Why Should We Preserve Food With A Freeze Dryer?
There are a number of reasons to preserve food. And, by the time you finish reading this, you’ll be convinced that a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer is the best way to do just that!
The average American family will throw over $1,600 worth of food in the garbage every year – that equals close to a pound of food waste per person per day!
About 30% of all food produced will spoil – grow moldy – attract parasites – and end up in landfills. That’s an extraordinary fact!
So, it should behoove all of us to look for effective preservation methods to reduce our food waste. Don’t cha think?
How Do We Preserve Food?
Most of us just refrigerate our perishables. But, the refrigeration shelf life is very short – from a few days to a few months. Meats and milk go bad quickly. Butter, eggs, and cheeses can last a month – or 2 – at the most. That isn’t a very long time for any food – and, it forces us to either consume our provisions quickly – or, throw them in the garbage. What a waste! We paid our hard-earned money for these groceries!
Freezing increases the shelf life – anywhere from a few months to a year or so. The problem is that some foods just aren’t the same when thawed out. Any crispness they had when fresh is long gone – and what is left becomes a mushy mess. Even with the help of freezer bags, many frozen items will start to exhibit “freezer burns” – which makes them unpalatable – making it another reason to trash them.
Home canning can extend the shelf life of foods up to somewhere between 1 and 2 years. An extra year – or 2 – might be possible – depending on the freshness of the food and the quality of the canning process. This is a preservation method that goes back to the American Civil War – when John Mason invented the Mason jar.
But, beware! There is about a 50% nutrition loss – due to the heat used in the canning process.
People have been dehydrating foods for a long, long time.
It all started 12,000 years before Jesus was born – when the Egyptians used to bake fish and poultry in the hot desert sun.
In the Middle Ages, Europeans built “stillhouses” – which were buildings designed to dehydrate fruits, veggies, and other foods in a room – that had a roaring fire going – to dry them out.
A mechanical means of dehydration was developed in the mid 1800s – but, it was used sparingly – for sailors on long trips – or soldiers on the battle line.
In the 1960s, dehydration machines reached the home consumer – and were a big hit with campers and hikers. These outdoor folks loved the transportability and light weight of dehydrated foodstuffs.
These days, dehydrating food is becoming more commonplace – with the introduction of quality machines like the Excalibur. I have to admit that I have 2 of these and I love dehydrating many food items.
The problem is that the dehydration process uses heat to remove moisture from food – which, just like canning, also removes about 50% of the nutrients. Plus, only about 90% to 95% of the moisture can be removed from the food – which accounts for a short shelf life of a year or two – 4 years tops – as long as it is stored in a vacuum “packed and sealed” bag – containing an oxygen absorber.
Commercial freeze drying is quite new – coming onto the scene about 50 years ago. Commercial freeze dryers are EXPENSIVE – costing anywhere from $30,000 to upwards of $100,000!
The process starts with freezing food to a temperature of -40 degrees Fahrenheit in a vacuum chamber. Then, a vacuum is slowly applied – with low heat –causing the ice in the food to directly change to water vapor without passing through the liquid stage. The technical term for ice changing directly into water vapor is “sublimation.”
Freeze drying will remove 98% to 99% of the moisture from pretty much everything that goes through it. And, if stored correctly – sealed in a vacuum bag – with an oxygen absorber – the food will last for 25 years! Yep – I said it – it will last a quarter of a century!
On top of all that, the food retains 97% of its nutrients – and hangs on to every last bit of the original flavor! Boy, you can’t beat that with a stick!
Wouldn’t it be great if freeze drying machines were designed to be inexpensive enough that all of us down-to-earth residential consumers could take advantage of them? Well, now they are!
Enter: The Harvest Right Freeze Dryer
For just a couple thousand dollars, you can be freeze drying all your meats, cheeses, veggies, eggs, fruits, and more – in the privacy of your own home!
Think about it! No more will you be throwing food away due to spoilage. You can freeze dry what you don’t consume immediately. You’ll be saving at least $1,600 per year – and, in 18 months, you’ll have saved enough to cover the entire cost of a home freeze dryer!!!
You never know when a disaster will hit us – pandemic (think COVID-19), floods, storms, etc. And, usually, when a disaster strikes, the store shelves empty out quickly – leaving us wondering where we can get food to feed our families.
This is the answer! This can be your food “safety net!”
You can now buy food in bulk when it is very cheap – freeze dry it for later use – and laugh at the folks who go to the stores for food staples in a knee jerk fashion every couple of days – paying higher prices because they don’t wait for a sale to buy in large quantities.
Does Jim, the Lifelong Gardener, Have A Harvest Right Freeze Dryer?
You bet your bottom dollar that I do!
I’ve had one for 4 years and I’ve kept it running constantly – almost 24 hours a day – 7 days a week – ever since I initially set it up!
There is just no way that I could survive without this handy little freeze dryer. I’m even thinking seriously about adding a second one so that I can double my output during harvest season!
If you want to shield your family from the horrors of a possible food shortage, you will want to get some skin in the game and start putting together your own emergency preparedness food storage.
And, you’ll want a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer as a partner to help you reach your storage goals.
Now is the time to make this happen!
Comment below or email me with any questions or comments you might have about freeze drying or Harvest Right!