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  • Food Storage Rotation

    Whole grain bread
    We've had a lot of questions and comments about how to rotate your food storage over the years, and we've been very impressed with the great ideas we have heard from you. For example, one of our customers uses sour cream powder when making bread. Another uses cheese blend on top of casseroles while another uses tomato powder in place of tomato paste in everyday cooking.
    Here are a few more excellent tips you've shared about food storage rotation:
    "I mix the freeze dried fruits (berries, bananas, etc.) with nuts and seeds in sandwich bags to carry as trail mix for hiking." --Amy
    "I “inherited” lots of powdered eggs. I use them in all my baking needs. They work wonders. I’ve even used them for French toast when I was out of “real” eggs. You have to beat the mixture smooth, but they tasted really good. I’ve also used sausage TVP and my kids love it! I make pizza with it and stick it in eggs or sauce for noodles. It has a great flavor and is really good for you." --Lisa

    "I like to use our potato pearls and mashed potato flakes to thicken soups, since using flour or cornstarch generally doesn't work for me. The extra flavor is nice, especially for potato or vegetable soups. I have also used it in tuna corn chowder and thought it tasted pretty good." --VeronicaCreamy soup 

    We would like to give everyone the opportunity to share their own personal tips, ideas, and experiences relating to food storage rotation. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

  • Peanut Butter Powder Tips

    Peanut Butter Powder

    "...For those dieters out there, the reconstituted peanut butter has a third of the calories and fat of normal peanut butter -- and no added anything! You can even control the sodium, which is wonderful. As far as taste, it is very peanutty, and is best when reconstituted with milk instead of water, for a little more flavor. And it's great in baking! Gives baked goods a delightfully peanut taste without all the sugar..."
                                   Kumie, CALIFORNIA

    "... I use a TBSP or two mixed in with a protein shake to add a little extra protein and to add the peanut butter flavor. Good stuff."
                                            Jim, WYOMING

  • How Long Does Dehydrated or Freeze-Dried Food Last After Opening?

    Grains in white bowls

    There are a few factors that determine how long food will last after it is opened. They include the following:

    • The quality of the food at the time it is opened
    • The degree to which food is exposed to oxygen and moisture
    • The degree to which food is exposed to heat and light


    The quality of the food at the time it is opened:

    The older food storage gets and the more it is subjected to fluctuating temperatures (meaning below freezing and above 80 degrees), the more deterioration has probably occurred to the food inside the container.

    The degree to which food is exposed to oxygen and moisture:

    The moment the container is opened, the food is exposed to air. Air contains both oxygen and moisture. Many organisms require oxygen to survive. The higher the humidity (moisture content) of the air, the faster the product quality (nutrition and taste) deteriorates.

    The degree to which food is exposed to heat and light:

    Temperature greatly affects the speed at which food deteriorates. The higher the temperature is, the faster the quality (nutrition and taste) deteriorates and the shorter the time that food stays edible and safe. Since many organisms require light to grow, exposure to light also causes deterioration.



    Once you have opened your food storage, you can prolong its shelf life by eliminating the adverse affects listed above. Store your food in the coolest, darkest and most airtight environment possible.

    Consider the following options to extend the life of food, once the container has been opened.

    • Pour what has not been used into a zip-top freezer bag and seal the bag. Place the bagged food back into the can and replace the lid (to eliminate light).
    • Pour the remaining food into Snapware® containers, which offer an airtight seal.
    • Commercially available sealers can create an airtight environment. Put the food back into the can with the plastic lid secured.
    • Generally speaking, refrigeration or frozen storage can extend the life of food. If you do not have much refrigeration or frozen storage space, use a pantry, cupboard, etc.

    As a general rule, food stored in a #10 can or a bucket, depending on the above factors, may stay good up to one year after opening. Use your best judgment in deciding which food items to use. One way to determine if food is still of acceptable quality is to verify that it smells normal. Another way is to taste it or cook with it. If the quality of the finished product is satisfactory, continue to use it. Although food will lose nutritive value over time, old food retains some caloric and mineral value. It may have some life sustaining nutrients remaining.

    The information above are general guidelines intended to help make an educated decision. Each situation is unique due to many contributing factors.

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