Thrive Life Anniversary Sale


Did you know Thrive is celebrating 5 years of parties with an extra big August specials sale! August items are founders’ favorites, so you can grab great THRIVE items from Budge’s faves and Palmer’s picks.


To make your life a little easier we’ve compiled the sale items by % of savings. Here is a breakdown of the sale:

30-40% savings
Blackberries (FD) Sale price $12.60 – You save $12.60 per #10 can 40% discount
Pineapple Chunks (FD) Sale price $20.99 – You save 13.40 per #10 can 40% discount
Granny Smith Green Apples (FD) Sale price $15.59 – You save 7.10 per #10 can 31% discount
Budge’s Pick Package Pantry Cans Only Sale price $82.18 – You save $33.83 30% discount

20-30% savings
Pasta, Egg Noodle Sale Price $6.39 – You save $2.60 29% discount
Cherries, Sweet (FD) Sale price $34.29 – You save 13.20 per #10 can 28% discount
Peach Slices (FD) Sale price $23.99 – You save $5.30 per #10 can 28% discount
9 Grain Cracked Cereal Sale Price $5.79 – You save $2.30 per #10 can 28% discount
Quinoa, Organic Sale Price $37.29 – You save $10.80 on a #10 can 22% discount
Palmer’s Pick Package Pantry Cans Only Sale Price $82.18 – You save $33.83. 29% discount

15-20% savings
Béchamel creamy white sauce Sale Price $9.49 – You save $2.20 per #10 can 19% discount
Grapes, Red Seedless (FD) Sale price $28.79 – You save 6.00 per #10 can 17% discount
Strawberries, Sliced (FD) Sale price $20.99 – You save 4.70 per #10 can 18 % discount
Green Peas (FD) Sale Price $14.39 – You save $3.20 per #10 can 18 % discount
Sausage Crumbles (FD) Sale Price $39.69 – You save $8.90 18% discount
Beef, Ground (FD) Sale Price $42.99 – You save 9.50 per can 18 % discount
Yogurt, Blueberry (FD) Sale Price $34.19 – You save $7.70 per #10 can 18% discount

Up to 15% savings
Beans, Instant Black Sale Price $12.39 – You save 1.80 per #10 can 13% discount
Banana Slices (FD) Sale price $22.79 – You save $3.30 per #10 can 13 % discount
Chef’s Choice Sale Price $6.79 – You save $1.00 per spice can 13% discount

FREE Shelf Stable Recipe Book

Have you heard the term “Shelf Stable” and wondered exactly what it means? Different people have different opinions on that, but today we are going to give you OUR definition and then we have a great free gift for you to download too!

Shelf Stable Cookbook - Over 100 Recipes

What does shelf stable mean?
We consider a shelf stable recipe to be one that can be made completely with items that can be found in your pantry (not refrigerated). The purpose is to have meals that you can make should your power go out and you lose the foods that you have in your fridge and freezer.

Traditional shelf stable recipes
Most people thing of things like homemade bread, chili, spaghetti, etc. when they think of a shelf stable meal. Items that don’t have meats, dairy, or produce. These should definitely be staples of your diet in an emergency and it is helpful if you have at least practiced making some of the more difficult things.

Converting a regular recipe to shelf stable
Our favorite shelf stable recipes are some of our very favorite family recipes that we’ve converted to shelf stable by making a few simple substitutions. If you add canned or freeze-dried meats, cheeses, and produce to your food storage your meal options are drastically increased. See an example of this with Julie’s Enchilada Pie recipe.

FREE Shelf Stable Recipe Book
A few years ago we asked all of our readers to help us with a project and submit their favorite shelf stable recipes. We have some of the best readers out there! You should know- you’re one of them! We received over 100 recipes and compiled them all into this AMAZING Shelf Stable Recipe Book. The recipe book has the following categories:


(Please note: We made the recipes 4 to a page in order to save paper for you if you print it out. In case you find the font to be too small by doing this, we also made a FULL PAGE VERSION. It’s 172 pages but you can print it front and back or just use it on the computer. Enjoy!)

Feel free to pin the image below to save for later or share with your friends!


5 Minute Homemade Coleslaw and Dressing


One of my favorite kitchen appliances is my Bosch mixer. I talk about it a lot on here because of how AMAZING it is at making bread. Since this is a Food Storage blog and most people store a lot of wheat in their food storage, bread is something that gets brought up a lot.

