One bulk bag contains the equivalent of 32 ounces of fresh fruit. Net weight of 5.5 ounces of freeze-dried fruit.
Each Resealable Mylar bag has an oxygen and moisture absorber to ensure the longest shelf life possible.
Fruits and vegetables don’t need rehydration because they are good to eat out from the bag.
To use freeze-dried blueberries, follow these instructions:
1. Enjoy as a Snack: Freeze-dried blueberries make a delicious and convenient snack on their own. They have a light and crispy texture. Simply open the package and enjoy them straight out of the bag.
2. Rehydrate the Blueberries (Optional): If you prefer a softer texture or want to use them in recipes that require plump blueberries, you can rehydrate the freeze-dried blueberries. Here's how:
- Place the desired amount of freeze-dried blueberries in a bowl or container.
- Add enough warm water to cover the blueberries completely. Let them soak for about 5 to 10 minutes or until they become soft and rehydrated.
- Gently stir occasionally to ensure even rehydration.
- Once rehydrated, drain off any excess water using a strainer or colander.
3. Baking and Cooking: Freeze-dried blueberries can be used in various recipes:
- Baked Goods: Add freeze-dried blueberries to muffins, pancakes, bread, scones, or cookies. Incorporate them into the batter or dough as is, or break them into smaller pieces. Adjust the recipe accordingly to account for the additional moisture from the rehydrated blueberries, if applicable.
- Smoothies and Yogurt: Blend freeze-dried blueberries into smoothies for a burst of flavor and color. You can also mix them into yogurt for added texture and taste.
- Cereal and Oatmeal Toppings: Sprinkle freeze-dried blueberries over your breakfast cereal or oatmeal for a fruity and crunchy addition.
- Salads and Desserts: Use freeze-dried blueberries in fruit salads, green salads, or desserts like pies, tarts, or parfaits. They add a sweet and tangy flavor to your dishes.
4. Snack Mixes and Trail Mixes: Combine freeze-dried blueberries with nuts, seeds, and other dried fruits to create your own homemade snack mix or trail mix. It's a great option for on-the-go snacking or hiking trips.
5. Storage: If you have any leftover freeze-dried blueberries, store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. They can stay fresh for an extended period, maintaining their crispy texture and flavor.
Note: Rehydrated blueberries will have a softer texture compared to freeze-dried blueberries, but they still retain their flavor. Adjust the quantity and cooking time in recipes based on your preference.
Enjoy the sweet and vibrant taste of freeze-dried blueberries in snacks, baked goods, smoothies, and more!
When handling and storing freeze-dried foods, it's important to follow these instructions to maintain their quality and ensure food safety:
1. Read Packaging Instructions: Carefully read and follow any specific instructions provided on the packaging of the freeze-dried food products. Handle uncooked freeze-dried foods the same as fresh raw foods.
2. Properly Seal and Store: After opening the packaging, make sure to reseal it tightly to prevent air and moisture from entering. Properly sealed packaging helps maintain the quality and shelf life of freeze-dried foods. If the original packaging is not resealable, transfer the contents to airtight containers or resealable bags.
3. Store in a Cool, Dry Place: Store freeze-dried foods in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight, humidity, and heat sources. Exposure to these elements can compromise the quality, texture, and taste of the food. Aim for a storage temperature between 50°F (10°C) and 70°F (21°C).
4. Protect from Moisture: Moisture is the enemy of freeze-dried foods as it can lead to spoilage. Keep the packaging or containers away from areas with high humidity or sources of moisture, such as sinks or steamy environments.
5. Prevent Cross-Contamination: Use clean utensils or washed hands when handling freeze-dried foods to avoid cross-contamination with other ingredients or surfaces. This helps maintain the quality and safety of the freeze-dried products.
6. Check for Signs of Spoilage: Before consuming or using freeze-dried foods, inspect them for any signs of spoilage. Discard the product if you notice off-odors, unusual colors, or mold growth. If the packaging is damaged or compromised, it's best to err on the side of caution and not consume the product.
7. Rotate and Use Before Expiration: Freeze-dried foods have a long shelf life, but it's advisable to consume them before the expiration date mentioned on the packaging for the best quality. Practice proper first-in, first-out (FIFO) rotation to ensure older products are used before newer ones.
By following these handling and storage instructions, you can maintain the quality, flavor, and nutritional value of your freeze-dried foods for an extended period, ensuring a satisfying culinary experience.