Dried foods are food products that have been processed so that they lose the water content which is present when they are fresh. Dried food is more nutritious than cooked foods because it does not lose all of its vitamins and minerals when it is dried over a period of time. Food drying is a process of food preservation where food is dried using techniques like smoking or air-drying. Dried foods have a high content of vitamins A, B, C and iron and also contain a high content of fiber. Dried foods are low in calories and do not have the calories of boiled foods.
There are different methods of drying foods at home. They include oven drying, microwave drying, dehydrating by using a dehydrator, or dehydrating vegetables with a shredder. Dried fruits can be stored in airtight cans in your freezer. To make dried whole wheat bread, coat it with flour and place in the oven or a dehydrator for an hour. Let dry until it is completely dry. Store in an air tight can for up to 3 months.
Dried vegetables have very little moisture in them. You will need to add extra moisture if you are going to use some type of dehydrating machine to bring some of the moisture out of the vegetables. Fruits like lemons and limes will retain moisture if you rub them with olive oil. Whole wheat bread is the best candidate for dehydrating. Add some extra moisture by using a sprinkling of herbs like fresh coriander, chives or oregano king nafoods.
The final stage of this process of dehydrating foods is freeze drying removes most of the moisture from the item. The longer you can store the dried item, the less moisture is retained. Freeze dried meats, poultry, and fish will retain almost all of the moisture. When you buy freeze dried vegetables, you can save the excess moisture by adding it to your meals already prepared using this technique. You can also use a food processor to make pureed dried fruits and vegetables.
It has been shown that the high protein content in many dried foods is retained when freeze-dried. It has also been shown that the vitamins and minerals from vegetables retain their value if freeze-dried. You can also purchase freeze-dried herbs, spices, and condiments. You can add this as an ingredient to your next meal.
In summary, freeze-dried fruits, vegetables and meats retain most of their nutritional value, retain much of their moisture and are more flavorful than those preserved by moisture methods. Freeze-dried foods are convenient, economical and easy to store for future use. As long as you store them in a cool, dry area, they will retain their quality and flavor. It is well worth the time to begin learning how to preserve your own dried foods for future use.