Freeze drying is an excellent way to preserve food. The problem is that most folks have never done it, and don't even know where to begin. Typical freeze drying machines are expensive (around $10,000) and not marketed toward the home user. Read on for how to affordably and easily freeze dry your own food.
When most people think of freeze dried food they think of snacks like apple chips, or hiking meals, or survival food storage. All of these are accurate. Where the big savings come in is in not throwing away leftovers and instead slowly creating your own long term food store. You can do this without having to spend thousands of additional dollars on freeze dried survival food.
"¢ Turn waste into preparation. No more wasting food. Leftovers been in the fridge a day or two? Peaches about to go bad? Neighbors just brought you a mountain of zucchinis from their garden that you'll never eat in time? Don't Panic. Just put them in your freeze dryer, and now that food you would have wasted is helping you prepare for emergencies. Annual estimated savings of the average American family: $2,275
"¢ Create food storage at a fraction of the cost. Much of what you pay for with pre-prepared products is the preparation, not the food itself. Compared to already dried food storage products, freeze drying at home will allow you to create your own food supply at a fraction of the cost.
Another nice advantage of food storage/preservation is that you control what goes into the food when you make it yourself. No more sodium nitrite, maltodextrin, MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, etc,
Check out this easy to use, and relatively inexpensive ($3,899), in-home freeze drying machine at HarvestRight.