Emergency situations, disasters, and the ever changing climate all take their toll on the world’s food supply. Keeping long term food storage on hand is a good investment for your family. Freeze dried food is an excellent choice for food storage and has many benefits.
Freeze drying is the process of removing moisture from fresh or cooked food by flash freezing them in a vacuum chamber and then drying with low level heat so that the ice crystals evaporate. This preserves food because the lack of moisture prohibits growth of microorganisms and enzymes that would normally spoil the product.
Whether using them for long term food storage or for your weekend getaway, shelf-stable freeze dried food has several benefits over other methods of food storage.
Entrees are created with professional chefs to achieve amazing recipes using the highest quality ingredients. Freeze dried foods retain their original flavor and texture.
Because freeze dried foods are flash frozen and are not processed at high temperatures, they retain vitamins and minerals, keeping their nutritional value.
Gourmet quality food with a long shelf life is a bargain at current prices. Imagine having to buy all of the fresh ingredients, if they are available, in today’s fluctuating market to get the same quality that is available in freeze dried food.
Open the packet, add hot water, and start eating a delicious meal in twelve minutes or less usually.
With all of the moisture removed, freeze dried food weighs much less than fresh or canned food. This is a definite advantage if your food storage needs to be transported in an emergency.
Freeze dried food is condensed and vacuum sealed, usually in Mylar bags. These packets take up very little space when compared to other storage methods.
Most freeze dried food has a shelf life of 25 years or more at room temperature without fear of spoiling. Because you have no idea what the future holds, your long term food storage could truly be long term.
These benefits mean that investing in freeze dried food is the smart choice. Add to your food storage over time, as your income allows, but take the step to be prepared in the event that you are unable to obtain fresh food. Taste different products to determine which flavors you like best and add those to your storage.
Gary Jenkins is a father and husband living in Oregon who is a wildlife rehabilitation and outdoor adventure enthusiast.