Monday, November 19, 2012

Italian Style Vegetable Soup - Meal in a Jar

I am giving these as Christmas Gifts to some of my friends and customers... This is my favorite soup mix!

1/2 c THRIVE FD Tomato Dices
1/2 c THRIVE FD Cauliflower
1/2 c THRIVE FD Zucchini
1/2 c THRIVE FD Kidney Beans
1/4 c THRIVE Potato Chunks
2 T THRIVE FD Celery Dices
2 T THRIVE FD Red and Green Bell Peppers
2 T THRIVE FD Spinach
2 T THRIVE FD Chopped Onion
1 T THRIVE Tomato Powder
1 t Italian Seasonings
1/2 t Garlic Powder
1/2 t THRIVE Chicken Bouillon

Top with an oxygen obsorber and a new canning lid, hand tighten lid and store in a cool dark place for 5-7 years.

Attach instructions to jar:
Pour ingredients from jar into a pot with 5 cups of water and bring to a boil, cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes, up to 60 minutes for more flavor.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Helpful Food Storage Tips

Be Practical. Store the food you eat and eat the food you store. It doesn't make sense to buy food storage that your family isn't accustomed to eating. Many items, such as wheatflouroats, and dried milk are needed to sustain life and are already included in many of the foods that we enjoy each day. Become familiar with recipes that include ingredients contained within your food storage. This will not only enable you to become familiar with the preparation of foods within your food storage, it will also allow you to rotate your food in a timely manner.

• Store Foods Properly. Quality is best maintained by minimum exposure to light, heat, moisture, and air. Items stored in a basement will last much longer than in a pantry or garage. Store food on shelves or on a raised platform rather than directly in contact with concrete floors or walls. Avoid storing items next to certain products such as soaps or fuels; this will prevent the spread of odor and other possible contaminants.

• Temperature. Where possible, always store your food indoors. Temperature has the largest affect on food storage. Canned goods will store 2 to 3 times longer at 70°F than they will at 90°F. Most dry goods store indefinitely below 70°F. Temperature affects nutrition, texture, and taste.

• Moisture. Dry goods should contain less than 10% moisture. The more a container is opened, the more moisture is introduced. The humidity in the air the day food is dry packed or home canned can also affect storage life. Weevil cannot grow in grain with less than 10% moisture. For a maximum shelf life,non-fat dry milk should have no more than 2.8% moisture.

• Light. Store foods in opaque containers or dark cupboards. Light fades colors, destroys vitamins, and speeds the rancidity of fats.

• Air. Containers should have airtight seams and lids. If in doubt, use duct tape as an additional seal. Plastic buckets with rubber gaskets are airtight if the gasket has not been damaged.

• Use Variety. Use a variety of fruitsvegetablesgrainsprotein sources, and  dairy products to obtain balanced nutrition. This will provide greater flexibility in cooking.

• Use Labels. Label your containers with the date of purchase.

• Rotate Your StorageRotate as many items as you can by using food storage at least twice a week. This will allow for a complete rotation of a year’s food supply every three years. It will also help your family become accustomed to the items you have stored.

• Store Water. Be sure to store a large amount of water (at least 14 gallons per person for a two week supply). Soda and juice bottles will work for water storage as will larger food-grade plastic containers. For larger quantities, 5, 15, 30, and 55 gallon storage drums can be used. Water will need to be treated before storage. FEMA recommends treatment with 4 drops of bleach per quart of water. Water supplies should be replenished yearly.

• Store Non-Food Items. Food storage is only part of emergency preparedness. Don’t forget to store non-food items such as medicines, toiletries, soap, cleaning supplies, paper products, laundry detergent, and clothing.

• Grow a Garden. For easy access to fresh produce, grow a garden. Also, store and rotate seeds. If you don’t have garden space, try using pots to grow vegetables. 

Information from Shelf Reliance University

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stroganoff Skillet Meal - Meal in a Jar

Layer the following items in a quart jar
(using a wide mouth funnel makes it easier):

2 c egg noodles  
1/3 c Cream of "Something" mix
1/2 c THRIVE Freeze Dried Mushrooms  (optional)
1 1/2 c THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef

Top with an oxygen obsorber and a new canning lid, hand tighten ring and store in cool dark place 5-7 years.

