Six Frequently Asked Questions about the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer

  1. Will the cost of a freeze dryer be going up or down soon? Freeze drying technology has, unfortunately, been very expensive. The initial freeze dryer we introduced just a few years ago was $5,000, but we keep doing our best to make it more affordable and now units start at $2195. With that said, our cost to produce a home freeze dryer has increased by 25% this past year due to tariffs and increased component costs. We are trying to keep prices low, but, eventually, we will most likely be forced to increase the cost of our freeze dryers. However, the combined cost to purchase and ship a freeze dryer was recently reduced, so it really is the best time to buy a one.
  2. Why would I need a supply of freeze-dried food? Having a supply of emergency food allows you to be prepared for any situation. Most people will experience some type of serious disaster in their lifetime. Just watch the news to hear examples of such disasters including political upheaval, viruses, war, financial distress, hurricanes and other extreme weather. Having a supply of freeze-dried food gives you peace of mind in case any worst-case scenario affects you and your family.
  3. What is a freeze dryer? A freeze dryer allows you to freeze dry food which is the very best method for preserving food – better than canning and dehydrating. People use their freeze dryers for a number of reasons. The most common uses of a freeze dryer are to preserve garden produce, create an emergency food supply, make healthy snacks, save leftovers, and prepare easy-to-make meals. 
  4. How much food can be freeze dried in a year? It is fairly easy to process 4 batches of food a week. If you multiply the number of batches per week, times 50 weeks in a year (taking two weeks off), approximately 200 batches of food can be freeze dried in a year. Since, on average the freeze dryer can produce two #10 cans of food per batch, that is the equivalent of 400 cans of food per year.
  5. What is home freeze-dried food worth? If one were to purchase good quality emergency preparedness food such as freeze-dried fruit, meats, vegetables and meals (not dehydrated noodles with some freeze-dried food in them), on average, it would cost at least $35 per can and, probably, much more. A freeze dryer is easily capable of producing four hundred #10 cans of food in a year. If you multiply that (400) times the value per can ($35) you get the value of a year’s worth of home freeze dried food to be equal to or greater than $14,000. *For more cost comparison between home freeze-dried food and store-bought emergency preparedness food see the charts below.
  6. How much effort and time does it take to freeze dry your own food? If a person can cut up food and press start, they can run a freeze dryer. The unit is automatic and beeps when it is done. Once the batch is finished, just pour the food into a Mylar bag, add an oxygen absorber, and seal the bag. Freeze-dried food is shelf-stable and can last up to 25 years.

Return on Investment: This table compares store-bought preparedness food to freeze drying your own at home with a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer.*The cost of purchasing emergency preparedness food versus freeze drying it at home is 70% to 80% greater.

Return on Investment comparison chart

See the following graph to better view the comparison between store-bought and freeze-dried food at home with Harvest Right:

Harvest Right vs Store-bought freeze dried food cost comparison graph


Is someone from your company going to be at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Belton, Tx this weekend?
I would like to show my husband how it works etc.

Thank’s for this information that will be very handy.

Q: If you dry-freeze coffee is it the same as instant coffee.

please reply Roger

I don’t have a freeze dryer yet. But I’m saving to purchase a unit.

In my experience, freeze dried fruits, nuts, and vegetables are tasty snacks direct from the Mylar storage bag!

I’ve never been disappointed by freeze dried food…!

I’ve read that fats are not recommended for freeze drying. Yet I’ve seen dried butter and full fat milk. Can it be done with your unit? And could you do cream? Thanks!

Medium Dimensions
18″ W x 21.25″ D x 28.5″ H
112 lbs.

Large Dimensions
20.25″ W x 23.75″ D x 30.75″ H
138 lbs.

Vacuum Pump:
10-1/2″ H x 16″ D x 5-3/4″ W
35 lbs.

Are the pans in the freeze dryer the same depth and length in the small as compared to the medium or larger freeze dryer

No, they differ between the sizes.
Small: 7.75″ W x 14″ L x 0.75″ H
Medium: 7.5″ W x 18″ L x 0.75″ H
Large: 9″ W x 20.5″ x 0.75″ H

Shipping is currently included in the price (for all customers that live within the Contiguous United States).

No, it won’t be ruined. When the final dry cycle is over, the machine goes into a freeze so the ice inside doesn’t melt into the food. The freeze dryer will patiently wait for you to unload it. 🙂

Small and standard freeze dryers use a standard 110 volt outlet.

At peak, the freeze dryer draws about 16 amps, but on the average about 9 to 11 amps (990-1210 watts) of power per hour. A dedicated 20 amp circuit is recommended. Your freeze dryer will cost an estimated $1.25-$2.80 a day, depending on power costs in your area.


Our large freeze dryer requires a 110 volt (NEMA 5-20) outlet

At peak, the large freeze dryer draws about 16 amps, but on the average about 10 amps (1500 watts) of power per hour. A dedicated 20 amp circuit is required. Your freeze dryer will cost an estimated $2.00-$3.00 a day, depending on power costs in your area.

The site currently states that the freeze dry units take approximately 10 weeks to ship and if only ordering accessories its 1-2 weeks.

I don’t see much information about freeze drying garlic. Depending on the type of garlic, 4 months to 10 months are the limits for normal storage.
Any info would be appreciated.

Typically 20-36 hours. It depends on what you are freeze drying. If you pre-freeze the food it will freeze dry faster.

It is best to run all four trays if possible. If you have 1 tray prepared you can put it in the freezer and wait until you have 4 ready to go. Sometimes I will put 1 tray in the freezer each day until we can run a full batch!

Do you have to defrost between batches? what is the best procedure to follow if you have several batches to freeze dry?

Yes, ice cream freeze dries very well! You can use jars or bags. Your freeze dryer comes with mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and a sealer included.

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