You can freeze dry a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and meats — Things like apples, peaches, strawberries, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, green beans, peppers, onions, potatoes, spinach, shrimp, chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lobster, and more. Even your favorite meals and desserts can be freeze dried! Lasagna, spaghetti, casseroles, macaroni & cheese, chili, soups and stews, steak, pork chops, pasta sauces, cheesecake, pudding, and pie filling to name a few. You can even freeze dry dairy and egg products too! Ice cream, cheese, yogurt, raw eggs, scrambled eggs, omelets, and so much more! Create healthy, allergen-free and inexpensive snacks or pureed baby foods. Kids of all ages love the taste and texture of freeze-dried foods. And don’t forget about your pets! Homemade pet food and pet treats can be far healthier, tastier, and less expensive than commercially produced pet foods.
Stabilized Freezer Temperature
During your defrosting ritual, your freezer temperature will warm up — it’s the only way to get the ice to melt so you can remove it. However, each person’s methods, the temperature of the air surrounding it, and even the type of freezer itself can slightly influence how much the freezer warms. Defrosting a freezer in the middle of a sweltering summer day, for instance, will likely produce a much warmer freezer interior than doing it on a cool winter day when the air temperature is much lower.
Once you plug in the freezer afterwards, it immediately begins to run and cool. As with a brand new freezer, it will take several hours for the temperature to stabilize at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Replacing frozen foods after the first 20 or 30 minutes will help lower the temperature more, similar to adding ice to a cooler. It may take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours to reach and stay the proper temperature, however. Use a thermometer to monitor the freezer temperature and determine the time needed for subsequent defrosts.