FD Fruits & Veggies

We have some choices

for storing our Fruits and Vegetables

 

 

There is always the “pressure canning” of fruits/vegetables which is awesome and tasty.

 

 

We can also "freeze" them, but that takes freezer space and electricity and they wouldn't last 20 - 30+ years like FD ones would!

 

 

 

So now we have the option of FD (freeze dried) and DH (Dehydrated) storage:

 

They are so convenient to use!
For instance, FD celery, onions, green peppers, etc. are diced so nicely.
It’s quick to grab some of each and throw into simmering spaghetti sauce .

 

 

Differences between FD and DH:

 

FD (Freeze dried):

Freeze dried food is flash frozen and then put in a vacuum container causing the water to vaporize, leaving the food with almost all of the water removed! Just like 1-2% of water may remain, but not enough to cause any decay because there is virtually no moisture. Therefore, it has a long shelf life -- 30 years +.

 

Thus, there is no need for preservatives, a plus! AND, the FD food retains all its nutrients because no heat was used in turning it into a FD food, so plus again for great vitamin retention!

 

FD foods are "dry" and very easy to re-hydrate, add cold or hot water to reconstitute.

 

 

DH (Dehydrated):

Dehydrated food is heated, causing the water to evaporate.

This "heating" process loses some important vitamins and nutrition.

 

Also, more water remains during the dehydrated process making it necessary to add a preservative like salt, sugar, etc.

Clarification: more water remains when dehydrating softer foods like fruits, vegetables, TVP products, powders (butter powder, sour cream, eggs, etc.), but when dehydrating hard foods such as beans, grains and rice, most all of the water is easily removed, thus these harder grain foods have a longer shelf life (30 years +) and don't require added preservatives for reasons already explained.

 

The softer DH foods just mentioned may only have an 8 year shelf life because of more water remaining, however some feel the shelf life can be longer.

Remember, FD fruits and vegetables have a very long shelf vs. DH fruits and vegetables.

 

DH foods (fruits/vegetables) will be more "chewy" compared to the "drier" FD fruits/vegetables.

 

It is harder to rehydrate a DH food compared to a FD one. You have to use "hot" water to reconstitute DH foods.

 

TIP: For reasons just explained, use FD bananas to reconstitute for making bread, muffins, etc. Use DH bananas for munching on.

 

 

 

If unsure about eating, say a DH food, past what we may think is the cut off time for shelf life, then read on:

 

This is not a “food safe” issue, like getting sick or not by eating the food.

It is only a difference in texture, color and nutrition. And as the years go on, it is still edible and will sustain life!

The Shelf life date means the food is guaranteed to be exactly "as they were put into the can" for about 7 years (if that's what is stated about their shelf life) with their height of nutrition and taste (or say, if 30 years -- then guaranteed to still be at the height of their nutrition for that many years, etc.).

 


I opened a can of FD or DH (don’t know which it was) mixed fruits that my Mom had in storage ~

The #10 can was about 38 years old!
The colors of the different fruits looked all the same, one color ha, but the "individual" tastes of each fruit could still be detected and it was very good! I was pleasantly surprised and quite amazed that it was ! My daughter was afraid for me to eat them, bless her heart! It was so funny, but point made.

 

 

 

 

Why do the FD or DH fruits/veggies darken and don't "look" so great?

Dried fruit is sulphured to keep the color from darkening.

Over time, the sulphur dissipates and the fruit darkens.

This is JUST a COSMETIC CHANGE. There is NOT a "safe food" issue and nothing is wrong with it.

 

When you open a #10 size can of fruit or veggie, use what you need and pour the rest into a GLAD storage bag, squeezing out as much air as possible and then placing right back into that #10 can.

Do this if you're going to use it within a reasonable time.

 

If you think you might not get to it for awhile, put that storage bag into the refrigerator to extend the shelf life. Usually when FD/DH fruits/veggies are exposed to air, it needs to be used within 6 months, but can be fine much longer after that........these are just all guidelines.

They may lose some of their crunch because that storage bag does have air inside it.

 

If the color fades and doesn't look as pleasant to eat (children may whine about it), then use in smoothies, or reconstitute and make the fruit into a syrup to pour over ice cream, pancakes, in muffin mixes, etc!

 

AND WHEN THE FRUIT OR VEGGIE HAS BEEN EATEN,

 

DON'T THROW AWAY THAT STORAGE BAG...

 

THERE IS STILL POWDER IN THERE

 

which is great blended into smoothies, soups, whatever!

 

Take advantage of all those vitamins/minerals and don't throw them away!

 

When we travel to the mountains, I always take FD fruit with me for my morning smoothie in the morning before I go down to the grocery store. I just reconstitute it, add ice and water with my "greens first" powder (non-GMO) and my goat milk protein powder and blend for a wonderful, high energy healthy shake!
See topic "Favorite Things" for more info on these powders.

 

 

 

These FD and DH items do NOT NEED REFRIGERATION.

I was unsure with learning this at first, about my dry powdered eggs (that I use all the time in making cookies, pancakes, etc.) to just leave them on my pantry shelf, but yes, this is what they are DH for --- makes it great for backpackers, camping, etc. Pretty cool!

 

Since the water has been removed, the sugar content and calories become more concentrated.

 

FD Strawberries is a favorite in our home!

Just remember to drink water!

Eating too many without having enough liquids during the day – well you figure it out .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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