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    Freeze Dry Your Own Food? Here's an Option.

    I've been looking at doing my own "Freeze Drying" and have done a bit of research on this company. Any ideas, suggestions or input?

    We Dehydrate but after analyzing the costs, it really doesn't pay off in my opinion. You can buy from some of the larger Long Term Food Processors like Auguson Farms, Wise Foods, Mountain House etc much cheaper than doing it yourself in bulk.

    Does the same apply to Freeze Dried?

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    The idea of freeze drying has always been of interest to me. Always thought the cost
    would be serious coin and guess I'm right for my situation. While $500 off is wonderful,
    make me wonder what the starting price is (didn't bother going farther than first page).
    Before a SHTF event, I think it would be very useful for a farmer/prepper who can
    freeze dry his own foods. Same for a prepper group.
    After a SHTF event, it would be especially useful for food preservation, but ability to
    supply power for a freezer and vacuum pump motors might be difficult enough to make
    it near useless.
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    Price is way out of line IMHO. Maybe if you have a big group to off set the cost. If you watch the Glenn Beck network they are advertised on his programs daily.
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    Another thing to consider is the packaging.
    The product has to be vacuum or nitrogen pack immediately after drying.
    If left to o2 atmosphere for ANY length of time it will begin to be compromised by moisture.
    To me, the only way to justify buying the equipment, which I considered years ago was to pack and sell it on the local commercial market.
    There is a lot of ancillary machinery needed to complete the process.
    Then comes the nightmare of health inspectors.

    Just for shits and grins, look at the price of a used Hobart slicing machine for the meats.
    They have to be cut thin to be dried properly.
    Meats have to be chilled right to 32 Deg. F for proper slicing.

    How about a UV sterilizer to kill any anaerobic bacteria post freezing, pre packing?

    A great idea, but for me it was impractical.
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    good thread
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    Good Gawd,those things are expensive!.saw the ad on some tv station and was wondering about them.thanks to Slippy for reminding me to look at them.definitely not in the budget.
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    Yes Sir MI OldGuy, For $3500 you would have to get at least 10 family's to pony up $350 each and then keep the machine going 24-7 just to pay for itself. I was shocked at the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slippy View Post
    Yes Sir MI OldGuy, For $3500 you would have to get at least 10 family's to pony up $350 each and then keep the machine going 24-7 just to pay for itself. I was shocked at the cost.
    Slip,you would make an excellent car salesman sir.
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    I'd LOVE to have one of those, but... yeah, it's a bit* on the expensive side...




    *and by bit I mean GAAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!!!!!
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    On the other hand, I have a friend who has a $120,000 race car setup (including hauler/motors/tools/etc), another friend who owns a $250,000 airplane, many friends with $30,000 fishing boats so... yeah, there's that too.
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