One bulk bag contains the equivalent of 33.5 ounces of fresh Raspberries. Net weight of 5.5 ounces of freeze-dried Raspberries.
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 raspberries, follow these instructions:
1. Enjoy as a Snack: Freeze-dried raspberries 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 Raspberries (Optional): If you prefer a softer texture or want to use them in recipes that require plump raspberries, you can rehydrate the freeze-dried raspberries. Here's how:
- Place the desired amount of freeze-dried raspberries in a bowl or container.
- Add enough warm water to cover the raspberries 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 raspberries can be used in a variety of recipes:
- Baked Goods: Add freeze-dried raspberries to muffins, cakes, cookies, or bread. Simply break them into smaller pieces and incorporate them into the batter or dough. Adjust the recipe accordingly to account for the additional moisture from the rehydrated raspberries, if applicable.
- Desserts: Use freeze-dried raspberries as a topping for ice cream, yogurt, or pudding. You can also crush them into a powder and sprinkle it over desserts like cheesecake or mousse.
- Smoothies and Beverages: Blend freeze-dried raspberries into smoothies or use them to flavor water, lemonade, or cocktails. They add a vibrant color and tangy taste.
- Sauces and Dressings: Crush or powder freeze-dried raspberries and use them as an ingredient in sauces, salad dressings, or vinaigrettes. They provide a unique fruity flavor.
4. Storage: If you have any leftover freeze-dried raspberries, store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Properly stored, they can last for several months.
Note: Rehydrated raspberries will have a softer texture compared to freeze-dried raspberries, but they still retain their flavor. Adjust the quantity and cooking time in recipes based on your preference.
Enjoy the tangy and vibrant taste of freeze-dried raspberries in snacks, desserts, and various culinary creations!
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.