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Re: freeze dried foods

If you make your own dehydrator you can save a lot and they are not hard to make. The same with solar stills for water.
Over the years of sailing just a little common sense can save big bucks and you can eat good nutritious foods all the time while off shore.
Freeze dried is ok but I think dried food is a lot better!!!
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Re: freeze dried foods

I see this is a bit of an older thread, but since safira has picked it up again, I'll echo his/her comments. Our home-built dryer is great for preserving nutritious food that will last for years. Our home one is basically a plywood box with twelve 2' x 2' screened wracks. I dry all manner of fruits, veggies and some meats.

My spouse and I are gearing up to move on board full time this summer. I'm in the process of drying food we actually eat all the time. It stores in a fraction of the space that fresh does, and if sealed correctly will last for years without much nutritional degradation.

BTW, I'm also building a solar dryer similar to the one in Sailing the Farm. I expect to use it along the way, but I'm considering buying one of the smaller Excalliber dryers. Our plan to keep cruising costs down is to buy fresh in bulk when items are cheap, dry the food, and then get back out to sea as quickly as possible so as to limit dock time.
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Re: freeze dried foods

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Our plan to keep cruising costs down is to buy fresh in bulk when items are cheap, dry the food, and then get back out to sea as quickly as possible so as to limit dock time.
How long do you plan on being away from land? week, weeks? Is this a doomsday scenario??

I understand the need for emergency food for several days to a week. That's why i like MRE's with the heater. Not dehydrated and no need for a stove. Can be made and eaten in the worst conditions. Hot food on a cold, wet day in terrible conditions.

I'm more of a social person, if i'm in town anyways i'll be looking for fresh food.
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How long do you plan on being away from land? week, weeks? Is this a doomsday scenario??
Yes ... hopefully months.

Not doomsday planning. Just keeping costs down.

Perhaps I should add, the plan is to be away from urban locations for months at a time.
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One heckuva deal you got on the food. I need to stock up on dry food.
Cheaper than MRE's which in my humble opinion aren't too bad.

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Re: freeze dried foods

I have to agree with some of the posts that ask where the water will come from. Taking canned goods is like taking extra water with you. They're already hydrated. You can also use the extra water for other things.
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Re: freeze dried foods

Whatever you do take, make sure it is what you will actually eat. We had lots of dry goods (rice, pasta, etc.) but ended up using only little because we ate fresh food most of the time.
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Re: freeze dried foods

Best dried foods I have come across are; Ova Easy Egg Crystals, obviously you won't be poaching these for Benedicts but they make good omelets and scrambles and are excellent for cooking and baking. They are good for 5 years. REI caries them but we got large cans with smaller packages inside (1 doz eggs/package) through a Mormon/survivalist place, Pleasant Hill Grain. They also do trial packs with a number of their products. A lot of the stuff was pretty good surprisingly. The powdered tomato makes a very passable paste. The other item we find regularly a Walmart. I hate powdered milk, always have. Was forced to drink the stuff growing up, used it camping but...gag. My wife got some NIDO powdered milk, a Nestle product made in Mexico. It uses whole milk and while it still smells a bit like regular powdered milk, the taste blew me away! I actually drank a glass of the stuff, it was good! We haven't found it in "regular" stores but Walmart and Hispanic stores carry it. If you can do powdered and dried foods, it does involve more water, but it takes up much less space, less weight and has great longevity. For staples it is great. We make whole wheat bread with all dried components. We still get fresh when we can, but we don't have to if we don't like the product or the price.
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Re: freeze dried foods

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I have to agree with some of the posts that ask where the water will come from. Taking canned goods is like taking extra water with you. They're already hydrated. You can also use the extra water for other things.
We do have plenty of tankage as well as a watermaker and a backup hand power unit. Rain is free and tastes better than the water from a can of beans.
Fresh is the best but the new methods used to dry and package are better than they were. Some of the caned stuff we have does include meat, butter and cheese though.
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Re: freeze dried foods

The funniest part of this thread is when I originally posted it was because I had just scored mountain house freeze dried meals various different for about 50 cents per meal (70 meals)
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