Are you a prepper looking to increase your supply of freeze dried foods? Or a busy on the go mom looking for a simple yet nutritious way to feed your family? If you answered yes to either of these, then Thrive Life freeze dried food is for you!
What is freeze dried food? Freeze drying is a food preservation method, just like canning, freezing, and dehydrating. I personally love freeze dried foods because they are easy to store and prepare and have a shelf life of 25 years when unopened and stored properly. No preservatives are required.
In this post, I will tell you about my order and everything in it, as well as a review. One of the biggest things I am always saying about prepping is the need to practice with our preps. All of the food and gear I buy does me no good if I have no clue how to use it. This is also why recipes using the Thrive Life freeze dried foods will be coming soon to my blog. I’m really excited to share those with you!
Celery is one of those vegetables that I enjoy, but it always ends up being wasted in my house. We buy a head of it, use it for a specific meal, maybe a snack once or twice, and the rest is forgotten. What is leftover dies a slow mushy death in my fridge. There always seems to be one thing that this happens in every household. What is yours?
With freeze dried celery, I can take out what I need to use, and the rest will not spoil. This is such an amazing way to cut down on wasted food, in my opinion. Wasted food is wasted money. Between saving a trip to the grocery store and eliminating waste, I’m seeing a lot of saved money right here!
I opened this up to make as a side dish with spaghetti this week. Nathan tried it and decided it was an excellent snack. He literally ate it like popcorn. I just giggled and let him go. Normally I’ll stop and stare at him with the “judging” look. We do it to each other when eating in some questionable way. Like me making and eating frosting last week at 4am just because it sounded good. This time I tried to behave because I didn’t want to dissuade him from trying the freeze dried food.
The one thing I noticed about this is it needs a bit more water than what the directions called for. Once I added the corn into the water, it was sucked up immediately, and the corn didn’t really “fluff up” like I expected it to. Still tasted great, especially compared to canned corn from the store. But I felt like I hadn’t done it quite right too. My favorite part about this is there’s not copious amounts of salt in it like canned vegetables.
The peas arrived in a snack package, and I was really curious about them. I hate peas normally, but Nathan loves them. Needless to say, this was the first thing I had him eat. Both of us liked them. He wasn’t too sure about them at first, simply because eating them dry as a snack gives a different texture. I have to admit, they even smelled good to me. Nathan asked for seconds as I was opening everything.
Tigger even liked the smell of these. I don’t feed Tigger our food, but he always wants to smell it. He sits next to me at the table when eating dinner until I let him smell what I’m eating. Once he smells it, he’s content and walks away. Judging by his reaction, it is pretty obvious if he likes or dislikes something. We let him smell the peas, and he was very interested.
Island Style Pork
This came in a to-go package, meaning I just had to add hot water to it and let it sit to reconstitute and it was ready to eat. Nathan and I shared this as a late night snack before he went to work. This was the one he was most interested in.
We both really enjoyed it. I was expecting a weird tangy flavor. Like how every teriyaki sauce out there is different and some are just terrible? That was my expectation of this. But it was delicious. Nathan inhaled it and promptly announced that he wanted more. Guess I know I’ll be making sure this is included in my next order.
Vanilla Yogurt Bites
I was prepared for the texture on these, because I eat similar things from another company that makes cheesecake bites. These snack items are so perfect for me because they aren’t messy, they can be eaten on the go, and there’s no waste.
The first thing I noticed was the smell. I am the weirdo that smells pretty much everything before I taste it. I loved them, and I was very curious about what Nathan would think. Fully expecting him to be disgusted by it, I hand him one and he likes it! Thankfully I managed not to faint at this point, because Nathan won’t touch yogurt normally.
I’ve eaten freeze dried foods before, some I like more than others. Nathan always fights me on trying it, so I don’t push too hard. I just buy it and smile at him. It was extremely surprising to watch him eat these items and actually like them. He started planning meals for me level of liked it.
The biggest thing I’m seeing with using freeze dried food is eliminating food waste. That is a huge money saver! I can also cater more to Nathan’s food preferences. A classic example is that we rarely eat spinach or peas in our household. I love spinach, Nathan hates it. Nathan loves peas, I hate them. This means I either go out of my way to make two side dishes in a meal, and there is waste, or we just skip them and pick things we will both eat. With the freeze dried packages, I can easily make both in single serving portions, so we can both enjoy our favorite foods. Minus waste and extra work.
The other thing that I find amazing here is the convenience aspect. Nathan typically has one day a week where he works one job super early, compared to normal. He comes home to nap in between that and heading off to his second job. I love to feed him a home cooked meal on these days, because his routine is thrown off so much. That helps ensure the rest of the day isn’t thrown off as much.
Normally I have to plan this, at least in the early afternoon to let something unthaw from the freezer. I forget, to be perfectly honest. Timing isn’t my strongest personality trait. But with the freeze dried food, I don’t have to worry about that!
I decided to make tortilla soup tonight. I needed to use up a couple fresh items before they died the moldy mush death in the produce bag. Being able to incorporate fresh produce and items from the pantry was perfect.
Using fresh tomatoes and cheese with chicken stock from the pantry. I added in freeze dried chicken, celery, and onions. Add in some spices and boom! Complete meal. Normally I use the slow cooker for this, and it takes hours. With freeze dried foods, it cut the time down to 20 minutes. Thinking about busy families on the go, this would be a game changer.
Looking at the catalog, there is a huge variety of items, and some were surprising! As I was browsing it the other night, I saw meals that I could make so easily, and it is exciting. I can’t wait to share those recipes with you as I go.
My order also came with chicken salad, seasoning blend, chicken fajitas, sweet and sour beef meal, strawberries, and pineapple. I’ll be trying these as well very shortly.
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