Do you remember when you were a little kid, and the thought of outer space was absolutely CRAZY, dare I say … OUT OF THIS WORLD! (We apologize for that one, it was right there).
Anyways, I think most of us wanted to be an astronaut at one point or another throughout our childhoods – we sure did here at that sweet lyfe! And, as we saw videos, TV episodes or other media of astronauts in space, floating around in zero gravity, we would wonder: How and what do astronauts even eat?
For a long time, astronauts were eating those gross squeezable meals from tubes, but not so much anymore thanks to a dehydrating method that is all the rage right now …
The process of freeze-drying is becoming more-and-more well-known across the globe. But, did you know that freeze-drying is even more popular out of this world? That’s right, astronauts have been freeze-drying their food for a while now – it is referred to as space food.
There’s no wonder why space food is a big hit, let’s look at some of the freeze-drying benefits.
The Benefits of Freeze-Drying Include:
- A longer shelf-life for your food.
- A higher variety of food.
- Easy storing of food.
- Better tasting food.
The Benefits of Freeze-Drying Further Explained
A longer shelf-life for your food.
Foods that have been freeze-dried can last for 25 years if stored correctly!
A higher variety of food.
The variety of food that can be freeze-dried gives astronauts even more meal options. You can pretty much freeze-dry anything from fruits to fully prepared meals such as pizza!
Easy storing of food.
It is easy to store freeze-dried astronaut food because the water has been removed from it, therefore it will not go bad for a lot longer. And, you do not need to keep freeze-dried food in a fridge, on ice, or anything like that.
Better tasting food.
No more gross squeezable tube meals! You can basically have a similar diet to what we have on Earth when you are in space, all thanks to freeze-drying!
Freeze-drying your food just makes sense, especially in a gravity-less environment such as outer space.An acclaimed freeze-dried astronaut food is astronaut ice cream, also known as space ice cream.
You can live out your childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by freeze-drying your next ice cream cone! It may not be as exciting as landing on the moon, but hey, it’s a start!