Shelf Reliance is quite amazing, beyond amazing, if we may gush. We were impressed with the level of design brilliance displayed throughout the site, as well as with the customer service, the educational material and the product-specific YouTube videos. Once you choose Shelf Reliance as your emergency preparedness store, you may never go back to your local grocery store, as Shelf Reliance offers so many food choices that you and your family will love. This emergency preparedness store is easy to use and offers appealing, simple payment plans. The THRIVE Q program is the answer for many families around the world who yearn to have a year's worth of food storage supply but do not have the finances to purchase a year's supply all at once. The "Q" allows your family to select every food item that will go in your year's supply and create a monthly budget to pay as you go. We are proud to present this wise food storage store with the TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award for providing some of the best survival food on the market today and for their excellence in helping families make wise food storage choices.
THRIVE is Shelf Reliance's own label of food storage. We appreciate that they have their own label and do not have to rely on another manufacture to supply them with freeze-dried foods and dehydrated foods.
Shelf Reliance groups all food storage items by:
Each section has a wide variety of options. We especially love the delicious entrée options, as well as the non-traditional freeze-dried fruit varieties such as blackberries, blueberries, mangos, pears and raspberries.
Shelf Reliance offers several package choices, so you're sure to find just the right configuration to fit your needs. For example, the six-pack home food storage supply is ideal for purchasing survival goods to fill in your emergency preparedness supply. With this option, you can purchase a one-year supply of just entrees or a three-month supply of just vegetables.
This emergency preparedness store offers over 300 survival supplies ranging from a small whistle to sleeping bags and water filters. You'll also find various first aid kits, axes and knives, and so, so much more.
If you are new to the world of freeze-dried foods and dehydrated meals, you may wonder if the items you are collecting for your emergency preparedness supply are providing you and your family with the nutrients they need. Shelf Reliance doesn't want you to have to guess the nutritional value or ingredients in their products. Every food storage item, from freeze-dried fruit to TVP meat, has the nutritional information and ingredients listed on the product's main page. Every food product page also includes shelf life information and food storage guidelines, customer reviews and recipes.
Shelf Reliance wants to make using your food storage items simple so you can use them in your everyday cooking. Shelf Reliance has its own YouTube channel were you can find hundreds of how-tos for your home food storage supply. Additionally, each food storage product page includes several product-specific videos with step-by-step demonstrations on how to incorporate the item in recipes.
When you first begin to use your THRIVE food storage in recipes, it may be difficult to gauge the freeze-dried or dehydrated equivalent to fresh foods. As usual, Shelf Reliance has the answer. They created a THRIVE Equivalent chart. If your recipe calls for one cup of bacon or an 8 oz. can of mandarin oranges, simply check the chart to see how much of the freeze-dried or dehydrated food storage item you need to fulfill that requirement. We recommend that you print this chart off and place it in a cookbook or on your fridge for added convenience. Note that this chart includes most, but not all, of the food items this emergency food storage store offers.
We mentioned the THRIVE Q monthly food storage plan in our introduction, but we would like to talk more about this amazing program. Below are four steps to building your food storage using some of the best survival food on the market:
THRIVE Planner – The first step in creating your family plan is to choose the duration (3 months to two years) of the food storage plan. You then select how many members are in your family and enter their gender, age and daily diet. The third preliminary step is to choose your plan inclusions such as drink mixes, additional cooking basics, ready-to-eat entrees and select freeze-dried foods.
Custom Food Order – Your supply of emergency food storage is automatically selected according to the information you entered into your THRIVE Planner. This step lists all of your food storage items and quantities your family will need for whatever length of time you entered in the Planner, and it organizes them according to food group, such as grain, dairy, vegetables, etc.
Remember, however, that each of the items in this plan is just Shelf Reliance's recommendation. You can change the quantity of any item and add in new products at will. This plan is 100 percent customizable to meet your family's needs.
Monthly Budget – You decide your monthly budget. Period. Based on your budget, the THRIVE Q program will divvy out your shipments to match your budget. The THRIVE Q Summary page will tell you the number of shipments remaining and what products you have already received. You can change or pause your monthly budget at anytime.
Monthly Shipment – Each month, the cost of your shipment (which will never exceed your budget) is taken out of your bank account and your shipment is shipped right to your door. Simple.
Shelf Reliance has so many fantastic features that one could almost over look the lack of allergen-free and dietary-specific food items, but we believe having this option for families is extremely important. If you are looking for individual items or supply units that specifically say gluten or dairy free, you will not find them on this site . You will find units that have only fruit or only vegetables, which are clearly gluten and dairy free, but we were disappointed that there were was not a specific THRIVE food section dedicated to these allergen issues. While researching other parts of the site, we did stumble upon the THRIVE Foods Allergens Report. This is a great report, but it's one we would have never found if we had not been reading the Shelf Reliance blog.
The Shelf Reliance website is brilliant. From the homepage to product and feature links and tabs, you dance through the site, easily finding exactly what you were looking for. Six main tabs are prominent at the top of the page, and you can find three food storage categories on the left-hand side. For each tab and category, you simply hover or click on the drop-down arrows to see more options. This is a fantastic feature, as it keeps each page clutter-free, but you can still navigate to exactly where you want to be with ease.
While the set up of the site is very straightforward, there is also a "search" toolbar just in case you are not able to find specific items. This feature reminds of us of the Google search function. For example, we typed "wa" and immediately got a long list of items related to water storage and water purification.
The graphics are bold and beautiful, as are the colors and flash animation. Shelf Reliance makes it easy for you to find and select just the right product, as they have a large photo of each food item inside the can, and they color-code their THRIVE food storage items in the following categories:
Now, you can expertly organize your personal food storage supply by color and eliminate shuffling your food storage around to find specific items.
This emergency preparedness store really utilizes the social media realm to educate, inform and communicate with their customers through RSS feeds, Facebook, Twitter, a blog and their own YouTube channel. We were also impressed with the Shelf Reliance University, which is rich in food storage information.
Shelf Reliance's ineffable features and fantastic customer involvement make them a top-notch company. Their THRIVE Q program is brilliant and will help you and your family achieve your food storage goals month by month without breaking the bank. Shelf Reliance has a wealth of impressive features, and we recommend it as one of the best emergency preparedness stores around.
The selection is wonderful and the use of social media inspired. The brilliant THRIVE Q program allows families to afford a customized year's supply of food storage.
This emergency preparedness store does not offer specific gluten- and lactose-free items, and only offers a few vegetarian items.
Shelf Reliance provides the tools you and your family need to create the ultimate emergency preparedness supply.