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Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryers - The Benefits

14 Jan, 2017

Now you can freeze dry your own food at home with a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer.

The Benefits of Home Freeze Drying

It's been known for many years that the Freeze Drying process is better than canning, freezing, and dehydrating! The freeze drying process causes no damage to the nutrition of the food being preserved. Other food preservation methods like canning and dehydrating use higher temperatures that can destroy more than half of the food's nutritional value. Also, the freeze drying process retains the aroma, flavor, color, shape and nutritional content, and does not shrink or toughen the food. You can freeze dry single simple ingredients and even every day meals:

  • Use when you don't feel like cooking.
  • Pack in your box lunches to heat in the microwave at work.
  • Use on your outdoor adventures! Perfect for camping, backpacking, and picnicking.

Being Prepared

A home freeze dryer is a really good way to prepare for difficult and lean times, allowing you to easily preserve anything you eat. And, the food will taste great and retain nearly all of its nutritional value for up to 25 years when the food is stored and packaged properly.

Less Food Waste

If you're like many of us, we feel guilty when we throw away unused leftover meals, over-ripened fruits and vegetables, and other foods that spoil before we get around to using them. Eliminate the guilt! Freeze dry your leftovers, fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and dairy items. Confidently squirrel it away until you are ready to use it! Now, you and your family can avoid food waste and preserve large quantities of high quality food that would normally be tossed out in the garbage.

Special Dietary Needs

The home freeze drying process is ideal for any special diet or nutritional need(s) which can be of concern to folks wanting to store long term foods for emergencies. Common dietary concerns that can be eliminated by home freeze drying your own food include:

  • Organic, non-GMO ingredients
  • Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly
  • Food allergies and ingredient concerns
  • Elimination of preservatives and processed foods
  • Clean, whole, raw foods

Prepackaged, processed meals often include unhealthy additives (i.e., sodium nitrate, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food dyes and colors). When you freeze dry at home, you are assured of the foods that you and your loved ones will be consuming.

Longest Shelf Life

  • Freeze Dried Foods — up to 25 years
  • Dehydrated Foods — up to 4 years
  • Canned Foods — up to 3 years
  • Frozen Foods — up to 2 years

Food Storage Options

  • Homemade Freeze Dried Foods are cost-efficient and have a long shelf life, not requiring a complicated rotation schedule. This food will be good for up to 25 years, holding its nutritional value the entire time.
  • Canned Foods are the most common method of food preservation. Because of its short 3-year shelf life, it requires a careful rotation schedule to ensure you're not stuck with expired cans of food.
  • Frozen Foods are usually good for a couple of years if properly stored. The big issue with frozen foods is avoiding freezer burn, and there are also power outage concerns when there is a risk of thaw and ruining the food.
  • Dehydrated Foods typically have a shelf life of about three (3) years when stored and packaged properly. The process of dehydration can destroy around 40% of the foods' nutritional value. The dehydration process uses heat to remove the water from the food, and usually does not remove all the moisture from the food. This can cause food to spoil and develop mold.
  • Commercially Freeze Dried Foods can be very expensive and may be loaded with additives or contain allergens. Many commercial freeze dried foods have a high carbohydrate count (a must in an emergency situation) but few fruits or vegetables.

Types of Foods to Freeze Dry

You can freeze dry a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and meats — Things like apples, peaches, strawberries, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, green beans, peppers, onions, potatoes, spinach, shrimp, chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lobster, and more. Even your favorite meals and desserts can be freeze dried! Lasagna, spaghetti, casseroles, macaroni & cheese, chili, soups and stews, steak, pork chops, pasta sauces, cheesecake, pudding, and pie filling to name a few. You can even freeze dry dairy and egg products too! Ice cream, cheese, yogurt, raw eggs, scrambled eggs, omelets, and so much more! Create healthy, allergen-free and inexpensive snacks or pureed baby foods. Kids of all ages love the taste and texture of freeze-dried foods. And don't forget about your pets! Homemade pet food and pet treats can be far healthier, tastier, and less expensive than commercially produced pet foods.

Home Freeze Dried vs Prepackaged Freeze Dried Food

Be wary when someone tells you that purchasing emergency food storage is more economical than freeze drying it yourself with a Harvest Right. It isn’t even close. When comparing the expense of freeze drying your own food to the cost of store-bought freeze dried foods, in-home freeze drying will cost as little as one-fifth as much. That means you could save $20 to $50 on each #10 (gallon) can equivalent that you freeze dry yourself.

The food you freeze dry in a Harvest Right is many times better than prepackaged emergency food. Home freeze dried food is not only higher quality because you choose it; but is also a much wider variety. Your home freeze dried food can include all your favorite meals, meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, and desserts. You can't say that about store-bought freeze dried food.

The cost comparison becomes much more interesting when you take out the food cost if you use home-grown produce, or leftovers that would otherwise go to waste. Most Harvest Right owners use their freeze dryer 2 to 3 days a week and are able to make about 250 #10 cans' worth of food per year with the standard freeze dryer. Some customers make as much as 400 #10 cans in a year. Most Harvest Right owners say that, based on their figures, their freeze dryer paid for itself in 6 months to 1 year and that they love the quality of food.

There are a plethora of freeze drying books in circulation that assist home freeze dryers in getting the most out of their freeze drying experience, with tips and tricks to make for a successful freeze drying journey.

Conclusion: When purchasing food from the grocery store that is then freeze dried, the average savings is 75-80% compared to purchasing packaged, previously freeze dried food. Freeze drying food from the garden or leftover meals that would end up in the trash, can produce savings up to 95% or more!

We have two freeze dryers we use for our own personal use, and we share our freeze drying adventures on our EPICENTER VIDEO BLOG: Harvest Right Freeze Dryers as well as on our EpicenterBryan YouTube channel.

Are you ready to start creating your own amazing freeze dried meals? Freeze dry your own food at home with your personal Harvest Right Home Pro Freeze Dryer!

For more information, and how to order, please visit our Harvest Right Freeze Dryers page @ TheEpicenter.com.