and serve immediately.

* Since freeze dried foods contain no moisture they tend to get chewy if left out.  You can make this mix ahead of time just make sure to keep it in an air tight container or bag.

*Original Recipe

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Shelf Reliance Emergency Water Filter, Radio, Flash Light 4 Pack Combo Sale

This kit is not available online.  Contact me to take advantage of this great sale.

4  Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle 28oz

The 28oz Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle provides great-tasting, fresh water wherever you are. Ideally suited for situations where the drinking water source is questionable or not disinfected, it comes with an attractive insulator sleeve.
The 28oz Advanced Seychelle Water Filtration flip top bottle is the perfect solution for those traveling to foreign countries where safe drinking water is at a premium.
The insulator sleeve attaches to a belt or backpack, and is great for any outdoor use: walking, hiking, biking, travel, camping or emergency preparedness!
The bottle produces up to 100 gallons of great-tasting water; and is equal to 757 half liters of bottled water! For the 75% of the water consumed away from home, this is the perfect portable product!
Key Features:
  • Now with BIOSAFE®, removes up to 99.99% of bacteria, virus, contaminants and pollutants found in drinking water sources using its proprietary Ionic Adsorption Micron Filtration System.
  • Contains Iodinated Resin (EPA Reg. # 35917-2) and other proprietary media which effectively reduces virus and bacteria to six logs (99.9999%).
  • Produces up to 100 gallons of filtered water or more depending upon the quality of the source water.
  • Has a screw on/off fill from the top cap for easy filling.
  • 28 oz size is compact, light weight and easy to use!
  • Tested by Independent laboratories using EPA/ANSI protocols and NSF Standards 42 and 53.
  • Environmentally safe! Does not pollute the countryside!
  • Reusable - made of FDA approved low density polyethylene #4 plastic - Will not leach! BPA free!
  • Filter is replaceable.

12V to USB car adapter with I-pad support. 
Plugs into the cigarette receptacle in you car and provides power to any USB device through its double USB outlets. 
Compatible with the Apple I-pad. 
Input: 12vdc or 24vdc 
Output: 5.0vdc - 2.1A

•  Dynamo Radio AM/FM, NEVER change batteries
•  3 Bulb LED Flash Light
•  I minute of cranking will burn light for up to 90 minutes
•  Crank Handle folds into back completely out of the way
•  Radio Antenna for improved reception
•  Siren for emergencies
•  Charges Cell Phones
•  Head Phone Outlet (Headphone not included)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hunter's Delight Casserole

I am very thankful to have a husband that is dedicated to bringing fresh game home for our freezer.  I am also thankful that I get to watch my girlie TV shows when he is gone! Anyway, here is on of the most fabulous casserole dishes that we make.  There are only a few ingredients in this dish so it is super simple.  In the summer when we are low on deer I use THRIVE freeze dried ground beef instead of deer meat.  If I could  get freeze dried goat cheese I would be in heaven!

You can make this casserole into individual sized casseroles or make one big
casserole in a medium sized loaf pan.

Yumm Yumm!

1 lb Ground Deer Meat or 2 Cups THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef *
6 oz Crumbled Goat Cheese
1/2 Cup Bisquick
1/2 Tbs Italian Seasoning
10-12 Green Olives Sliced

Preheat oven to 375 and grease a medium sized loaf pan or 8" square glass pan.  In a small bowl cover onions and peppers in warm to rehydrate. Brown deer meat over medium heat until cooked.  In a small bowl combine whole egg powder, instant milk and 3/4 cup water and mix well with a whisk,add Bisquick and mix until well blended.  In a small colander drain onions and peppers.  Combine meat, peppers and onion with seasoning and cheese and olives in a large mixing bowl.  Pour a thin layer of Bisquick mixture in the bottom of the pan then layer beef mixture and top with remaining Bisquick mix.  Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

* Rehydrated

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shelf Reliance December Specials

December Specials
This month, make your holiday dishes stand out with THRIVE! Watch Chef Todd create holiday favorites like Chicken Pot Pie and Loaded Mashed Potatoes on THRIVE Live on the 11th, and order our December specials today to save up to 30% when you try out his recipes for the holidays!
Cranberry Cornbread
Perfectly sweet and tart.
Thrive™ Chicken Pot Pie
Comfort food to the max.
Mushroom Sage Stuffing
Try this great stuffing for your next holiday meal!
Green Bean Casserole
A simple and delicious casserole.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes to impress!
An Australian favorite.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Easy Cheesy Taco Balls

