Freeze Dried Foods – Which To Store

Freeze Dried Foods – Which To Store

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Some of you may have seen a post I wrote a very long time ago about dairy products in your kitchen. Well, today I decided I wanted to show you some freeze dried foods products from a company called Thrive Life, which is a company I use all the time. I also buy food storage foods and containers from other companies as well. You can buy instant milk for your pantry just about anywhere. I store my open #10 can of instant milk in the refrigerator so it’s ready when I need to use it. Sometimes I look in the refrigerator and I’m down to one or two cups of milk. I grab a glass container and mix up a quart of instant milk to get me by so I don’t have to run to the store that day anyway. These are the glass quarts I fill only in a pinch: Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Glass 34 Ounce Pitcher with Lid, Set of 2. These bottles are dishwasher safe and easy to handle.

Now, here’s the deal, I can recommend some powdered butter but only for baking. I will eat my homemade bread plain before I mix up a batch of powdered butter. I have tasted every #10 can of powdered butter can that’s ever been produced as far as I know. I start to gag just thinking of mixing up a batch. BUT, one butter that is fabulous and very pricey is this one: Red Feather PURE CANNED BUTTER – 6 cans of 12oz each – great for survival earthquake kit. It’s made in New Zealand and has a shelf-life about 15 years. Now, this is my kind of butter. It is butter and it tastes like rich creamy butter. Now, it’s very expensive but we can save it for special occasions after a disaster and use the dry powdered butter for baking. I have six cans of the yummy Red Feather pure butter stored. Well, actually five cans now because I opened one to try it.

My Favorite Freeze Dried Foods:

I am going to share the brands I have tried and use almost daily. I also sell some of them and I only store these brands. When you decide to purchase any #10 cans of food storage be sure and compare ounce to ounce per can plus shipping costs. I suggest you buy small pantry size cans to try them before you buy several large cans. Just because it’s a #10 can (#10 cans are food storage cans that are 7 inches (18cm) high and 6-1/4 inches (16cm) In diameter) they can vary a lot in weight and quantity. I am only talking about #10 cans of food storage today. I am not talking about “meals” where you only add hot or boiling water and eat them. One more thing I want you to think about is the shelf life of the cans

One more thing I want you to think about is the shelf life of the cans unopened and the opened. Every manufacturer of food storage is different. Most companies want you to be aware of the temperature of the room where you store the food. If your food storage is stored in a hot garage it will not last as long. Most companies state 65-70 degrees give or take for optimum shelf life. I realize my food storage will not last the 25 years because I keep my heat and air conditioning a little higher than 65-70 degrees. Let’s get started with my favorite dairy products for your pantry.

Butter:

I have a few #10 cans of powdered butter stored and I have used them for baking and they work fine. My favorite butter product to eat on homemade bread is, of course, the Red Feather brand. It’s way too expensive to use for cooking so we all need a few cans of powdered butter.

Butter Powder

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Add small amounts of water to Butter Powder until desired consistency is reached.

TIPS AND MORE

This product is best used for baking, where it can be added to bread, cookies, cakes and more with a little water.

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If using it as a spread, it’s best to add a small amount of vegetable oil to get the right consistency.

Sprinkle it over veggies or into mashed potatoes or soups to add a light buttery taste.

Sour Cream:

I have a few cans of this stored. I prefer real sour cream but this sour cream works in a pinch.

Sour Cream

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Add 1/3 cup water to 1 cup Sour Cream Powder and mix thoroughly. Use more or less water to reach desired consistency.

Fresh Equivalent

1 cup powder = about 1 cup sour cream

Click here to view the THRIVE to Fresh Equivalents Chart.

TIPS AND MORE

Sour Cream powder doesn’t reconstitute into the same consistency as fresh sour cream and doesn’t have such a strong flavor, so it’s best for making into dips or using in baking.

Add the powder to soups or sauces to give them a creamier finish. You can also add it to baked goods to make them moist.

Freeze Dried Foods – Shredded Cheddar Cheese:

One note here about using freeze dried foods like cheese, I only mix with cool water or it starts to bake. I usually prepare my freeze dried cheese by soaking with cool water, then drain it and place it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator to chill it. It’s great for casseroles but not so much for tacos. Just giving you the heads-up here.

Cheddar Cheese

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Drizzle 1/4 cup cold water over 1 cup cheese and stir continuously until all water is incorporated. Store in a zip lock bag and refrigerate overnight or for several hours before use.

Fresh Equivalent

1 cup dry = 1 cup fresh grated cheese

Click here to view the THRIVE to Fresh Equivalents Chart.

TIPS AND MORE

Use it in quesadillas, burritos, tacos, soups, dips, salads, pizza, breads-anything that could use some cheesy goodness!

If you’re melting cheese on top of a dish, make sure it’s had at least an hour to reconstitute in the refrigerator so that it will be the right consistency for melting.

Freeze Dried Foods – Shredded Mozzarella Cheese:

This is my favorite freeze dried cheese I use all the time. When I say all the time, I keep frozen shredded Mozzarella cheese in my freezer all the time. If I run out I will use my freeze dried foods and it works great!

Mozzarella Cheese

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Drizzle 1/4 cup cold water over 1 cup cheese and stir continuously until all water is incorporated. Store in a ziplock bag and refrigerate overnight or for several hours before use.

Fresh Equivalent

1 cup dry = 1 cup fresh grated cheese

Click here to view the THRIVE to Fresh Equivalents Chart.

