At That Sweet Lyfe, we are focused on satisfying your sweet tooth cravings with our delicious freeze-dried fruit and candy, but did you know there are a whole host of foods that can be freeze-dried? The freeze-drying process offers a great way to preserve foods for longer periods of time. Freeze-dried food can last up to 25 years without compromising its nutritional value. This longevity makes freeze-drying ideal for camping, emergency supplies, the military, and even astronauts! But you can also enjoy freeze-dried products either as a meal or a treat. Here are seven delicious items to try.
If you enjoy eating desserts after your meal, you'll be in for a whole new taste experience with our line of desserts. Enjoy ice cream that doesn't melt, or bite into pieces of freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches without squishing it. You'll experience a great new way to indulge in ice cream on any day.
2. Fruit and Veggies
How often do you grab an apple or banana, but it ends up bruised in the bottom of your bag? Freeze-dried fruits are easy to carry around and make a flavourful snack at any time of day. Better still, the freeze-drying process retains 97% of the nutrition, so it's almost as good as eating the produce fresh!
3. Meat, Fish, and Chicken
You may wonder why anyone would want to freeze-dry any of these foods, but there are lots of practical applications for freeze-drying meat. The process of freeze-drying can preserve meat for many years, and unlike raw or cooked meat, it can be stored at room temperature. Once you rehydrate the freeze-dried meat, you'll find that it tastes almost the same as when it was fresh. These products are great for adding to your emergency food storage kit or for your next camping trip. You can also have peace of mind knowing that whether you consume these foods five, ten, or even fifteen years down the line, they maintain their nutritional benefits.
If you enjoy pasta, here's another option to add to your camping bag. Cooked pasta can be easily freeze-dried for future use. Simply add water to rehydrate, and it's ready within minutes! All you need to do is to decide whether you are going to freeze-dry spaghetti, penne, linguine, or macaroni.
To clear up any confusion, let's start by confirming that freeze-dried coffee is not the same as instant coffee. Freeze-dried coffee is produced by freezing the liquid product and then removing the formed ice through the sublimation process. The result is a much better-tasting coffee compared to instant coffee, where the granules are produced through the process of water evaporation.
6. Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are great for freeze-drying, and they will last for up to several years when stored properly. This is another great way to enjoy your breakfast on the go and is great for camping trips, so you can enjoy it with your freeze-dried coffee before you hit the trails.
If you're big into meal prepping, you might like this idea: how about freeze-drying an entire meal? The options are endless with this one, as you can freeze-dry nearly anything. How about creamy mac and cheese, beef stroganoff, lasagne with meat sauce, rice bowls, curry, or shepherd's pie? As long as your meal has good water content and is not high in oils.
How Do You Freeze Dry Candy?
We get asked this question a lot. If you would like to freeze-dry your candy at home, you can invest in a home freeze-dryer or simply use your home freezer and dry ice for the process. The freeze-drying procedure might be a little different for every product and can take up to 24 hours, but with some research and careful preparation, you'll be a freeze-drying expert in no time.
If you want to learn how to freeze-dry candy, check out this article. Until then, feel free to curb any sweet tooth cravings with our selection of freeze-dried candies. We've got freeze-dried skittles and jolly ranchers just waiting to be delivered to your doorstep!