Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Product Review-Powders

  Slowly, but surely, I'm working my way through the many wonderful THRIVE products to bring you reviews. I'd like to highlight our powders this time. So, in no particular order, here they are:
Shortening Powder

1 cup Shortening- 2 cups Shortening Powder + 1/2 cup water

  When reconstituting, the powder will float on the water; continue whisking and it will come together. Refrigerate the mixture to create a shortening about the same consistency as what you would buy at the supermarket. 
  Shortening Powder may be added to the dry ingredients in a recipe when baking (add the correct amount of water with the wet ingredients).
Check out this recipe for "Food Storage Buttercream Frosting" from Heather at "Cooking with my Food Storage".

Butter Powder
                                                                                                      1 cup Butter- 1 1/4 cups Butter Powder + 1/4 cup water

  Butter Powder may be added with the dry ingredients when baking (add the water with the wet ingredients).
  When a recipe calls for "creaming" in the butter, and the Butter Powder and water and "cream" (it will take much longer than creaming fresh butter does).
  When a recipe calls for "cutting" in the butter, as biscuit or pie crust recipes do, simply stir the Butter Powder into the dry ingredients then add the water with the wet ingredients.
  Butter Powder does not "saute" well, as it does not melt. 
  Butter Powder sometimes has the same effect margarine does in baking, as it can dry out your baked goods. To solve this problem, simply add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil per cup of butter in the recipe.

  Check out Heather's recipes for flavored butters and "Magic Mix".

Instant Milk

 1 cup milk- 1 cup water + 2 Tablespoons Instant Milk powder

Ingredients: Real instant nonfat milk, vitamin A, palmitate, vitamin D3

  THRIVE Instant Milk is intending for drinking. Instant Milk powder and cold milk make be combined and then drank right then. Once reconstituted, refrigerate to keep fresh. 
   Proportions may be altered to suit individual tastes.

  Whipped topping from THRIVE Instant Milk.
Non-fat Powdered Milk

 1 cup milk- 1 cup water + 3 Tablespoons Non-fat Powdered Milk

 Ingredients: Non-fat powdered milk

   THRIVE Non-fat Powdered Milk is intended for baking/cooking. It is best to reconstitute THRIVE Non-fat Powdered Milk with hot water to completely dissolve the powder, then refrigerate.
  THRIVE Non-fat Powdered Milk is great for making homemade pudding, as it has the ability to thicken.
  Homemade Pudding (great for pudding pies like Banana Cream):
1/4 c. cornstarch              3 c. reconstituted THRIVE Non-fat Powdered Milk
1 c. sugar                         4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/4 tsp. salt                      3 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
  In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt and cornstarch. Mix in beaten egg yolks. Whisk in milk. Add butter and cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat; add vanilla. 
  Transfer pudding to a bowl and press plastic wrap to the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming (alternatively, you could spoon this over fresh, sliced bananas in a pie crust, then cover with plastic wrap-this recipe will fill one 9" pie pan).
Cheese Blend

  THRIVE Cheese Blend is great for Mac and Cheese (Because I am an avid coupon-user I often get noodles free. I buy the "Quick Cook" macaroni noodles, make a sauce from my Cheese Blend, and voila, dinner in under 10 minutes!) The Cheese Blend is also great for cheese-based soups like Broccoli-Cheese, and is a great base for cheesy casseroles.
  To make a spread combine equal parts water and Cheese Blend powder.
  For a cheese sauce, gradually combine 1 part Cheese Blend powder with 2 parts hot water; small amounts of milk may be added if desired. Stir until smooth and creamy.

  Heather at "Cooking with My Food Storage" came up with a fantastic recipe she calls "Nacho Who? Nachos".

1/2 c. THRIVE Cheese Blend
6 Tbsp. butter
6 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
 1 can diced green chilis

  Combine Cheese Blend and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add butter and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips and any other desired toppings (ie. Taco TVP, sour cream, salsa, etc.)

Sour Cream Powder

 1 cup sour cream- 1 cup Sour Cream Powder + 1 cup water

  It's best to reconstitute the Sour Cream Powder with very hot (almost boiling) water, then refrigerate until ready to use-it will thicken as it sits in the fridge.
 I'm not a fan of eating the Sour Cream Powder on it's own (it's very bland), but was given a tip that adding 1 tablespoon lemon juice per cup Sour Cream Powder enhances the flavor.
  The Sour Cream Powder is fantastic in recipes calling for sour cream.

