One of the things I love the most about Thrive Life foods is their long shelf-life. While each item varies in the particulars, a majority of Thrive Life foods are shelf-stable for 6-12 months once opened, and many can be stored for up to 25 years, in proper conditions.
I LOVE that I have stopped throwing away celery, mushrooms, and onions, and that I no longer throw out most of the “fresh” fruits and vegetables in my produce drawer at the end of the week. My pantry is now full of a much wider variety of non-perishables. Cooking real, consistent meals for my family is much less stressful when I’m not hung up on feeling guilty for food waste.
Here are 10 foods I stopped throwing away by switching to Thrive Life.
Before I started using freeze-dried celery, it was a pain to try and use up a whole bunch before it went bad. Celery was also hard to use in freezer cooking, so I really enjoy having this in my pantry. I throw it into everything, and now my problem is that I actually run out of celery fairly often, and I need to upgrade to the #10 can. Not a bad problem to have!
I really enjoy mushrooms, especially in beef dishes. But I remember buying them several times in a row and they were already moldy 1-3 days later, even when I actually had a recipe planned to use them in. Bummer! Now, I keep these on hand and don’t have to worry about moldy mushrooms.
Who loves cutting onions?? I don’t. But I love their flavor, and I start nearly every dish by “sweating” onions and garlic. Now I don’t really have to sweat it; I just toss these in quickly before adding other ingredients. The only real concern is that these can burn if you walk away or don’t add liquid quickly. Still, I love having freeze-dried onions on hand for everything from sloppy joes to chicken salad.
I use green onions all the time in Asian food. And jerk sauce. And sausage 1-pot pasta. And really, just all over the place. I used to struggle to keep these on hand without them rotting in the bottom of my produce drawer when I wasn’t paying attention. Now, they make it into my dinners instead of into the trash. Score!
Green Chili Peppers
Have you ever bought a can of green chilies, only used a little bit, and then find green goupy remains a few day later when you fish it out from the back of the fridge? Well, I used to do that when I made enchiladas, but not any more. Now I keep a pantry can of these beauties on hand, and I LOVE throwing them into dishes without throwing any away.
Tomato Paste/Tomato Sauce/Tomato Juice
Ohhh, tomato powder. Tomato powder is my favorite. Depending on how much water you add, you can use it as tomato paste, tomato sauce, or tomato juice. It’s literally just crushed tomatoes, dried and powdered; I love Thrive Life’s simple ingredient lists! This deep red powder makes my life so much easier. Plus, I no longer throw away partially used cans of tomato paste or little bits of leftover pizza sauce; I can make just the right amount.
This one was a little harder to remember throwing away, because bouillon lasts for a long time. But when I used to buy broth in cans or cartons, it would often go bad in my fridge before I used it all. And I had a hard time finding a brand of bouillon without a ton of sodium, and with a flavor I enjoyed consistently. But I really enjoy both the chicken broth and beef broth from Thrive Life; they both have great flavor and a long shelf-life, without any MSG.
Berries! I didn’t used to buy berries just to munch on; I would sometimes buy frozen ones for smoothies, but that was about it. It’s hard to find any berries that don’t mold super quickly, except for a small window in April or May when they’re truly in season. These berries taste as fresh as if I picked them myself, and now I keep them on hand for a healthy snack year-round. I’m so glad I have these shelf-stable, fresher than fresh, freeze-dried strawberries in my pantry now!
I used to throw away a lot of meat, just to be sure it wasn’t spoiled, because I have a fear of “bad meat.” I HATED wasting money and tossing out a good protein source. Now, I use more freeze-dried chicken and I rarely throw away meat. I never thought I’d say this, but I love it when my freeze-dried chicken slices show up at my door.
I have a confession to make on this last one. I didn’t USE peanut flour before I found Thrive Life, so I’m not sure I would have thrown it away. I just know I love this stuff, I use it all the time in muffins and smoothies and try to sneak it in to my kid’s diets to add protein. It’s only ingredient is Roasted Peanuts, and it has a longer shelf life than opened peanut butter.
These are my top 10 food I no longer throw away now that I’ve switched to Thrive Life foods. If you’d like to know more, or if you have a question about another food, I’m happy to share my own experiences. Just shoot me an e-mail and I can help you decide which Thrive Life products make sense for your style of cooking.