At Mother Earth Products, we understand your concern for wholesome, healthy products. There are a few companies that claim to sell organic dried vegetables and freeze dried fruits, but they are few and far between. The selection is also very low, and the prices are very high. We want you to know that we do care about the quality of the produts we sell, because it is in our kitchen cabinets and long term food storage, and we use these products nearly every day in a number of dishes or as snacks. We feel strongly that these products are fresh, healthy, and will please you the same way they please us. Because we care greatly about these issues, we only work with reputable companies that offer products that are all nonGMO, manufactured to the highest standards, and meet and exceed all USDA inspections and regulations.
Our products are produced in the USA, and all around the world. Contrary to what many believe, the USA market cannot, or at least does not, produce all that the commercial dried vegetable market requires year round. We do not try to list the country of origin for each product, because it will vary from product to product, and can even vary from order to order. It is always chaning throughout the year. Most of our products brought in from other countries are actually USA companies operating facilities abroad. Any and all products brought into the USA are still regulated, tested, and approved by the USDA.
Please know that we at Mother Earth Products do care! We use our own products. We give it to our families, and we give it to our friends. We believe that you will come to use it and love it just as much as we do.
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Dried Vegetables and Dehydrated Vegetables
Dehydrating is a process that allows us to remove all water from the vegetables to ensure that mold or bacteria will not be able to grow or survive, allowing you enjoy the products when you want. This helps to maintain the nutritional value, as well as all vitamins and minerals, to help you maintain that healthy lifestyle. Our Dried Vegetables allow you to eat fresh vegetables without spending a ton of money.
Our Dried Vegetables will save you time when cooking your favorite meals. Our Dried Vegetables and Dehydrated Vegetables are great as side dishes or add-ins to your favorite recipes. They are easy to prepare and can be ready in minutes! They are great for the adventurous folks who like camping, mountain climbing, backpacking, hiking, ice climbing, canoeing, glacier trekking, cross country skiing and running, cycling, boulder climbing, spelunking, walking trails, horse riding, hunting, fishing, sailing, snowboarding, etc. They make a great light weight easy snack or meal!
We have about 20 Dried Vegetables and Dehydrated Vegetables, everything from spices and powders to whole vegetables. Here is a list of our vegetable products:
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Potato Dices
- Sweet Potatoes
- Tomato Dices
- Tomato Powder
Basic preparations vary depending on how you would like to prepare each product. You can eat the vegetables dry, or you can rehydrate them for side dishes or add them to your recipes. Rehydrating varies based on personal preference. In many cases, depending on the amount of one product you put in, it'll depend on how much of another product you add.
A general rule of thumb, start out with the 1:2 rule. The 1:2 ration states that for every 1 part product you put in, you must add 2 parts water. For example: if I have 1 cup of dried peas, I am going to add 2 cups of water in order to rehydrate them. This is a great way to start, because based on the amount of flavor 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 10-15 minutes. Also, 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.
Some of our Family's Favorite Recipes:
Beef Stew (TVP may be substituted for Beef)
- 1/2 pound stew meat
- 2 cups stewed tomatoes or 1/2 cups dried tomatoes
- 1/8 cup dried carrots
- 1/8 cup dried celery
- 1/8 cup dried green beans
- 1/8 cup dried red/green peppers
- 1/8 cup dried potatoes
- 1/16 cup dried onions
- Cover with water- you will need to play with this amount to suit your own needs
- 1 Tablespoon Beef Bullion
- 1/2 Tablespoon Parsley
- Salt, Pepper, Garlic, and Lowery's Seasoning
- Crock Pot recipe to serve 4. Seasonings are relative and should be adjusted. Cook on low heat 8 hours, can be less if no beef is used.
Chicken Soup (TVP may be substituted for Chicken)
- 1/2 cup dried potatoes
- 1/4 dried carrots
- 1/4 cup dried celery
- 1/16 cup dried onions
- 1/2 cup dried corn
- 1 small can of Chicken
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon Parsley
- 6 Cups of water - you will need to play with this amount to suit your own needs
- 6 Chicken Bullion cubes
- Salt, Pepper, and Garlic
- Crock Pot recipe to serve 4. Seasonings are relative and should be adjusted. Cook on low heat 8 hours, can be less if no Chicken is used or if Chicken is canned.
Disaster strikes all around us, and it is difficult to predict what might happen.Depending on the area of the country you are located you are susceptible to different forms of natural disasters. Many of the natural disasters we deal with here in the US are severe thunderstorms, flooding, high winds, landslides, winter storms, earthquakes, tropical storms, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, etc. Just within the past couple of years, we already have several severe thunderstorms, flooding, and tornados reported. Most people try to prepare themselves for these types of emergencies, which is great! However, some people often forget the main important thing - food.
