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2/23/12

THRIVE Broccoli & Cheese Soup Mix

Watch out, Pioneer Woman!
You've probably all tried some kind of  dry soup mix in the past--I know we have at least a couple sitting in the cupboard. I'm not a big fan of most soup mixes--they tend to end up tasting mildly of odd chemicals, which is not my favorite dinner time flavor. Once, I made the mistake of buying a #10 can of generic broccoli & cheese soup mix...it turned green and ended up looking/tasting a lot like vomit. Not something I'd want in my regular food rotation.

This easy-to-use soup mix from our friends at Shelf Reliance is entirely different. It blows other soup mixes that I've had out of the water. It goes way beyond being palatable--it's actually pretty darn good.

THRIVE Entrees come in a variety of packaging sizes, from pouches to the standard #10 can. The #10 can gives you the best bang for your buck, but if you're just looking to try something out or have a small storage space to fill, the smaller sizes may be just what you're looking for.

Making up the soup is a no-brainer. Boil up some water, add the mix and stir thoroughly. This particular mix uses a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part mix; you could adjust accordingly for a thicker or thinner soup. When you first add the mix, it tends to lump up--a minute or so of vigorous stirring with a whisk will get rid of those.

The completed soup is creamy and yummy--like a good broccoli & cheese soup should be! It is a legitimately very good soup, the best stuff I've had from a mix. With a good roll for dippin', you've got yourself a good meal.

The mixed soup, un-garnished.
This soup is rich and filling. Nutritionally, according to the website, a serving of 1.4 ounces of mix has 200 calories, 12 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein. At 142.8 calories/ounce, it has a pretty good caloric density--backpackers typically look for foods with over 100 calories/ounce--though of course you have to add water to the mix.

Shelf life on a #10 can is around 8 years when stored in doors--not as good as the 30 years of a Mountain House can, but this mix is good enough that rotating it would not be a burden. An opened canned will keep for around a year.

Cost wise, you do pay a bit more for this soup mix than similar mixes from other food storage companies, but the quality of this soup is far above other brands. It's very good and easy to make.

If you're looking to add fast-prep meals to your food storage, THRIVE Broccoli & Cheese soup mix is a very good option.

Here's the soup mix >

Click here Shelf Reliance's home page >

8 comments :

  1. I haven't tried this, but will. It is far from perfect, but the brand I have had the best results with is the standard grocery store "Knorr" brand of dried packets. The French Onion isn't half-bad at all. The Tamarind soup base is actually pretty dang good in Thai dishes (even if you aren't at a campground/BOL)

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  2. I have tried some of the thrive stuff and it is excellent. You can't even tell that is freeze dried.

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  3. UGLY ROOSTER

    Shelf Reliance has a strong selling point-affordable mid to long storage. Get it if that is what you need for your plan.

    But if your rotation cycle can handle a two year shelf life, look into Bear Creek Soup Mixes. Basically the same item as what we are discussing here, but CHEAP! They have maybe ten varieties, cost about 40¢ per serving and get two thumbs up on nutrition and taste in most reviews. They are deficient in fat and protein for a balanced diet, but this is a bulking staple. You add meat to this and you can feed a man for about two dollars a day...in a pinch.

    If a fellow has viable meat available to him and has set aside edible oils or tallow-then you can feed yourself for year with just less than $400 worth soup.

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    1. I've had the Bear Creek broccoli cheese soup and it's got nothin' on this stuff, taste/quality wise.

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  4. This soup is great.
    I have a ton of the Thrive products, and I haven't found anything that I didn't really like. Granted the TVP products don't split my wig but it's a ton of protein and can get mixed in anything.

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  5. UGLY ROOSTER

    Hey, Max,
    I am all about calling a spade a spade, but you said "TVP" (textured vegetable protein). If a product has tvp, that is very, very bad. But are you saying that Thrive Broccoli Cheese has tvp? I checked Shelf Reliance website. Maybe I am reading the list wrong, but I don't see tvp listed.
    TVP isn't fit for a compost pile, much less human consumption. Just wanted to be clear... I don't see TVP listed.
    Here is the list from their website:
    Ingredients: Palm oil, modified corn starch, maltodextrin, nonfat dry milk powder, cheddar and blue cheese powder (pasteurized milk, culture, salt, enzyme), corn syrup solids, whey, salt, onion, buttermilk, broccoli, natural flavor, citric acid, spices, sodium caseinate, butter oil, lactic acid, yellow 5, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6, yellow 6 lake, annatto, turmeric.

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    1. You are right Ugly Rooster, there is NO TVP in the THRIVE Broccoli Cheese soup. I think what Max was trying to say is you could put the TVP in if you desired, for some added protein.

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