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Michael Guydish
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Overcoming the dark connotation of food storage - one taste at a time

   

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FRUITS
In general, I noticed that eating the fruit directly dry adds to the flavor in a lot of cases. In particular, the sweetness is reduced when reconstituting.
Apple Chips  
Apples Slices Great snack (cheapest of the fruits). Just eat them dry. Can't go too wrong with dried apples.
Apricot Good flavor. I was never a great apricot fan, but I'll eat these apricot dices. Just eat them dry. Add to THRIVE Quick Oats , THRIVE Germade, THRIVE Yogurt, THRIVE 9 Grain Cracked Cereal.
Banana Chips I probably won't try these. They are deep fried prior to processing. One of the founders who is charge of the food items in the THRIVE line is phasing these out because he feels this item is not up to the standards of THRIVE.
Banana Slices - Freeze Dried
I sampled these. Taste like bananas. They are on my list now to buy.
Blackberries - Freeze Dried
Eaten dry, these are a little 'rugged' for me, due to their seeds, but they do indeed taste like Blackberries. Add to THRIVE Quick Oats , THRIVE Germade, THRIVE Yogurt, THRIVE 9 Grain Cracked Cereal.
Blueberries - Freeze Dried Needs reconstitution. Others report they had blueberries with full flavor but my experience is unlike all the other fruits I tried, the flavor is average, and not full bandwidth as if they were fresh blueberries. Add to THRIVE Quick Oats , THRIVE Germade, THRIVE Yogurt, THRIVE 9 Grain Cracked Cereal.
Mandarin Oranges - Freeze Dried Full flavor of mandarin orange. A no-mess way to eat good oranges.
Mango - Freeze Dried Tastes great. Add to THRIVE Quick Oats , THRIVE Germade, THRIVE Yogurt, THRIVE 9 Grain Cracked Cereal
Peach Slices - Freeze Dried Good flavor. Eat dry.
Pears - Freeze Dried  
Pineapple - Dehydrated I probably won't buy these on my own when there is a Freeze-dried choice of pineapples, which are my favorite !
Pineapple Chunks - Freeze Dried My favorite. I will continue to purchase this at high priority.
Raspberries - Freeze Dried Full flavor. Eat dry. Add to THRIVE Quick Oats , THRIVE Germade, THRIVE Yogurt, THRIVE 9 Grain Cracked Cereal
Strawberries - Freeze Dried Full flavor. Eat dry, or add directly to recipes. Used for strawberry shortcake and it was good! See my strawberry experiment picture. I will continue to purchase this at increased priority than the other fruits. Add to THRIVE Quick Oats , THRIVE Germade, THRIVE Yogurt, THRIVE 9 Grain Cracked Cereal

Difference between apple slices and chips? Slices are better eaten directly. Chips are better for cooking and baking.

 

VEGETABLES
Broccoli - Freeze Dried Tastes great. I ate it straight.
Carrot Dices Needs reconstitution because they are not freeze-dried.  Excellent for sprinkling in various recipes.
Cauliflower - Freeze Dried
I bought it, not tasted yet.
Celery - Freeze Dried I used it in the Chicken Salad and all family members thought the chicken salad was the same or similar to my normal cooked chicken recipe.
Chopped Onions  
Chopped Onions - Freeze Dried Great for cooking. Pay attention to the texture of the smell that reminds me of Lipton Onion Soup because I have not used these for raw onion recipes yet and I do not yet know how these are raw. Stay Tuned.
(T) I use it in chicken salad and soups, and it was wonderful. I put it in hamburger without rehydrating it and it was way too crunchy. Needs to be rehydrated.
Chopped Spinach - Freeze Dried Tastes like Spinach. Dark green.
Green Beans - Freeze Dried (T) Tastes just like a fresh green bean when cooked. Wonderful!!
Green Peas - Freeze Dried I bought it, not tasted yet.
Potato Beads  
Potato Chunks I bought it, not tasted yet except I put it in a casserole type dish but I can't distinguish it from a straight potatoe.
Potato Dices - Freeze Dried  
Red & Green Bell Peppers Full of flavor, perhaps more spicy that 'fresh' peppers from the supermarket. Needs reconstitution because they are too rugged to eat dry. I used them in Chili.
Split Green Peas  
Sweet Corn - Freeze Dried Tastes great, can eat straight or add to soups, etc.
Sweet Potatoes  
Tomato Powder Very concentrated. A little goes a long way. Great flavor for chili, stews, and other types of soup-like dishes.

