It’s here. It’s finally here!!! We have been working on this program for months. We have had a really hard time keeping it a secret … and today is the day we announce the surprise! Introducing our brand new ebook. Now wait- if you’re thinking you already bought our ebook don’t worry, you’ll be getting this program free, delivered right to your inbox! We promised updates for life when we published our first ebook, and so you’re getting the mother of all updates (early Christmas present for you!).
This new program is similar to our original ebook, but instead of having to wait for the updates and printing different parts as they came, you get the complete program all at once. Not only that but we have revised all 26 checklists, added 40 additional favorite recipes from our blog, added a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan, and added full sections on powerless cooking and fuels. Read on to learn more about the new ebook program and why we are so excited. Oh and you might want to snag your copy over the Black Friday weekend. For this weekend only, we are selling our BRAND NEW program for $12. That’s 50% OFF the new price of $24. SO DON’T DELAY.
The Food Storage Made Easy 3 PART FOOD STORAGE PROGRAM contains a Babysteps Checklists Guide, Food Storage Made Easy Encyclopedia, and Recipe Appendix. This full program is a roadmap for buying your food storage and learning how to use it, so that you can have confidence in knowing that you are prepared for a major emergency or any of life’s little every day inconveniences.
|The BabyStep Checklists part of the program contain 26 Checklists to guide you through building your Food Storage. If you do one of these checklists every 2 weeks, you’ll have a full year supply for one adult in just one year.
The checklists contain the following sections:
|The Food Storage Made Easy Encyclopedia is a reference manual that you can refer back to again and again to answer all of your food storage questions.
The 98 page encyclopedia contains the following items:
|Within each checklist we assign you to cook with the food which you just purchased. We don’t leave you hanging! We include at least one family favorite recipe that uses every single ingredient listed in our food storage calculator as well as all of the extras that we encourage you to buy as well.
The recipe appendix includes:
GRAB YOUR COPY AT THE INTRODUCTORY PRICE
And don’t miss out on these other GREAT Black Friday Specials — LOWEST PRICES OF THE YEAR!
We are excited to share with you some AMAZING deals coming up next week from Thrive Life and have three things we want to share to help you take advantage of them to their fullest.
For the first time, this year we are accepting pre-orders from our readers. We will take orders in advance and process them in the order we received them starting at midnight Friday morning when the sales go live. This will help make sure you get the items you are wanting and you don’t have to worry about shopping over the weekend to catch the deals. To take advantage of this service simply fill out this secure PRE-ORDER FORM. You can see Black Friday pricing on all the products on our pre-order form.
2. EARN FREE PRODUCTS!
Do you always let your friends and family know when there are hot sales going on? If this is something you do naturally anyway, why not earn some free goodies while you do it? If you hold a virtual party for the Black Friday sales, you simply refer people to our pre-order form or to our website to shop over the weekend, you can earn all of the host benefits for their orders. It’s a win win for both you and your family and friends. For more details and to make sure you get credit for the sales, visit our VIRTUAL/CATALOG PARTY PAGE.
3. SCREAMING DEALS!
And some of our favorite items include:
Freeze-Dried Green Peas #10 Can: Retail $20.89, SALE PRICE $10.49
Freeze-Dried Mozzarella Cheese #10 Can: Retail $42.39, SALE PRICE $29.69
Freeze-Dried Sausage Crumbles #10 Can: Retail $49.99, SALE PRICE $34.99
Freeze-Dried Passionfruit Yogurt Bites #10 Can: Retail $38.59, SALE PRICE $27.09
Instant Beans 6-Pack: Retail $91.99, SALE PRICE $68.99
Providence Basic 2-Person Survival Kit: Retail $109.99, SALE PRICE $79.99
CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT SALE PRICES!
Backyard chickens can be a fun adventure and don’t have to be HARD. A few weeks ago Jodi shared 5 reasons why she thinks everyone should have backyard chickens, and we got a lot of questions email to us about going into more detail about the experience. So we decided to have her talk about it on the podcast. Hope you enjoy it!
Click the banner above to listen to Episode 13 now!
Jodi spends this episode sharing about her experiences with raising two different sets of chickens in two different houses. She talks about how easy it is to get started, what problems you might run into, and reasons why she thinks it is a fun thing that everybody should give a try.
My First Baby Chickie
Too Big for the Kitchen!
The replacement coop we got from ChickenSaloon.com
One of the most critical aspects of building a food storage is to store foods that can be used in meals that your family will eat. We always like to say “If I could just eat PIZZA in an emergency, everything will be ok”. The bread part of the pizza is easy with food storage ingredients, and when we discovered that freeze-dried cheese actually works we knew it would become a staple in our storage.
What is Freeze Dried Cheese?
