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The Cooks View on Preparing Freeze Dried and Dehydrated Foods

My view on preparing the freeze dried and dehydrated foods is, wow, I survived the whole process of getting the product cooked and ready for tasting in a timely manner.

As my husband explained we had 5 panelists and a server. It was a very interesting evening, it took about 3 hours and I learned a lot from preparing the packages of food from all the different companies.

Here is my opinion on the product we cooked: First of all in preparing the products, you have to really read the directions. It’s not just open package and put the hot water into the container.…

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Taste Test of Dehydrated and Freeze Dried Foods part 4

This has been an interesting experience.  Unfortunately, it does not provide an easy answer to the question of who has the best tasting foods.  Every company had something that tasted good to someone.  The scores that were given were an average of the scores made by the five panel members.  The higher the score the more panelists liked it. I think it is safe to say that if the panel gave it a score of 5 or higher the food was acceptable. It would have been nice if we could have said buy from company X their foods tastes the best, but we couldn’t.…

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Taste Test of Dehydrated and Freeze Dried Foods part 2

Here is day two’s post on the taste test.  As you can see from yesterday’s results, there were many variations in the judging.  In opening all the packages, I noticed a considerable difference in the way the various products were packaged.  For oxygen removal, some used nitrogen, some oxygen absorber and some I couldn’t tell.

The big thing you need to check is that residual oxygen should be no more than 5%, preferably less than 2%.  If your supplier cannot provide you with this information and back it up with lab tests, run and find another dealer.

Watch what the companies say about shelf life. …

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The Taste Test is Pending

The taste test are getting closer, samples have started to arrive. I have samples of Mountain House, Honeyville Farms, AlpineAire, Wise and couple of others on hand.  Samples of EfoodsDirect, Thrive/Shelf Reliance, Augason Farms and Provident Panty are reroute or pending.  We have chosen a panel consisting of three women and two men to conduct the test.  It will be a blind test in other words the judges will not know whose food they are grading.

Foods will be judged on three main criterias, texture, appearance and flavor.  These will be judged individually on a scale of one to ten.  At the end of the taste test, the scores will be totaled and the product will be given an overall  score. …

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Reconstitution of Dehydrated fruits and vegetables;

 

In general, when I look for a recipe, I want it easy to read with few ingredients and for it to taste good. Nutrition of course is important, so I look for ones that have vegetables and seeds in them. Raisin bread is one of my favorites, but of course you have to consider calories. My husband and I have been trying to watch what we eat and portion control our meals. Believe me, it’s very hard. We only bake in our house now when we have the grandchildren and guests for dinner or a church event. Nothing comes back home.…

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