Today however I’m going to tell you something I do with my Bosch that has nothing to do with wheat or bread. Did you know the Bosch has a new slicer shredder that is AMAZING? It fits over the top of your mixing bowl and shreds, slices & grates directly into your large bowl. I have used a food processor in the past for these kinds of things but the container is much too small for big batches of things. You can buy your own slicer shredder attachment at our store with FREE SHIPPING.

Also right now there is a special going on: BOSCH SUMMER SPECIAL
Through August 26th receive a FREE set of cookie dough paddles (regularly $34.99) and bowl scraper (regularly $22.99) with purchase of a Bosch Universal Mixer. Get $57.98 worth of accessories for FREE!

This summer I have loved making homemade coleslaw with my Bosch Slicer Shredder. I love it because I can throw in virtually any vegetable along with some cabbage and get a fresh and healthy salad in 5 minutes. It’s awesome! I also found a great recipe online for the dressing. I’m loving this shredder.

Homemade Coleslaw

1/2 head of cabbage
3 carrots
3 stalks of celery
6-7 radishes
Any other vegetables you have on hand:

Shred and add dressing. It’s that easy!


Homemade Coleslaw Dressing

1 cup mayo
2 tablespoons of sugar (I use honey)
2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard seed
1/8 teaspoon of celery seed (I have skipped this)


Book Review: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival

Blogging can be a little bit of a lonely world, even though we have tons of food storage friends online. It’s always nice to meet one of our readers or a fellow blogger face to face. We have connected with Angela from Food Storage and Survival and have enjoyed it every time. So when we were given the chance to review her new book Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival of course we jumped on it! She has very similar ideas about food storage as us and we knew it would be a great read.

The Basics

In Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival Angela does a great job at taking hard topics and making them feel approachable. Food storage and preparedness are such in depth concepts that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you get started and have no idea where to even begin. The first four chapters of the book are perfect for anyone who is brand new at food storage. She covers 72 hour kits, short-term food storage, long-term food storage, and water storage. She goes into a lot of depth while not getting so technical and detailed that you get lost. For people who already have a decent food storage established, you will still find useful tidbits in every chapter. A few of the pop out-sections I loved were:

  • Recipe for Homemade Survival Bars
  • Cooking on a Dakota Fire Hole
  • Sample Menu Lists
  • Shelf Life Chart (check out Angela’s Printable Chart for a sneak preview of this)

Preserving and Packaging

The next three chapters focus on how to preserve foods, how to dry pack items you’ve bought, and tips for actually buying the food you will be preserving or packaging up for long term storage. Again, Angela makes these topics feel doable for a beginner, and yet still has good tips for a veteran. For in-depth tutorials with visuals it’s usually easier to watch in a video format (we recommend this canning DVD for beginners). But once you’ve got the hang of it, this book provides a vast amount of helpful references and charts that I’m sure I will refer back to frequently. Some of my favorite parts of this section are:

  • Reviews on newer products such as JARbox totes and Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
  • Preparation instructions for canning specific fruits and vegetables
  • Chart with dehydration times for a variety of foods
  • List of seasonal and event sales to know when to buy certain foods at the lowest prices

Advanced Topics

After covering the basics, Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival goes into some sections that you don’t always see in traditional “food storage” books. She has a chapter on maintaining balance and variety in your diet which includes fun topics like preserving meats, making your own yogurt, and storing sweets. Angela basically takes a look at each of the basic “categories” of food storage and gives lots of ideas for how to mix things up or add to them to help you avoid flavor fatigue in an emergency.

The next section is on sustainable food storage. I love how it is introduced in the book:

Food stored in cans and buckets will eventually run out. Supplementing your stored food with sustainable food sources like gardening, livestock, or hunting will help extend the food supply you have as well as provide food for years to come. Plus it is one of the least expensive and healthiest ways to gather food for your family for everyday eating and storage.

Angela goes into a lot of detail on gardening, harvesting seeds, raising small AND large livestock, hunting and trapping (including what guns/ammo are best), and even discusses wild edibles. This chapter could be a whole book in itself and was a great read for me as I haven’t dived into most of these topics in depth yet.

