“Freeze-Dried” foods (or in technical terms: lyophilization) may seem like a fairly new concept, but it has been around for quite some time. You might be most familiar with it from seeing astronauts on special missions with their stockpiles of interesting space food.
“Space food,” as kids love to call it, is actually freeze-dried, and we’ve come a long way since the early stages of this technology. It evolved from something seemingly out-of-reach into a perk-filled snack for all.
Did you know the most common freeze-dried food today is actually instant coffee? Look at it that way and you might realize that you’ve consumed freeze-dried foods more often than you thought.
How Does Freeze-Drying Work?
After the organic fruit is picked, washed, and frozen, the freeze-dried process begins.
The fruit is placed in a large vacuum chamber that removes up to 98% of the moisture inside the fruit by vaporizing the ice in subzero temperatures. The result is perfectly crunchy, nutrient-rich, kid-friendly snacks in a bite-sized form.
What could be better?
Freeze-Dried Fruit is the Future of Snacking
Thankfully we don’t need to travel to space to experience freeze-dried fruit. We simply need to keep our eyes peeled and our snacking senses strong.
Once you’ve introduced this miracle snack into your life, you won’t be able to let go of it. Ever. That’s our experience anyway.
Here are a few other reasons we think you’ll fall in love with freeze-dried fruit:
- An impressive shelf-life. The Homegrown Organic Farms Freeze-Dried fruit line can be stored for up to 18 months (good luck keeping the kids away from them for that long!) when properly sealed to keep the air out. This is key! Be sure to always re-seal your bag tightly, removing as much extra air as possible.
- Ultra-portable. Being able to toss a snack food into your purse or child’s diaper bag without worrying about stains, spills, or spoiling is a big deal. Especially for parents. Freeze-dried fruit is by nature kid friendly. Kids love the texture and hearing the crunch when they take a bite. What the kids don’t realize is it is also parent-approved, no added preservatives or sugars, simply fruit. The true silver lining here is that freeze-dried foods weigh less, which means no more feeling weighed down because you’re holding enough snacks for the entire family.
- Retention of nutrients. Researchers have found that the nutrients removed from freeze-dried foods are negligible, which is impressive when you take into consideration about 98% of the moisture is removed. Talk about parent-approved!
Ask us and we’ll tell you: freeze-dried fruit is the next star of snack foods we’ll be feeding our kids. They are the fruit snack’s version 2.0, new and improved for the benefit of all of our families.
Freeze-dried fruit may seem far removed from the pouches we envision astronauts eating, but we can still inspire our children to be whatever they dream of by playing on that very idea.
For those of you with little ones who idolize the idea of becoming an astronaut themselves, bring a little bit of that dream to life for them, even if only for an afternoon. One idea for their next birthday party or even a small movie night celebration is to create Freeze-Dried “Space Fruit Snacks.” Be sure to let them know their snacks were made using the same technology as the foods astronauts eat, except they taste much better.