What Kind of Food Can I Freeze Dry?

If you’re new to freeze drying at home or are considering if a home freeze dryer would be useful, you might be wondering what kinds of foods you can freeze dry. We love experimenting, and so do our customers, so there’s no shortage of information on the subject.

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Freeze Dry It

The short answer is, most foods can be freeze dried including:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • meats
  • dairy
  • entire meals
  • desserts

Don’t Freeze Dry It

There are a few foods that don’t do well in a freeze dryer. Remember, freeze dryers work by extracting water from food. It does leave behind oil, so oily foods don’t fare very well in a freeze dryer. Some foods are:

  • peanut butter
  • pure chocolate
  • butter
  • honey
  • syrup
  • jam

honey

Freeze Drying Tips

Now that you’ve got the basics of what can and can’t be freeze dried (or reconstituted), here are some tricks to make your results even better:

  • Peel or halve fruits and vegetables before freeze drying
  • If you leave the skin, cut in half and place skin side down on the tray
  • For small food such as grapes or cherry tomatoes, place a handful between two lids and slice between the lids with a bread knife.
  • Blanch potatoes before freeze drying (or they’ll oxidize and turn black).
  • Don’t be afraid to pour liquids such as soup, milk, raw eggs and broth onto the trays.
  • Note that freeze drying times are not set in stone. Some foods require longer to process.
  • Use parchment paper or silicone mats to help keep trays clean
  • Label fish, meat or eggs that haven’t been cooked – freeze drying does not kill bacteria
  • Buy food in quantities when it’s on sale. Freeze dried food lasts up to 25 years!

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By | 2017-10-19T02:58:45+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Meda Schafer May 23, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I need to find out if nuts can be freeze dried.

    • Matt Neville May 24, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Yes. We have many customers who freeze dry nuts.

  2. Ashley Lovell May 24, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I live on a 5th generation farm. I grew up watching my grandma and mom can all kinds of things we harvested on the farm, I continue to can today. I love this concept and am extremely interested to learn how to freeze dry food as an alternative to canning. I would put something like this to use for sure! I will definitely be looking into purchasing one!

  3. Stephani Mikeska May 24, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I want one of these freeze dryers so bad but do not have that amount of money to buy one now. Do you have a payment program?

    • Matt Neville May 24, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

      We have a great layaway program that is interest free. Many customers purchase their freeze dryers this way. Call to learn more.

  4. Ida Mettlen May 28, 2017 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Can coffee be freeze dried? I have had my freeze drier less than 2 weeks. Have a million questions. So far we haven’t made any disasters. Really need to know about the coffee. And if it can be freeze dried, would I make it just as always or stronger before freeze drying? Do you have any books, or know of any books to help me learn the different ways to process before and after freeze drying?

    • Becky Dial May 30, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Yes, you can absolutely freeze dry coffee. Some customers brew really strong coffee and freeze dry it to create their own version of instant coffee powder. It’s said to taste better than store-bought. Along with your freeze dryer, you should have received a ‘Guide to Freeze Drying’ (Starter Guide) which has some helpful tips and guidelines to help you get started. You can also find a lot of information on our blog and all throughout our Facebook community. They are a very helpful resource!

      • Roger Miller November 8, 2017 at 6:00 am - Reply

        Can you freeze dry coffee beans or ground beans?

  5. Liesa October 10, 2017 at 4:46 am - Reply

    Can you freeze dry frozen potatoes or other vegetables and fruits which are already partly prepared? I’m interested in knowing about freeze drying directly from frozen items when i find them on sale. Thank you, Lee

  6. Renee November 6, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Can you successfully freeze dry pure raw honey?
    All similar products I see have granulated sugar added, which defeats the whole point. Is it because of the liquid content of honey?
    Thank you for your feedback.

    • Becky Dial November 7, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately honey cannot be freeze dried, it is too high in sugar (and low moisture content). Honey is the one food, however, that will last forever without freeze drying. 🙂

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