Attach instructions to jar:
Place mix in a skillet, add 4 c water and mix well.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Top with sour cream if desired.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Meal in a Jar -- Cream of "Something" Soup

Cream of "Something" mix:
2 c THRIVE Non-fat Powdered Milk (non-instant)
1 c cornstarch
1/2 c THRIVE Powdered Sour Cream
1/2 c THRIVE Chicken bouillon (or any dry granules)
4 T THRIVE Freeze Dried Onions
1 T granulated garlic
1 T dry parsley  
1 t dry thyme
1 t pepper

Combine ingredients, mix thoroughly. Store in airtight jar or container or use in mixes below.

Using the mix you can create any cream of soup you can think up.  Add 2/3 cup mix to a pint jar then fill with any Freeze Dried vegetable (except peas).  Each pint jar will make 4 cups of soup.

Here are some examples:

2/3 cup dry mix with THRIVE Freeze Dried Broccoli -- cream of broccoli
2/3 cup dry mix with THRIVE Freeze Dried Mushrooms -- cream of mushroom
2/3 cup dry mix with THRIVE Freeze Dried Celery -- cream of celery
2/3 cup dry mix with THRIVE Freeze Dried Potato Dices -- cream of potato
2/3 cup dry mix with THRIVE Freeze Dried Diced Chicken -- cream of chicken
2/3 cup dry mix with 1/3 cup THRIVE Tomato Powder (in 1/2 pint jar) -- cream of tomato

Add oxygen absorber to each jar and seal, store in pantry 5-7 years. Mylar good for 3-5 years.

To prepare soup: Add contents of jar with 4 cups water, cook on low to desired consistency.

**or use 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water for the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Product of the Week Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese

THRIVE Shredded Cheddar Cheese will give your recipes a bold kick of flavor. 

Enjoy THRIVE Cheese in your nachos, quesadillas, lasagna, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and many more wonderful cheesy and delicious recipes!  Its mild cheddar flavor will add the perfect flavor to make your dish a success.

You can rehydrate it or use it right out of the can for a crunchy texture...

Imagine cheddar cheese that will stay good on your pantry shelf for 20 years unopened* and 1 year opened*  *Shelf life based on optimal storage conditions.

Rehydration Instructions:

2 cups THRIVE Shredded Colby Cheese (FD)
1/2 cup cold water

1. Place the THRIVE cheese in a glass bowl.
2. With a spoon, lightly stir cheese while drizzling cold water over the cheese. Stir continuously until all the water is incorporated into the cheese.
3. Water should just barely start to collect on the bottom of the glass bowl. This is a sign that the cheese has absorbed enough water.
4. Place cheese in a zip lock bag and store in refrigerator overnight or for several hours before use.

Note: Cheese will last up to 8 days in refrigerator. Continue to reconstitute cheese, as you need it, following these simple steps. Adjust quantity for individual needs.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Easy Peasy Pizza

1 cup whole wheat pancake mix (I use Hungry Jack)
2 T THRIVE Whole Egg Powder
2 T THRIVE Instant Milk
1 tsp granulated garlic
3/4 cup water

Choose your own or choose from our favorite pizza toppings:
THRIVE Sausage Crumbles, rehydrated
THRIVE Ground Beef, rehydrated
Turkey Pepperoni
Crumbled Bacon

1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup THRIVE Mozzarella Cheese, rehydrated

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 13x9 inch cake pan (or 9x9 for thicker crust). Mix first 4 ingredients with water, mix well. Pour batter into greased pan.  Arrange desired toppings on top of batter.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Spread Pizza sauce on baked crust and toppings, sprinkle with cheese and bake for an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Beef Stew - Meal in a Jar

Add each ingredient (in order), shake the ingredients gently down into  the jar to make everything fit.

1 cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
1/2 cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Corn
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Diced Carrots
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Peas
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Diced Beef
1 T beef bullion
1 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Diced Potatoes
1 T beef bullion
1/4 cup flour
¼ cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Onion (or as much as you can get in the jar.

Add oxygen absorber and seal jar.

To prepare Beef Stew:
Remover oxygen absorber.
Combine stew mix and 6 cups water in a dutch oven or large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.

You can also store these in Mylar bags.  In a jar on your pantry shelf these meals can last 5-7 years.  In a Mylar bag on your pantry shelf they can last 3-5 years.  The advantage of using a Mylar bag is that you can make the meal as large or as small as you want.  This bag pictured on the right has extra potato dices and 1/4 cup of Thrive Freeze Dried Green Beans. 