Depending on the type of disaster, you could potentially be out of food for days, weeks, even months! There is no reason to not be fully prepared for anything that might come. That is exactly what our plan is behind Mother Earth Products. While we want our customers to be able to enjoy our products, we want them to think about the good they will bring in the case of an emergency. We have explained why how our products are prepared in order to be stored for years, and we have also explained how our methods of storing help keep our products even longer than others.
Any of our Products would be great to add to your family's Emergency Kits!
Click Here to view a full list of our Dehydrated Vegetables, Freeze Dried Vegetables,Freezed Dried Fruits, and our Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) options.
We also offer Food Storage supplies that will be useful when storing the food.
One example of a natural disaster was the Ames flooding of 2010. Just two years ago, after three straight nights of rain, the city was forced to cut its water main after it broke under water. This left the entire town without water for days. Some were even forced to move out of their homes. This is a great example why everyone should be prepared. You don't realize how much water goes into food, and with the roads covered in water, it left many only able to eat what they had in their cabinets, because they could not get to the grocery store that was under water.
Disasters like this happen every day. They are unpredictable so you need to be prepared for any emergency!
Though many backpacking meals are freezed dried, dehydrated items work just as well and we have used them many times. The only difference is that they take a little longer to rehydrate and cook, but it is worth it! Please review the details of each individual vegetable to view whether they are dehydrated or freeze dried.
Our recommendation is that you purchase your backpacking foods in our special two cup mylar bags.
You have this option in
EVERY product we offer. Mix and match veggies for dinner and fruits for desserts or snacks.
Don't wait for disaster to taste the goodness of Mother Earth Products.
Follow this link to learn more about the usefulness of our products while backpacking.
Serving Sizes/Product Data
We do not try to establish what a serving size is for you. There are a number of reasons for that:
- Some companies use serving sizes as a way to get you to think they are giving you numerous servings in a particular packaging. I have found it’s not true - at least not what I want for a serving. If any of you have ever gone backpacking and taken the freeze dried entrees with you, you know what I mean. I always eat 3 or 4 of their “servings” for each of my meals.
- You can decide how much you want to eat for any serving of food. Do you want to eat one cup each time? Two? Three? By you deciding this and knowing what the dried products will rehydrate into, it is very easy for you to figure how much product you will need for your servings. Most of the dried products will rehydrate to twice its dried volume.
- Another variable is the different types of products. Much of what we carry is not entrees. That changes things considerably for what someone might want as a serving size. Beyond that, much of these products may not even be used as a single side dish. They are mixed as ingredients to soups, casseroles, and other entrees. It is really impossible to establish serving sizes under those conditions.
- These are really easy things for you to calculate: how many people you can feed with what you have on hand, rather than trusting someone else to tell you those details.
NOTE: Mother Earth Products has now started carrying entrees. We need to and now do show you serving sizes and nutritional data, but only for the entrees. We make our data clear on these products, so it is not misleading. Make sure look at the total calories per day they are providing.
Mother Earth Products Long Term Food Storage Information
At Mother Earth Products, you'll discover an easy to use, information packed web site.
If you are preparing for the possibility of a food shortage or disaster, Mother Earth Products supplies the materials necessary for long-term food and product storage. These are general suggestions and may not apply to all applications. If you have different applications or conditions applying to your food storage you may need a more "custom" food storage system. We are glad to answer any questions and help recommend the best storage system for your application.
If you are searching for any of the following topics, click the links below:
There are many sites that will tell you why food storage is important and others that will tell you how to choose the right amount of food, but we can teach you how to pack it.
Do It Yourself Food Storage
Mother Earth Products provides all the materials to do your own emergency food storage packaging, including Mylar foil bags, oxygen absorbers, desiccants, and heat sealers. We will also explain why you need them. These are general suggestions and may not apply to all applications. If you have different applications or conditions applying to your food storage, you may need food storage system. We are glad to answer any questions and help recommend the best products to "customize" your application.
Concerned About Humidity?
If you are concerned about humidity affecting your food product: rice, wheat, beans, and other dry goods? We have a clearly established protocol and procedure for providing a solution to this problem. The appropriate amount of desiccant packets should be placed in the bottom of your Mylar Foil™ bag prior to filling with product. The oxygen absorber is then placed on top for sealing. (Note: This is the recommended procedure for the 20" x 30" bag that is designed for 5 and 6 gallon pails.)
Are You Considering Storing Your Food Without Usage of a 5 Gallon Pail and a Lid with a Secure Gasket?
If so, you should be examining the usage of our 7.5 mil minimum puncture resistant structure: P75C2030
5 Options for Food Storage fpr Grains, Rice, Beans, Etc.:
1.) Storage in a 5-6 Gallon Pail
2.) Storage in a Bag, in lieu of, Using a 5-6 Gallon Pail
- If you have a space or storage limitations, you can use this bag all by itself, with no Bucket or pail!
