difference between freeze dried and dehydrated foods

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Prepper's Pantry: Freeze Dried Foods
Freeze dried foods

Ever wonder the difference between freeze dried foods and
dehydrated foods? Freeze dried and dehydrated are two very
different things:

Know the difference between freeze dried and dehydrated?

Freeze dried food: Involves a flash-frozen process where a low
level-heat is applied inside a vacuum chamber. It's a
commercial process that extends the life of food to upwards of
25 years when sealed in #10 cans and superpails. Freeze
drying is the process of freezing water out of a food product
then rapidly turning it into a gas, omitting the liquid stage.

Freeze dried products have a quick re-hydration times normally
only about five minutes. The best thing about freeze dried
foods is that there's no rotation needed! Freeze dried foods
last upwards of 25 years. Our favorite brand of freeze dried
food is Mountain House purely for the gourmet flavor as
compared to other brands. Other excellent brands include
Legacy Foods, which are NON-GMO certified (a great new
stance in the industry)!

Dehydrated foods Essentially, dehydrated food is where water
has been removed. Often water is cooked slowly out of the
food without actually cooking it. Dehydrated foods include
pasta, baking mixes, cereals (like quick cooked oats), and
whole powdered eggs and
powdered milk. Veggies and fruit are
popular dehydrated goods as well. Harmony House makes
excellent shelf-stable dehydrated fruits and veggies. Augason
Farms makes some excellent dehydrated products, including
pancake mixes, and sliced potatoes. Dehydrated foods
sometimes have a shorter shelf life than freeze dried variety:
generally they last 5-15 years. Instant Nonfat Powdered Milk
for example will store for 3-5 years. Want to dehydrate

Popular brands of freeze dried foods

Alpine Aire: Alpine Aire freeze dried foods are in convenient
pouches for backpackers.This food supports the hardiest
adventurers who demand wholesome, nutritious foods to fortify
their most challenging efforts. And it's now available for your
long-term storage needs. Sister companies include
Reserves and Mountain House.

Augason Farms. From buckets of pancakes and sliced
potatoes, there are many reasons to choose
Augason Farms
freeze dried products. Augason Farms is a family-owned
emergency preparedness company with a quality lineup of
soups, sauces, gravies, drinks, entrées and an extensive
assortment of bakery mixes to help with your long term food
storage needs.

Emergency Essentials: Previously Provident Pantry has
changed its name and product packaging quite a bit, but the
quality remains the same. Non-fat milk in a #10 can is at a
great price, above.  Provident Pantry offers premium cheddar
cheese. Try also freeze dried ground beef.

Gourmet Reserves (AlpibeAire Foods): Tasty gourmet freeze
dried foods,
Gourmet Reserves is the #10 canned version of
Alpine Aire freeze dried foods. It's a sister company of
Mountain House.

Honeyville Farms: Honeyville Farms created a line of products
just for Preppers. Honeyville Farms started out in the bulk
restaurant business, but got lots of calls from excited preppers
and soon realized they could grow their product line to serve
the market.  Honeyville Farms whole powdered eggs is an
amazing bargain. The fruit smoothies are a fun addition to any
Prepper's Pantry. The 12-pack offers variety, of course, you'll
need some ice to make it taste the way you'd really like. Even
so, the fruit smoothies can add wonderful flavor to help boost
morale and your family's nutrition. For a change of pace, add
reconstituted powdered milk or yogurt in place of ice for a
tasty treat.

Harmony House (dried and dehydrated foods)
Gourmet freeze dried foods for cooking, camping and
emergency supply, you'll love the quality of Harmony House
products. Unfortunately, Harmony House freeze dried foods are
not available in the long lasting #10 cans; however, they have
a variety of dried spices and foods to make an interesting
Prepper's Pantry.

You'll find freeze their highly rated dried tomato powder and
red and green pepper mix, along with more unusual dried
foods, such as dried cabbage, freeze dried mango slices,
shiitake mushrooms and more. Most fruit and vegetables are
made of 80-90% water. Freeze dried fruits are drastically
lighter but maintain most of  the original shape, color, flavor
and nutrients while maximizing shelf life.

Hoosier Hill (dehydrated foods)
Hoosier Hill Farm Cheddar Cheese Powder, pictured below, is
highly rated by cheese lovers. Cheddar Cheese powder will add
the delicious taste of cheddar to your snacks. This powder is
perfect for sprinkling on popcorn, pretzels or any snack you
desire. Cheddar Cheese powder is also useful for baked
potatoes, pastas and salads. Packaged in an FDA approved
recyclable plastic jar and electromagnetically sealed to
preserve shelf-life and freshness! This cheese is a dehydrated
blend of cheese made of pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt,
enzymes and other ingredients.

Legacy Foods. Here is a company that recognizes the need to
assure preppers that the food is not genetically modified.
Legacy Foods offers a variety emergency food buckets for your
preparedness needs. Packed with nutrients for survival, Legacy
Foods has the lowest cost per day (2000 Calories) in the
industry! Best of all Legacy Foods are 100% certified GMO fee,
and Legacy foods are made in the USA.

Mountain House
The most popular freeze dried food of those who use it the
most (backpackers) is
Mountain House and is the favorite of
HappyPreppers.com. While the product is most readily
available in pouches for backpacking, the #10 cans available
make this food a convenient storage item for Preppers.

Provident Pantry
Provident Pantry is now Emergency Essentials.

Thrive / Shelf Reliance
Relatively new on the survival foods market, Thrive sells
products mostly through parties. It is a multi-level marketing
program with a downline, which means that people above you
make money along with you. It costs $199 minimum to join.
Shelf reliance makes wonderful
shelving units for Preppers. The
problem with buying Thrive products is that they arrive at your
door with packaging which screams "prepper." Inside you'll
likely find brochures to start your own company.

Wise Foods
Wise Company combines both freeze dried and dehydrated
foods in it's products because it believes certain ingredients
taste better when freeze-dried, while other foods do better
through dehydration. Wise Company provides convenient
buckets of freeze dried foods that include 60 individual entrees
per bucket. In survival situations, an adult may choose just
two entrees a day to last a month, which is equivalent to 4
adults eating twice daily for a week.

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