Everything You Need to Know About Planning Meals and Snacks Using Freeze-Dried Food
Freeze-dried food is not just good as a shelf-filler in your storage. This stuff can actually be quite delicious when prepared correctly.
There is no reason that you can’t make a scrumptious meal out of freeze-dried ingredients. There is a whole world of great products out there that can turn a bland weekday meal into a delicious delight. You just need to know how to use the incredible ingredients that are available, and we’ll help you travel down that path in this article.
When we think of breakfast, we usually think of bacon, eggs, and hash browns. You might be scratching your head as to how freeze-dried ingredients can meet these breakfast expectations. Well, guess what? They absolutely can.
Believe it or not, you can get all these fixins, and yes, indeed, they are tasty. You can get eggs, sausage, potatoes, etc., and make a mouth-watering meal from freeze-dried food. These items are available separately, or you can find them together in a breakfast skillet form, like a savory scramble.
Perhaps you prefer to have some oatmeal or granola instead. Well, you are in luck because you can find them too. So start your day off with a freeze-dried breakfast bonanza.
Not to fret, we didn’t forget the most important part of starting your morning routine, coffee. Easy to make and great to keep handy for your morning pick-me-up.
Now is the time that your tummy might start to give a hungry growl, and grabbing a single-serving freeze-dried meal will definitely hit the spot. When thinking about lunch, most people think about having a sandwich or a bowl of soup (or both).
You might think that freeze-dried deli meat can’t be done, but it absolutely can and it is really good. Slap some of that on a couple of slices of bread with some mayo, mustard, and cheese (also great when it is freeze-dried), and you’ve got yourself a tasty sandwich.
As for soup lovers, soup and chili of all kinds are no strangers in the freeze-dried world. Packages of this stuff have been gracing grocery store shelves for years. It is also super easy to make. Simply open the package, add water, and enjoy. Voila, soup is served.
Let's talk about snacks before we cruise on down to dinner town.
This section will delight the outdoorsy people in the world, but also those with a sweet tooth. Freeze-dried trail mix-type foods are perfect for those on the go. You can keep a bag in your backpack and take it with you hiking. It will help with hunger pains, give you energy, and is lightweight so that it won’t weigh you down.
For those who like to munch on the sweeter things in life, freeze-dried candy is bliss in a bag. Think of all your favorites, such as Skittles, marshmallows, Gummy candies, etc. Imagine your love for these delectable sugary snacks turned into something even more mind-blowingly delicious. If you haven’t given your taste buds a go around on this freeze-dried candy coaster, you should immediately buy a ticket for this ride.
Also, for sweet-tooth people, you can get some of your favorite fruits in this form. They are great and healthy for those who are all-day snackers.
Ok, you’re finished with your work day, and all you want to do is go home, put on some stretchy pants and unwind, but your stomach is telling you that it needs food. You would be amazed at how far freeze-dried food has come in the past few years. Whether you are looking for a single-serving meal or have a gaggle of hungry kids to feed, there is a wide variety of choices you can make that will be a dinner hit.
Such as Pad Thai with Chicken, pasta dishes, chili mac with cheese, biscuits & gravy, classic spaghetti with meat sauce… need I go on? Okay, how about homestyle chicken & rice? Or Kathmandu curry? Honestly, the list goes on and on, but the point is… freeze-dried food is extremely tasty, and there is a vast variety of options available. They are fast, easy, and mmm mmm good.
You might be wondering, what is freeze-drying? Here is how it works:
In simplest terms, freeze-drying is the process of removing frozen liquid from a product using sublimation. Sublimation happens when water transforms directly into a gaseous state without passing back through the liquid phase.
This process happens in three phases:
- Pre Freezing – the materials that make up the food need to be pre-frozen below its eutectic temperature. The product may seem frozen, but keep in mind that although it may appear to be frozen, it is not until all the solute is frozen as well.
- Primary Drying – once the material has been pre-frozen, ice will need to be removed through the process of sublimation. This is done by controlling two parameters; pressure and temperature.
- Secondary Drying – after the process of primary drying is complete, there may still be some moisture remaining in the product. This leads us to a process called isothermal desorption. The excess moisture will be absorbed by making the temperature higher than the ambient temperature.
Each stage of the freeze-drying process is equally important. From step one to the very last step, it is essential to follow these steps to ensure the product is sufficiently free from moisture. This is why it is a ‘drying process.’
Now you might also be wondering what other benefits come from freeze-drying food; this would include:
- Retains original characteristics, such as size, taste, color, texture, and nutrients.
- Does not require cold storage.
- The weight of the product is significantly reduced.
- Low water activity reduces microbiological concerns.
- Has a high shelf life.
- Freeze-dried food is super tasty.