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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about freeze dried foods, the freeze drying process, and our products.

Why Freeze Dried?

What's The Difference Between Freeze Dried and Dehydrated?

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Freeze-drying removes 98% of the water in foods while dehydration removes about 80%, giving freeze-dried products a much longer shelf-life. Freeze-dried food is flash frozen and then exposed to a vacuum, which causes all the water in it to vaporize. This requires expensive equipment and isn’t something you can do at home, but it makes it possible to store freeze-dried foods for 20 to 30 years, compared to dehydrated ones, which typically last one to five years.

One of the biggest differences between freeze-dried and dehydrated foods is nutrition. Freeze-dried foods retain all of taste, smell, texture, and nutritional value as in their original form before the freeze-drying process. Dehydrated foods lose about 50% of their nutritional value because they are subject to heating during the drying process and can become somewhat chewier, since the heating process “cooks” them over a long period of time as they dry.

Freeze-dried foods also rehydrate more quickly, usually in 5 minutes or less, in either hot or cold water. Dehydrated foods usually take 10-20 minutes to rehydrate, provided you use boiling water, requiring a longer wait and more stove fuel.

What's Better - Freeze Drying or Dehydration?

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Dehydration removes about 90-95 percent of the moisture content while freeze drying removes about 98 percent. Freeze-dried foods will have a longer average shelf life. Freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, just-add-water meals and real meats will have a 25-30-year shelf life.

The Freeze Drying Process

Can I Freeze Dry Foods At Home?

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Freeze drying food at home is possible, but to do it right requires the use of expensive machinery which typically start a several thousand dollars.

Do Freeze Dried Foods Need To Be Refrigerated?

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If freeze-dried food is sealed (in osmosis proof containers or mylar pouches) to prevent the reabsorption of moisture, the food may be stored at room temperature without refrigeration, and be protected against spoilage for many years. Preservation is possible because the greatly reduced water content inhibits the action of microorganisms and enzymes that would normally spoil or degrade the food.

Our Products

Do You Provide Instructions?

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All our products come with rehydrating instructions on the package.

Do I Need To Cook The Entire Package?

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Our mylar bags are all resealable, so you can cook or use just the amount that you want and then seal the bag for use at a later date.

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