Dried foods are those that do not have moisture left in them when they are stored for a long time. Typically dried foods are made by drying out food at a high temperature. There are many different types of dry foods that are used today. They can be used for a variety of different dishes and they make for good table food. Here is a look at some types of dried foods.
Sunflower seeds are a great source of dried foods. Sunflower seeds are packed with nutrients and can help a person to get more energy from eating less food than normal. Dried sunflower seeds are also low in fat and therefore very easy to prepare. Good air circulation is important when drying foods like these so that no moisture is left in the food when it is stored for a long time. Sunflower seeds can be stored for up to two months in a well drained dish pan with just enough water in it to cover the seeds.
Dried meats are commonly used as a dip for chips, pretzels, crackers, or meat. A quick search on the internet shows that dried foods are not just for freezing and can still be used to cook at home. If dried foods are used for these kinds of meals they should be done on the lowest possible temperature setting. Low temperature can help to prevent bacteria growth through evaporation and by allowing the moisture to evaporate slowly. The next step would be to put the food in the oven for about an hour to fully dry the meat soft dried mango.
Garlic is another great way to store dried herbs and spices. Cooking with a garlic clove is a great way to add flavor to a recipe that may not have had enough while drying foods in the oven. Storing garlic in the freezer is a great way to preserve it for future use. Garlic can be stored for months at a time. After the first couple of freezing cycles the garlic will start to smell and taste like new again.
Dried fruits such as raisins, dates, figs, and prunes are also great food dehydrators to have on hand. These dried fruits can be placed directly into your dehydrator’s basket, which is perfect for quick, easy meal preparation. Dried fruits can be used in all manner of recipes and canning methods.
To further save space in the freezer and keep all your dried foods fresh, be sure to make a note of which foods have been placed in the storage bin and which foods are still available in the kitchen. This way you will be able to grab any of your favorite items from the shelf and use them for meals within the next few days. It is always good practice to be sure you have the correct expiration date on all your stored food. Many people do not take into consideration the storage they have done for their dehydrated foods and find that they need to throw out expired food. By following the simple steps outlined in this article you will find that your storage and pantry will have no problems with storing your dried foods for many years.