Why Buy Dry?

by | Jun. 07, 2010

Preparedness

When food is dehydrated, the water is slowly cooked out of the food without actually cooking it. You can dry food at home by yourself with a food dehydrator, or choose from of myriad of dried foods available on the market. The most popular forms are packaged for long term storage in #10 cans with an oxygen absorber.

Dehydrated foods are a wonderful storage option for multiple reasons. Dehydrated foods are lightweight and compact. They are an affordable form of food storage, and are easy to reconstitute and use.

If you're nervous about dehydrated foods, ask yourself the following questions: Have I ever used a cake mix? Or pancake mix? Or made a box of macaroni and cheese? If you have, then you've used dehydrated foods! Many of the convenience foods we use on a regular basis have dehydrated foods in them.

What types of foods are dehydrated? Many of the common dairy products are available in dehydrated form. You will find butter powder, dried milk, and even eggs. These foods are great for creating mixes for baking. And if you don't want to make your own mixes, never fear! There are many mixes already prepared for you. Pancake mixes, muffin mixes, and many others are available to make your preparedness pantry as simple as possible. Most of these foods only need to have water added to them before being cooked and eaten. There are also some fruits and vegetables available using this common method of dehydration.

One popular dehydrated breakfast item is Creamy Wheat Cereal. Did you know one #10 can of Creamy Wheat Cereal makes 48 one-cup servings? That's less than a quarter per breakfast. What a great economical and nutritional value!

Don't underestimate the value of dehydrated foods. Some feel that all of their food needs to be freeze-dried to ensure best quality, taste and long-term storage, but many items including drink mixes, baking mixes, and cooking essentials are not available freeze-dried. For this reason, it is recommended to have both dehydrated and freeze-dried foods in your home storage. Not sure what the difference is between freeze-dried and dehydrated foods? Watch for next week's article in which we'll discuss freeze-dried foods in greater detail.

Hopefully you now know more about why to buy dry. As you sort through all the types of food storage available, don't hesitate to try dehydrated foods.


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