Organizing and Using Your Food Storage

One of our favorite things is teaching people how to get their food storage OUT of their basements and INTO their kitchens. The last section of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival does just that. It first covers a lot of organizational tips which are critical for rotation and for feeling like you have a place for all of that food to go that is accessible to you. The last chapter is all about USING your food. I love that Angela doesn’t just list a bunch of recipes, she actually TEACHES us how to use what we have stored to make regular meals that our family already loves. I love the shelf stable substitutions chart and how she gives two real examples on how to convert a regular family recipe into a “food storage” recipe.

The very end of the book has two pages that cover powerless cooking options. My only complaint about the book is that this section wasn’t long enough! There was so much detail on the other topics and I would have loved to see this topic explored in a similar amount of depth. It was a great brief overview, but I would have been interested to see her take on the pros and cons of each tool listed (similar to how she did it for the small camp stoves in the first chapter). Maybe the book was getting too long :)

Don’t forget to check out the appendix that has tons of charts and worksheets to help you with the concepts discussed throughout the book!

Overall I would recommend the book to anyone just getting started, and I think it’s a great reference tool to have on hand for those who are more veteran in the world of preparedness. Like I said, the book is full of great advanced tips and tricks while still maintaining a feeling of being doable for a beginner. Great job Angela!

Thrive Life Christmas in July Sales

Thrive Life Christmas in July Sale

Who doesn’t like a great sale in the middle of the summer? It really does feel like Christmas! Or like getting free Slurpees on 7-11 and a free big gulp the next day. We are excited to share with you 6 HOT packages from Thrive Life that are being sold at such discounted prices they are not available on the website and can only be purchased through a consultant (that’s us!)

To make it easy for you you can order the packages using our secure online order form and we will process the order within 1-2 business days. Check out some of the best prices of the summer and enjoy a little Christmas in July with us! (Orders must be placed by July 31st at 10 pm MST)

Premium Meat Essentials Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $320.94
Special Package Price: $181.99
Just $30.33 per #10 can for each of the following meats:
- 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Chopped Chicken
- 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
- 2 #10 Cans Freeze-Dried Roast Beef

Yogurt Variety Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $260.84
Special Package Price: $162.99
Just $27.16 per #10 can for each of the following :
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Vanilla Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Pomegranite Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Blueberry Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Passion Fruit Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Cherry Yogurt
- 1 #10 Can Freeze-Dried Strawberry Yogurt

Tropical Fruit Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $170.45
Special Package Price: $126.99
Just $21.16 per #10 can for each of the following fruits:
- Freeze-Dried Banana Slices
- Freeze-Dried Mangoes
- Freeze-Dried Pineapple Chunks
- Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
- Freeze-Dried Apricots
- Freeze-Dried Pears

Fruit Variety Package

Retail Price if bought individually: $195.44
Special Package Price: $126.99
Just $21.16 per #10 can for each of the following fruits:
- Freeze-Dried Raspberries
- Freeze-Dried Blueberries
- Freeze-Dried Blackberries
- Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
- Freeze-Dried Strawberries
- Dehydrated Apple Slices

Vegetable Variety Pack
Retail Price if bought individually: $121.84
Special Package Price: $70.99
Just $11.83 per #10 can for each of the following veggies:
- Freeze-Dried Chopped Onions
- Freeze-Dried Broccoli
- Freeze-Dried Green Peas
- Freeze-Dried Corn
- Dehydrated Carrots
- Dehydrated Potato Chunks

Organic Grains Package
Retail Price if bought individually: $158.74
Special Package Price: $87.99
Just $14.66 per #10 can for each of the following grains:
- 2 #10 Cans Organic Quinoa
- 2 #10 Cans Organic Spelt
- 2 #10 Cans Organic Amaranth

We will process the order manually within 24-48 hours.

Sun Oven Cinnamon Rolls

Last month we challenged our readers to do some powerless cooking. Summer is a great time to practice your powerless cooking skills. A couple weeks ago it was seriously hot around here (it still is actually). We were out of bread in the house and I couldn’t face turning on the oven. I decided to pull out my Sun Oven and skip the heat in the house. Half way through making the bread I decided to take a loaf of the dough and make cinnamon rolls in the oven. Why not? Well they turned out great and it’s probably something I’ll be doing again. My regular oven has been kind of quirky lately and dries things out. The Sun Oven however made these rolls turn out amazing! So moist and delicious.

