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Freeze-Dried Food: How is it Different?

We have no way of knowing what will happen in the future. Whether it is a decade, a year, or even a week from now, life throws unexpected obstacles in our way every day. Because we cannot know what will happen, we have no way of preventing disasters that may occur.

 

One thing that we can do however, is prepare. Food is one of our essential needs as humans, so it goes without saying that it is the one thing that we need to have in extra supply. The main problem with this however, is that most food doesn’t last forever.

 

There have been many solutions offered up for this problem, one of which is freeze-dried food. But what is freeze-dried food? Is it the same as “real” food? Is it different in terms of nutrition and taste?

 

In order to answer these questions, read on as we take a look at a few of the facts and differences between freeze-dried food and regular food. You should then be able to decide if you want to add freeze-dried food to your food storage supply.

 

The Freeze-Drying Process

 

Although freeze-drying sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, the concept itself is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. It is only the process itself that has changed over time. Where in previous years, fruits and vegetables were laid out in the sun to dry, it is now done quickly and more efficiently using cryogenic freezing and vacuum drying. The whole goal of the process is to extract and dispose of as much water as possible. This simply means that the food itself will last much longer than regular food.

 

So What are the Nutritional Differences?

 

You may be removing the water, but most evidence goes to suggest that you are not removing any of the nutritional value. Freeze-dried foods actually contain most of the nutrients that they had to start with. There is evidence to suggest that they still contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients, so there is no need to worry about freeze-dried food being unhealthy.

 

But What About Taste?

 

The thing that gives freeze-dried food the edge over regular dehydrated food is that freeze-dried food usually contains spices and seasoning. What this means is that you do not lose any flavor in using freeze-dried meals. Many reviews available online actually state that freeze-dried meals are preferable in terms of taste as well as convenience.

 

Should I Look into Buying Freeze-Dried Food?

 

Food storage is important. That does not mean that you have to stock your house with flavorless, unexciting food. With freeze-dried meals, you will actually be able to enjoy good food that lasts forever. Not only will it last forever, but the way that it has been processed means that it takes up far less storage space than regular food. It is just one option, but freeze-dried food is definitely worth looking into for your food storage needs.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.

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