There are a few different choices when it comes to food storage. Dehydrated food and freeze dried food are two of the most popular choices. Many people wonder how these two types of emergency foods differ.
Both are great options for emergency preparedness or even for daily eating. They have some similarities but they are also very different in a few key ways.
Let’s check out two of the biggest areas where dehydrated and freeze dried food differ.
This is one big area where each of these home food storage options differ. Dehydrated food and freeze dried food go through very different preservation processes.
The technique used to preserve dehydrated food diminishes its nutritional value. It also alters things like the texture and aroma of the food.
With freeze dried food storage all of the original vitamins and minerals stay intact. Along with this, the food remains exactly the same as it was before it went through the freeze drying preservation process.
As mentioned above, each of these two types of food storage go through different preservation processes. One process alters the food where the other does not. Nutritional value is not the only thing affected during the dehydrating process. The taste of dehydrated food is also changed.
The food taste quite a bit different than it did in its original state. Often people note that it is less flavorful and that the texture is not appealing. This is not the case with freeze dried food.
Some dehydrated foods are so different from the original food that they become entirely different products. For example, beef and beef jerky are two completely different products. With the freeze drying process the taste of food remains the same even after it has been reconstituted.
Today, there are many delicious and gourmet freeze dried meals, and they taste just as good after being reconstituted as they did before being freeze dried.
Having food storage is vitally important. During tough times it is good to know that you and your family will still be able to eat. Freeze dried food is a great option, but dehydrated food, canned food, or any other type of food such as Meals Ready to Eat, MRE’s, with a long shelf life also makes a good choice. You can also find a good article on this site regarding the best kitchen pantry for garage.
Some people choose to add to their own survival food stockpile with a home food dehydrator. It also makes sense to have at least a few 5 gallon water jugs filled with clean water for those emergency type situations. The 5 gallon water jugs and MRE’s also come in handy when going on camping trips too.
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