 

MEAT
Bacon TVP I have it but probably won't be tasting it.
Beef TVP I have it but probably won't be tasting it.
Black Bean  
Chicken TVP I have it but probably won't be tasting it. Although, it is in the Creamy Chicken noodle soup which I have tried, but I can't tell enough what it tastes like on its own.
Chopped Chicken - Freeze Dried These white chicken dices are great for chicken salad. No heating required. Just add water. (see my recipe page)
Ground Beef - Freeze Dried Excellent. I used it in my Chili Recipe - no difference from ground beef cooked yourself. (see my recipe page)
Ham Dices - Freeze Dried (T) I added these to a cold pasta salad, and they tasted good, but they took about 30 minutes to rehydrate which was longer than what was on the instructions.
Ham TVP  
Instant Black Beans Par-boiled so you don't need to waste your fuel for only a minimal increase in price. I don't like the term 'instant'. It gives the wrong impression. I didn't try it, but beans can't be screwed up too much. It is a storage food. 
Instant Pinto Beans Par-boiled so you don't need to waste your fuel for only a minimal increase in price. I don't like the term 'instant'. It gives the wrong impression. I didn't try it, but beans can't be screwed up too much. It is a storage food. 
Instant Red Beans Par-boiled so you don't need to waste your fuel for only a minimal increase in price. I don't like the term 'instant'. It gives the wrong impression. I didn't try it, but beans can't be screwed up too much. It is a storage food. 
Kidney Beans Own them but I didn't try it, but beans can't be screwed up too much. It is a storage food. 
Lentils Own them but I didn't try it, but beans can't be screwed up too much. It is a storage food. 
Lima Beans  I don't like Lima beans, so I didn't buy or try these.
Pinto Beans Own them but I didn't try it, but beans can't be screwed up too much. It is a storage food. 
Roast Beef - Freeze Dried Own them but I didn't try it.
Sausage Crumbles - Freeze Dried (T) These are by far my favorite item! I rehydrate them and add them to scrambled eggs. I’ve added them to lasagna when I needed just a bit more meat. I want to try them on pizza, but knowing how I love them so far, they will be great on it.
Sausage TVP  
Sloppy Joe TVP  
Small Red Beans Own them but I didn't try it, but beans can't be screwed up too much. It is a storage food. 
Small White Navy Beans Own them but I didn't try it, but beans can't be screwed up too much. It is a storage food. 
Taco TVP I have it but probably won't be tasting it.
Turkey Dices - Freeze Dried  
Whole Egg Powder I tried to compare this to fresh eggs but my backcountry friend said don't do that, it has never been perfected and some brands of freeze-dried eggs can get very disgusting. With that, the eggs are good straight up scrambled but I can indeed tell a difference. When used in recipes, they are not noticeable, or only noticable because I mentally know the powered eggs are in the recipe. Very convenient and recommended. Use a Food Saver technique for longer open storage life. (see my lessons learned page)

GRAINS
6 Grain Pancake Mix  
9 Grain Cracked Cereal  
Cornmeal

(T) I made the best cornmeal I have ever made using this.
Mike Note: I think they meant cornbread. :-)

