Friday, July 22, 2011

Introducing The Bucket!


When can I purchase the new THRIVE® buckets?
The official launch will be Monday, August 1. However, Q-club members will be able to pre-order buckets starting Friday, July 22. Sign up for the Q now!

"Not only are we offering some of our food in buckets, but we're bringing you 3 all-new products! These will also be available for purchase in #10 and  pantry cans. Oat Groats and Spelt will also be available in pouches."

 Learn More about the new Thrive Buckets Here.


The One Year, 4 Person Freeze-Dried & Dehydrated Package is on Sale! (#25348) for only $2848.99.

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History of Food Storage: Pie Cabinet

A Pie Cabinet may be known as a pie safe, kitchen safe, or pie cupboard.
These pieces are as functional as they are beautiful!!
 Pie Cabinets were an important storage tool prior to refrigeration. Pies, pastries, breads, and other goodies could safely be tucked away in the pie cabinet. The pie cabinet kept these baked goods cool and moist. Inside the cabinet the foods were protected from mice, flies and other pest (such as a curious toddler!)

Pie cabinets are fairly simple. A cabinet with a screened front to allow air circulation. You can find plans to make your own pie safe or purchase an antique. Many sites also offer 'Amsih Made' Pie safes.

This piece of history is functional and beautiful!!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bigger is Better & a BIG Sale

Shelf Reliance is proud to offer a variety of THRIVE foods that come in all shapes and sizes. Our mylar bags are just what you need for a small afternoon snack or the midnight munchies. With THRIVE pantry cans you can share the goodness of THRIVE with more of your friends and family. The #10 cans contain plenty of servings of healthy THRIVE food that you can use daily to whip up a variety of tasty homemade meals. Now, if that wasn’t enough, Shelf Reliance is taking it one step further—bigger, that is!

We will be having an awesome sale on our One Year, 4 Person Package (ID#25348) beginning Friday!

**Details Will Be Posted Friday**

Monday, July 11, 2011

Your Health: BPA

You have likely seen 'BPA Free' stickers popping up on hard plastic bottles all over the place! Just what is this BPA? Why is it so dangerous?

What Is BPA?

Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups. It is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications.

Known to be estrogenic since the mid 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, prompting some retailers to remove products containing it from their shelves. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children. In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance.In the European Union and Canada, BPA use is banned in baby bottles.(Wikipedia)

Is BPA Toxic?

This is a subject of much debate. Since the FDA completed its original analysis in August, additional data on the potential health effects of BPA have emerged, linking high levels of BPA exposure to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes and even a decreased sensitivity to chemotherapy in cancer patients. The compound is also linked to developmental and brain effects in infants; BPA is known to mimic the hormone estrogen in the body, which can cause changes in developing fetuses and infants. "There is enough evidence today for the FDA to take the precaution and to certainly get BPA out of infant products," says Urvashi Rangan, senior scientist and policy analyst at Consumers Union. "Even more, consumers should not be ingesting this substance while the science is being figured out."(Time Magazine)

A 2008 draft report by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) concluded that “there is some concern for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures,” and that there is “some concern for bisphenol A exposure in these populations based on effects in the prostate gland, mammary gland, and an earlier age for puberty in females.”

Dr Oz suggest the BPA may be making us fat.

BPA has been linked to many health problems.

BPA is also known to have a negative effect on the environment.

In general, studies have shown that BPA can affect growth, reproduction and development in aquatic organisms. Among freshwater organisms, fish appear to be the most sensitive species. Evidence of endocrine-related effects in fish, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles has been reported at environmentally relevant exposure levels lower than those required for acute toxicity. There is a widespread variation in reported values for endocrine-related effects, but many fall in the range of 1μg/L to 1 mg/L.(Wikipedia)

In Conclusion, The jury may still be officially 'out' on BPA, but it is something we should all be mindful of.

Where do we find BPA?

BPA is hiding everywhere. It is in water bottles, milk jugs, ling of cans of baby formula, lining of many cans and many other places. Heat causes BPA to leach at up to 50% more quickly. This means, do NOT heat or reheat your foods in plastic containers. Do NOT leave water bottles in the sun. When in doubt do not reuse plastics or cans.

One easy way to identify BPA is by the recycle code on the bottom of most plastics.

In general, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.

Thrive & BPA

You can feel safe feeding your family foods from Thrive and Shelf Reliance. All Thrive cans and pouches are BPA FREE!! Our specially lined cans are durable, safe, and add to Thrive foods long shelf life. Best of all, with Thrive foods, you don't have to worry about dangerous, toxic substances such as BPA leaching into your families food.

