As many of you know, I’ve become a Thrive Life consultant, and I talk about my orders here every month. Thrive Life is a wonderful company that makes freeze dried food.
Freeze drying foods is a preservation method, just like canning, dehydrating, and freezing. What is wonderful about freeze dried food is that the process is gentle, meaning more nutrients are maintained and not lost in the process. Therefore it is as close to fresh as possible in terms of structural integrity, nutrients, and taste.
Every month I’ve been sharing my orders with you and my thoughts on it, and here is the next one. One of my big goals has been to find items that fit into my household easily and will cut down on food waste. Food waste is an issue because it is literally throwing money in the trash can when something is wasted. As I’ve been ordering from Thrive Life, I’ve also been developing recipes with these foods. I’ll link a couple at the end as well.
Here is my latest Thrive Life order:
I am a huge fan of Thrive Life corn. It is great when added to a meal, especially in place of canned corn because there are no preservatives and it tastes fresh. Corn also makes a fantastic snack. I keep a pantry size can in my office on my desk. When I get busy on a project and can’t take a break, this is a perfect healthy snack in place of potato chips. Because the corn has been freeze dried, it has a different texture straight out of the can. It is crunchy, and that appeals to me in terms of wanting a snack.
Corn is the staple item on our list every month because we use it for both meals and snacks. If I had to pick one thing we use consistently and run out of, it is corn.
Thrive Life mushrooms have been out of stock every single time I’ve placed an order up until now. Needless to say, I was excited to get my hands on a can! Mushrooms are always wasted because they dry out quickly.
We keep canned mushrooms in the pantry for when fresh isn’t an option, but they are gross. Let’s just be honest here. Canned mushrooms make me gag. They absorb all the liquid from the can, and take like aluminum. Sometimes I think just chewing on the can would taste better than the actual contents in the can.
Blackberries are much like raspberries when buying them in the store. They are rarely fresh, expensive, and about to start molding. From the stores in my area, I have maybe two days to eat my blackberries, and even less on raspberries.
These are the perfect alternative. They are delicious, really ripe, and tastes great. I will be making blackberry oatmeal cookies with these soon. Keep an eye out for that recipe!
Blackberries are also a perfect snack. I eat them straight out of the can. Or, a favorite way to enjoy both blackberries and raspberries is in a bowl with some half and half. The best part about these is that I don’t have to add sugar! Normally when I buy fresh and eat them this way, I add copious amounts of sugar because the berries are too sour.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I do a thanksgiving of sorts in May or June every year. It is that last really big heavy meal before summer gets going and grilling season starts. My favorite thing about this is my apple cranberry sauce recipe. The problem here is finding cranberries in the store. There is absolutely no chance to find fresh, and less than ten percent chance of finding frozen cranberries.
This is an excellent alternative because I have cranberries all year long! I also enjoyed these straight out of the can as a snack. Another great option that I was inspired to create was a trail mix from them. Nathan and I went hiking earlier in the week, and we are always hungry along the way. This was the perfect opportunity to make a trail mix!
I mixed Thrive Life cranberries, almonds, and M&Ms together. Peanuts and raisins can also be added in for more sweetness, protein, and texture. I’ll be writing a recipe for that soon. This was just an experiment to see if it would work and taste good. I’m so glad it did!
I love peaches. Although that isn’t something most people would guess about me because I so rarely eat them. Peaches from the store are very hard to buy because of ripeness. I never manage to pick good ones for myself. Canned peaches make me gag because of the slimy texture. I feel like I’m putting a wet slug in my mouth and swallowing it.
Thrive Life peaches are an excellent alternative to this. Trying to pick out a great fresh peach is no longer a problem, and I can enjoy them without the nasty texture of canned peaches. I add these to smoothies and cottage cheese quite a bit. Peaches can also be blended into a powder for a perfect flavor profile in juice or tea.
One of my biggest complaints in my household is always the need to run to the store for small things to add to a recipe. Things like mushrooms that we can’t simply keep on hand when we have everything else for a recipe. Nathan volunteers to run by the store on his way home from work when it is needed. But I always feel like it is such a waste of time and gas to go for a couple little things. But I am never happy with the canned alternatives either. With our Thrive Life orders, we have been able to stop those tiny stupid grocery store trips! We now go to the store once a month on average.
We have also cut down on food waste significantly as well, and that is my favorite part. Food waste is literally throwing money in the trash can, and the proverbial money tree is experiencing a drought right now. Saving money by not wasting things is a really big deal!
The fact that freeze dried food has a shelf life of 25 years makes this a perfect option for preppers and long term food storage. It is also great for busy families because it is cheaper than going to the grocery store, and easy to use daily.
Have you tried Thrive Life products? Are you interested or have questions? Let me know in the comments!
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