Egg Noodle Pasta  
Elbow Macaroni Own them but I didn't try it, but pasta can't be screwed up too much.
Germade (Wheat Cereal)  
Hard White Winter Wheat I grinded up flour in the Thrive Life hand mill (<$100). I baked bread with it. Hearty bread and the family enjoyed it but I still bought the Country Living Grain Mill ($400) because I believe this is THE Mill to own.
Instant White Rice I bought it, not tasted yet. I don't think there will be any issues.
Pearled Barley  
Quick Oats  
Spaghetti I bought it, not tasted yet. I don't think there will be any issues.
White Flour  
White Rice  
Whole Wheat Flour  
Corn Good to eat dry, or add directly to soups
Germade Same as Farina or Cream of Wheat cereal. Hard to screw it up.

DAIRY
Blueberry Yogurt Bites Yum!
Butter Shelf Reliance Doesn't categorize butter in dairy - review is in the MISC section
Cheese Blend I bought it, not tasted yet.
Chocolate Drink Mix I bought it, not tasted yet.
Instant Milk Surprisingly good, especially when compared to Carnation instant milk from when I was a kid. It's come a long way and not very different from 'regular' milk. Another pleasent surprise to provide comfort in owning large amounts of this brand of food.
Mac & Cheese Powder  
Non-fat Powdered Milk  
Orange Yogurt Bites It's good! I probably wouldn't like normal orange yogurt, but the freeze-dried texture typically changes the equivalent food for me to something better.
Passionfruit Yogurt Bites Yum! I just wish it wasn't so sweet.
Pomegranate Yogurt Bites (T) This is the best one I’ve had. I like the orange, but this is way better.
Shredded Cheddar Cheese - Freeze Dried I bought it, not tasted yet.
Shredded Colby Cheese - Freeze Dried  
Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese - Freeze Dried Excellent. I used it in a Tex-Mex Recipie, and also in breakfast burritos and tacos.
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese - Freeze Dried  
Sour Cream Powder I bought it, not tasted yet.
Strawberry Yogurt Bites
 
Vanilla Yogurt Bites It's very good! Disclaimer, I am a vanilla yogurt person, so I think this is the best of the flavors I tried so far. I am a little disappointed that it is too sweet for me to eat straight with full enjoyment.

 

MISC
Apple Drink Very good, 'fresh' tasting
Baking Powder  
Baking Soda  
Beef Bouillon  
Brown Sugar  
Butter Powder Tastes like butter! Recommended. Use less water than the directions suggest or it will be too runny. Basically use your judgment to get the consistency you desire. The bad news is that you can't fry with it, as in put it in a pan to make things you would normally fry in butter.
Chicken Bouillon  
Iodized Salt  
Orange Drink  
Peach Drink  
Powdered Sugar  
Shortening Powder  
White Sugar  
Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream  
Fudge Brownies (T) Excellent. Moist and tasted wonderful!
Ice Cream Sandwiches

Good dry right out of can. I heard you can spritz it with water for the real thing. Kids live it. Some 'bad' ingredients, but it's comfort junk food after all. Comfort food is important for morale in bad times.

Macaroon Cookies  
Baked Potato Cheese Soup Have it, didn't try it yet.
Beefy Chili with Beans (T) Tasted great. Had to let it set about 30 minutes before eating to fully rehydrate the beans and meat.
Broccoli Cheese Soup Have it, didn't try it yet.
Cheesy Potatoes with Chives Have it, didn't try it yet.
Creamy Tomato Pasta with Chicken  
Curry Rice with Chicken  
Dijon Rice with Chicken  
Mesquite BBQ Flavored Rice & Beans with Chicken  
Rice with Sweet Pepper Beef Steak  
Vegetable Risotto  
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup Yeeha! Not oversalted like other brands of "just add water" soups. Tastes great. Not very bulky which is a plus because as long as the base is great, adding THRIVE corn, chicken, potatoes, noodles, etc, will add more flexibility and convenience to your recipe without paying for fillers in the soup product itself.

T = Feedback from a teammate.