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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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