Recently we made a short video to illustrate just how easy it is to freeze dry and rehydrate entire meals. In this video we’re freeze drying sliced turkey breast, gravy, corn and green beans – all in one run. We also prepared mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing in a second run. Notice that you can stack the turkey slices like dominoes, you don’t have to lay every slice flat on the tray. Also notice that you can put more than one kind of food on a tray, and more than one kind of food in a freeze drying cycle. The flavors won’t mix.

At the end of the video you’ll see the food come out of the freeze dryer. See how it looks almost exactly like it did going in? Not only are the vibrant colors and natural textures preserved, the nutrition is also preserved. We packaged our meal in a Mylar bag with an oxygen absorber, and stored properly we could enjoy this meal up to 25 years later.

To rehydrate the turkey, we just dipped the slices in hot water and patted them dry. For the corn, beans, gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing, we added hot water slowly until they were each reconstituted to the original consistency. Or, we could have boiled water in a pot on the stove and added green beans or corn right into our pot to reconstitute them. Of course, we got to enjoy the fruits of our labor after the video was done – and our turkey dinner tasted as if it all came out of the oven moments earlier.

Watch our video to see for yourself how easy it is to freeze dry and rehydrate entire meals. We warn you though, it may make you hungry!