Freeze Drying: The Best Preservation Method
Last week we wrote about freeze drying vs. dehydrating as a method of food preservation. Regardless of preservation method it’s up against (whether it’s dehydrating, canning or even freezing in your regular freezer), freeze drying always comes out the clear winner. Maybe the best argument for freeze drying, however, is variety. Almost any food can be freeze-dried for healthy snacks, short-term preservation or long-term emergency food storage. Meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy, desserts – even full meals can be freeze dried and easily re-hydrated.
On top of that, a greater variety of foods can be freeze dried than can’t be dehydrated. Everything from ice cream to raw meat can be freeze dried, making it a clear winner in the freeze drying versus dehydrating debate. In fact, many freeze dryer owners begin emptying their freezers and storing those same items on their pantry shelves. For example, did you know you can freeze-dry cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, even shredded cheese and store it without refrigeration? How about raw eggs or scrambled eggs and ham? Or, even better, how about these mini cheesecakes or your family’s favorite recipe?
Reducing Food Waste
Reducing food waste is another great reason to own a home freeze dryer. When you consider that almost 40 percent of the food families purchase is wasted, preservation of meat and dairy products, leftovers and ripening fruits and vegetables starts to feel essential.
Food gets thrown out for a lot of reasons. Families make or buy too much food to start with, fail to reheat leftovers, or simply forget about food in the back of the fridge or on the counter until it goes bad. A home freeze dryer, can be used to easily eliminate these problems, thus saving families time and money.
Freeze-dried foods offer a longer shelf life, lower moisture content, and generally taste better than dehydrated foods. Freeze-dried foods re-hydrate faster and also retain their original shape, taste, and color. And, many foods make perfect snacks even without re-hydrating.
Now it’s your turn! Knowing more about freeze drying and the way it removes all the water from your food, which foods have you tried or would you like to try freeze dried? Like us on Facebook and let us know!