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What's The Difference Between Freeze Dried Foods And Dehydrated Foods?

What's The Difference Between Freeze Dried Foods And Dehydrated Foods

Thrive Life foods are mostly freeze dried but they do have some dehydrated foods too.  When you're shopping on our website, you'll see freeze dried on the shopping page so you can easily tell which foods are freeze dried vs. dehydrated. This brings up the question about what's the difference between the two? 

Below we've answered that for you and some additional information about freeze dried and dehydrated foods and be sure to check out the video too. 

What’s the difference between freeze dried foods and dehydrated foods?

Dehydrated foods are the result of removing most of the moisture from the food. This is done​ ​using high temperatures of heat that circulate around the food to remove the moisture. This​ ​leaves the food with a longer shelf life than fresh food but an altered shape, texture, flavor, and​ ​nutritional value.
Freeze dried foods are made when you flash freeze a product and then​ remove all the moisture from the food using low heat and vacuum technology. This very gentle​ process leaves the product with a longer shelf life but with the same shape, texture, flavor, and​ nutritional value.​ 

What are the steps involved in freeze drying?
Freeze drying is the process of removing all moisture from a product. This is done in a freeze drying machine that applies low heat and just the right amount of vacuum pressure to release the frozen ice crystals and turn it into water vapor. This gentle process avoids damaging the taste, texture, or nutritional value of the products.
What percentage of the food’s original nutritional value is kept after it’s been freeze dried?
Freeze dried foods typically have 95% or more nutritional value of their fresh food equivalents. However, all Thrive Life freeze dried foods are ripened on the plant and only picked once they are ready to be cleaned, cut, and frozen, increasing their original nutritional value.
After freeze drying, are enzymes still active in Thrive Life products?
Yes, the enzymes are still active. Freeze drying is a gentle way to dry foods and since only low heat is applied, enzymes are retained in the process.
At what temperature are the foods dehydrated?
Thrive Life foods are dehydrated at temperatures between 120-150 degrees Fahrenheit.
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How do you use freeze dried food in everyday cooking?

There are three ways you can use freeze dried foods in everyday cooking:

Refresh: Place the food in a container with the recommended amount of water, then let it sit until soft. Then you can add the food as desired or instructed by a recipe. This method is best for dishes like salads, pies, or enchiladas.

Throw & Go: Add dry ingredients to your pan with the recommended amount of water and let the food soften while you cook. This method is best for dishes like curry, stir fry, or soup. You can find the recommended usage instructions on the individual product pages or on the can label.

Snack: Grab a Snackies bag for easy snacking on the go, or make your own snack variety by mixing some of your favorite fruits and veggies.
Why use Thrive Life foods?

Thrive food is different than any other kind you’ll find on the market.

  • These foods won’t spoil in a few days…or even a few weeks. They’re good.
  • You won’t be thawing, degreasing, or cutting raw meat.
  • You won’t be chopping veggies or washing and peeling fruit.
  • There’s an extra burst of flavor you won’t find anywhere else! Just take a bite!
  • Just toss in any meal or refresh (rehydrate) in warm water.
  • Free of GMOs, preservatives, artificial nonsense and chemical junk
  • The Nutrilock Promise! It's our little secret that makes our food higher in nutrients and freeze-dried fresh all year long. It's a rigorous 41 step process that one we own, and that it takes that wild, naturally ripened food and gently locks in the nutrients and flavor without the use of preservatives. Can the grocery store do that?
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