Freeze dried food is a valuable asset for long-term food storage. When re-hydrated, our freeze dried meals taste the same as it did when it was fresh. The quick freeze drying process preserves the nutritional value while providing a fantastic 25 year shelf life. Freeze dried food in bulk from Valley Food Storage is a healthy choice with no sweeteners, additives, and minimal preservatives in it.
THE INS AND OUTS OF FREEZE DRIED FOOD
HOW FREEZE DRIED MEALS ARE MADE
Freeze drying is a process that quickly removes virtually all moisture from fresh foods without damaging their flavor, texture or nutritional content. In the freeze drying process, food is first quickly brought to very cold temperatures, as far as 10 to 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. This frozen food is then exposed to a complete vacuum and slowly warmed up. As soon as the water starts to unfreeze it instantly turns to vapor. The end result food that's the same shape and size as it's original form but devoid of moisture.
THE BENEFITS OF FREEZE DRIED FOOD
Freeze drying food has a couple of major benefits for long term food storage. First is the incredibly long shelf life. Since the freeze drying process removes virtually all moisture, these foods can be safely stored for 25 years or more. Of course, to keep that 25 year shelf life, the freeze dried food must be safely and correctly packaged. Freeze dried food also maintains it's flavor, texture and nutritional content, making them a real pleasure to eat! Finally, freeze dried foods can be rehydrated and prepared quickly, which is great for everyday life and for survival situations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION ABOUT BULK FREEZE DRIED FOOD
While freeze dried food is portable, light weight, easy to cook and easy to store, it's a little out of the ordinary for the average person. The freeze drying process is more expensive and requires specialized machinery, which leads to some common questions.
IS EATING FREEZE DRIED FOOD UNHEALTHY
Freeze dried is virtually as healthy or unhealthy as the starting food. If you freeze dry unhealthy food, you have unhealthy freeze dried food, but if you freeze dry simple, healthy foods, like we do at Valley Food Storage, then it's some of the healthiest foods you can find. The only ingredient in our freeze dried peas is peas. The only ingredient in our freeze dried chicken is chicken.
HOW LONG WILL FREEZE DRIED FOOD LAST?
The main limiters on the shelf life of freeze dried meals is in the processing and in the packaging. With high quality processing and high quality packaging, a 25 year shelf life is easily attainable. Just be sure to order your freeze dried food from a reputable supplier.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF FREEZE DRYING FOOD
There are a lot of pros to freeze dried food. We've already mentioned the light weight, quick cooking, and highly preserved nutrition. But another cool thing about most freeze dried foods is that they can be eaten as is, without any rehydrating. The flavor is often fantastic because of the condensed sugars, along with a pleasant light, crunchy texture.
The main con of freeze dried food is the expense. Dehydrating food is a much cheaper process that uses less electricity and cheaper machinery. That why you'll find a mixture of dehydrated and freeze dried foods at Valley Food Storage. For those food that will benefit from freeze drying, we us that process, while we dehydrate other foods, like noodles or rice, that don't benefit from the freeze drying process.