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! 

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                                                                                                                      Autumn Christiansen
                                                                                                        Independent Consultant-Shelf Reliance
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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
                                                                                                                         Join my team!