Not all food storage is created equal. In fact, there is vast difference between dehydrated meals and freeze-dried meals, the two most common methods for food preservation. Here are 5 reasons why you should choose freeze-dried food for your long-term food storage supply.
When stored in a #10 metal can, meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables can all be stored for 25+ years without losing texture, taste, or nutritional value. No other storage method is capable of preserving meat and dairy for 25-years without significant effort. For example, dehydrated entrees (which generally do not contain meat) must be stored 55 degrees to obtain a 25-year shelf-life. Freeze-dried food can be stored at a comfortable 72 degrees. This benefit cuts down on food rotation and creates less worry about expiration dates.
When foods go through the freeze-dry process, 99% of the water is removed from the food. In most food items, water makes up a majority of the weight. When almost all of the water is taken out, you are left with a product that is very lightweight and easier to transport than dense food.
3. Ease of Use
Ready-made freeze-dried meals are so simple to prepare that even a child can do it. The only required ingredient is water. Simply add hot water to your food (cold water will work if you don’t have the means to warm it), and let it sit for about 10 minutes to reconstitute.
Freeze-dried ingredients like meat, fruit and vegetables are also available individually, so you can create your own dish by combining different freeze-dried items with your own grains, pastas, seasonings, etc.
Freeze-dried entrees are made from real food. Freeze-dried lasagna started out as lasagna, freeze-dried chicken a la king started out as chicken a la king. During the freeze-dry process, the only thing taken out from the original meal is the water. All of the flavors and nutrients remain intact with the food. Other food preparation methods cause a depletion of flavors and nutrients during the preservation process. Additionally, other preservation methods generally contain preservatives.
Since the freeze-dry process can effectively preserve meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables, it is easy for food providers to create a variety of entrees. Freeze-dried entrees cover everything from meat dishes like beef stroganoff and chicken teriyaki to breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage. You can even find freeze-dried deserts like ice cream sandwiches and cheesecake.