PRESERVE YOUR GARDEN PRODUCE
The EPA reports “more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste. In fact, it’s about 36 million tons of food waste every year. The average family throws about $2,275 worth of food every year, or about $165 billion dollars per year in the U.S. Not only does food waste cost money, it requires massive amounts of energy, water and chemicals for disposal. Of course the real elephant in the room is the fact that over 870 million people in the world suffer from malnourishment.
Reducing food waste at home is the first challenge in reversing the trend, but it’s a challenge most families are ready to accept. After all, throwing out food feels bad because we know we’re throwing out money. The EPA says the average family could save around $190 per month just by using and preserving food more carefully. One of the best ways to start is to preserve food you don’t use before it spoils, and freeze-drying is easy, inexpensive and preserves the valuable nutrients.
Freeze Drying 101
You may be surprised to learn that nearly every food can be freeze dried including meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables and dairy. You can even freeze dry entire meals yourself! Here’s how freeze drying works:
Put fresh or cooked foods in a home freeze dryer where they are frozen to -40° F or colder. Once the food is frozen, the dryer creates a powerful vacuum around the food. Then, as the food is slightly warmed, the ice transitions into vapor (called sublimation) and is drawn out of the food. The freeze-dried food is then sealed in moisture and oxygen proof packaging, (e.g. easy close bags) to ensure freshness until opened. When you’re ready to use the food, just add water. The food regains its original fresh flavor, aroma, texture, and appearance.
Freeze Drying Benefits
Once you’ve invested in a high-quality in-home freeze dryer, you’ll likely discover you’re saving much more than the anticipated $190 per month. After all, you’ll be able to take advantage of sales on bulk fresh food or discounted food nearing its expiration date because you can simply freeze dry it for later use. You’ll be able to really stock up on fresh, “at it’s peak,” locally grown produce from farmer’s markets. And you’ll also be able to increase your home garden production and freeze dry extra produce for use long after harvest.
Freeze-drying your own food also allows you to turn leftovers or extra food into your own emergency food supply. This way you can ensure the food your family consumes in an emergency has no GMOs, no preservatives and fits your dietary needs and calorie requirements. Commercial freeze dried food usually contains food additives that aren’t healthy. Take some time to educate yourself on these additives and how they affect the body.
We encourage you to observe how your family uses food this month and monitor how much you throw away. As you do, consider what could have been preserved through freeze drying for another meal, for emergency use or for use camping, hiking or on busy weeknights. If you’re ready to learn more about how having your own home freeze dryer can save you money and help reverse the food waste trend,contact us or shop now for more facts, tips and information.
OUR SIMPLE 4-STEP PROCESS
Better Than Canning and Dehydrating
As a food preservation method, it is easier than canning and dehydrating and will last 7 to 8 times longer. Just put your leftover meals and ripening fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy in your own freeze dryer and press start. In about 20 to 36 hours, your food is ready to be packaged for a shelf life of up to 25 years.
Preserves Taste, Color and Nutritional Value
Freeze drying is remarkable because it causes no damage to the nutrition of the food being preserved. Other methods of preservation, such as canning and dehydrating, use higher temperatures that can destroy more than half (50%) the food value. Freeze drying does not shrink or toughen the food, but retains the aroma, flavor, color, shape and nutritional content. Simply add water. Apples, cheese, avocados, meat, raspberries, peas, ice cream and yogurt will still look and taste fresh because, in reality, they still are. Without water and oxygen to spoil the food, it is as if the food has been placed in a time capsule. It will last and last and last!
Freeze-Dry Large Pieces of Food and Complete Meals
In-Home freeze drying allows you to preserve large pieces of tasteful, high quality food, such as apricot halves, thick peach slices, large slabs of cooked steak, whole shrimp, ice cream sandwiches, and a lot more. You don’t have to settle for the small dices or shavings of fruit or meat that you find in store bought, freeze dried products. Prepare it and preserve it how you want it.
Cuts Down on Food Waste
Leftover meals, including overly ripe fruits and vegetables, that are typically wasted and thrown away may be freeze dried until you are ready to eat them. Studies have shown that the average family of four throws away 40% of the food they purchase each year, a value equal to $2,250 or more. Families can avoid much of this waste and preserve large quantities of high quality food that would normally be put in the garbage.
Your Food, Your Needs
Prepackaged, processed meals typically include unhealthy additives, such as sodium nitrate, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, monosodium glutamate (MSG), food dyes and colors. When you freeze dry at home, your food is untainted. It will accommodate any dietary need, including food allergies, vegetarian, or vegan needs. It is perfect for a non-preservative or non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) diet that is designed for a healthy lifestyle.
New and Modern Approach
Freeze drying food is a relatively new process and our in-home freeze dryer has revolutionized household food preservation. For a detailed explanation of how in-home freeze drying has changed food preservation process, we’ve created a white paper—available as a FREE download—describing freeze drying and the history of food preservation. Click the button below to download your own copy for free.