Saving Money with a Home Freeze Dryer

The EPA reports “more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste. In fact, it’s about 36 millions tons of food waste every year. The average family throws about $2,275 worth of food every year, or about $165 billion dollars per year in the U.S. Not only does food waste cost money, it requires massive amounts of energy, water, and chemicals for disposal. Of course, the real elephant in the room is the fact that over 870 million people in the world suffer from malnourishment

 

Reducing food waste at home is the first challenge in reversing the trend, but it’s a challenge most families are ready to accept. After all, throwing out food feels bad because we know we’re throwing out money. The EPA says that the average family could save around $190 per month just by using and preserving food more carefully. One of the best ways to start is to preserve food you don’t use before it spoils, and freeze-drying is easy, inexpensive and preserves the valuable nutrients.

Freeze Drying 101

Ou may be surprised to learn that nearly every food can be freeze dried, including meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables and dairy. You can even freeze dry entire meals yourself! Here’s how freeze drying works:

Put fresh or cooked foods in a home freeze dryer where they are frozen to -40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Once the food is frozen, the dryer creates a powerful vacuum around the food. Then, as the food is slightly warmed, the ice transitions into vapor (called sublimation) and is drawn out of the food. The freeze-dried food is then sealed in moisture and oxygen proof packageing (e.g., easy close mylar bags) to ensure freshness until opened. When you’re ready to use the food, just add water. The food regains its original fresh aroma, texture, and appearance.

Freeze Drying Benefits

Once you’ve invested in a freeze dryer, you’ll likely discover you’re saving much more than anticipated $190 per month. After all, you’ll be able to take advantage of sales on bulk fresh food or discounted food nearing expiration date because you can simply freeze dry it for later use. You’ll be able to really stock up on fresh, ‘at its peak’ locally-grown produce from farmer’s markets. And, you’ll also be able to increase your home garden production and freeze dry extra produce for use long after the harvest.

Freeze drying your own food also allows you to turn leftovers or extra food into your own emergency supply. This way you can ensure the food your family consumes in an emergency has no GMOs, no preservatives, and fits your dietary needs and calorie requirements. Commercial freeze-dried food usually contains food additives that aren’t healthy. Take some time to educate yourself on these additives and how they affect the body.

We encourage you to observe how your family uses food this month and monitor how much you throw away. You just might be surprised.

By | 2017-10-19T02:59:46+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. david john potter April 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Can garden seeds be freeze dried?

    • Stephanie Barlow April 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      We have had customers freeze dry them and the seeds successfully germinate. We don’t have hard data on long term shelf life but have confirmed success stories of freeze drying seeds that are growing well.

    • Stephanie Barlow April 21, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

      We spoke to our engineer and he has been using seeds that he freeze dried. He did 10 different varieties and planted 10 of each and all of the seeds germinated. We are going to be doing a blog post about this information soon.

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  3. GeraldineSharpton. . The support you need, wherever you need it.ton July 16, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    How do you store the freeze dried food?

    • Matt Neville July 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      For long term storage most customers use a mylar bag with oxygen absorber, #10 can with oxygen absorber, or mason jar with oxygen absorber. Zip-lock bags are great for short term.

  4. Lori Wagner July 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I would love to own your HarvestRight freeze dryer.

  5. Ann Randall July 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I would love to win your freeze dryer!!

  6. Deborah Cox July 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I would like to own one or win one can you share the price of a home freeze drier.

  7. Gail Coones August 4, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

    I would love to win this machine! I actually need two! A big one for home and a smaller one for the time we are traveling in case I need to do some produce along the way before I can get it home to preserve!!! I have spent my life canning, dehydrating, freezing food for family and friends. THIS system and setup appears awesome and more healthy. Our daughter has Celiac disease among other health issues and cannot have ANY preservatives! It is hard to find food for her. The foods we do find are extremely expensive costing 3-4 times more for a smaller quantity. Please put us in your drawing.

  8. Gail Coones August 4, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Would love to own or win this machine!

  9. Jackie Kelly August 10, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Is all the food stored in the freezer?

    • Matt Neville August 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Great question. Once the food has been freeze dried, it is then stored on the shelf.

  10. Izabella Lowe September 15, 2017 at 3:04 am - Reply

    I would love to win one of your freeze dryers. Love to garden and would like to lesrn how to preserve my homegrown fruits and vegetables.
    Please, add me to your mailing list.

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