Monday, March 18, 2013

Gluten Free Update!!!

I know. I know. It's been almost 7 months since last I blogged.  I am still an active consultant placing orders for people and keeping up to date on the latest news, and I am still actively using THRIVE foods on a regular basis in our kitchen. Recently, I've made THRIVE Pear and apple oatmeal for breakfast (using up the powders and left over little bits at the bottom of the cans) that my sons absolutely devoured. I've also made Mac and Cheese quite a few times. I've even added some THRIVE Cheese blend powder to some Bisquick biscuits for a cheddary carb-lovin' side dish. I've added THRIVE Green Chili Peppers to some turkey meat loaf, and I am steadily working through my can of THRIVE Whole Powdered Eggs with various baking projects (saving my fresh eggs for when I want a good fried egg sandwich). I've used my THRIVE Spinach in my noquis and lasagna, and my THRIVE Onions and THRIVE Celery get tossed into too many dinners for me to keep track of. (I hate chopping onions!) So what has kept me from being an active blogger, sharing these recipes and experiences with you? Well, besides being the mother of two very active boys (who have both had birthday parties), I have become pregnant with boy #3 (due June 30th). Add to that a car accident, the typical hectic-ness of the holidays, a month of having someone constantly sick at the beginning of the year, and a recently completed spring break vacation, and, well, I think you get the picture. Finding time just to cook is a blessing (made possible by THRIVE!) but finding time to write about that cooking has just not been happening.

All that being said, I want to start getting back into this blog, and keeping you posted. The latest happenings with Shelf Reliance are too exciting  to not post about, so it's the jump start I need. I'll just get straight to the point: Shelf Reliance has officially released their line of certified Gluten-Free Foods!!!

For those of you who don't know, gluten is a substance found in wheat and related cereal grains. It is responsible for giving dough its elasticity, among other functions. An increasing number of people are discovering (whether through personal experimentation, or actual clinical diagnosis) that they suffer from some form of gluten sensitivity, meaning that when they eat a diet containing gluten, they have digestive and other health issues, including the body's inability to properly absorb nutrients, which in turns leads to a myriad of other health complications. The level of intolerance in individuals range from a mild sensitivity to full-blown Celiac's disease.

For some, eating foods that are naturally gluten-free (fruits, vegetables, meats, etc) is sufficient. But for many others, cross-contamination becomes an issue. For example, even if a food doesn't contain anything that has gluten in it, but was processed or packaged in a facility that also processes gluten-containing foods, small particulates and residue from the gluten-containing food can contaminate the otherwise gluten-free items, thus rendering them unsuitable for consumption by those which higher sensitivities. This makes it really hard for families who want to build up a home store of shelf-stable foods but have to ensure gluten-free processing for their foods.

Aware of this growing need in the market, Shelf Reliance has undertaken the task of creating a separate packaging area and having their products certified for true gluten free status... all at no extra cost to their gluten-intolerant customers. Below is Shelf Reliance's official FAQ info, as well as a list of all the THRIVE foods currently certified as Gluten Free (there are almost 100 of them!) I have also added a link to all this Gluten Free info to the "Links to Help You Thrive" side bar for future easy reference.

If you would like to place an order for any of your THRIVE Gluten-Free foods, just visit and shop from the convenience of your own home, or contact me at for help in placing your order or answering any questions you might have.

Gluten-Free FAQs

1. What is the difference between naturally gluten-free and certified gluten-free?
A product that is certified gluten-free is packaged under gluten-free conditions, meaning that the room and machinery it is packaged with are exclusively used for gluten-free products and are tested regularly to ensure that they are gluten-free. The product is also tested for gluten after packaging. Some of our products are naturally gluten-free, but we will not certify them as such if we do not do the gluten-free testing ourselves or cannot verify that the supplier’s manufacturing procedures are gluten-free.

2. What does gluten-free certification entail?
We are certified gluten by the Gluten Intolerance Group. In order to be certified by them, we sign an annual contract that allows them to inspect our facilities and review our testing records and cleaning procedures.

3. Is there a price difference between certified gluten-free products and other products?
Our certified gluten-free products are no more expensive than the other products we offer. We have taken on the gluten-free certification process as one of our daily quality control processes to ensure the high standard of THRIVE foods. We are excited to provide certified gluten-free products at no additional charge.

4. Are all packaging options certified gluten-free?
Because of the considerable cost and effort involved with certification, our pouches are not certified gluten-free at this time. However, all other packaging options—#10 cans, pantry cans, and buckets—are certified gluten-free.

THRIVE foods currently certified as Gluten-Free
Apple Sauce
Apples, Fuji (FD)
Apples, Granny Smith (FD)
Apricots (FD)
Banana Slices (FD)
Blackberries (FD)
Blueberries (FD)
Cherries, Sweet (FD)
Grapes, Red Seedless (FD)
Mangoes (FD)
Peach Slices (FD)
Pears (FD)
Pineapple Chunks (FD)
Raspberries (FD)
Raspberries, Organic (FD)
Strawberries, Sliced (FD)
Strawberries, Whole (FD)

Asparagus (FD)
Broccoli (FD)
Carrot Dices
Cauliflower (FD)
Celery (FD)
Corn, Sweet (FD)
Green Beans (FD)
Mushroom Pieces (FD)
Onions, Chopped
Onions, Chopped (FD)
Onions, Green (FD)
Peas, Split Green
Peas, Green (FD)
Peas, Green Organic (FD)
Peppers, Green Bell (FD)
Peppers, Green Chili (FD)
Peppers, Red Bell (FD)
Peppers, Mixed Bell
Potato Beads
Potato Chunks
Potato Dices (FD)
Spinach (FD)
Tomato Dices (FD)
Tomato Powder
Zucchini (FD)

Amaranth, Organic
Quinoa, Organic
Rice Flour
Rice, Instant Brown
Rice, Instant
Rice, White

Cheese Blend
Cheese, Cheddar (FD)
Cheese, Colby (FD)
Cheese, Monterey Jack (FD)
Cheese, Mozzarella (FD)
Milk, Instant
Milk, Powdered
Sour Cream Powder
Yogurt, Blueberry (FD)
Yogurt, Passionfruit (FD)
Yogurt, Pomegranate (FD)
Yogurt, Cherry (FD)
Yogurt, Strawberry (FD)
Yogurt, Vanilla (FD)

Meat & Beans
Beans, Black
Beans, Instant Black
Beans, Kidney
Beans, Lima
Beans, Pinto
Beans, Small Red
Beans, Small White Navy
Eggs, Scrambled Mix
Egg, Whites
TVP, Bacon
TVP, Chicken
TVP, Taco

Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Bouillon, Beef
Bouillon, Chicken
Butter Powder
Honey Crystals
Salt, Iodized
Shortening Powder
Sugar, Brown
Sugar, Powdered
Sugar, White

Fruit Punch Performance
Orange Bliss
Orchard Apple
Simply Peach
Melon Berry Burst
Mango Passion

Ice Cream, Chocolate Bars (FD)
Ice Cream, Neapolitan Bits (FD)