   Here's a recipe for Sour Cream and Brown Sugar Fruit Dip, which I have tried and can say is fantastic! Another recipe using the Sour Cream Powder is for Moist and Chewy Banana Bread.

Tomato Powder

Tomato Juice- 1 part Tomato Powder to 10 parts water (1/2 c. powder+5 c. water)
Tomato Sauce- 1 part Tomato Powder to 4 parts water (1/2 c. powder+2 c. water)
Tomato Paste- 1 part Tomato Powder to 2 parts water (1⁄4 cup powder+1⁄2 cup water=6 oz. can or 3⁄4 cup tomato paste)

   This is one of my all-time favorite products! I absolutely hate opening a can of tomato paste to use 1-3 tablespoons. What do you do with the rest?!
  To give your dishes a little something different, add THRIVE Tomato Powder to soups, dressings, mayo, homemade bread. The possibilities are endless!
  The best part about THRIVE Tomato Powder is that it comes out cheaper than purchasing its counterparts at the supermarket! 

To buy these fantastic products, check out my online store or join the Q!

                                                                                                                      Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                        Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
                                                                                                    To purchase products, visit my online store:                                                                                                    http://THRIVEwiththebasics.shelfreliance.com
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Monday, December 5, 2011

I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Ice Cream!

  One of my favorite THRIVE indulgences is the Ice Cream. Who wouldn't love sitting down to a delicious chocolate treat? And, given that it's about 30 degrees and has been snowing here lately, I'm loving the chance to eat ice cream without all the chilly side effects! 
  So...here's what I'm offering you- a #10 can of THRIVE ice cream FREE (over $24 retail value)!!! All you need to do is book a THRIVE Class before December 24th (Christmas Eve). That's it! Just get a class on my calendar for any date this year or next, and I'll bring your can of ice cream (your choice of either Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bars or Ice Cream Sandwiches) with me to your class.
  There are so many fantastic benefits to hosting a class:
-Free product
-Additional product at half price
-The chance for you and your loved ones to learn more about our fantastic products and how to incorporate them into your every-day.
-And now...a FREE can of Ice Cream!!!

  We can do a traditional class (where I come to your home), web class (via Skype) or a "catalog party" (you take orders from family and friends, submit them to me, then reap all the benefits). There are so many options. Contact me if you have any questions. 

                                                                                                            Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                 Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
                                                                                             To purchase products, visit my online store:                                                                                             http://THRIVEwiththebasics.shelfreliance.com
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Friday, December 2, 2011

'Tis the Season for Saving!

December Specials

Platinum Q Club Members pay no shipping on orders over $200 through December 31st. Contact me to find out how to get this membership FREE.

Just in time for the holidays, save up to 18% on

These prices are available as a Q customer or by contacting me directly.

-Freeze dried zucchini is a brand new THRIVE product. When re-hydrated, it has the texture of fresh zucchini. I love this product! 

-I use the freeze dried chicken and celery on a daily basis. I love that these products are chopped and ready to use. No more wasted celery at this house!

-Quinoa is as easy to prepare as rice, but with a lot more nutritional value. Great in salad or as a rice replacement.
-9 Grain Cracked Cereal is one of my favorite products. We eat this as a hot cereal, but I also put it through my wheat grinder and replace part of the white flour in my baking. I am able to pack 9 grains into my regular recipes. Check out my recipe for 9 Grain Buttermilk Muffins. Delicious!

-Butter Powder is another versatile product. Use it in baking (if you find it dries out your baked goods, simply add 1 tablespoon veggie oil per cup butter), or to make raspberry or honey butter (thank you Heather at Cooking with my Food Storage).

  A quick thought: For stocking stuffers that aren't so heavy on the sugar, help Santa out and nab some pouches of your kid's favorite freeze dried fruit!

                                                                                                                    Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                       Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
                                                                                                   To purchase products, visit my online store:                                                                                                    http://THRIVEwiththebasics.shelfreliance.com
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Earn FREE Products During the Black Friday Sale!

If you would like to host an ‘e-mail’ party (for all the specifics, click here) and earn free and half off products just do the following:

1.      Send me an e-mail that you would like to do a "party"
2.      Forward my "Black Friday Sale" e-mail (sent yesterday) to all your family and friends; maybe include the reasons why you love Shelf Reliance. Direct them to my on-line store to place an order http://thrivewiththebasics.shelfreliance.com
3.       Send me the names of people who have placed orders (they need to order by Monday Nov 28th at NOON MST.) and I will tie them to your party.
4.      You will get 10% in free product (Food Rotation Systems, Emergency Preparedness and THRIVE) plus earn additional products at half off (discount taken off retail prices)!

