Whether you’re planning a backpacking trip or just want some delicious, prepared meals in your pantry, a home freeze dryer is your best friend. Freeze-drying food allows for the longest preservation, least weight, and easiest preparation. All you have to do is add water!
That’s what makes the Harvest Right freeze dryer so popular. Here are some delicious and nutritious tips to get you started.
Freeze-drying fruits is the quintessential, go-to purpose of a home freeze dryer. They’re perfect for adding to cereal, oats, and desserts later on, and you won’t have to worry about them spoiling any time soon.
Some of the best options are apple slices and bananas for making “fruit chips” that you can add to so many meals. Berries are another great option, especially blueberries and strawberries.
However, we recommend doing these one at a time in your Harvest Right freeze dryer, as they need optimal space and similar mass.
If you have a homestead with plenty of extra fruits, cut them into the desired sizes and place them in for a full cycle and expect them to shrink to about 50% of the original size.
You may not think of dairy products when freeze-drying comes to mind. However, for a savory and calorie-dense food that you can add to almost anything, you can’t go wrong with cheese. The best part is that you can use almost any cheese and cut or shred it into any size! This is the perfect way to ensure that you never run out of cheese at home.
Once freeze-dried, don’t expect it to hold its shape too well. Instead, crush it into a powder and either slowly rehydrate it or use the powdered cheese on your favorite food items. This is such a versatile ingredient that won't lose the original flavor. This would be great on pasta or garlic bread!
Also, if you choose to rehydrate it, we highly recommend using it for mac and cheese! All you have to do is make the mac, slowly incorporate warm water into your cheese powder, combine, and season to taste!
Pasta dishes areexcellent for packing on the go. If you’re camping, backpacking, or bike touring, this is a great way to save space and weight without sacrificing calories, nutrients, or enjoyment. Add plenty of vegetables, cheese, herbs, or whatever you want to your pasta dish to make it delicious.
Just remember to spread out your pasta dish on the stainless steel trays for the best results.
Fried rice and rice bowls are two of the easiest and cheapest ways to make a delicious and nutritious meal. Why not keep them on hand when you need them?
Combine rice with lentils, beans, or meat for a high-protein, well-balanced base. From there, add as many vegetables as you like, and season it thoroughly however you like it.
Our favorite recipe is to finely chop onions and carrots into a pan with some sesame oil. Once they’re crisp, add frozen peas and a couple of eggs (substitute tofu to make it vegan). Keep stirring in the pan until the egg is cooked.
Then, pour some pre-cooked rice into the pan with some more sesame oil and soy sauce. Now, you have delicious and nutritious fried rice!
Now, it’s already cooked! All you have to do is freeze-dry it and rehydrate it whenever you want to enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal. Same as the pasta dish, ensure that you spread your rice dish evenly.
There really is no shortage of delicious recipes you can make, so make whatever your favorite is and save it for later. Beyond that, here are some final tips to ensure your meals come out tasty and properly preserved.
Always remember your Harvest Right freeze dryer capacity. Don’t overload the stainless steel trays, keep below the recommended 7-10 pounds of fresh food, and remember to change the oil filter between uses!
Also, allow the cycle to run its course through the freeze-drying process and necessary dry time, press start, and wait! It really is that simple, and you can get an average yield of up to 2500 pounds or 546 gallons of food in a year's time.
Try a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer Today
Now that you know some simple, nutritious, and versatile foods worth freeze-drying, put these tips to use today! Remember that each cycle takes a full day (sometimes more), so plan ahead for your prepared meals. Overall, this is one of the best investments anyone on the go can make!