At Food Storage Made Easy, we are strong advocates of using your food storage on a regular basis so that you can rotate through it, as well as learn how to use it in your regular cooking. So to help you out with that, we wanted to share with you a list of ways we like to use our freeze-dried vegetables. Don't just let those cans or buckets sit in the basement until there is an emergency! Also keep scrolling down because we are announcing a HUGE sale on Chef's Banquet Vegetable Buckets just for Food Storage Made Easy readers.
Some veggies are great to snack on straight out of the can. Corn is a favorite among both kids and grown-ups. It tastes a little bit like popcorn without all the added butter and salt. Yum!
If you love making smoothies and want some added nutrition, you can throw in some green veggies along with your fruit to make your smoothies even healthier. Our favorite is freeze-dried spinach because spinach spoils so quickly.
Freeze-dried veggies are perfect in soups and stews where they will just rehydrate while the soup cooks. You don't have to purchase and chop up individual items, so it's easy to get a large variety in your meals.
Freeze dried veggies are great for making homemade baby food in a snap. You simply grind up your selected vegetable in a food processor and add water until you get the desired consistency. So much cheaper and healthier than store-bought baby food. The best part is you can keep the powder in your diaper bag and make up only a small amount and not worry about wasting a half bottle of uneaten food while you are out and about.
Do you love eating potatoes but hate peeling, dicing, boiling, mashing them, etc? With freeze dried potatoes you can make hashbrowns, potato salad, funeral potatoes, or even mashed potatoes in just a few minutes. Perfect for a last minute pot luck side dish.
Most people don't realize that you can cook up freeze-dried vegetables and flavor them just like you would regular veggies and use them as a side dish. We've found freeze dried green beans to be very similar to frozen green beans, and much better than canned. Simply rehydrate, heat up, and serve.
If you have picky eaters you may find it hard to get them to eat vegetables. If you stick vegetables in a food processor you can make a nutrient-dense powder that can be sprinkled into lots of main dishes, especially ones with a lot of color and flavor already such as spaghetti sauce. Experiment and see what you can sneakily get your kids to eat!
Any vegetable that needs to be peeled and/or chopped can be replaced with a freeze-dried vegetable and be a huge time-saver. Some of our favorites are onions, celery, and peppers.
Have you ever bought a whole green pepper when you just needed half of one for a recipe? Or had a bunch of celery go bad after you only used 2-3 stalks? With freeze-dried vegetables you can use ONLY what you need to for a recipe and can save money by not having as much waste.