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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Freeze drying solves a fundamental problem of agriculture. It is
high quality storage. You can mobilize the manpower to process the
crop at season's height but you cannot ever sell more than the market
can absorb of fresh food. Freeze drying is the one size fits all
solution and superior to all others. We are merely used to dealing
with the alternatives to produce satisfactory outcomes.
This tells us that deliverable technology is not there yet at the
small operator scale at an attractive price. It needs to be.
As I have posted many times, the current limiter for modern
agriculture has been a lack of engaged manpower. This takes tools
and plenty of them to internally lift the gross per acre.
Freeze drying nicely captures short runs of most vegetables and fruit
to produce a safely stored and valuable product.
Two years ago, I was
trying to purchase a long-term storable freeze-dried, non-GMO,
certified organic corn and I was shocked to realize there isn't
any sold at retail!
As you probably
already know, freeze-drying is the No. 1 best method for preserving
foods. It pulls the water out but leaves the taste, texture and
nutrient content almost 100% intact.
fruits and vegetables are technically "RAW" because
freeze-drying occurs at below-zero temperatures.
freeze-dried fruits and vegetables taste better and store better than
anything else. But when I tried to find freeze-dried organic
blueberries, I was out of luck, too: nobody offered them in a
long-term storable format.
It turns out that
finding non-GMO, certified 100% organic, non-CHINA-grown foods
for long-term preparedness was all but impossible. So I realized we
were going to have to come up with this solution here at Natural
Fast forward two years
to late 2012: We nailed down a certified organic
(USDA-audited) food facility in central Texas. I schooled myself in
food safety and handling, receiving state-required certifications for
overseeing food production facilities, so now I'm the supervisor for
all production runs at the facility.
We acquired food
packing automation equipment, including labelers, weighers, mixers
and fillers. And then we began sourcing organic, non-GMO freeze-dried
foods. My criteria were very strict:
1) NO CHINA. Nothing
from China, period.
2) NO FILLERS. No flow
agents or hidden ingredients, period.
3) Must be certified
organic, with USDA certification.
4) Must be non-GMO.
5) Must have a minimum
two years of shelf life (or longer).
With this in mind, we
set out to locate the best sources in the world for whole corn, whole
blueberries, mango pieces, strawberry slices and so on.
It turns out there is
a very limited supply of organic, non-GMO, non-China,
Freeze-Dried fruits and vegetables available, and we weren't able to
buy the quantities we had hoped for. But we did get several thousand
pounds of some items, and we've been busy packaging them into
pouches and #10 cans.
Here's what we have
available right now, in limited quantities, all from this page
* Organic Freeze-Dried
Non-GMO Whole Corn (USA) (2.5 oz pouch)
Freeze-Dried Whole Blueberries (USA) (2 oz pouch)
Freeze-Dried Whole Blueberries (USA) (15 oz storable can)
Freeze-Dried Mango Pieces (Mexico) (7 oz pouch)
Freeze-Dried Mango Pieces (Mexico) (15 oz storable can)
Freeze-Dried Blackberry Halves (Serbia) (2 oz pouch)
Freeze-Dried Blackberry Halves (Serbia) (13 oz storable
In addition to this
list, Organic Freeze-Dried Whole Raspberries are coming in
1-2 weeks. Plus, we'll be adding more fruits and vegetables to this
list as supplies are available (strawberries will arrive in 2-3
Why freeze-dried is
the No. 1 best preservation method
and vegetables have 98% of their water removed, leaving a very
lightweight, almost "crunch" pop-corn type of texture. They
rehydrate to approximately ten times their dry weight, meaning
that if you buy one pound of freeze-dried organic corn, you are
actually buying roughly ten pounds of the original corn.
Freeze drying makes
foods extremely light and easy to store, easy to transport, and they
can be eaten raw like snacks or reconstituted with water to use in
soups and other recipes. They also work great in baking recipes
(freeze-dried blueberries work wonders in blueberry pancake recipes).
There are many methods
of drying foods: sun-dried, drum dried and spray dried are the most
common. Only freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are "raw,"
as all other methods subject them to high heat. Freeze-dried foods
look better, have better color retention, better nutrient retention
and better taste and texture than any other method of preserving
Our certified organic,
non-GMO, non-China, Freeze-Dried foods are the BEST of the best.
This is the highest premium quality storable fruits and vegetables
grown on our planet. The only thing better than this is growing you
own and picking it fresh out of the garden.
offering freeze-dried foods won't tell you the country of origin.
Others use hidden fillers and flow agents (this is very common in
dried fruit and vegetable powders). But here at Natural News with our
"Storable Organics" product line we use no fillers, no flow
agents, no hidden ingredients and of course no materials from China.
This is the best of
the best. Compare it anywhere. There is nothing else like this.
More affordable than
If it seems expensive,
that's only because 98% of the water has been removed. For example,
if you're buying one pound (16 oz) of freeze-dried organic corn from
us, it may sound really expensive for just 16 oz. But
remember: You're actually buying nearly TEN POUNDS of original
corn that has been freeze-dried into just 16 oz. of whole
Once you realize what
you're actually getting in terms of original material, the prices for
these items aren't bad at all. Plus, it comes to you in a storable
format (in the #10 cans) or in a convenient stand-up pouch, depending
on your choice.
Freeze-dried foods will absorb water like a sponge
Once you open
these bags or cans, you must seal them in an air-tight manner.
Otherwise, they will absorb water like a sponge, right out of the
This doesn't hurt the
food, but it does make them less crunchy and more "solid."
So be sure to store these in an air-tight container after opening.
The official claimed
shelf life of these items is two years, but I still have a small
personal supply of freeze-dried (conventional) fruits I bought in
1998 that are still completely edible in an emergency. So actual
"street" shelf life will often extend way beyond two years
if you keep them sealed in the #10 cans.
To your health, Mike
Adams, the Health Ranger
* These statements
have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This
Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any