- 20" x 30" bag - Part Number: P75C2030 - Ultra high oxygen barrier, 7.5 mil FDA approved structure.
- We recommend up to three each 300cc Oxygen absorbers in each of these bags.
3.) Storage for a 3 Gallon Pail:
- Three Gallon MylarFoil® bag 16" x 20" (5 Mils)- P/N: 16VF4C20TN
- We recommend up to six each 300cc Oxygen absorbers in each of these bags.
4.) Storage for 1 Gallon Volume, approximately equivalent to a #10 Can:
- One Gallon MylarFoil® bag 10" x 16" - P/N: 10VF4C16 (5.0 mils FDA Approved Material)
- Oxygen Absorbers - 300cc Oxygen absorbers
- Use one for a #10 can or equivalent volume in a MylarFoil bag size. You can also use a number of these in a larger container, depending on residual air volume.
5.) Zip Seal Barrier Bags that Hold 3-6 lbs of Food Product.
An Alternative Plan to the 5 Gallon Pail
Many people line the 5 gallon pail with the 20.0" x 30.0" 20VF4C30 MylarFoil bag and place dry food products in there for long term storage. Another option would be to consider placing numerous pre-pack smaller pouches inside. This picture at is of a P/N: DW35Z Stand Pouch, that has the same oxygen barrier properties as the 20MFS30 and would hold a minimum of 2.5 to 2.7 pounds of hard winter wheat in each bag. Thus, a number of these pouches can be placed into a 5 gallon pail for long term storage. Each pouch can be sealed using our Hot Sealer after placing an individual 200cc oxygen absorber inside.
These packets eliminate the presence of oxygen in foodstuffs, such as grain and milk powder, ensuring long-term shelf stability. They are commonly seen in beef jerky where they prevent mold while eliminating the use of chemical preservative, and have been used by the US military to extend the shelf-life of bread for combat troops to up to two years.
How Does One Calculate the Amount of Oxygen in the Container?
There are several different formulations for oxygen absorbers depending on whether food is frozen, refrigerated or destined for long-term storage. The most critical component for evaluation is the water activity level (AW). All dry grain legumes, milk powder and pasta products have very low water activity levels. Thus, they require an oxygen absorber which has rapid activation. These oxygen absorbers are working within minutes of the package being opened. When packaging food for long-term storage, you should use the entire contents of one sealed vacuum packet bag within 30 to 60 minutes. If you know that you will be unable to use the entire quantity, set those packets aside in a small, clean, and dry glass jar with a secure screw-top lid. (A jam or pickle jar will work fine.)
We also provide a special "bag clip" (unlike any chip clip you have ever seen) that will keep the opened oxygen absorbers pouch secure for a minimum of three months. The clips are P/N BGCLP01. This clip will not even allow water or liquid to leak from the bag.
How Much Oxygen Absorbent Capacity Do You Need for Standard Containers?
We recommend 1500 cc's of oxygen absorbing capacity for 5 and 6 gallon pails. Thus, you could use 5 individual 300 cc packets. If you do not need an entire case of product, we provide individual pouches of the 300 cc packets (50 each.) For a one gallon pail, we recommend using one 300 cc absorber.
When used in conjunction with either a barrier bag (Mylar® Foil bag) or a sealed pail, there are usually no concerns regarding moisture damage. However, some people are aware that the highly humid environment in which they reside is simply "a fact of life." In this case, you may wish to use desiccant packs in the food storage container.
IMPORTANT:The desiccant packets must be placed at the bottom of the pail or barrier bag or in the middle of the food products. The desiccant bags must not be close to the oxygen absorbers. Desiccants will negatively affect the performance of the oxygen absorber when close by. We supply desiccant bags made from Tyvek. Tyvek is a material acceptable for food product contact. We have 3 Gram packets packaged 50 per bag. For those individuals and organizations for which humidity is a concern, we recommend up to 4 packets per gallon pail. For some products that are already extremely dry and for which concern is minimal, you may use one packet. We also recommend using one of these in cans of dehydrated foods or moisture sensitive situations.
In the food processing area, these bags are known as oxygen barrier bags. Many people refer to them as Mylar® Foil bags because the outer layer of the bag is Mylar® Foil, which is a brand name for the Dupont Corporation's polyester film. Our Mylar® Foil bags are 5-layer structures of Mylar® Foil/polyethylene /00035 aluminum foil/adhesive/linear low-density
OXYGEN BARRIER BAGS (Mylar® FOIL BAGS) will greatly increase the shelf stability of your food products. Polyethylene pails are not a true oxygen barrier by themselves. The oxygen transmission rate (OTR) is critical. OTR for example: our bags have a transmission rate of 0.001 cc's of oxygen per square meter per 24 hours. A clear Mylar®/poly bag is 0.5 cc's/ square meter/ 24 hours, or 500 (FIVE HUNDRED!) times greater.