Sun Oven Cinnamon Rolls - Perfect treat for a hot day!

Before starting your dough get your Sun Oven out in the sun and pre-heating. It won’t matter if it keeps heating for longer than it needs because the energy you are using is free and plentiful. If you are lining your Sun Oven up correctly your oven should get to 350 degrees within 20-30 minutes.

Dough Recipe

For the dough I use my regular bread recipe. Since this recipe makes 6 loaves I usually make a couple pizzas, some bread, and this time some cinnamon rolls.

Emilie’s Whole Wheat Bread

(From Deals to Meals blog, directions are modified for Julie’s methods)

7 c. whole wheat flour (grind your own with your Wondermill)
2/3 c. vital wheat gluten (buy at Honeyville)
2 1/2 T. instant yeast (we like the SAF brand)

5 c. hot water (120-130 F)

2 T. salt
2/3 c. oil
2/3 c. honey or 1 c. sugar (we like honey the best!)
2 1/2 T. bottled lemon juice

5 c. whole wheat flour

Mix together the first three ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook (we both use and love our Bosch for this). Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let rest for 10 minutes (this is called sponging). Add salt, oil, honey or sugar, and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This makes very soft dough.

Spray counter with pam and take dough out of the bowl. Do NOT flour your counter, this will add dryness you don’t want in the bread. You basically want your dough to feel a “little” sticky. Separate dough into bread pans, and let rise until double in size. For conventional ovens bake at 350 for 22-30 mins or until browned. This depends on your oven, just watch it a little and cover with foil if it looks like it’s getting brown too fast.

Cinnamon Roll Modification

This recipe will make 6 loaves of bread. Take about 1/6 of the dough to make a medium size pan of cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Roll Filling
1 c. packed brown sugar
1-2 T. cinnamon
1/3 c. butter

Cream ingredients together and spread over rolled out dough.

ingredients rolled out

After you have the butter and sugar rolled out on dough, roll dough into a ball. A trick to getting evenly cut (not smashed rolls) is to use dental floss to cut the rolls. Take a long piece of floss and place it under the dough. Pull the floss up and cross it to make the cut.

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Place in Sun Oven and cook for 30-40 mins if the oven is at 340 degrees or above. If your oven isn’t getting that hot (due to time of day or cloudiness) let them cook a little longer. The beauty of cooking them in the Sun Oven is that they won’t burn and they stay moist!

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July “Get it Done” Challenge: Car Kit Update

I don’t know about your family but around here summertime means ROAD TRIPS. As we embarked on a week long-trip to California this summer I thought a lot about what emergency preps I had in my car. We have a basic car kit but I definitely want to make some additions/improvements. So we thought a lot of you may be in the same boat and wanted to focus on that for our challenge this month.

July Get it Done Challenge:  Car Kit Update

Having an emergency kit in your car is something that can be life-saving in extreme cases, and sanity-saving on a regular basis. If you don’t know what a Car Emergency Kit is or how to go about putting one together, make sure to read our DISASTER KIT / EVACUATION LIST PAGE for full details and LOTS of resources for beginner to advanced kits.

Car Kit Update

For our July challenge we are encouraging everyone to do the following THREE things and report back to the group about it via blog comments or on our Facebook page. This makes us all more accountable and will help to make sure we actually GET IT DONE!

1. Do an inventory: What supplies do you have in each vehicle?

  • Stop what you are doing right now, grab a pen and paper, and run out to your car(s).
  • Write down all of the emergency supplies you currently have in each of your cars.
  • Share your list on this Facebook thread, don’t be shy, we are all working on this!

2. Do a rotation: Swap out seasonal items, rotate food and water

  • Check your food and water, make sure they are fresh
  • Make sure to include summer items to help you keep cool
  • Consider including good running shoes for all family members
  • Remove winter-specific items if needed for space

3. Expand your kit: consider additional items you might want to add

  • Look at the links on our Emergency Kit page and make a list of items you’d like to add
  • Plan a time this month to shop for them or shop online (check out Thrive, Emergency Essentials, and Amazon for lots of Emergency Supplies)
  • Re-arrange your kits in appropriate containers in your vehicles
  • Take a picture of your completed kit and share it on this Facebook thread
  • Give yourself a pat on the back at “getting it done” this month!

