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Unraveling the Mystery of Freeze Dried Foods

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: October 20, 2020
Unraveling the Mystery of Freeze Dried Foods

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Have you even wondered about freeze dried foods?  I know that when I first started putting together a survival food pantry, I was perplexed by the concept of “freeze-dried”.  Just what exactly goes into the freeze-drying process?  How is that different than dehydrated foods and the dehydrating process?  What does the food taste like?  And is it worth the cost?

In todays blast from the near past, I share an article I wrote about freeze dried foods and the freeze-drying process.  Of course I have come a long way since then but this is where I started.

Freeze dried foods from Mother Earth

The Big Deal About Freeze Dried Food


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Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: What I love about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is they protect against every single one of the food storage enemies. Prices do vary but for the most part, they are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand. And while you can seal them up with a FoodSaver, some tubing and a common clothes iron, I find it infinitely easier with a cheap hair straightening iron that you can pick up for very cheap.

60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product.

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer: As long as the unit has an accessory port (and this one does), and inexpensive FoodSaver will work just as well as the fancier models. That is my two cents, at least.

FoodSaver Wide Mouth Jar Sealer: Already have a FoodSaver? If so, check out this jar sealer which can be used to vacuum seal your Mason jars. This is a great option for short to mid term storage of items such as beans, rice, sugar and salt. Store your jars in a cool, dark place and you are set with the added advantage of removing a small amount for current use without having to disrupt your large Mylar bag or bucket of food.  There is also a version for regular sized jars.


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3 Responses to “Unraveling the Mystery of Freeze Dried Foods”

  1. Off point, but WOW. I have, along with you, recommended Emergency Essentials in the past. Their web site went down on Black Friday because of an overload with orders, or so they told me when I phoned. My FedEx man just delivered my order. 11 am on a Monday following Black Friday. I have never received anything from them in the past this quick. Someone deserves a feather in their cap.

  2. thanks for this refresher class.I have a question i recently purchased some O2 absorbers. in the packet was an “eye” drawing on a piece of paper . it had the words oxygen indicator but no instructions. it is red does that mean its been exposed of does it mean its good? i took a few out then repacked them in a seal a meal bag and sucked out the air. I dont recall if it was red before i opened the pack .thanks for any help

    • Be mindful of the little pink pill. Most reputable vendors will include a little pick pill with their package of absorbers. If the pill is blue, the absorbers are toast so don’t use them. However, if they are just starting to turn – not quite pink and not quite blue – they are probably okay since the change of color can happen in as little as 10 or 15 minutes.

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