Friday, August 2, 2013

Northbay Trading Company Foods Review and Giveaway!


Saving money on food is a big deal to  me.  Our food budget is one of the biggest expenses on our tight income so I make most of our food homemade and also am always looking for ways to save.  Also I try to keep a good amount of food stored in case of emergencies or a downturn in my husbands job, which we have gone through several times.  When I first started talking with North Bay Trading Co.  I was really surprised at their prices.  Especially for the products that they sell.  They are super reasonable!  But more than that I was surprised at the selection of dried foods they have.    They produce dried foods in air dried, steam sterilized air dried, and freeze dried.  Here is a little blurb about their company.

 Established in 1987, North Bay Trading Co is a family business which delivers high quality food to commercial and retail customers.   We use only 100 percent natural GMO free ingredients. Our products are generally low in sodium and a great source of vitamins and minerals. There are no artificial additives.
 
And they have such a huge selection! North Bay Trading carries dried fruits, wild rice, beans and lentils, vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, and trail mixes.  They have over 50 varieties of air dried vegetables including 8 steam sterilized air dried vegetables. Plus 20 varieties of freeze dried vegetables. Their products would be great for backpacking, camping, and quick-and-easy eating right at home.
 

North Bay Trading sent me Several items for review

 

 
Air Dried Mixed European MushroomsMy favorite item that North Bay Trading sent me is the  Air Dried Mixed European Mushrooms $13.38 5 oz (2.5 - 3 cup) retail bag.  These not only were delicious used in recipes, but also they save me money.  The reason why is that fresh mushrooms are so terribly perishable.  If you don't use them up right away they go bad and then you have to throw them out.  But with dried mushrooms you just rehydrate them as needed for cooking.  I used them in a Salisbury steak gravy, and also a soup recipe.  The rich mushroomy scent as I re hydrated them was amazing!  Also I found that if you don't mind some liquid loss you can put them right into the liquid your cooking with and skip the re hydrating step.
 

Petie Crimson Lentils



The Petite Crimson Lentils 1.25 bag $3.75 they sent me were also delicious. I used them to make my first lentil salad and really enjoyed it! I love the color on them and they have a huge selection of different lentils HERE.  North Bay Trading has a HUGE selection of beans, wild rice and lentils.
 
 





 I love freeze dried strawberries in recipes, granola, or just to snack on so I was really pleased when they sent me a bag to try. It was delicious and the strawberry slices were large and in perfect condition. At $5.24 for a three cup bag it's a good deal.







Whole Wheat ABC Pasta Veggie Soup

North Bay Trading carries several soup mixes which would be great for camping, emergency storage, or just for quick dinners. I love soup on a crisp fall evening after raking leaves or stacking firewood. North Bay sent me their Whole Wheat ABC Pasta Veggie Soup Mix. I made my own beef broth from bones I buy at a local butcher and added beef chunks and it was wonderful. Do you know my children had never had alphabet soup? They thought it was so fun! A one pound bag is only $5.15 and makes about 24 cups of soup.



Last but not least I tried their Air Dried Mixed Veggies $6.08 per 8 oz bag. The mix contains Air dried carrots, onions, whole kernel sweet corn, celery, green beans, green and white leeks, green bell peppers, and red bell peppers. It was very good in soup and would be perfect to help make quick meals on busy days. Also it would be great to make storing veggies less bulky.



 
 
The quality of every one of these products was excellent.  They all looked and smelled fresh and the food pieces were whole and not broken up and had vibrant colors.  I would recommend this company to anyone looking for camping/backpacking, emergency preparedness, or quick meal preparation.
 

Connect with North Bay Trading Co.

 

The Giveaway!

 
Large Wild Rice and Soup Gift Box
 
North Bay Trading Co. has generously offered to give one lucky Thrifty Housewife reader a Large Wild Rice and Soup Gift Box that Contains Canadian organic wild rice, Minnesota grown wild rice and four healthy soup mixes. A $45.00 value!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33ddb99/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway


The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.
 

62 comments:

  1. I would like to get some of the freeze dried fruit, especially the bananas. Thank you!

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  2. I like to get their freeze dried strawberries

    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  3. I also like the freeze dried apples
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  4. I'd like to get their freeze dried cherries.

