Studies have shown that the average family of four throws away 40% of the food they purchase each month, a value of about $190.00. If families would freeze-dry this food before it is ruined they could preserve as much as four months of food per year for future use.
If these same families were to purchase freeze dried meals and fruit on the open market equal to this quantity, it could easily cost them $5,000 or more. Freeze dried food has a market value of 5 to 6 times the amount it costs to purchase fresh food.
- The average family throws away $2,275 of food each year. With food prices continuing to grow, this number will continue to increase.
- On average, 40% of food is wasted in the U.S. That equals 165 billion dollars a year.
- 870 million people in the world suffer from malnourishment.
- When food is wasted we also waste massive amounts of energy, water, and chemicals.
We can do better! By using Harvest Right’s Freeze dryer much of this waste can be preserved for future use. Imagine having your ripening fruit saved for later use as snacks, in your children’s lunches, and in a variety of things like desserts, jello, and homemade smoothies. Leftover meals (steak, roast beef, chicken, spaghetti sauce, soup and much, much more) can become the tastiest and most valuable part of your long term food supply.
How it Works
- Fresh or cooked foods are placed in the dryer where they are frozen to -40° F or colder.
- Once the food is frozen, the dryer creates a powerful vacuum around the food. Then, as the food is slightly warmed, the ice transitions into vapor and is drawn out of the food.
- The freeze-dried food is then sealed in moisture and oxygen proof packaging, (e.g. easy close bags) to ensure freshness until opened.
- When water is added to the food it regains its original fresh flavor, aroma, texture, and appearance!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the freeze dryer work?
- The entire process is automatic.
- Fresh or cooked foods are placed in the Freeze Dryer where they are frozen to subzero temperatures.
- Once frozen, the freeze dryer creates a vacuum in the food chamber.
- As the food is gradually warmed the water turns to vapor and is drawn off (sublimation).
- When dry, the Freeze dryer notifies the user that the process is complete by sounding an audible beep.
- The freeze-dried food is then removed from the system and vacuum sealed in moisture and oxygen proof container (preferably a mylar pouch or a can) to ensure freshness until opened.
- When water is added to the food, it regains its original fresh flavor, aroma, texture, and appearance!
What can be freeze dried?
You truly can freeze-dry almost anything. All kinds of fruits, vegetables and meats taste wonderful when freeze dried. That includes things like tomatoes, apples, bananas, strawberries, peaches, green beans, peppers, onions, potatoes, spinach, shrimp, pork, beef, lobster and more.
Your favorite meals that include meat may be easily freeze dried. Foods like lasagna, rice dishes, cheese macaroni, chili, beef stew, chicken a la king, casseroles, shrimp, lobster, pulled pork, pasta sauces or scrambled eggs are perfect for this process.
You will find that it is a delight to experiment with different foods and meals in your Freeze Dryer. A great way to start is by picking meals that are already favorites in your home.
How long does it take to freeze dry something?
It can take around 24 hours to complete the process. Food type and quantity will affect the freeze-dry cycle. Things like peas and corn dry quickly, while squash and watermelon can take longer. The thickness of the food slices will affect the cycle time too.
Most importantly, your machine senses when the food is ready (alerting you with a beep) so you don’t have to guess when to stop the freeze-dry cycle.
Is it OK to prepare and freeze things prior to placing in the dryer?
Yes! It is a great to put frozen products into your Freeze Dryer. Your machine will accept pre-frozen foods and cool them even further, to around -40 degrees F.
What about support?
Simply call the “support” line if there is ever a problem. If the problem is something that cannot be handled over the telephone, arrangements will be made to repair or replace your freeze dryer.
What type of power does it use?
Standard 110 Volt
How expensive is it to run?
Harvest Right has taken every precaution to make this appliance run as affordably as possible. Similar machines run on 220 volt and cost over ten dollars a day to run. Depending on power costs in your area, your Freeze Dryer could cost $1.40-$2.80 a day.
Where does the water go that is taken out of your food?
When the food is heated, the water sublimates (vaporizes) and forms an ice ring on the walls inside chamber. Once the freeze dry cycle is complete, the dryer will defrost itself and water will drain into your sink or a bucket placed to the side of the machine.
A possible benefit is that Harvest Right’s freeze dryer creates potentially drinkable water through its freeze dry process.