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  • Just Add Water: Freeze-dried vs. Dehydrated Food

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    Just Add Water Just add water and you've got yourself a meal!

    After a long day of hiking, camping – or just surviving after a natural disaster – preparing and cooking dinner is most likely one of the last things you have energy for. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to counter that. There are plenty of good meals available that are already pre-prepared and packaged so all you have to do is just add water and voila! You’ve got yourself a delicious, home-style meal no matter where you are.

    You can just add water to more than just pre-prepared meals. Fruits, vegetables, meat, and other food items can likewise be restored to their original state. But before you go about rehydrating all sorts of food, keep in mind there is a difference in the way you rehydrate freeze-dried food and dehydrated food. While the differences may sound subtle, it is important to reconstitute your food properly so as to maintain proper health and not ruin your food.

     

    Reconstituting Dehydrated Food

    If you’re an avid eater of dehydrated food (beef jerky, anyone?), then you might be pleased to know that it doesn’t all have to be eaten that way. However, the process of rehydrating dehydrated food differs depending on the food in question.

    Some foods, such as sauces or dips, just need cold water to be added until your food reaches its desired consistency. Other food, however, takes longer and needs more than just cold water. Meat is an example of such foods. When reconstituting meat, you will need to add your meat to boiling water and let cook for an extended period of time. Depending on the thickness and type of meat, for example, it could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

     

    Reconstituting Freeze-Dried Food

    Freeze-dried food is much easier to reconstitute, and once rehydrated, it will revert back to its original shape, texture, and taste – just like it was the day it was freeze-dried. To revert your freeze-dried food back to its original design, all you need to do is place it in hot water and wait up to 10 minutes. It doesn’t need to be boiled, and again, it reverts back to how it was before it was freeze-dried.

     

    There is no method that has been proven better than the other, so it’s up to you. Personally, I love eating freeze-dried fruit without adding any water at all. The taste is so rich and powerful and absolutely delicious! I’m also a huge fan of the pre-prepared freeze-dried meals. Once reconstituted, they taste as if they were made from scratch and just came out of the oven or off the stovetop.

    As some examples, I’d like to show you what some of our just add water freeze-dried meals look like after they’ve been rehydrated. Hold on to your hats, because you’re in for a treat!

     

    Just Add Water Beef Stroganoff Beef Stroganoff
    Just Add Water Chicken Teriyaki Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Just Add Water Raspberry Crumble Raspberry Crumble
    Just Add Water Lasagna Lasagna with Meat Sauce

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Don't those dishes look absolutely amazing? Truth be told, they are. And all we had to do to prepare them was just add water. If you didn't believe in miracles before, you might as well start because this will change your life. Check out our just add water products at http://beprepared.com/food-storage/just-add-water.html

     

    Which is your preference, dehydrated of freeze-dried? Let us know why in the comments below!

    Posted In: Food Storage Tagged With: rehydrate, just add water, dehydrated food, freeze dried food, beef stroganoff

  • Sale on Mountain House #10 cans!

    Emergency Essentials is rolling out another great sale starting today, March 15th, and ending March 21st. All Mountain House #10 cans are 20% off. If you buy six or more cans, of the same item, we’ll give you 25% off!

    As long as it comes in a #10 can, you can pick from any Mountain House product. You can mix-and-match your favorites, or try out a few new entrees. If you’re totally new to freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, read about them here, and check out our best-sellers:

     Beef Stew

    Beef Stroganoff

    Turkey Tetrazzini

    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Chicken a la King with Noodles

    Mountain House entrees could be a pillar in your food storage supply. They have a 25-year shelf life and provide life-sustaining nutritional value for even longer.  Here are some ways to use the Mountain House entrées even when it’s not an emergency:

    -          Put individual portions in zip-top bags (or other compact containers) and take them with you on your next backpacking trip.

    -          Make a quick meal at home when you’re busy or have surprise visitors.

    -          Consider stocking up if you’re taking a family vacation and want to save money and time on meals.

    We’ll be highlighting a different Mountain House #10 canned item every day until the sale ends. You’ll get more information on popular entrees and on some surprising additions to the freeze-dried food line up. I can’t let the cat out of the bag but you’re not gonna believe what they’re freeze-drying at Mountain House…

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mix-and-match, #10 cans, beef stroganoff, beef stew, chicken a la king with noodles, turkey tetrazzini, lasagna with meat sauce, freeze dried, dehydrated, mountain house

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