Learning about the common methods of food preservation is important. When we find ourselves in a situation where food scarcity is on a large scale and the number of people dying because of starvation is rising at an alarming rate, having stocked or preserved food is definitely a life saver.
Food Preservation | Freeze Dry Your Food For Survival
There are food preservation methods and one of them is through the process of freeze drying. Through vaporization, this process removes the moisture from the food. One of the awesome things about this method is you can save freeze dried food for a lot of years. Then by just pouring a little amount of hot water, the flavor and nutrition come back, revitalized. Check out the steps below on how you can freeze dry your food in the comfort of your home. Read. Learn. Survive.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO FREEZE DRY YOUR FOOD FOR FOOD PRESERVATION:
- Food that you'll freeze-dry (fruits, meat, etc.)
- Tray (if it doesn't come with the freeze dryer)
- Freeze Dryer
- Moisture and oxygen proof containers (Mylar bags, mason jars or cans)
Step 1: Prepare The Food
The first thing you need to do is choose the kind of food you want to freeze dry. It would be best if you pick food that has a high amount of water because their composition will stay whole after the freeze-drying process is done. Fruit such as berries, bananas, and apples and vegetables like potatoes, parsnips, and carrots are some of the ideal food to freeze dry. On the other hand, if you're going to freeze dry meat, it should be done right after it has been cooked and cooled.
Step 2: Put The Food On A Plate Or Tray
After choosing the right food to freeze dry, it's time to place them on a tray or a plate. Spread them evenly on the tray so they won't clump together.
Step 3: Put The Tray On The Freezer
Place the tray in the freeze dryer where they are frozen to -40 degrees Fahrenheit or even colder. The freeze dryer creates a powerful vacuum around the food after it is frozen. Then the ice turns into vapor and evaporates when the food is slightly heated.
Step 4: Put Food In Air-Tight Containers
Add Water To Regain Freshness!
To reconstitute freeze dried food, you need to pour a little amount of boiling water over the food to regain its freshness, flavor, and appearance.
Check out this video for more info about freeze drying food at home for your family's survival!
Because freeze-dried food is lightweight, you can easily store it in your bug out bags or emergency kit. It is also great when you want to go backpacking and exploring the wild. Freeze drying your food is an awesome way to preserve it and it will absolutely give you the sustenance you need in times of distress especially when SHTF!
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Now that you know how to freeze-dry your food and learned about the importance of food preservation, it's time to learn some clever food storage tricks in your home!
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