We all know how important it is to get in at least 5 servings of vegetables every day, but sometimes, veggies can get, well, boring.
Here at That Sweet Lyfe, we avoid food boredom by freeze drying. Freeze drying transforms the texture of your food so you never get tired of your favourite foods.
We love freeze drying veggies to change their texture and, most importantly, extend their shelf life. We’re all familiar with that feeling of stocking up on veggies at the beginning of the week and throwing them out, untouched, by the end of the week. By freeze drying your veggies, you can extend the shelf life of your veggies by years, saving you time and money in the process.
But how long does it take to freeze dry vegetables? If you’re new to the freeze drying world, you may be curious about how long the whole process takes. If that’s you, don’t worry – That Sweet Lyfe is here to fill you in.
Similar to other foods, vegetables normally take around 24 hours to freeze dry. But the water content of the vegetables will change this. For example, onions will take much longer, as they have more water in them that has to be removed in the process.
Using a good freeze dryer will make this process that much easier. We like to use the Harvest Right freeze dryer to make the freeze drying process quick and easy. If you don’t want to spend the money on a freeze dryer, we understand. They can be pricey. But just remember that DIY freeze drying methods will take much longer than using a machine.
Even with a machine, there are a few guidelines you should follow. Avoid popping a whole veggie into your freeze dryer. Instead, you should cut the vegetable into smaller pieces, and make sure to not overload your machine. The smaller you can make the vegetable pieces, the easier it will be for the water to be removed, which will cut down on the time.
Freeze drying is a much longer process than other food preservation methods like dehydrating. But the time is totally worth it. Freeze drying is unlike any other method – it lasts longer, and tastes better. If you want to learn more about the difference between freeze drying and dehydrating, check out this blog post where we break it all down for you.
Ready to venture into the world of freeze dried vegetables? Follow our blog for the best freeze drying advice, and browse our website to order your first batch of That Sweet Lyfe products today. One taste of our products, and you’ll be hooked!