TIPS AND MORE

Use it in quesadillas, burritos, tacos, soups, dips, salads, pizza, breads-anything that could use some cheesy goodness!

If you’re melting cheese on top of a dish, make sure it’s had at least an hour to reconstitute in the refrigerator so that it will be the right consistency for melting.

Freeze Dried Shredded Colby Cheese:

It’s nice to store a few different freeze dried cheese choices. This will add variety to our meals if we have a disaster or unforeseen emergency but also for everyday life. It’s in your pantry when you need it.

Colby Cheese

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Drizzle 1/4 cup cold water over 1 cup cheese and stir continuously until all water is incorporated. Store in ziplock bag and refrigerate overnight or for several hours before use.

Fresh Equivalent

1 cup dry = 1 cup fresh grated cheese

Click here to view the THRIVE to Fresh Equivalents Chart.

TIPS AND MORE   

Use it in quesadillas, burritos, tacos, soups, dips, salads, pizza, breads-anything that could use some cheesy goodness!

If you’re melting cheese on top of a dish, make sure it’s had at least an hour to reconstitute in the refrigerator so that it will be the right consistency for melting

Freeze Dried Foods – Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese:

This is one of my favorite for casseroles, I love having a variety of freeze dried foods and cheeses in my pantry.

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Monterey Jack Cheese

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Drizzle 1/4 cup cold water over 1 cup cheese and stir continuously until all water is incorporated. Store in ziplock bag and refrigerate overnight or for several hours before use.

Fresh Equivalent

1 cup dry = 1 cup fresh grated cheese

Click here to view the THRIVE to Fresh Equivalents Chart.

TIPS AND MORE

Use it in quesadillas, burritos, tacos, soups, dips, salads, pizza, breads-anything that could use some cheesy goodness!

If you’re melting cheese on top of a dish, make sure it’s had at least an hour to reconstitute in the refrigerator so that it will be the right consistency for melting.

Freeze Dried Foods – Shredded Parmesan Cheese:

I store a lot of Parmesan cheese whether fresh, frozen or freeze dried. I use it in so many recipes. I love it!

Parmesan Cheese

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Drizzle 1/4 cup cold water over 1 cup cheese and stir continuously until all water is incorporated. Store in zip-lock bag and refrigerate overnight or for several hours before use.

TIPS AND MORE

Use it in quesadillas, burritos, tacos, soups, dips, salads, pizza, breads-anything that could use some cheesy goodness!

If you’re melting cheese on top of a dish, make sure it’s had at least an hour to reconstitute in the refrigerator so that it will be the right consistency for melting.

Instant Milk:

I personally only buy this instant milk for drinking, cooking and baking.

Instant Milk

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Mix Instant Milk powder with water using the proportions below [add more or less powder to suit individual tastes]. Store in fridge; for best taste, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before drinking.

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

3/4 c. powder + 4 c. water = 1 qt milk

3 c. powder + 16 c. water = 1 gal. milk

TIPS AND MORE

Our Instant Milk is made especially for drinking and is fortified with Vitamin A and D. It tastes so great that it actually beat fresh milk in a third-party taste test!

Pour it over cold cereal or use it to thicken soups, smoothies, milkshakes, hot chocolate, and more. It will last about as long as fresh milk once it’s been reconstituted.

It can also be used like regular milk in baking; just add the milk powder and the necessary water.

Non-Fat Powdered Milk:

Powdered milk is designed to be used for cooking and baking: not one of the freeze dried foods, powdered milk is actually evaporated.

Powdered Milk

I quote from Thrive Life:

PREP INSTRUCTIONS

Mix Nonfat Powdered Milk with water using the proportions below. Refrigerate once reconstituted.

3/4 tbsp. powder + 1/4 c. water = 1/4 c. milk

1 tbsp. powder + 1/3 c. water = 1/3 c. milk

1 1/2 tbsp. powder + 1/2 c. water = 1/2 c. milk

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

Fresh Equivalent:

3 tbsp. powder + 1 c. water = 1 c. milk

Now once I open my #10 cans of food storage I remove the oxygen absorbers and place the product in mason jars or OXO container like this: OXO Good Grips POP Big Square 4-Quart Storage Container

I hope this post today gets you excited to try a few new food storage items so you will have freeze dried foods products in your pantry at all times. You can use them when you need them. Please remember to store your food storage in airtight containers and remove the oxygenator after you open the cans to begin using them. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for temperature and shelf-life open and unopened cans. Here’s to being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you in your efforts.

Here’s a shelf-life PRINTABLE CHART for Thrive Life products: Shelf Life of Thrive Live Foods

Food Storage by Linda 

Comments

  1. I’d never heard of Thrive Life until now Linda – thanks so much for sharing! I’m going to hop over and read more about the company!

    • Hi Savannah, I try not to sell stuff on my website but I want people to know the products I buy and trust to use in my home. I always say compare the ounces to ounces including the shipping. Let me know what you think, I love their stuff and Honeyville Grain. Linda

  2. I’ve tried freeze dried food from numerous companies and Thrive is definitely my favorite. It’s worth the price. I occasionally buy a few items from other companies if the prices is really good but not often because they just don’t taste as good as Thrive foods. And Linda I agree with you on the Red Feather butter – that stuff is AWESOME!!!! Earlier this year I found it on sale for right at $5 a can so I stocked up on it.

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