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Food Storage: Freeze Dried Vs Dehyrated Food

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Preserved food can be used for many purposes. Some families use it for quick-prep meals, backpackers use it because its lightweight and compact, and it is used often for emergency preparedness purposes. If is also often as a staple item in many families' survival kits and food storage supplies.

There are two different types of dried foods: freeze dried and dehydrated or air-dried food. Both are popular but many people don't know the exact difference between the two. Below, freeze dried food and dehydrated food are compared in five different areas.

Freeze Dried Food
Many home food storage companies sell pre-made freeze dried meals that already come with all the ingredients. Some of them can last up to 30 years without spoiling. You can also buy unprepared meats, vegetables, and fruits for food storage and other purposes.

Since the food is dried, it is much more lightweight than regular food, but it is not quite as lightweight or compact as air dried food.

Nutritional Value
The flash freezing process used to create freeze dried food virtually leaves it in a sort of "suspended animation." When reconstituted, it retains all of its original nutritional value and vitamin richness.

The flash freezing process also preserves all of the foods original flavors, aromas, and textures. Freeze dried meals are known to taste better than air dried food for this reason. It is basically as if the food has come back to life with all of the same qualities it had before it was frozen.

Better taste and higher nutritional value are two of the reasons why freeze dried food is more expensive than dehydrated food. The other major reason is that the equipment used to make freeze dried food is cutting edge and expensive.

Reconstitution Time
You can use cold or boiling water to bring freeze dried food back to life. Generally, whether you use hot or cold water, freeze dried food takes less time to reconstitute than air dried food.

Dehydrated Food
Dehydrated or air dried food is not often used for long-term food storage purposes or emergency situations. Many backpackers use it on long hikes, and it is also used for every day cooking purposes. Foods like dried onions and sun dried tomatoes are popular items to cook with on a regular basis. Many people also use dehydrated fruits and vegetables for snacking purposes.

Nearly 98 percent of the water content in dehydrated food is removed, making it extremely lightweight and compact. This means that you can carry more of it, and it also means that you can store more of it in a smaller space.

Nutritional Value
In a sense, the air drying process "damages" food. It literally shrivels it up and diminishes some of its nutritional value.

Dehydrated food is not only known not to taste as good as freeze dried food, but it also known to have a chewier texture. However, some air dried products, like sun dried tomatoes, can yield really robust flavors and loose their chewy texture when cooked for long periods of time.

Dehydrated food is less expensive than freeze dried food. Plus, with the right equipment you can make it at home which is even more affordable.

Reconstitution Time
Dehydrated food typically takes longer to reconstitute. With cold water it takes much longer to reconstitute than freeze dried food. However, when hot water is used, there is not a substantial difference in the amount of time it takes to reconstitute.

Now that you know some of the distinct differences between air dried and freeze food, you can make a more informed decision about which product your choose. If you have never tried either type of food, you will find that they both have great benefits, but choosing the one that is right for your depends on your specific needs.



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