Freeze Dried Fruits and Vegetables
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Like Dehydrating, Freeze Drying is a process that removes all water from the fruits and vegetables preserving them and allowing them to be easily transported. The main difference you will notice between these two processes is Freeze Dried product will still look about the samea as it did when it was fresh. This is due to the process of Freeze Drying. There are four steps in this process, and if done correctly the end result will look similar to the original products and hold the same nutrients.
4 Steps in the Freeze Drying process are: Pretreatment, Freezing, Primary Drying, and Secondary Drying.
1. The first step is to Preserve appearance, stabilization, vapor pressure and concentration.
2. Freezing is the most important step. This is where you are able to preserve the most nutrients, color, and cell structure. The product is placed in a freeze-drying flask, then placed the flask in a shell freezer, which is refridgerated and cooled by dry ice and methonal, or liquid nitrogen. (For larger products or quantities, this can be done by using a freeze-drying machine.) Products are frozen at thelowest temperature, where solid and liquid can coexsist. This is so the product does not melt.
3. The Primary Drying Phase removes all the ice from the product without rehydrating it. During this step the pressure, controlled by a vacuum, is lowered and heat is supplied, which allows the liquid to turn into a gas.
4. The Secondary Drying Phase is the final step in the drying process that removes all water molecules. During this step the temperature is raised to break any chemical interactions. Typically the air pressure is lowered at the same time, but some products do benefit from it, and the increase in air pressure.
Similar to Dried Dehydrated products, Freeze Dried fruits and vegetables will not only save you time, but it will also save you money. Meals are very easy to prepare, whether you're making a main dish or just a snack for the kids. Anybody at any age will enjoy these fine treats.
We have about 20 Freeze Dried Fruits and Vegetable options to choose from. Here is a list of all Freeze Dried Products products:
Basic preparations vary depending on how you like to prepare each product. You are able to eat the freeze dried fruits and vegetables dry, or you can rehydrate them for side dishes, or add them to your recipes. Rehydrating can vary based on personal preference and there are several ways to rehydrate freeze-dried foods.
Freeze-Dried Products can be hydrated by soaking, boiling, or cooking in liquids.
When rehydrating, use the 2 to 1 rule. The 2 to 1 ration states that for every 2 parts product you put in, you must add 1 part water. For example: if I have 2 cups of dried peas I am going to add 1 cup of water in order to rehydrate them. This is a great way to start because based on the amount of flavor you would like, you can always add more product, or strain out some of the water. When you have the amount of water you want, simmer the vegetables for about 15-20 minutes. This will vary based on the vegetable, as well as personal preference.
If you are watching nutritional values, it is good to note that about 1/2 cup of dried vegetables = about 1 cup of hydrated vegetables.
There are many options for the Freeze Dried Fruits and Vegetables. While they're great to munch on, they are great in many already famous recipes. The fruit is especially delicious as yogurt or ice cream toppings, as well as in many of your favorite desserts.
Try Some of These Popular Recipes!
Raspberry Honey Jam
(Recipe by Chef Tess at Preparing Wisely)
- 4 cups Freeze Dried Raspberries
- 1 1/2 cups Honey
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup UltraGel or 1 box low sugar pectin
1. Combine all ingredients into a pot except the UltraGel. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
2. Carefully whisk in the UltraGel bringing that to a boil and cooking for 1 more minute.
3. Finally put the cooked jam in sterilized half pint Jars.
Dried Fruit Filling
(Recipe from Eating Well)
- 3 1/4 cups mixed dried fruit
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Combine 2 cups dried fruit, cider, sugar, and cornstarch in a large saucepan.
2. Bring to a simmer on medium heat stirring constantly until mixture is thick. About 4-5 minutes.
3. Stir in the remaining 1 1/4 cups of mixed dried fruit and the vanilla extract.
4. Spread filling over bars, cookies, cakes, etc.