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!