Freeze-Dried Mango Cubes
One bulk bag contains the equivalent of 32 ounces of fresh fruit. Net weight of 7 ounces of freeze-dried fruit.
Each Resealable Mylar bag has an oxygen and moisture absorber to ensure the longest shelf life possible.
Mangos may be eaten straight out of the bag. To cook freeze-dried mangoes, follow these instructions:
1. Rehydrate the Mangoes: Place the desired amount of freeze-dried mangoes in a bowl or container. Add enough warm water to cover the mangoes completely. Allow them to soak for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they become soft and rehydrated. Gently stir occasionally to ensure even rehydration.
2. Drain Excess Water: After the mangoes have rehydrated, drain off any excess water. You can use a strainer or colander to remove the water thoroughly.
3. Cooking Methods:
- Pureeing: Place the rehydrated mangoes in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth to create a mango puree. You can use this puree in various recipes such as smoothies, desserts, sauces, or marinades.
- Baking: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the rehydrated mangoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. You can also lightly grease the baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until the mangoes are soft and slightly caramelized. Baking time may vary based on the desired texture.
- Fruit Compote: In a saucepan, combine the rehydrated mangoes with a small amount of water or fruit juice. Add sweeteners such as sugar or honey to taste, along with spices like cinnamon or ginger if desired. Simmer the mixture over low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mangoes are tender and the liquid has thickened. Serve the mango compote as a topping for pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream.
4. Seasoning: The natural sweetness of mangoes doesn't require additional seasoning, but you can enhance their flavor by adding a squeeze of lime juice or a sprinkle of chili powder for a tangy and spicy twist.
5. Serving: Once the mangoes are cooked to your desired texture, remove them from the heat or the oven and let them cool slightly. Serve the cooked mangoes as desired, either on their own, incorporated into recipes, or used as a topping or filling for various dishes.
Enjoy your cooked mangoes made from rehydrated freeze-dried mangoes!
Freeze-Dried Mango Cubes
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.