Preparing For Freeze Dried Food
When talking about freeze dried food, we think about how it is manufactured, what are the foods that can be freeze dried, and how long does freeze dried food last. For those who made the decision of having freeze dried foods as part of their emergency supply or even for daily consumption, like storing other types of emergency food, inflatable tents having freeze dried food also need some planning. Below are some information one can note while preparing to have freeze dried food.
Purchasing Freeze Dried Food
There are many options to consider when purchasing freeze dried food. First, one has to assess ones current needs. Would the majority of the emergency food be freeze dried food? Would there be more variety (other preserved food types) in the emergency food storage? How much would be the weekly, monthly or one-time budget for freeze dried food? What is the purpose of purchasing freeze dried food – is it for outdoor activities or is it food for storage?
When assessing for one’s emergency and survival needs, one must first take note how many people are in the household that they would have to prepare meals for in case of an emergency. After that, for how long should the emergency food last? This may come before or after determining the budget. Also, take note of the special needs of the members of the family (allergies and special diet for elderly and infants).
For variety, while it is recommended that one have a mix of different food items such as canned foods, grains, or dehydrated foods, the one good characteristic of the freeze dried food is that almost anything can be freeze dried. This could be seen in the variety of dishes/meals that are freeze dried and sold commercially.
When considering budget, freeze dried food can be considered a food investment as it doesn’t come cheap (due to the processes done to ensure its quality). It would be a good option to include several packs or tin cans in the weekly grocery budget if the option to purchase in bulk is not available or applicable.
There is also the need to know what the purpose of purchasing freeze dried food is – would one be taking it for camping or will it be needed to supply food for emergency? Pouches – with a guaranteed 7-year shelf life – are portable and lightweight and can be included in a camping pack. Freeze dried food in #10 tin cans are considered for home storage as they present a guaranteed 25 year shelf life and also has multiple servings (pouches usually have one to three servings per pack).
Storing Freeze Dried Food
When freeze dried food is purchased, one has to consider where to store it. An ideal place to store freeze dried food would be somewhere cool, dry and dark, as warm temperatures can shorten its shelf life. For those with large spaces, a pantry or a basement would be an ideal location. Maintaining a refrigerator full of freeze dried food can certainly help in extending its shelf life but for some it may no longer be practical.
For those who chose to purchase freeze dried food without the option for a separate storage, one can be get creative. Storing freeze dried food in spaces under the bed, behind furniture and even spaces inside certain furniture can not only one the hassle of providing space for one’s emergency food, but also store away their freeze dried food safely.
Preparing Freeze Dried Food
Now, one comes to a point when the freeze dried food stored will be opened and consumed. This may be because of emergencies, need for food during camping, or for simply wanting to taste your product. Freeze dried food has water taken out of it so in order to prepare it, open the package, remove the oxygen absorber, and rehydrate by adding water. One can use hot water – meals rehydrated with hot water may taste better than if it were rehydrated with cold water.
Many opt to place water in pouches meant for single serving, but for those who stored #10 tin cans, one can take out the food and rehydrate it in a separate container. This is so because there are instances where one doesn’t need to consume all that is in the can all at once.
Freeze dried food, when rehydrated, needs to be consumed immediately and will spoil like any cooked food. Contents of opened #10 tin cans are advised to be consumed within a week.