This is another great post from Mercer Foods.
Freeze-dried food is commonly recognized as a staple in backpacking and emergency food supplies. Add boiling water, and voilà: A delicious hot meal. But the truth is that freeze-dried food is remarkably versatile and has hundreds of different applications. Below are five simple ways to incorporate these power-packed foods into your diet.
- Sprinkle it on top
Freeze-drying preserves the full flavor of your favorite fruits and vegetables, and can provide a unique textural contrast to the existing flavors and textures of a meal. Try sprinkling chopped freeze-dried strawberries on top of ice cream, or adding a dash of freeze-dried tomato on top of a slice of pizza for a healthy crunch.
- Snack time
Taking a handful of freeze-dried fruits or veggies along is the perfect complement to an on-the-go lifestyle. There are plenty of ways to transport freeze-dried snacks: plastic baggies, Tupperware, or in the palm of your hand. These tasty snacks also come in a variety of different forms in stores, packaged and ready for purchase.
- Mix in with dessert
Freeze-dried foods open up the field for many different dessert opportunities. Try out a deconstructed apple pie with ice cream, caramel, scones, and freeze-dried apples. Or try mixing freeze-dried strawberries into chocolate mousse. Freeze-dried food’s incredible ability to remain crunchy or rehydrate into its original form makes it a powerful and creative addition to any treat.
- Pack it for later
Have a meal you want to save and eat later, or need to keep something fresh for a long time? Freeze-dried food keeps for as long as you might need, which makes it the perfect companion for a car trip or in an emergency kit.
- The entire meal
Freeze-dried food is a great snack and a nice addition to a meal, but if you are looking to double down on delicious and nutritious food, why not make a whole meal out of it? Freeze-drying can bring the best pre-prepared meals from professional kitchens to your table. You can find these sorts of meals in a number of stores, and many of them only require the addition of water to be ready-to-eat.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can make your own freeze-dried meals at home. Just combine all the various freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, and spices you are interested in, and you are ready to go!