Many baby food containers  contain BPA. With Thrive foods you can quickly make healthy baby food in minutes! Just rehydrate your chosen foods and puree! No need to boil or steam! You can then freeze your homemade baby food eliminating your baby's exposure to BPA.

How many toxic and dangerous chemicals is your family being exposed to on a daily basis? Are you or your family suffering from any health problems as a result of these toxic chemicals and compounds? What can you do today or change tomorrow to limit your family's exposure to toxins such as BPA?

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Friday, July 8, 2011

History Of Food Storage: The Root Cellar

Welcome! I love history! Through history, we are better able to understand ourselves, where we have been, and where we are going.

Each week, I am going to share a bit with you about the history of food storage!

Lucky for us, food storage is the easiest and healthiest it has ever been! Start your home store today and you will always have fresh yummy food on hand for you and your family!

The Root Cellar

Root  Cellars are an ancient form of long-term food storage of foods and veggies and fermented beverages.

Early records show Root Cellars in use 40,000 years ago.

Native Australians were among the first to take advantage of the insulated properties of burying food.

Walk in food storage cellars were invented in the 17th century in England. This was the first appearance of the root cellar as we know it.

According to Hobby Farm, "the most notable practitioners of root-cellar arts were the early colonists that arrived in North America from the United Kingdom. The eastern halves of America and Canada contain thousands of old root cellars, and the small Newfoundland town of Elliston actually claims the title of “Root Cellar Capital of the World,” and boasts of over 135 root cellars, some dating back 200 years."

How Does it Work:

Root Cellars were essentially the first refrigerators. The under ground storage provided a dark cool environment to store produce and slow or prevent spoilage. A good root cellar can often be 40F cooler than the outside temperature.

You can store just about anything in your root cellar! Some preparations and precautions are needed for some items and to prevent some produce from causing a bitter taste to others. One cellar may be used for items needing a high humidity, and a lower humidity cellar for other goods requiring a lower humidity such as canned foods, and grains.

According \ Wikipedia, "Vegetables stored in the root cellar primarily consist of potatoes, turnips, and carrots. Other food supplies placed in the root cellar over the winter months include beets, onions, preserves/jams, salt meat, salt turbot, salt herring, Winter squash, and cabbage.Separate cellars are occasionally used for storing fruits, such as apples. Water, bread, butter, milk, and cream are sometimes stored in the root cellar also. In addition, items such as salad greens, fresh meat, and jam pies are kept in the root cellar early in the day to keep cool until they are needed for supper."

Want to learn more or build your own root cellar?

Check out this great article or this one at Hobby Farm Magazine.

Start your own Chapter in Food Storage History today!

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Made in The USA

In today's age of 'out sourcing', almost every product we buy has 'made in china' or a similar country attached. When we pick up our phone to make a customer service call, our calls are often transferred over seas. In this day and age 'made in America' has become something rather rare.

According to the ABC News, if every American bought $3.33 worth of American made goods every week we could create 10,000 jobs.

In many areas of the country, we know just how bad those jobs are needed. It's basic economics. Spend money on goods made in your area, this creates jobs in your area, and stimulates the economy and helps it grow in your area.

We love our country! We have the best country in the world! So, lets show out support for our country! If spending just $3.33 on American Goods creates 10,000 jobs imagine what $9.99 would do!

We have strong work ethic standards in this country. When we buy American made goods, we know the workers received fair wages and fair conditions. When we buy American goods we know the goods meet health and other standards and regulations we have in this country to ensure quality.

So, take some time. Turn over the products on the shelf. Look for Made in The USA.

Many companies are opening, building, or reestablishing factories here in the USA. So, you will be seeing more made in the USA!

Love Chocolate? Mars Chocolate announced it's building its first new chocolate factory in the U.S. in 35 years!

Another great way to ensure you are getting American Made goods, Shop With Shelf Reliance & Thrive.

Shelf Reliance is an American Based Business. Your personal consultant in someone you know and trust. By shopping with Shelf Reliance, you are stimulating your local economy, buying US goods, and buying delicious high quality foods.

So hop on over to My Online Store and spend your $3.33 toward the cause!

Made In America. Buy with pride in your country & your community.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Independence Day Special for You!

The Bargain Hunting Mom is offering an Independence Day Special you don't want to miss!

"Just in time for your July 4th celebration the Price Match Report is free this week! Take advantage of this! It's a great time to stock up on barbecue sauce, sugar, tea bags and more! Down load the report today and give it a try!"

Click Here to hop on over to her blog and download your copy of this weeks Price Match Report today!

Happy 4th of July!!

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Happy Independence Day Weekend

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Independence Day Weekend.

A Special Thank You to all the men and women who keep this country free. And a Thank You to the patriots all those years ago who fought for a country they believed in!

What a Great Weekend to study a bit of our History!