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Making the Comparisons - Freeze Dried vs Freeze Drying
Main Course ready for rehydrating - ham, peas, scalloped potatoesConsidering the Freeze Dried Options: Commercially Prepared or Produced at Home


What are the advantages (if any) of preparing and packaging your own freeze dried foods at home using the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer? Is it worth the time and effort? What are the cost comparisons?
The Freeze Dried Advantage
Taste, Appearance, Nutrition

Taste, Appearance, Nutrition

It is hard to beat freeze dried when it comes to food storage. Fresh food taste, appearance and nutrition are all maintained. There are few foods that cannot be freeze dried and there are few freeze dried foods that don't closely resemble fresh foods when rehydrated and made ready for eating. And when it comes to convenience it is hard to beat those freeze dried foods as supplied by such reputable companies as Wise, Nutristore or Lindon Farms. Simply open the package, add water and entire meals can often be ready in mere minutes. As an added bonus, you need do none of the initial preparing.

So, are there any real advantages to doing it yourself? Well, yes, there certainly can be.

The products provided by the above mentioned companies are generally of excellent quality and are carefully packed and made ready for long-term storage, should that be wanted. They may, however, lack food choices that are favorites in your family, and might also contain potentially unwanted preservatives or even food combinations.

With Harvest Right’s Home Freeze Dryer, a family can augment or totally replace those supplies by preserving their own meats, fruits, vegetables, desserts and complete meals and do so without adding any unwanted ingredients.
Comparing Costs

Comparing Costs

Then there are the cost savings. HarvestRight has done the research (2017 pricing). The following compares the cost of purchasing prepared meals from a leading freeze-dried food company to that of freeze drying it yourself.

FOOD PRODUCT COMMERCIALLY FREEZE-DRIED FOOD #10 CAN FRESH FOOD AT STORE FREEZE DRYER ELECTRICITY MYYLAR BAG AND OXYGEN ABSORBER HOME FREEZE-DRIED FOOD #10 CAN EQUIVALENT
Cottage Cheese $65.39 $9.69 $1.80 $0.75 $12.24
Strawberries $29.49 $3.71 $1.80 $0.75 $6.26
Blueberries $45.00 $10.20 $1.80 $0.75 $12.75
Peaches $43.00 $6.93 $1.80 $0.75 $9.48
Pineapple $38.99 $4.45 $1.80 $0.75 $7.00
Bananas $25.69 $2.07 $1.80 $0.75 $4.62
Raspberries $42.99 $5.95 $1.80 $0.75 $8.50
Cheddar Cheese $49.95 $20.93 $1.80 $0.75 $23.48
Mozzarella Cheese $46.00 $20.93 $1.80 $0.75 $23.48

Buying in Bulk vs Purchasing HarvestRight

Buying in Bulk vs Purchasing HarvestRight

With potential savings of between $15 to $40 dollars on each #10 can of food you freeze dry yourself a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer can soon pay for itself. Make up to $10,000 worth of freeze-dried food in one year.
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