ENTER TO WIN: Survival Kit in a Can

Colghan’s Survival Kit in a Can
Contains 38 essential items:
Fire starter
9.8′ multi-use cord
3′ wire
Four waterproof matches
101′ fish line
Soup packet
Tea bag
Sugar packet
Match book
Two antiseptic swabs
Razor blade
Three twist ties

12″ duct tape
Signal mirror
Zip-lock bag
Two bandages
Two nails
Two safety pins
Two fish hooks
Signal whistle
Chewing gum
Sewing needle
Energy candy
Note paper
Survival/first aid pamphlet

How to Enter:
Simply share in the facebook threads listed above either your current car kit inventory or a picture of your completed kit and we will pick a winner from one of the threads to win a FREE survival kit in a can!

50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT

My air conditioner was broken for a few days this summer and it was pretty miserable around our house. It got me thinking about what I would do in a long term powerless situation to keep our family cool. We posed the question on our Facebook page and got tons of great ideas from our readers. Here is a summary of the best ones!


  1. Wear light-colored clothing, dark clothes absorb heat
  2. Use a damp cloth to wet face, arms and legs
  3. Find a cool breeze to sit in (especially after getting wet)
  4. Make a paper fan and fan yourself
  5. Hang out in the basement of your home
  6. Install attic vents to release the hot air that rises
  7. Sleep on the porch between wet sheets
  8. Relax during the hottest hours, do heavy chores/cooking in the morning and evening
  9. Do your canning and cooking outdoors
  10. Take an afternoon nap
  11. Use a buckwheat pillow, it won’t hold on to your body heat
  12. Close all blinds and window coverings (don’t let the sun in)
  13. Open all the windows at night to let cool air in
  14. Lie down on the floor in the lowest level of your house
  15. Keep a window open upstairs to pull hot air up and out
  16. Wet your hair
  17. Put white sheets over furniture, it will reflect heat instead of absorb it
  18. Wrap a wet towel around your neck
  19. Plant or find shade trees
  20. Take cool baths
  21. Make sure your home is well insulated, it will keep the heat out
  22. Drink lots of fluids
  23. Use a spray bottle and spray yourself down
  24. Hang wet sheets in open windows that have a cross breeze
  25. Keep babies in a light onesie (not naked) for when you hold them
  26. Dip feet in cool water
  27. Keep your body covered (in cool clothes) to shade it from the sun
  28. Don’t wear polyester, it makes you sweat
  29. Sit still, moving around makes you hotter
  30. Make recipes using mint/peppermint to cool the body
  31. Brush mint against the skin to cool you down
  32. Wear loose-fitting skirts
  33. Use battery-powered fans (like these ones)
  34. Put wet rags over a batter powered fan to make a “swamp cooler”
  35. Give the kids squirt guns and have a water fight
  36. Buy some evaporative cooling bandanas. These look so neat!
  37. Eat cold meals
  38. Eat spicy foods, they increase perspiration which cools down the body
  39. Buy some cooling towels/cloths
  40. Wear a large-brimmed hat to shade your face
  41. Spray your house down with a water hose for a temporary cool down
  42. Keep ice packs in your freezer and then use them for relief
  43. Go around naked (if appropriate)
  44. Use silk or satin sheets and pillowcases, they feel cooler
  45. Hang up bedding in cool areas of the house or shade during the day
  46. Get a waterbed, it will absorb heat and feel cool on hot nights
  47. Build porch awnings to provide shade
  48. Have a generator to plug in electric fans
  49. Make a homemade air conditioner or swamp cooler if you have a generator

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50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT

How to Create a Mommy Emergency Car Kit (Gift Idea)

I’ve been working on re-arranging my car kits after I saw a #10 Can Car Kit on Pinterest. I thought fitting it into cans made a lot of sense and would be sturdy and a good way to use up old cans. It’s still a work in progress and I’ll post about it when I have them completed. BUT, it also gave me a great idea for a different type of emergency car kit also using an empty #10 can.

How to Create a Mommy EMERGENCY Car Kit.  Perfect baby shower gift idea for a new Mommy!