 After making a ton of sausage balls the other week for a local show I needed to make another batch for a Christmas party.  I quickly realized that I had used and sold every single can of sausage that I had in my food storage.  I have not run into this problem in quite some time.  This is one of the great benefits of having your home store stocked.  Luckily I had plenty of freeze dried ground beef on hand and ended up making a similar recipe only using my freeze dried ground beef and make little taco balls.  They turned out really good although I have to say that the sausage is still my favorite.  I served these with little dipping containers of salsa and sour cream, yummy!

1 1/4 Cups THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef
3/4 Cup Water
1 Cup Bisquick
3 Tbs Taco Seasoning
1 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Shredded Cheddar Cheese *

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Combine water with ground beef and taco seasoning in a medium pot and bring to a boil.  Simmer for on low for 5 minutes or until rehydrated.   Remove from pot and  combine with cheese and Bisquick in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Mix well with your hands and press mixture into a dough.  Make 1" balls by rolling mixture in the palm of your hand.  Place the balls on a cookie sheet sprayed with non stick spray and bake for 10-13 minutes. Makes approximately 20 balls. 

*Rehydrated - Click here for instructions.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

THRIVE Freeze Dried Beef Dices on Sale

Freeze Dried Beef Dices
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Our Beef Dices are perfect for easy and quick dinners—don't worry about chopping, browning or
thawing - it has all been done for you!

Save 25% this month for Q customers when you order!  If you are not a Q customer click here to check
out all of the benefits and savings you are missing out on.
Mu Shu Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry
by Chef Todd Leonard, CEC
Prep time: 25 minutes
Serves 4
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1c. THRIVE™ Beef Dices (FD)
¼c. THRIVE™ Green Peas (FD)
1c. THRIVE™ Mushroom Pieces (FD)
½c. THRIVE™ Green Beans (FD)
½c. THRIVE™ Zucchini (FD)
2tbsp. THRIVE™ Chopped Onions
¼c. THRIVE™ Celery (FD)
¼c. THRIVE™ Carrot Dices(FD)
¼c. THRIVE™ Green Chili Peppers (FD)
¼c. THRIVE™ Tomato Dices (FD)
¼c. THRIVE™ Green Bell Peppers (FD)
1tbsp. sesame oil
1tbsp. olive oil
¼c. THRIVE™ Scrambled Egg Mix powder + ½ c. water
3tbsp. soy sauce
2tbsp. cilantro, chopped fresh
1tbsp. garlic, fresh minced
1½tbsp. rice vinegar
1tsp. season salt
¾tbsp. THRIVE™ Beef Bouillon + 1 c. water
In a large bowl, mix together beef and  vegetables with warm water.  Just enough to cover the veggies. Set aside for 10 minutes or until re-hydrated and drain.
Preheat a wok or skillet then add 1/4 tbsp. of sesame oil and 1/4 tbsp of olive oil. Add scrambled egg mixture and fry, remove from pan and set aside.
Heat remaining oil in pan and sauté vegetables and beef with garlic until slightly browned. Add the egg in and stir well. Add seasonings and stir to blend. Add the beef broth and allow it to reduce 50% before serving.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Leftover Fiesta Soup

Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with ways to turn one nights leftovers into the next days meal.  Last week we had one of our favorite winter meals, Fiesta Soup and I wondered what we could do to make it a little different.....ah ha.....cornbread!  We filled individual sized ceramic dishes with the leftover soup and topped them with a layer of cornbread.  I used the remaining mix to fill another small loaf pan for a plain batch of cornbread. Now I am not sure which way I prefer to eat my fiesta soup.  It sure didn't taste like a leftover meal!

Shelf Reliance THRIVE Cornbread Recipe:

1 1 /4 tsp THRIVE Salt
1 Tbs THRIVE Whole Egg Powder + 2 Tbs Water
4 Tbs THRIVE Powdered Milk + 1 1/3 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Coat an 9" square glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or butter.  Place in oven for 5 minutes or until hot.  While dish is heating up mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl with a whisk.  Pour cornmeal mix into prepared hot dish.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

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