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  5. Lots of interesting products! Freeze dried mushrooms or okra!
    marysa *at* marysa *dot* com

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  6. I would LOVE to get their freeze dried strawberries!

    Thanks!

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  7. I would like to try the freeze dried strawberries. Any dried fruit would be great.

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  8. I would love the Canadian Organic Wild Rice!

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  9. We are huge soup lovers at our house!! I would have to say the most appealing item right now would be the 32 Bean and 8 Vegetable Soup! That sounds filling and delicious!!

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  10. I would like the organic brown lentils.

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  11. i'd love to get the Air Dried Mixed Veggies.

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  12. I'd love to try the freeze dried apples.

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  13. I'd like to try the Spanish Pardina Lentils.

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  14. Would love to try the Freeze Dried Pineapple!

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  15. I'd love to try the freeze dried fruit, especially the strawberries!

    - Laura
    Sinister.Laura@yahoo.ca

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  16. I would love to try Freeze Dried Fuji and Granny Smith Apples.

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  17. i love freeze dried strawberries in my corn flakes

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  18. freeze dried strawberries to put in my cereal, YUM!

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  19. freeze dried fruit, apples, strawberries

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  20. I would love to get their Freeze Dried Organic Blackberries. Diane Cooper

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  21. The freeze dried strawberries are what I'd like to get.

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  22. I would love to try the freeze dried organic blueberries! :)

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  23. I would like to get some of the freeze dried cherries.

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  24. they are having nuts seeds and trail mix coming out in Sept.and I would like to try some of that when it gets hee.

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  25. I would like to get the Freeze Dried Fruit Gift Box

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  26. freeze dried strawberries!!yum

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  27. I would like to try the Freeze Dried Organic Fruit Blend

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  28. I would love to try the Spicy Southwestern Soup.

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  29. I would love to try the freeze dried organic bananas

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  30. I like the Freeze Dried Fuji and Granny Smith Apples.

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  31. I would love to try their trail mixes that are coming in September.

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  32. I would love to try the freeze dried bananas!

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  33. i would like the freeze dried strawberries.

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  34. I would love some of these Freeze & Air Dried Organic 5 Vegetable Blend

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  35. T would like the bean and vegetable soup. Sounds yummy and easy.

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  36. I would like yo try the 32 Bean and 8 Vegetable Soup


    Ladyblueeyez1960 (at)(aol)(dot)(com)

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  37. I would like to try the bean and vegetable soup; the air dried veggies sound great as well.
    Gigi(rafflcopter name)
    gigicoan at yahoo dot com

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  38. I would also love to get the Air Dried Organic Oyster Mushroom

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  39. freeze dried strawberries
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  40. Would also love to try the Freeze Dried Fuji and Granny Smith Apples!

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  41. I would like to try the freeze dried fruit blends!

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  42. I'd like to try the freeze dried Fuji and Granny Smith apples

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  43. I love the freeze dried organic strawberries!

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  44. I would love to try the freeze dried strawberry powder

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  45. I would love to try the FD Triple Berry Blend Organic. Yum! :)

    Angela Rhodes Ingles
    nofearpapertiger AT Gmail.com

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  46. want to try: http://www.northbaytrading.com/freeze-dried-cherries
    xo

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  47. I'd also like to try the Freeze Dried 6 Fruit Blend

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  48. Oh Boy! I could go wild here! My husband loves all kinds of soups - especially the kinds available at NorthBay Trading (and in this wonderful prize package!)

    He also LOVES Lentils and I would love to buy some Black Beluga Lentils and Petite Golden Lentils (The $$$$$ Ivory Lentils sound intriguing...)

    Both the freeze dried Spinach and the Blueberries also really caught my eye - to name a few...

    Thanks for another great giveaway!


    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  49. I'd like to try the Freeze Dried Organic Strawberries
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  50. I'd like to get Air Dried Boletus Luteus Mushroom

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  51. I would like to get the organic brown lentils.

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  52. I would love to try the Freeze Dried fruit, particularly the Organic Blueberries.

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  53. I would get the freeze dried cherries!

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  54. Whole freeze dried organic blackberries looks yummy

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  55. strawberries.. please, pretty please

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  56. Makes me hungry thinking about this stuff.

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  57. Freeze dried mushrooms

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  58. They don't list a very long shelf life on their products. Will repackaging in Mylar with oxygen absorbers extend the life?

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