WARNING: Some companies and people will try to tell you that clear FOODSAVER bags are good for long term storage. THEY ARE NOT. (See our technical section for details.)
How Do I Know if I Have the Right Type of MylarFoil™ Bags?
This is an extremely good question. The Mylar® foil bags are used for long-term food storage. They were originally designed for exporting Macadamia nuts in bulk. This bag is 4.5 mils thick and appears to look like aluminum foil. Although the Mylar® foil layer is transparent, long-term food storage bags are NEVER transparent. Another type of Mylar® Foil with which many consumers are familiar is the "Mylar® Foil balloon" - often sold at supermarkets for birthdays and other occasions. The industrial name for the Mylar® Foil balloon material is metalized polyester. This is product mostly cosmetic and has minimal oxygen barrier properties.
Any concerned individual should be wary of an organization trying to promote "transparent" barrier bags, or the shiny metalized polyester material as a food storage bag. Long-term food storage should never be one of them.
What is the Worst that can Happen if I Do Not Use a MylarFoil™ Bag Inside my Pail?
First, the plastic pail is not an oxygen barrier (similar to a #10 can) so there is a slow transmission of oxygen through the polyethylene walls of the container over time. According to grain processors, the most common problem is insect infestation. Nothing will eliminate this as certainly as an oxygen barrier bag and an oxygen absorber. Gas flushing will always leave 2-5% oxygen minimum. Lastly, since the oxygen absorber will actually remove 20.5 % of the air that is within the container. It is possible for the absorber to pull in the wall of the container (the vacuum effect) to such a degree that the lid separates from the pail.
Important Note: If the lid, which should have a gasket, separates from the bucket enought ot create a small opening, the oxygen absorber will be depleted within 72 hours maximum. This is why high quality food packers use a 4.5ml Mylar Bar inside their plastic pails.
Heat sealers are critical in providing a proper barrier to oxygen for barrier bags. They can be used to seal the standard 20"x30" barrier bag used in the five gallon pails.
TVP - Textured Vegetable Protein
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) is a meat replacer or meat extender. It is a meat substitute made from soy flour that is high in fiber and protein. It is available in many flavors and sizes - giving you many options for use. TVP absorbs spices and flavorings so it works well in vegetarian soups, chili, casseroles, and so much more!
Textured Vegetable Protein is a dehydrated product. If you are using this as a partial or complete meat substitute, rehydrate it in order to keep the same consistency as the meat you are substituting. Like the other products, it is very easy to rehydrate, and once the TVP is rehydrated, you can cook your favorite meals. You also have to option to put the product on top of salads, soups, or pizza without needing to rehydrate them. It is low cost, but high in nutrients - which is what we like about it!
We have about 8 different Textured Vegetable Protein options to choose from as well as several mix options. Here is a list of all TVP products.
Along with that list we also offer Variety Sample Packs for TVP!
If you are looking to keep it in meat form to be used in tacos, pastas, or casseroles, you certainly can rehydrate the TVP and it's very fast a easy! Just follow these simple steps:
Consider the TVP products to be on a 1:1 ratio (one part product = one part water). Again this can vary, based on personal preference.
- Measure 1-2 cups TVP
- Measure 1-2 cups water and place in a tea pot or other pot and begin heating on high.
- When steam is coming off water it is warm enough to combine with the TVP product (water does not have to be boiling). Begin slowly pouring the hot water over the TVP while stirring constantly. Continue stirring constantly over medium heat until all visible water disappears.
- Remove TVP to safe bowl and continue to prepare meal just as you normally would.
Try Some of These Popular Recipes!
10 Minute TVP Tacos
(Recipe from About.com)
- 2 Cups TVP
- 2 Cups water
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup salsa
- flour tortillas or hard shells
- In a large skillet heat water and add TVP. (Follow cooking instructions above)
- Add oil, soy sauce, peppers and taco seasoning. Stir well for 3-5 minutes.
- Mix in salsa and remove from heat.
- Warm up the tortillas or shells and serve!
(Recipe from About.com)
- 1 can black or pinto beans, drained
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bell pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- dash cayenne pepper
- dash red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup TVP
- 1/2 cup water
- In a medium-large soup pot sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic in the olive oil.
- Add in tomatoes, vegetable broth, and chili powder and stir well
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add beans. Stir occasionally and cook for at least 20 minutes (this can be a personal preference, the longer you cook chili the better). Ten minutes before chili is done cooking add TVP and water.
- Serve and Enjoy!