Monday, June 2, 2008

Day 63-Nutritional Bite

Most dehydrated foods are not made with any seasoning or additional ingredients (usually). Dehydrated foods require cooking and seasoning. Cooking times vary, but most dehydratd foods are added to hot boiling water. Freeze-dried foods, on the other hand, are usually foods containing a multitude of ingredients and seasonings. Nothing more is needed, just a little cooking time in hot water to rehydrated the freeze-dried food. These foods are pre-seasoned, pre-cooked and pre-mixed with other ingredients, making them the fastest, easiest, and tastiest foods available. Here is a video on freeze-dried foods.
Sugar Preacher's Experience
I admit to eating a little sugar in the Grand Canyon. I had the choice of starving or eating sugar. Instant oatmeal with high sugar was the food that I gave into eating. Luckily, my friends eat healthy and had extra food without sugar. We ate dehydrated apples, rice, and oatmeal. In the evening, we ate the freeze-dried foods. I was surprised with the simplicity of freeze-dried foods. The only process is adding hot water and letting it sit for 10 minutes. The freeze-dried fruit was also handy, which I added to my oatmeal every morning. Dehydrated and freeze-dried foods are the way to go!

1 comment:

Fit Mommy said...

It is possible to find freeze-dried foods that have nothing added: individually packaged vegtables for examples.

However, since most backpackers want the convenience of a one-pot meal, most freeze dried camping food comes in full meals, including seasonings and flavorings.

To avoid sugar, look at ingredient lists. Teriyaki or bbq flavored entrees will generally contain sugar. Also, Richmoor's line of Natural High Backpacking food uses only natural ingredients.

Dehydrated foods take much longer to cook because of their density, but most people just eat them as they are for a snacks like in the case of dried fruits raisins, apricots, and craisins.