freeze-dried-food
freeze-dried-food

How to cook with rehydrated freeze dried

Providing that you have stored your freeze dried food correctly, it will taste just as great as fresh food. Rehydrating the food is no big deal, but you may want to take a little bit of extra care when you cook it. I have to be honest and say that I think that freeze dried food often tastes better than regular frozen food. The process of freeze drying seems to intensify the flavor. There is no great mystery to how to rehydrate freeze dried food and still make it taste great. However, I have one hot tip for you. Dry your own herbs or invest in high quality dried herbs; it will make a lot of difference.

 

How to rehydrate freeze dried food

First of all, I prefer to buy foods which have not been cooked before freeze drying. If you are still going to prepare family meals, it can taste better and give you the feeling of cooking with fresh food. That being said, cooked freeze-dried food has its place as well, and you should have this available also. From an energy point of view, it is much more economical in a crisis.

All you need to do to rehydrate food is to place it in a bowl of water and let it absorb all of the water it needs. It doesn’t take very long, and you can actually watch the process. In a few minutes, your food will be ready to cook or to enjoy. Remove from the water, and cook all food which wasn’t prepared prior to freeze drying. Ice cream, fruit, and berries do not need to be cooked. However, you should always cook the meat, or reheat it, if it hasn’t already been cooked.

 

How to cook your food

Cooking with uncooked meat and vegetables is not different from cooking with fresh produce. As I always try to focus on energy consumption when I cook, I will use a crock pot or a small gas stove. You can also use a steamer to cook vegetables and fish. Food such as fish and vegetables will retain more of its nutritional content if prepared in a steamer. Salmon steamed with herbs will taste great when cooked in a steamer.

You cook the food in the same way as fresh food. My personal preference is to cook it in a crockpot. Somehow, the freeze drying process seems to have made the food tastier. This is probably because no oxygen or water has been allowed access to the food. In other words, there has been nothing there to spoil it.

Cooking a casserole in a hot pot will taste just great, but remember to use your herbs. I find that you will need to add extra spices and herbs to the food to get an authentic taste of a dish. Onions are great as well, and you should try to add them if you can. I would advise against using things like powdered dairy cream. It doesn’t seem to taste very good. The fresh version is better, and will make the dish more home cooked.

Don’t be afraid of freeze dried food. It is really great, and even of you are not a prepper, it can make a great addition to your larder. If, you are trying to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, freeze dried food is a great alternative. You get more bang for your buck as they say!

storing food for the Long term

storing food for the Long term

Storing food for the long term may sound like a strange idea to some people, but if your are an experienced prepper, you will appreciate how important it is. If, you are just getting into prepping, you may wonder what the upsides are why should store food for the long term. There are several reasons, and most of them are quite easy to appreciate. Storing food long term is one of the fundamental concepts of prepping.

 

Planning ahead for a crisis

As a prepare, you have decided that you need to be aware that a crisis can hit at any time. Awareness is really important; we really don’t know what is around the corner. A man-made or natural disaster can happen at any time, and I have learned to be prepared. Most preppers do not experience any natural disasters. But you may say that I am fortunate. My family has experienced a few natural disasters, and we have learned the importance of planning ahead.

 

Food Crisis

One of the most important issues that you can plan ahead for is a food crisis. In my experience of natural disasters, I have learned that it is important to be able to store food for a longer duration. You never know how long the crisis is going to last, and I often find that I plan for a year ahead. Okay, most crisis that I have come up against have only lasted for a week, but my long term food storage has really helped.

I have been able to get on with my daily life and not had to worry about food. During what I call the “good times,” I focus on building up our long term food stocks. This means that I buy up food products like rice, and dried vegetables, and place them inside my storage containers. At the same time, it allows you to take advantage of special offers, or bulk buys. A lot of our food is bulk bought, so this means that storing food saves us money as well.

 

 

What food to store

Canning Food for Long Term

Canning Food for Long Term

A lot of people ask me what type of food they should store. It is not as easy as that, and this is where planning ahead becomes, even more, important. Most people forget that they really need to consider how they are going to prepare their food. It is no good going out to buy a lot of flour if you don’t have an oven that you can bake bread in.

The best thing that you can do is to focus on food that you can easily prepare as fuel sources might be limited. Foods like dried rice, dried vegetables, and dried meats are good as they are quick to prepare. The main benefit of freeze dried food is that it retains its nutritional value. Nutrition and energy are what will keep you going and healthy in a crisis. By all means, if you have a bread oven, or know how to make flat bread, buy flour, otherwise don’t. Flour can easily attract mold and other parasites, so it is best to be careful.

Storing food long term is one of the essential concepts when it comes to prepping. Even more important is storing the food correctly using the best equipment available. Investing in the right equipment for food and water storage purposes should never be underestimated.