Freeze dried cheese goes through the same flash freezing process that freeze dried fruits and vegetables go through. First the cheese is frozen, then it is placed under vacuum. This enables the frozen liquid in the product to vaporize without passing through the liquid phase, a process known as sublimation. Heat is applied to the frozen product to accelerate sublimation. Low-temperature condenser plates remove the vaporized liquid from the vacuum chamber by converting it back to a solid. This completes the separation process. You are then left with a cheese product you can use like regular shredded cheese after you rehydrate it.
What Varieties Does Freeze Dried Cheese Come in?
Most food storage companies sell four varieties of Freeze Dried Cheese. You can often find cheese blends but those are a powder and will not turn out like regular cheese at all. The four main varieties are:
Monterrey Jack Cheese
How Do I Reconstitute Freeze-Dried Cheese?
There are two methods for reconstituting your cheese. One turns out just like regular cheese, but takes a little longer to prepare. The other is just fine if you are going to be melting your cheese anyway, and it’s quick and easy.
Best Method: (from Thrive Life’s Chef Todd)
1. Place 2 cups of THRIVE cheese in a glass bowl.
2. With a spoon, lightly stir cheese while drizzling 1/2 cup of 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.
1. Place a thick layer of paper towels on a plate.
2. Pour dried cheese onto the paper towels.
3. Spray the cheese with a spray bottle and stir around with your finger.
4. Continue spraying and waiting a little bit, spraying and waiting.
5. Once water starts to pool under the paper towel, it should be pretty well hydrated. It may be slightly crunchy but should work fine in recipes for melting, etc.
Is Freeze-Dried Cheese More Expensive than Fresh?
Freeze-Dried Cheese is a fairly expensive product compared to it’s fresh equivalent. We usually recommend that you try a few of your favorite recipes to make sure that you are comfortable with using it, but don’t necessarily plan to replace your fresh cheese with it on a regular basis.
Where Can I Buy Freeze-Dried Cheese?
Here are links to three of our favorite sources for all food storage items including sour cream powder!
Since wheat is such a common staple of most people’s food storage, it is critical to learn how to use it. The easiest thing to make (without storing a lot of ingredients) is bread. Our FAVORITE bread recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients and it turns out great every time.
Two of the items common in bread recipes (and included in our favorite recipe) are yeast and vital wheat gluten. We get asked a lot of questions about these items so we wanted to give you a quick overview and address some of the concerns people tend to have when using these for the first time.
All About Yeast
What is yeast?
Yeast is a microscopic fungus that is used in baking for leavening purposes. The kind most people use for baking is Active Dry Yeast.
What Type of Yeast Should I Buy?
There are three types of active dry yeast, use whatever kind your recipe calls for or you will have differing results. Regular Active Dry Yeast: Requires “proofing” which means you add it to hot water and wait until it activates before combining with other ingredients. This type requires a double-rise typically.
Instant Active Dry Yeast: Can be added in with the other dry ingredients in a recipe and then add liquid later because it has been milled into finer particles. This type can be used interchangeably with regular yeast in a recipe, you just skip the proofing step. Usually a double-rise is still required.
Quick-Rising Instant Active Dry Yeast: Is similar to Instant Active Dry Yeast except enzymes and other additives are added to make it rise faster. This enables you to do a single rise for most recipes. This yeast acts and tastes different so we wouldn’t recommend using it for a staple bread recipe or substituting for it in place of other yeasts.
What is the Shelf Life of Yeast
Yeast can store for 6 months to 1 year on the shelf, or longer than a year if you store it in the freezer. This can make it difficult to plan for long term food storage situations. We recommend testing the yeast to make sure it’s still active and discard and replace if necessary to keep your “year supply” fully stocked.
How Do I Know if My Yeast is Still Active?
To test yeast, add 1 teaspoon sugar to 1/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°F). Stir in 1 envelope yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons); let stand 10 minutes. If the yeast foams to the 1/2 cup mark, it is active and you may use it in your recipe. Quick Rising yeast loses its fast rising capabilities if dissolved in liquid, and will require two complete rises. (Info found at http://www.breadworld.com/faq.aspx)
All About Vital Wheat Gluten
What is Vital Wheat Gluten?
Vital Wheat Gluten functions as a “dough enhancer” in bread recipes. Gluten is the protein part of wheat flour and gives bread dough it’s elasticity and the bread a nice shape. It also helps bind it together so that it is less crumbly. Vital Wheat Gluten is a powdered form for gluten which basically takes the positive properties of the gluten and enhances them when added to a bread recipe.
What is the Shelf Life of Vital Wheat Gluten?
Most Vital Wheat Gluten has a shelf life of 7-10 years if unopened and stored in ideal storage conditions. Once opened it should be used within 6 months to a year unless stored in the freezer to extend the shelf life.
Can I Use a Substitute for Vital Wheat Gluten?
