Freeze drying is a preservation method that removes water from food, allowing it to be stored for long periods of time without refrigeration. One of the most popular foods to be freeze dried is fruit. But, like all food products, you may wonder if freeze dried fruit has an expiration date. In this post, we will explore the shelf life of freeze dried fruit and the proper storage methods to extend its shelf life.
Do Freeze-Dried Fruits Go Bad if Properly Stored?
All freeze-dried fruits will eventually go bad. It is potentially safe to consume freeze-dried fruits past their best by date if they are still dry, crunchy, have not darkened or show visible signs of mold. However, do so at your own risk.
Freeze dried fruit has a much longer shelf life than fresh fruit because most of the moisture has been removed, which is one of the main causes of food spoilage. Typically, freeze dried fruit can last for up to 25 years if stored properly. However, the shelf life will depend on a variety of factors, such as the type of fruit and the storage conditions.
Is a “Best By” Date and Expiration Date the Same Thing?
No, a “best by” date and an expiration date are not the same thing.
A “best by” date is a recommendation by the manufacturer of when the product will be at its peak quality. It is not a safety indicator and the product can possibly still be consumed after the “best by” date (do so at your own risk.)
An expiration date, on the other hand, is a date after which the product should not be consumed for safety reasons. Foods that are perishable or have a limited shelf life, such as dairy products, meat, and eggs, are required to have an expiration date. It is important to note that consumption of the product after the expiration date may cause food poisoning or other health hazards. Freeze-dried food manufacturers will typically not put an expiration date on the foods rather they will usually stick with a best by date. Oftentimes you will also find a manufacture date stamped on their packaging somewhere.
It’s also worth noting that some products might also have a “use by” date, which is similar to an expiration date, but with more urgency. It means that the product should be consumed before that date for best quality and safety.
How to Store Freeze-Dried Fruit for Maximum Shelf Life
Storing Freeze Dried Fruit Proper storage is essential to extend the shelf life of freeze dried fruit. It is recommended to store the fruit in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Freeze-dried fruits should be packed with an oxygen absorber. Avoid storing freeze dried fruit in direct sunlight or near heat sources as this can cause the fruit to spoil more quickly. Additionally, it is important to make sure the container is completely sealed to protect the fruit from moisture and other contaminants. The lower the stored temperature and humidity level the better.
Freeze dried fruit is a great option for long-term storage and can last for up to 25 years or more if stored properly. Proper storage methods include keeping the fruit in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, and avoiding direct sunlight or heat sources. By following these tips, you can ensure that your freeze dried fruit stays fresh for as long as possible.
To sum up, in this blog post we have discussed that freeze dried fruit has a longer shelf life than fresh fruits and how to properly store it to maximize its shelf life. Additionally, we have provided some tips for preservation which will help to retain the quality of freeze dried fruits.