Pictured above: Beef stroganoff, made with real beef. This dish would provide a complete meal by itself!
With freeze drying, buying canned food just got a WHOLE lot better!
Take fruit, for example. Fruit provides ruffage for the digestive process as well as wonderful enzymes and minerals and vitamins.
Yes, that is right! Freeze drying does not kill the nutrients of food, so raw food like fruits are an excellent food to store until the next harvest
time comes along. In fact, compared to stored dehydrated food and stored conventional food, freeze-dried food retains its nutritional potency for the longest time!
And the other great thing about freeze-dried food? The shelf life is 25+ years! Compare that with dehydrated food (up to 15 years) and conventional food (1 - 3 years), and you can see right away that freeze dried food clearly
outlasts all other food storage options. That is a money saver!
How to prepare? Simply add boiling or room temperature
water, depending if the food is pre-cooked or not. Some food can be eaten "as is".
And once a can of freeze-dried
food has been opened, it will last from 2-5 months (with lid on), or you can rehydrate the contents and freeze the food.
Imagine making a meal during the days we have to stay indoors: you have prepared the teriyaki beef dish that comes with rice. To that you have added a side of broccoli with cheese sauce. After everyone eats, you ask "Who wants dessert?" And yes,
your dessert is also freeze-dried!
Out come bowls of strawberry slices over granola with milk. And for the kids,
a sweet strawberry drink. Delicious!
And you only used water from your stored water supplies to make
this meal. How practical! How perfect for your shelter-in-place needs!
Here is the company which I trust, called
Augason Farms. --Please note: I do not receive any endorsements from the companies that I mention in this blog. Augason Farms is an American company that makes their canned food in the U.S.A. (Their food does not have
the powdered melanine plastic or other "fillers" like the canned food from China has).
I recently added fruit to my freeze-dried food storage. Here is what
I found when I opened up a can full of blueberries (a favourite fruit of mine):
The blueberries are round,
much lighter, and they have retained their color. All you do is scoop out a half a cup (or less for one person) and add a cup of warm (or room temperature) water. Let the blueberries sit in water for five minutes, and stir the berries around.
The result: great taste, and the blueberry juice which gets made with the water is a nice bonus! Add some sugar for
kids, and let the adults enjoy it as is!
Augason Farms also has freeze-dried raspberries, sliced apples, and
sliced strawberries; and dehydrated banana slices.
Go to www.augasonfarms.com for
a look at their large selection of freeze-dried food (they also have some dehydrated food). They also provide deals on shipping. Or go to your nearest Walmart Supercenter and ask in the grocery department. If your Walmart sells Augason Farms, all the grocery
manager will need is the Walmart number (which you can get from the official Walmart website), and they can make a special order just for you! Cartons hold three #10 cans.
Why do we want cans? Rodents will chew through plastic buckets and mylar.
A word to the wise: Pick up a couple of cans of garden seeds to supplement your current seed storage. Augason Farms sells these also, and they will be right with the cans of food if you are shopping at Walmart.