Freeze Dried Food
Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Food:
Which Is Better for Long-Term Food Storage?
In a Nutshell, the Answer Is "Yes."
But seriously, rather than just answer "Which is better, Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Food?" with a simple "A is better than B" ... let's look closely at both methods of food preservation so that you can come to your own conclusions.
Let's first determine why we are drying the food. It's a method of preserving the food for storage. If we remove the moisture from the food, (and we also remove oxygen from the packaging), we have created an environment that will allow the food to be preserved for a very long time. Like 10 or 20 years. That's a long time!
Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Food?
There are advantages to both methods, and disadvantages to both. In and of itself, neither method is necessarily "better" than the other; it's more a matter of which method provides the preferred result for a given food type. Some food items are simply better suited to being freeze-dried, while others are better when dehydrated. So whether it's freeze-dried or dehydrated food, the method of preservation will depend on the nature of the food.
The key is to remove moisture from within the food itself, then package that food in an oxygen-free environment.
The True Cost of Freeze Dried Food vs. Canning or Freezing
An article published a few years ago in Mother Jones Magazine cites a study that compared freeze-drying to canning and freezing. The article implied that the cost of freeze dried food is too expensive, energy-wise, to be a viable method of food storage.
The study mentioned in the article claims specific energy usage amounts for each of three methods of food preservation: freeze drying, canning, and wet-freezing.
Their conclusion states that freeze drying uses 1.2x and 1.7x more energy than canning or freezing, respectively.
However, as I note below, their conclusions are not based on sound logic.
The Mother Jones article states:Freeze-drying is one of the most energy-intensive ways to preserve food, according to R. Paul Singh, a University of California-Davis food science and technology professor. Mountain House freeze-dries its food in 3,000-pound batches over a period of 18 to 20 hours. The final product weights about 900 pounds and takes about 2.4 million Btu of heat to produce – 1.2 times more energy than canning, and 1.7 times more energy than freezing.
2014 USDA Egg Recall Does Not Affect
Legacy Foods or Lindon Farms Products
On Feb. 15, 2014, the USDA issued a recall for over 250,000 pounds of processed egg products from Nutriom LLC, based in Lacey Washington. Nutriom's freeze-dried eggs, which are used in "Ova Easy" and "Crystal Eggs," are being voluntarily recalled because of the potential for Salmonella contamination. This USDA egg recall did not affect any of our products, which include Legacy Foods and Lindon Farms.
According to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), approximately 226,710 pounds of processed eggs were affected by the recall. The FSIS press release stated that the potentially defective products were produced between Feb. 28, 2013 and Feb. 8, 2014, and have been shipped nationwide, and to U.S. military installations at home and abroad, as well as to locations in Canada.
Legacy Premium Foods:
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Find Out Why Legacy Premium Foods Offers a Better Value in Food Storage
More Variety ~ Better Tasting ~ Longer Shelf Life ~ GMO Free
Legacy Premium Foods offers emergency and survival food storage products that are unsurpassed. Our products represent the best in quality of ingredients, packaging, shelf life, nutritional content, and, unlike the typical offering of the emergency food storage industry, TASTE!
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Meals are low in fat, low in sodium, with high nutritional content so you can be assured that your family is getting the proper nourishment you need to survive.
All of Legacy's ingredients have been certified GMO-Free, and many of their meals are Gluten-Free as well.
With Legacy's wide array of meal choices – 4 breakfasts & 19 entrees in their food storage packages, (and we also offer real meats, side dishes, fruits, vegetables, beverages and bulk food items) – your whole family will be thrilled with the variety of choices available.
Perhaps most surprising is Legacy Premium's affordability. Compare the "Cost per 2,000 Calories" and you'll find that Legacy Premium Food Storage offers the absolute best value for your food storage dollar!
Serving sizes may vary from person to person, and from company to company. But two thousand calories – typically what an adult would need each day in a survival-type scenario – represents a stable, constant value that can actually be measured and evaluated.
We have calculated the total calories in each food storage kit, and divided that total by 2000. The result is the number of days the kit will last at a consumption rate of 2000 calories per day.
It's also important to note that Legacy Premium does not include 'side dishes' as a serving in their food storage packages. This means that all of the servings in your food storage kit are actually nourishing food that your body can use – not just a sauce or a drink.
When you compare the cost of 2,000 calories among various food storage companies, you'll find that Legacy Premium is one of the lowest priced emergency food storage solutions available anywhere.
Lindon Farms ~ A New Way of Thinking
About Emergency Food Storage
The Lindon Farms Difference
Lindon Farms was founded in April of 2007, in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains. They have created partnerships with suppliers of the best survival & emergency preparedness products available.
While many other food storage brands simply "relabel" food storage products, Lindon Farms produces all of their meals in their own facility. The result is higher quality products, more variety, and timely shipping.
Lindon Farms is a Certified GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) facility. Quality long term food storage straight from the manufacturer to your door.
Wide Variety of Gourmet Meals
Lindon Farms' gourmet chef developed award-winning entrees using recipes passed down through four generations of European immigrants who brought their old-world recipes to the Wasatch Mountain region of Utah.
Only the highest quality ingredients and freshest fruits & vegetables are used to bring you truly satisfying, 'just-add-water' gourmet meals.
Lindon Farms offers a wide variety of food storage meal choices, and their meals are great tasting, too! Your whole family will love having these delicious flavorful meals on hand. Rely on them in an emergency, or enjoy them every day!