Wheat Protein Isolate (from Honeyville Grain) is a suitable replacement for Vital Wheat Gluten – it’s more concentrated and more expensive. You can use less of it to get the same results. Other bread recipes may use other dough enhancers to achieve similar results such as white vinegar, potato flakes, Vitamin C tablets, etc. We don’t recommend substituting any of those items unless you have a recipe you are using that gives you the correct amounts.
Most traditional long term food storage calculators do not cover items such as powdered butter, powdered sour cream, etc. These are not considered “life-sustaining” foods but we definitely consider them to be useful additions to any food storage plan. Today we want to cover powdered sour cream to help you decide if it’s something that you would like to add into your supplies and give you a few ideas on how to use it.
What is Powdered Sour Cream?
Sour cream powder is a cream that has had the fat removed and is dehydrated in order to preserve it. It has a shelf life of about 10 years if stored in a sealed can at moderate temperatures.
How Do I Use Powdered Sour Cream?
Powdered sour cream is wonderful for using in recipes. It gives a nice sour cream flavor and adds the creaminess to any recipe that calls for normal sour cream. Since the fat has been removed, it does not reconstitute to a nice thick creamy sour cream that you would use for tacos or nachos. The flavor is not quite right and the consistency isn’t what you are used to.
How Much Powdered Sour Cream Equals Fresh?
Sour cream powder is a cup by cup equivalent. So if you want a cup of sour cream, you would do one cup of the powder and then mix with whatever amount of water you need for your desired consistency.
Will My Recipes Turn Out Differently?
Depending on the brand you use, the directions on the can might yield a thicker or thinner sour cream than you are used to. Just adjust the water content to get it the consistency you desire and your recipes should turn out the same!
Is Powdered Sour Cream More Expensive than Fresh?
There are about 13 cups in a #10 can. Thrive Life sour cream is currently $23.99 making it just under $2 per cup which is more expensive than grocery store sour cream where we live.
Where Can I Buy Powdered Sour Cream?
Here are links to three of our favorite sources for all food storage items including sour cream powder!
Wheat grinders are one of the staple appliances that people need to own if they are planning to actually USE the foods they are storing for emergencies. We get asked a lot of questions about what kind to buy, should you buy manual or electric, what can you grind, etc. So this week we decided to cover EVERYTHING about wheat grinders in our podcast.
Click the banner above to listen to Episode 12 now!
In this week’s podcast we go over all of the main brands of wheat grinders/grain mills that you may have heard of. We talk about the pros and cons of each and how they compare to each other. We go over different models in different price ranges and help you decide what will work best for you at your budget.
Videos showing some of the different wheat grinders
Comparison between Back to Basics, WonderMill, and NutriMill
A detailed look at the WonderMill electric and Wonder Junior Deluxe
Links to Wheat Grinders We Discussed
Back to Basics or “Victorio” Hand Mill – Currently $56.95 at Emergency Essentials
Wonder Junior Deluxe – Currently $219.95 + a FREE Drill Bit Attachment at our store
Country Living Hand Grain Mill – Currently $429 on Amazon.com
Kitchen Mill – Currently $179.95 from Blendtech (In the podcast we accidentally said this model was a K-Tec and produced by the same company as the NutriMill. We were remembering wrong, sorry!)
WonderMill – Currently $239.99 at our store
NutriMill – Currently $229.99 on Amazon.com
Wheat Grinder Pros and Cons + Price Comparisons
This post we did back in 2009 covers a lot of what we talked about in this podcast episode. Some of the pricing is outdated and we have revised our opinions on a few things, but overall it’s still pretty accurate.
17 ways to use a wheat grinder
As mentioned in the podcast, there are TONS of ways that you can use your wheat grinder, for things BESIDES just grinding wheat. Click the image below to view all 17 ideas for using your wheat grinder!
I have shared about my adventures in raising chickens on past blog posts here and here. We are on our second batch and we still love them! Today I wanted to let you know my top 5 reasons why I think everyone should raise their own chickens and also show you the new coop we got this year, yay!
1. It’s great learning experience for kids.
My kids share in the chores and responsibility of raising chickens. They loved playing with them in our kitchen as chicks, and they still go out and visit them almost every day in their coop. It is their responsibility to get the eggs, and they also let us know when they are running low on food and water. When the kids get a bit bigger we will teach them how to do the food and water too. I like that they can get an idea of where our food really comes from, even if it includes the hard lessons about how you get chicken on the dinner table.
2. It makes you the “cool” house on the block.
All of the neighbor kids have loved getting to know our chickens. When people have excess scraps from their vegetable gardens they bring their little ones over to feed our chickens. It’s a win win! The only downside was when one of our hens ended up a being a rooster and kept our neighbor’s baby awake at night with his crowing. We weren’t very popular at that point
3. FRESH eggs in an emergency.
While storing powdered eggs can definitely do in an emergency, there is something so GREAT about being able to have fresh eggs, even if I can’t run to the store. If I run out of chicken food I can always let them free range or feed them grains from our food storage so they will keep producing. Too bad I couldn’t keep my rooster friend in order to get fertilized eggs too!
