Experimenting with Freeze Dried Foods

Food Photo - Pork Chop on Bed of Lettuce

We all know when it comes to food, ‘fresh is always best!’

However, when you’re living in a 22 foot RV, with a fridge the size of a shoe box, you don’t have the freezer space to keep foods cold. So, we had to look at other options!

Canned goods seemed to be the answer until we started considering two things,

First, we found that most canned goods have additives and preservatives that our bodies were never meant to digest! And second, was the added weight of the canned goods during travel!

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Canned goods add water weight…

For example – we have a 20 gallon fresh water tank… when that tank is full, we are carrying an additional 216 pounds of added weight! That’s a lot of excess weight! So, keeping that in mind, store bought canned goods was not a good option!

We did consider dehydrating our foods, but again, we had to think about storage space! We just didn’t have the space to bring along our favorite dehydrator...

Food - Excalibur Deydrator

So, we brought along our smaller dehydrator instead.

Be that as it may, dehydrating our favorite foods can take up to 14 hours at a time, and while a good option, it just doesn’t fit our current needs!

So, we found another option – freeze-dried foods!

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Yet once again, after doing some research on freeze drying, we found that the driers were way out of our price range! Not to mention, the size and weight of said driers was daunting, considering the size of our camper and the lack of storage space!

Be that as it may, all was not lost!

We found a company that offers simple, clean, freeze dried  foods!

Our prayers were answered!

Now, we have the option to enjoy REAL food, without all the additives and preservatives, or the added weight to our travel payload!

When we got our first box of freeze dried goodness, we were amazed!

But we had to ask ourselves, would these new found treasures stand up in the kitchen?

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Thus began our experimenting!

We first began with the simplest of meals… a baked potato topped with ground beef and broccoli.

Pretty tasty, and very easy to make, for a healthy nutritional meal on the run! The ground beef was a nice change up from the usual bacon bits.

Food - Potato, broccoli and ground beef (2)

Our next experiment was a side dish of steamed green beans, onions, and red bell peppers! Also very tasty! You can find the recipe on our post Steamed Green Beans with Red Peppers.

Thrive Life Recipe - Steamed Green Beans

Another homestead favorite, is our Shredded Beef Sandwich Recipe. Just as enjoyable and very easy to make. You simply add together shredded beef, onion slices and red bell peppers with a few other ingredients, and viola, you have another quick, delicious meal on the table!

If you want to try it, you can find the recipe here!

Thrive Life - Shreaded Beef Sandwich

For my next experiment, I’m thinking of trying a cheesy, broccoli soup! I’ll let you know how it turns out! For now, it’s time to get back into the kitchen!

Peace, love and safe travels!

~ Sheri

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Wanting to travel, we left our traditional homestead behind... now we're obsessed with combining old fashioned skills, travel and healthy eating on the open road! Welcome to our homestead!

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