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Freeze drying leftovers

Freeze drying leftovers

Another terrific use for our Harvest Right machine is for freeze drying leftovers. As a family with children we generate our fair share of left overs. We try to use up leftovers but we often resorted to throwing food away before we bought our freeze dryer. Now that we have our Harvest Right machine no food gets thrown away because we are freeze drying leftovers.

Freeze drying leftovers
Freeze drying leftovers

A reason to buy a home freeze dryer

Recently I saw an advertisement from Harvest Right that claims the average person throws away something like 290 pounds of food annually. I decided to go looking for other sources to see for myself. This article suggests that the average family of 4 wastes around $2,275 worth of food yearly by throwing it in the trash. According to the EPA, “In the U.S., 40% of food is lost or wasted, annually costing an estimated $218 billion or 1.3% of GDP.”  That is a lot of wasted food and money

If our household falls close to that national average we could arguable make our machine pay for itself in two years.   If you add some loads of food from your garden it wouldn’t take long to make a home freeze dryer pay for itself.

What food could you avoid throwing away

In addition to food from your table you can freeze dry stuff like condiments, sour cream, pudding, milk, yogurt and fruit.  Bananas are one of the items that many homes invariably end up throwing into the trash.  Bananas freeze dry nicely and taste wonderful freeze dried.  They’re also very easy to prepare for freeze drying, we no longer throw away bananas.

Seasonal meals such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners often result in an abundance of leftovers.  Most of that leftover food will freeze dry nicely.  It can even be packaged into individual and complete meals to go into your food storage pantry.

Freeze drying leftovers
Leftover stew going into our home freeze dryer

The stew you see in the picture above is going to be stored in 7 mil mylar bags with a 300 cc  oxygen absorber once freeze dried.  It will be added to our food storage pantry once completed.