It's that easy!!!

Save 20% on All Consultant Starter Kits

  As a Shelf Reliance Consultant I have been able to build my long-term food supply and provide additional income for my family.  If you are hardworking and ready to build an amazing business I would love to have you join my team.

Consultant Starter Kit.........#81111 Regular: $199.00 SALE: $159.19 (save  almost $40!)
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  Want to place your "Black Friday Sale" order with me now?

  Contact me any time with your order, and I will place it for you once the sale begins. You get all the things on your list and get to enjoy the holiday weekend worry-free!


                                                                                                                     Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                        Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
                                                                                                    to purchase products, visit my online store:                                                                                                    http://THRIVEwiththebasics.shelfreliance.com
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

An Unbelievable Black Friday Sale!

We're throwing one killer Black Friday sale November 25th-28th

  This is the weekend to shop for all the friends and family on your Christmas list! This year skip the long lines and huge crowds, and shop from the comfort of your own home. There's two ways to shop: online through my Shelf Reliance Store or call me (435-723-0977).
  What better way to show someone you love them than to help them become more prepared? Whether you're shopping for our delicious THRIVE Foods, Emergency Supplies, or Food Rotation Systems, we have something for everyone!

  Our Chocolate Drink Mix makes a fantastic neighbor gift. At only $14.79, give a gift that will warm their soul and last 2 years once it's opened!

  Our THRIVE Cookbook is at its lowest price ever, just $12.19!

  If you've been considering joining my team, there's no better time than now-Consultant Starter Kits are 20% off! To become a consultant simply contact me (435-723-0977 or autumnchristiansen@gmail.com) or go here for details on how to sign up.

I'm also offering a very special "Screamin' Deal" on a "Baking Essentials Package"-only $89.00! (Retail Price $179.98-you save $90.89!)

   This is the perfect package to get you prepped for all that holiday baking you'll be doing!

  The Baking Essentials Package contains 6 #10 cans (gallon sized):

  3 cans Instant Milk-Tastes just like skim milk.
  1 can Butter Powder-Good for cooking with and baking.
  1 can Whole Egg Powder-Need no refrigeration, and there's no worries when you find yourself eating the cookie dough straight from the bowl!
  1 can Shortening Powder-Excellent for pies, frosting, or cookies.

 Please contact me directly to purchase this package, it is NOT available online.

                                                                                                                      Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                        Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
                                                                                                    To purchase products, visit my online store:                                                                                                    http://THRIVEwiththebasics.shelfreliance.com
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


  I'm at it again! This time it's applesauce. Canning applesauce is about as easy as it gets. There is no real skill involved, and yet, you're left with the most fantastic results. I never buy applesauce, because it seems there's always someone willing to part with apples from their tree. Free apples means nearly free applesauce (I say nearly because there's still that .15 lid used to seal the jar, and the small amount of lemon juice used to keep it looking pretty)! 
  Ready for the instructions?


  Wash, quarter and core apples. Place apples in a large stockpot and add 1-2 cups water (enough to fill about one inch up the side of the pan). Bring apples to a boil; boil 15 minutes or until tender.
  Press apples through a food mill (I use a Victorio Strainer). Add 1 tablespoon "Fruit Fresh" or lemon juice per gallon of sauce. Add sugar if needed. (Note: If the apples are left to ripen on the tree until the first good frost, you shouldn't need any sugar. The frost causes the sugars in the apple to set, leaving a golden ribbon through the apple, and an intense sweet apple taste.)
  Return applesauce to the stockpot and return to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved (if no sugar was added, just bring sauce to boil).
  Place new lids in a small saucepan and cover with water. Heat over medium heat until ready to use.
  Fill jars with applesauce leaving 1/2" of headspace. Wipe rims of jars with a clean, damp washcloth. Place hot lids on jars, and tighten screw-top ring.
  Place jars in a very large pot, cover with hot water. Cover pot with a lid. Bring water to a boil; process (water remains at a constant boil) jars 10 minutes (for pints or quarts).
  Remove jars from boiling water bath and place on the counter to cool. Lids will begin to "pop" as they set, reassuring you that the jars have sealed properly. If you have any jars that do not seal, simply place them in the fridge and use them first.

  Just a note: I got 25 pints of applesauce from two boxes of apples (the equivalent of about a bushel and a half, I think?)

  I got really ambitious and decided to use some of my freshly-canned applesauce to make a treat. Check it out!