The jar recipe makes 10-12 1 cup servings.  Serve with biscuits and you have one of my families favorite meals!

Easy 2 Ingredient Brownie for 1

Spray a mug with cooking spray.
Mix together 1/4 cup THRIVE Fudge Brownies mix with 2 Tbsp water.
Let mixture sit for a minute or two.
Microwave for 1 minute on high.
Let to cool down for a minute or two.

Top with ice cream or cool whip or eat it the way it is!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chili - Meal in a Jar

Add each ingredient (in order), shake the spices gently down into the jar to make everything fit.

2/3 cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
2/3 cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
1 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Red and Green Bell Peppers (I omit these due to family preference and add another 1/3 cup of red beans)
1/3 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Celery

2 T THRIVE Freeze Dried Chopped Onions
1 T flour
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

Add oxygen absorber to each jar and seal, store in pantry 5-7 years. If using Mylar, good for 3-5 years.

To prepare Chile:
Remover oxygen absorber.
Combine chili mix and 7-8 cups water in a dutch oven or large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes.

**Add 1 cup of Macaroni to pot with the chili mix for Chili Mac

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Minestrone Soup in a Jar

Minestrone Soup in a Jar

Place the following ingredients in a canning jar: 

1/4 cup each of the following Freeze Dried vegetables: 
       THRIVE FD corn, 
       THRIVE FD celery, 
       THRIVE FD onions,
       THRIVE FD green beans, 
       THRIVE FD peas, 
       THRIVE FD carrots and 
       THRIVE FD green peppers.
4 T. THRIVE tomato powder 
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. parsley
T. THRIVE beef bouillon
3/4 cup pasta 

Add label to jar with the following instructions:

Add contents of jar and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer. Cook 12 minutes, or until pasta and vegetables are cooked. 

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup mix:

1/4 cup cornstarch (you can use 1/2 cup flour with same result)
1 1/2 cup THRIVE nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup THRIVE tomato powder
1 bay leaf
1 T THRIVE freeze-dried onion
1/4 tsp celery seed
2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp thyme
2 T vegetable or chicken bullion

To prepare, combine soup mix with 6 cups water (or milk for a richer cream soup) and whisk until combined over medium heat. Simmer 15-20 minutes.

Add any flavor variations you like during simmering...
2 cups THRIVE FD broccoli or THRIVE FD cauliflower, THRIVE FD diced potatoes, THRIVE FD corn, or THRIVE FD diced carrots.

To add cheese add after removed from heat!

Put this in a sealed jar and it will be good on your pantry shelf for a year.  Great for those evenings you just don't want to cook.

Product of the Week - Tomato Powder

How to use, save money and save food storage space all at the same time with Tomato Powder!

For tomato sauce:  ½ cup tomato powder and 1 cup water
For tomato paste:  ½ cup tomato powder to ½ cup water
For tomato juice:   ½ cup tomato powder to 5 cups water 

There is no salt in the tomato powder but in most prepared tomato products there is a lot, so make sure to taste and adjust your recipe accordingly.

One #10 can tomato powder makes 110.25 cups of tomato sauce (more if you like it thinner) equal to 63 15oz cans of store bought sauce.  Think of the space savings!

An unopened can of tomato powder will last 8 years on your pantry shelf, and one full year after it is opened! Try that with a can of sauce!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in a Jar

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Mix

1/2 cup County Gravy mix (below)  
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 
2 1/2 to 3 cups uncooked wide egg noodles

Pour gravy mix into wide-mouth quart jar. In small bowl, stir together bouillon granules, onion, celery and parsley. Pour into jar to make second layer. Add Chicken. Add noodles. Insert oxygen absorber and close lid.  You can use a Foodsaver jar attachment to seal jar. 

Directions for preparing: 

Empty contents of jar into a 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 4 cups water; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until noodles and chicken are tender, stirring every few minutes.

Country Gravy Mix
1 cup flour
3 T cornstarch
3 T coffee creamer
1 ½ t salt
1 ½ t pepper

To use as gravy:  use ½ cup gravy and mix with ½ cup water together and set aside.
Bring 1 ½ cups of water to boil stir in gravy-water mixture then whisk until desired constancy is reached.