A Guest Post By Agnes Jimenez of Daily Bread
Freeze drying food has become a popular method of food storage that got its start during WWII. At that time, there was little available refrigeration which made food spoil before it could be delivered to fighting soldiers. As a result, freeze drying became a significant practice that has continued into present day.
There are many benefits associated with freeze drying food. The biggest and most obvious reason is to prepare a supply of food that would take over twenty years to spoil and is easy to store. This process allows a person to store food anywhere without extra technology. Freeze drying makes food weigh less and take up less space.
The freeze drying process
This process is not difficult.
To begin, food is flash frozen at temperatures that are extremely low in order to prevent freezer burn from forming.
The next step is to take away all moisture with use of a vacuum.
Finally, the food is sealed in moisture proof bags for storage. When a person chooses to eat the food, boiling water is added which will return the food back to normal taste and texture without compromising any nutrition.
Here is a look at a few freeze drying long term food storage ideas
There are various foods that can be freeze dried at home. The easiest to start with will be fresh fruits and vegetables.
There are three ways to attempt freeze drying at home:
The most common method includes the use of a vacuum. After food is frozen, it must be placed in the chamber of the vacuum as the air is removed. The moisture will be taken away in a small amount of time. After all of the air is removed, the food can be stored.
If you do not own a vacuum, there are other ways to freeze dry food. To begin, cut into tiny pieces and freeze in a single layer on a tray. After a few weeks, all moisture should be removed and food is ready to be stored.
One final way to freeze dry food is to use dry ice. In a large container with holes poked in the lid, surround food with dry ice in layers. When full, place container in the freezer. When the dry ice has disappeared, it is ready for storage.
There is no better way to maintain foods freshness for a long period of time than to freeze dry it. It will keep bacteria away and preserve taste. Few other methods will be as effective and provide convenient results.
About the Guest Author
Agnes Jimenez is a professional blogger and writer. She writes for many online establishments and supports those ones that offer alternative lifestyles to consumers. She’s currently raising awareness about the importance of having a food storage plan by sharing long term food storage ideas through guest blogging.