                                                                                                                     Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                        Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
                                                                                                    To purchase products, visit my online store:                                                                                                    http://THRIVEwiththebasics.shelfreliance.com
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Strive To Give THRIVE This Week!

Don't forget to donate this week! Click here for all the details!

                                                                                                                         Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                           Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
                                                                                                        To purchase products, visit my online store:                                                                                                         http://THRIVEwiththebasics.shelfreliance.com
                                                                                                                             Join my team!

Product Review-Grains

  If you have missed my reviews of the entrees or the drink line, be sure to check them out. Now I'd like to do a review of some of the THRIVE grains. Often times we find ourselves storing grains because it's the right thing to do, but we don't really know what benefits we're receiving by eating them, or sometimes even how to use them. Here is what I know, and what I have recently learned about some of the more unique grains Shelf Reliance offers.

.27/serving     Cooking Ratio 1:3     Cook time on stove 25 min.

-may be of benefit to those with hypertension and cardiovascular disease; regular consumption reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while improving antioxidant status and some immune parameters.
-contains more protein, iron, fiber and magnesium than any other gluten-free grain (one cup raw Amaranth contains 28.1 grams protein)
-excellent source of lysine, an important amino acid
-good source of polyunsaturated fatty acid and contains vitamin E in similar amounts to olive oil
-is an exceptional thickener for roux, white sauces, soups and stews
  A great "popcorn" replacement snack: Place 1-2 tablespoons in a saute pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it "pops".
  Try a "Google" search for amaranth recipes, you'll be amazed at what you find.


.20/serving     Cooking Ratio 1:3     Cook time on stove 35 min.

-the protein content is very close to that of wheat; both provide about 11% protein by weight
-rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B6 and folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc
-are also a mild thyroid peroxidase inhibitor and probably should not be consumed in great quantities by those with thyroid disease
-in China millet soup is commonly used by nursing mothers to aid in milk production and healing from childbirth
-is great as a bird food

Millet Mashed Potatoes-Eden Foods (they have a slew of fantastic recipes available)


 Oat Groat
.21/serving     Cooking Ratio 1:3     Cook time on stove 90 min.

-groats are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm (which is the usual product of milling)
-consuming groats has become increasingly popular among NFL players, often citing the sustained energy that groats provide. Typically, the groat(s) are digested the night before, usually doused with groat juice
-oats store longest in groat form; it helps the good properties stay intact
-may be made into cereal or ground and used as a flour


 Pearled Barley

-is de-hulled barley which has been steam-processed further to remove the bran
-contains eight essential amino acids
-may be processed into a variety of barley products, including flour, flakes similar to oatmeal, and grits
-is a great substitute for rice in a variety of recipes (check out Bon Appetit for a few)

Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah")
.63/serving     Cooking Ratio 1:2     Cook time on stove 20 min.

-contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein source, unusual among plant foods
-good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron
-naturally has a protective casing called "saponin" which has a bitter taste, and should be rinsed before consuming (THRIVE Quinoa is pre-rinsed)
-has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild, slightly nutty flavor makes it an alternative to white rice or couscous (there is a slew of recipes available on the internet for Quinoa Pilafs and Salads)
Rice Flour    

-THRIVE rice flour is made from raw white rice 
-is a good substitution for wheat flour, which can cause irritation to the digestive system (found in those who are gluten-intolerant)
-great thickening agent in recipes that are refrigerated or frozen, since it inhibits liquid separation

Monkey Cookies- Sariah Schmickrath (I've tried her cookies and they're delicious!)

.24/serving     Cooking Ratio 1:3     Cook time on stove 120 min.

I'm going to refer you to Sariah at teamshelfreliance.com because she has provided such a fantastic review of this product. 

Here is Sariah's recipe for Spelt Waffles
2 eggs, beaten
1 3/4 c. reconstituted THRIVE Powdered Milk
1/4 c. canola oil
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. THRIVE Spelt flour
1/4 c. THRIVE White flour
2 1/2 tsp. THRIVE Baking Powder
2 Tbsp. THRIVE White Sugar
1/4 tsp. THRIVE Salt

  In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, applesauce and vanilla. Mix in flours, baking powder, sugar and salt (Do Not over-mix).
  Preheat a waffle iron and coat with cooking spray. Pour batter onto waffle iron in batches; cook until crisp and golden.

(source-Wikipedia, glutenfreecooking.about.com, and Sariah at teamshelfreliance.com)

There you have it! Contact me if there are any other products you would like me to review.

                                                                                                     Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                         Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
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