My two little sisters both got pregnant with their first babies at the same time and I wanted to do something special for them on their first Mother’s Day. After having 4 kids myself, I’ve learned a few things like “always keep a spare diaper and wipes in the car” because your mental capacity decreases over time and you start to forget your diaper bag more often than you remember it when you are herding 4 children out the door. I decided it would be great to give them a MOMMY emergency car kit that contains small sizes of things they will most likely keep in a diaper bag, but can save them in an emergency where they forget it at home.

Contents List:

Here is everything I included. You can feel free to add or subtract items to fit your needs. Some suggestions from readers are a onesie, or nursing pads and snacks for the mommy.


  • Wet wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Diapers
  • Bottle
  • Formula
  • Binkie
  • Nail clippers
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Band-aids
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby powder
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wash
  • It was cheaper for me to buy enough items to make 6 kits since I could buy 3-packs of bottles and binkies, and I could split a whole package of diapers and formula packets into 6 kits. It ended up costing about $16 for each kit including the decorating materials. Now I have 4 more gifts ready to go for future baby showers!



  • Clean out an empty #10 can
  • Stuff it full of the items from the contents list above
  • Use cute scrapbook paper to cover the outside of the can
  • Wrap a strip of ribbon around bottom and top of can
  • Tape a circle of matching scrapbook paper onto the lid
  • Print out labels with a contents list and title for the top
  • Feel free to use my printable downloads below:

    - Printables in Word Format (customizable)
    - Printables in PDF Format

    And here are my cute sisters on Mother’s Day with their new car kits :)

    How to Make a Mommy EMERGENCY Car Kit.  Perfect baby shower gift idea for a new Mommy!

    Brazilian Black Beans

    Well it’s World Cup season and over here we cheer for the American, Canadian and Brazilian teams. To be festive this week I made Brazilian Black Beans. These beans come with a story.


    About 10 years ago my husband served a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Brazil for 2 years. We had been dating before he left and when he got home we were married. He often spoke of some of his favorite foods from Brazil. Of course one of his favorite foods was the beans. For the last few years I took it as a challenge to try and re-create these famous Brazilian beans. I tweaked, and tweaked, and tweaked how I made them. Every time I made them he said they tasted good but weren’t exactly the same. Just an FYI… recreating food you have never tasted is actually quite challenging. He kept saying “They must just have different spices in Brazil”.

    Well about 5 months ago a dear friend from my husband’s mission was in town. She came over and taught me how to make Brazilian beans. Well it turns out it wasn’t spices I was missing. It was sausage and bacon. Ummmmmm DEAR HUSBAND: SPICES CAN’T TAKE THE PLACE OF SAUSAGE AND BACON. Anyways, here’s the recipe for how dear Sueli from Brazil taught me how to make my husband’s favorite mission food.


    Brazilian Beans

    2 cups of dry beans soaked
    5 cups of water (or chicken broth – see notes for how I make my chicken broth)
    A large sausage or 4 small ones of your choice
    4 pieces of bacon diced
    1/2 green pepper
    1/2 onion
    Salt and Pepper


    • Pressure cook beans in water or bouillon for 15 minutes on low. Release pressure. At this point you want them kind of soft but not all the way cooked. In case you are using old beans or didn’t soak them long enough cook again until they are soft on the outside not all the way cooked on the inside.
    • Add 4 sausages or 1 large one cut into 4 pieces into the pressure cooker. Cook on low again for 10 minutes. This will flavor your beans. The sausage I use is pictured above. It is a natural chicken sausage and it works great.
    • While sausage is cooking fry bacon, green pepper, and onion in a frying pan.
    • Once the beans are done their second cook remove sausage and cut into bite size pieces. Each individual piece will be more juicy by leaving them in the larger chunks during the pressure cooking process.
    • Add bacon, green pepper, onions and sausage pieces back to pressure cooker and simmer for about 10 minutes.
    • Add salt and pepper to taste.



    She taught me how to make these with my electric pressure cooker. I absolutely love the electric pressure cooker. Love it. Your kitchen tools may vary so make adjustments as needed.
    Chicken Broth: When I pull out an appliance I like to use it a few times (since it’s out already). I usually cook 4-5 frozen chicken breasts in water, garlic, onion, salt and pepper on high pressure for about 16 minutes. The liquid that this makes is am amazing broth. I then use the broth to make beans, soups or anything that needs broth.