3 Things To Consider When Purchasing From Thrive

Thrive Life is the “name brand” version of freeze dried food.
In other words, pretty much most of the freeze dried food companies get their produce from the same farmers.  Some companies have more organic choices than others, but all of the fruit and veggies are of the same quality.
Thrive Life is like the name brand which everyone knows about (because it’s an MLM company).  It also has the most expensive product (again because it’s a MLM company).  But there are very MANY other worthwhile companies out there.  Like Emergency Essentials and Honeyville.
A lot of people say that Thrive tastes better, and it is most likely because they sale a lot of their product as pre-made meals.  I’ve tasted a variety of freeze dried food from various companies and couldn’t taste the difference at all.
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That being said, here are…

3 things to look at consider when purchasing from Thrive

1. Look at the ingredients

A lot of times Thrive boasts of “no added” ingredients.  Which is fantastic right!  Well, take a look at some of the other companies and they don’t have any added ingredients either. They also like to advertise as G-free or vegan.  Well, being mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, that applies to most freeze dried products out there.

So, double check the ingredients when comparing freeze dried food to make sure there isn’t anything added.  That’s one way you can tell the quality of freeze dried food.

2. Look at the serving size

This is one of the BIGGEST mistakes people make.  They look at the number of servings and go with the best price for number of servings.  And this works if every company used the same serving… which they don’t.  And different products have different serving sizes.  Purchasing a can which has 25 1/4 c servings is only 6.25 cups of product.  VS a can which has 25 1/3 c servings has 8 1/3 c of product.

3.  Look at the weight

The weight when comparing prices.  The weight of the can is one of the easiest ways to see how much food is in there.  So when comparing costs, see what the best price is per once of food in the can.  (They are really sneaky out there and I’ve wasted a couple hundred being fooled on this one).

In conclusion

There are a few things you’ll want to spend your time on to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, and Thrive typically isn’t one of them (sorry to say).  If you are interested in more ways the freeze dried companies try to trick you read my post

What’s your favorite company to purchase freeze dried food from?

Further Reading:

3 Common Food Storage Mistakes- You Don’t Know You’re Making

Long Term Food Storage Options

How to Shop for Food Storage

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7 thoughts on “3 Things To Consider When Purchasing From Thrive”

  1. You get what you pay for. The other companies you mentioned use bio engineered and non-GMO foods they have additives and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Not in my stockpile, not in my kitchen, not eating or feeding my family!

  2. We’re on a fixed income and I want to make healthy meals in a jar to better organize myself as well as try to save time and money. I’m a full time caregiver of a veteran, which takes up a lot of time. Plus I do all the shopping and meal planning. I’m really interested in honest opinions about the companies that sell dehydrated food and I appreciate your take on it.
    Thank you

    1. Hey Kitty! There is such a huge variety of companies out there, and to be honest, since 2020 I’ve had a hard time staying up to date with which ones are good or not. I have a free Facebook group (search “Food Storage That Works For You- and preparedness on the side”) and I’ll ask in there. You’re welcome to join and see the answers. I”ll try to come back here and post them for you too.

  3. Thank you thank you thank you for posting this. I have a bunch of Thrive and was a consultant. When I questioned some of these things the response was interesting. I buy all different brands of freeze dried products. I put together my own meals. Love your website!

  4. Thanks for this!! I struggle with this issue because I LOVE thrive. It’s fun to cook with, and they’ve done an amazing job marketing it. The problem is, every time I purchase thrive, I have this nagging feeling that I’m sabotaging myself. You see, I feel like thrive is literally keeping me from my food storage goals. Every time I buy a thrive can, I could have bought up to 2 other company cans! (Not always the case, but often) and I’m glad you posted about the quality. I did NOT know that! I just had pretty much resigned myself to accepting a lower quality. That said, I am a consultant, just for my own purchases and I do carefully buy. I like to cook with freeze dried within reason. And thrive really does have an amazing selection.

    1. Quality is all about opinion… but from many posts and websites I’ve heard that they do get a lot of the produce from the same places. When ever I “host” a part, and get free points, it eats me up to use that money to buy Thrive because it’s so expensive. It’s so hard, even if I get 50% off, I could still get it cheaper elsewhere. But to each their own. So Thrive has helped many others, but I totally wanted to put it out there about other options, and you aren’t “resigned to accept a lower quality”. A pretty organic strawberry tastes just the same as a odd-shaped goofy organic strawberry… just cheaper cuz it’s not as pretty. 🙂 Thanks for your input!

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