Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How to never rotate your water barrels again and prevent panic during an e coli scare

As a reminder, the THRIVE Live broadcast is today with Chef Todd, teaching us how to make those great Dutch  Oven recipes using THRIVE foods on sale this August. If you can't watch it live at the warehouse in American Fork, be sure to check out the YouTube channel tomorrow to catch the footage. And it's still not too late to take advantage of those August Sale Prices. Just contact me to place your order.

With the business side of things over, let's talk scandal, shall we?  In my neighborhood, we have one option for a water provider, and that's Johnson Utilities. They released a notice today saying that they tested positive for E.Coli in our water back on August 16th. Apparently it takes 48 hours to get the results, and then they did re-test to be sure, but by the 21st, they still found one sample that tested positive, so now on the 22nd they are advising us all to boil our water or use bottled water, for everything from drinking to cooking to washing hands, making ice, brushing teeth, etc. Interestingly enough, information started leaking out some time yesterday evening before the official statement came out this morning.  By 8pm the night BEFORE the official release, here's what the water aisle at our local grocery store shelves looked like:

Emergency Fact: By the time you know there is an emergency, it is too late to prepare. 

I went to the store this morning, knowing I would find the shelves like this. Thankfully, I didn't need to buy any bottled water, because I was already prepared. This summer, it was time for me to rotate the water supply in our big storage barrels. Experts advise rotating that water every 6-12 months.  But I am lazy, and the idea of moving everything else so I could access them, then draining those massively heavy barrels without being able to move them (they weigh 450+ lbs), trying to find a way not to waste the water, cleaning them out, borrowing a potable water grade hose to refill them, etc, was a bit overwhelming for me. Especially knowing I would have to go through that process every 6-12 months. So instead, I invested in some high quality water filters from Shelf Reliance. Now whenever I need to use my emergency water, I don't have to worry about it possibly developing any bacteria or becoming contaminated while in storage. And I don't have  to worry about ever rotating my water barrels again... or about drinking E.coli infested water from my utilities company.

The filters I chose are the advanced Seychelle water filters. They use an ionic adsorption micron filter system that will rid your water supply of 95-99.99% of unwanted taste, minerals, bacteria, pesticides, viruses, cysts, and even radiation! Here's a list of some of what it cleans out: Chlorine, Aluminum, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Chloroform,  Radon 222, VOC, DDT, E. Coli, Salmonella, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Dhigella dysentariae, Poliovirus, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and more.

To see the Seychelle advanced filter in action, check out this video on Youtube: 

The Seychelle advanced filter comes in a variety of different filtering containers. Here are a few of my favorites, along with their prices. Pick out the ones you are interested in, and then contact me to place your order and buy yourself peace of mind that your family will have clean drinking water should any sort of emergency happen, and to know that you never have to rotate your water barrels again!

Seychelle Water Filtration Pump 
Cost: $29.49  Filtering Capacity: 100 gallons   
Cost per gallon: $0.29

The Pure Water Pump is ideal for pumping filtered water from any reservoir - 2 1/2 gallon to 5 gallon bottles, 20 to 50 gallon drums, a tub, storage tank, pond, pool, river, lake or virtually any type of container!
It's great for every day use; camping, travel or emergency use. It breaks down into two separate easy-to-carry components that fit into any backpack. The pumping system is powerful - delivering 60 PSI at point of contact.

Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle - 24oz 
Cost: $29.69  Filtering Capacity: 100 gallons   
Cost per gallon: $0.30

Designed for travel, camping, and active lifestyles, this bottle comes with its own handy tote for attaching to other bags or luggage. A water filtration bottle is essential for emergencies, earthquakes, floods, fires and other catastrophes. 

Seychelle Advanced Replacement Filter 
Cost: $11.99  Filtering Capacity: 100 gallons   
Cost per gallon: $0.12

This replacement filter will work for the above water pump and the water bottle.

Seychelle Water Filtration Bag 
Cost: $29.49   Filtering Capacity: 100 gallons    
Cost per gallon: $0.29

The Seychelle Water Bag is the perfect product when you need a continuous supply of water. It holds up to 2 gallons of water and makes great-tasting drinking water. The Water Bag comes complete with a handy carrying case with a strap, which you can hang from a tree, car door or simply hold conveniently in your hand.  

Seychelle Water Filtration Straw
Cost: $14.84  Filtering Capacity: 25 gallons
   Cost per gallon: $0.59

If you are looking for something more compact and light weight, the straw will be ideal for you. It easily fits in your purse, pocket, backpack, luggage, or car for emergency preparedness. It is the perfect stocking stuffer for the campers in your life, and an ideal 72 hour kit accessory. Key Features:
  • Up to 25-gallon filter life.
  • Now with BIOSAFE®, removes up to 99.99% of bacteria, virus, contaminants and pollutants found in drinking water including Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and E-Coli Bacteria.
  • Proven effective against bacteria and virus to six logs reduction (99.9999%).
  • Waterproof carrying case.
  • Ideal for everyday use and disaster preparedness.
  • Ultra light and compact.
  • Non-toxic BPA free materials.
  • Tested by Independent laboratories using EPA /ANSI protocols and NSF Standards 42 and 53.
  • Costs less than bottled water.

Contact me today to order 
all your water storage and filtration needs. 

Whitney Hemsath

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cooking Demo Videos and August Sales

Wow. It's been over a month. Sorry for the long break. Congrats to everyone who took advantage of the July Sales and hosting benefits -- a few of you got some great food storage packages for half off!  If you  missed out on those deals and promotions, don't worry. There's some great deals this August for you as well.

For those of you who have food storage, but don't know what to do with it, did you know that Shelf Reliance has a YouTube channel with monthly cooking demos? Their resident professional chef, Todd Leonard, hosts a monthly cooking demo, using the THRIVE ingredients on sale that month. If you live in the vicinity of American Fork, UT, and you want to be part of the live audience, just let me know. I'll get you all the details. Otherwise, you can watch it on-line like me. These shows are called "THRIVE LIVE" and they're pretty fun.  And you can see all the recipes for what Chef Todd makes by clicking on the link at the bottom of the video.

In July, the monthly theme was breakfast foods, and Chef Todd made egg white scrambles, smoothies, german pancakes, and spiced apple oatmeal. To see the video of July's THRIVE LIVE, click here.

This month, all the monthly specials are part of Chef Todd's "Dutch Oven" theme, though you can make them in a large sauce pan or skillet as well. The August THRIVE LIVE is happening on August 22nd and will be posted on YouTube shortly thereafter. The recipes he will be showing are:

As always, if you want to order any of the THRIVE foods or other emergency preparedness items, just contact me. I can get you a better price than Costco, or even than the Shelf Reliance Website. And just this week I made homemade sun-dried tomato alfredo sauce using tomatoes I dehydrated myself in the sun oven, so I promise to get a post up about sun oven dehydration for those interested. Until then, keep thriving!