4 Reasons to Love Textured Vegetable Protein

by rachel mano Jul 05 2011

Textured Vegetable Protein or TVP is an amazing product.
For lack of a better word to describe it, it's "fake" meat.

That might not sound too appetizing but I assure you there are great reasons to have this great product on hand.

1) TVP is so much better tasting than it used to be. One of the more popular TVP's is Taco TVP. It tastes and smells just like your favorite taco places.

2) TVP is very low in calories! It's about the same calories as a low fat yogurt in just a 1/4 serving!

3) TVP is high in protein, really high! Between all the kinds of TVP Shelf Reliance carries, there is 18-21% of your daily value of protein in just 1/4 cup!

4) TVP is very inexpensive and saves you money when trying to extend your chicken, sausage and beef budget. Combine a little beef TVP to your regular ground beef and save some money this month!

Shelf Reliance Independent Consultant


One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four!

by rachel mano Nov 16 2011

The difference between: freeze dried potato dices, dehydrated potato chunks, potato beads and sweet potatoes.

Freeze dried potato dices are freeze dried as the title indicates. This gives these potatoes an extraordinary shelf life, around 25 years sealed and 2 year opened.

Freeze dried products are the same as fresh with no added preservatives or salts. So a freeze dried potato is simply a fresh diced potato that has undergone the freeze drying process. This process does not use any chemicals. It simply compacts the moisture under vacuum pressure and evaporates it away, leaving less than 10% of the products moisture intact. Less moisture=longer shelf life.

These potatoes are perfect for "mashed potatoes from scratch." So delicious!

Just reconstitute (add water back in) by boiling until soft and then mash. Add anything you normally would to your regular mashed potatoes. They are soft enough to break between your fingers.


Organizing Glass Canning Jars

by Barbara Lemm Jan 30 2012

I also use cardboard between the jars and on top of them. I also put a label right below it. If there are rows of the same thing, then I pull from the left and move the others forward. I also keep a legend, so when I send a kid or husband down to get a jar of peaches they know where to look. On this legend is an inventory of all our food storage with dates of expiration. They are required to mark off what they took and how much is left.. I have very good neighbors who once in a while need to borrow something and I tell them to go down in the basement and look at the legend . It is in alphabetical order. They take what they need and they replace it with a similar item or the same item. They in turn usually help with the canning and learn about food storage and why we do it. They actually ask what they should have on hand and I will go and look at their food storage and advise them.