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We love our freeze-dried food at our house, and apparently we aren’t alone. There is also a mysterious someone called “Not Me,” who also lives here. For example, whenever I ask who ate the eFoodsDirect Freeze-Dried Raspberries, everyone in my home is quick to put the blame on Not Me’s shoulders. I can’t seem to keep the stuff in stock. The corn, which tastes almost like candy, is another big hit. At least I know that Not Me will live a long, healthy life incorporating all of those healthy foods. I would just like to remind him or her to drink plenty of water, since these foods are, of course, dry.

I do confess to hiding some of this food, simply because I like to incorporate freeze-dried products into my cooking. They have such a long shelf-life, that I don’t have to worry about them going bad, and they are always available when I need them. No dragging the kids out to the store at the last minute. Plus, incorporating freeze-dried food into family meals just makes sense, economically and for easy, convenient cooking.

Gazpacho SoupThere are some tips that will make cooking with freeze dry products work best. One has to do with hydration. Let us say you want to use your freeze-dried fruit with a traditional recipe, such as blueberry muffins or a raspberry pie. Be careful how you hydrate the food before incorporating with the rest of ingredients. I find that when it comes to fruits and delicate vegetables, all you need to do is to put them in a bowl and spray them lightly with water until the water just starts to pool on the bottom. Place the bowl in the fridge or outside in a cool area and stir it every few minutes until your food is well hydrated.

On the other hand, sometimes you don’t need to hydrate at all. If you are making soup or a crockpot meal, all you need to do is allow for a few extra tablespoons of water to your recipe. Try it with the Freeze-Dried Green Beans or Tomato Dices. As long as you are cooking for at least 15 minutes in liquid, you will be all set, and no extra preparation is necessary. It makes cooking so easy!

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