4. You can save money over time.
The price of eggs varies and seems to always be going up. Chicken food is pretty cheap and can be supplemented with lots of scraps. Once you purchase a few initial items, the cost of maintaining your chickens is very minimal. In this post I outlined that it was only about $70 to get everything you need in the beginning. The coop can be your biggest expense but it’s also possible to build one using scraps if you can make that work. Once you’ve made up the cost of the coop, you will come out ahead with the maintenance!
5. Organic, fresh eggs are healthier!
If you crack open and egg from the grocery store beside one of your home-grown eggs, you will notice a big difference. Eggs from your own chickens will be healthier and yummier than store-bought eggs. You know exactly what your chickens have eaten, and what treatments (or NON-treatments) they have been given. Organic at it’s finest, but for a fraction of the cost.
Check out my new chicken coop!
We moved to a new home last fall (which is why we started a new batch of chickens). Our chicken coop that my husband built didn’t take the move very will and he didn’t have time to build me a new one as he was doing lots of other projects on the house and yard. So we got one of the chicken coops from ChickenSaloon.com instead and have been more than happy with it!
We opted for “The Ranch” model so that we wouldn’t have to build a separate enclosure for them to have space to run around.
What I love
I LOVE the built in laying boxes. They are in a good location and my three year old can collect from them. I love the tray underneath the sleeping area, you can pull it out for easy cleaning. There is also a rear door that you can open if you prefer to access it that way. There is an opening that opens up from the sleeping area that leads to a ramp that the chickies can go up and down. I love that there is a trap door there that you can open from outside of the coop area so you don’t have to walk inside the enclosure to open and shut it. The play area for the chickens is big enough that they aren’t too squished. We have our 6 girls in there and they are doing just great! The entire coop and enclosure is very light and can easily be moved around if you need to relocate your coop.
What I don’t love
The little ramp going from the sleeping area down to the ground seems to be a bit delicate. I’m not sure what happened but ours came apart (it’s held together with staples). I’m guessing it had to do with a certain three year old who likes to play with the chickens. My hubby put together a new one for us so it was no biggie. We spoke to the company and they said they would send us out a new one but since we already fixed it we didn’t worry about it.
HOME DELIVERY AND ASSEMBLY
If you live in Utah along the Wasatch front the nice guys from ChickenSaloon.com will even come and deliver your coop for you and assemble it and everything. Just give them a call to discuss delivery options. Otherwise, shipping is free to anywhere in the lower 48 states and the coop will come in three boxes and includes instructions for how to put it together yourself.
Hope that helps encourage you to want to give raising backyard chickens a shot! I never thought I’d be a “farmer” but I sure am having fun with my vegetable garden and little farm animals
Halloween is only a week away! We have princesses and ninjas and superheroes getting VERY excited around here We also have four great October sales we wanted to share with you, as well as links to some of our favorite Halloween posts to share a few yummy treats you can make for the season using your food storage. Enjoy!
Spooktacular Sale Items
|All-American Sun Oven:
FREE DEHYDRATING RACK KIT (Reg. $25.00)
Get a FREE Dehydrating Rack Kit with your purchase of an All-American Sun Oven in October. Simply check the box for the free kit on our order page and it will ship FREE with your Sun Oven!
Orders must be placed by October 31st at 10:00 pm MST.
|Thrive Life: OCTOBER SPECIALS +
6 MONTH FOOD, FUEL, WATER PACKAGE SALE
Regular Home Party Price: $1119.99,
Promotion Price: $939.99
Check out the October Monthly Specials on our Thrive Life website and save 10-30% off of retail prices. The 6 Month Food, Fuel, Water Package is an unadvertised special and can only be purchased through our secure order form.
Orders must be placed by November 1st at 10:00 pm MST.
|Wonder Junior Deluxe:
FREE DRILL BIT ATTACHMENT (Reg. $29.95)
Get a FREE Drill Bit Attachment with your purchase of a Wonder Junior Deluxe hand wheat grinder. Simple check the box for the free attachment on our order page and it will ship FREE with your Wonder Junior!
|Prepare My Life Planner:
$20 OFF AND FREE SHIPPING!
One of our most popular products is on sale for $20 off! Get everything you need to organize and compile your family emergency binder with this Prepare My Life Planner Kit. Watch the video below to learn more and see why Julie LOVES this product.
We’ve been sharing some of our favorite fall and Halloween treats to our Facebook page. Make sure to follow us there for even more ideas coming up this week Here are two of our favorites so far.