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Saturday, August 22, 2015

In my search for healthy crunchy things to snack on, I came across freeze-dried veggies and fruit. I ordered a variety of them a few days ago, and today my package arrived. In it were freeze-dried corn (yum), peas (odd), carrots (yuck), spinach (really weird), mango (yum), pineapple (yum and odd), and bananas (weird).

The texture for most is crunchy but airy and kind of marshmallow-melty. The flavors are quite true since there is no added sugar or flavoring. And part of the oddness comes from the crunchiness turning into sticky-pastiness in my mouth after being munched on for a bit.

I think I will be polishing off the fruit and the corn and peas as snacks. The carrots and spinach, I'll have to use by hiding in omelettes and soups; I can't really tolerate them on their own.

The hub and kid laughed at me today. I joked that this is how astronauts eat, and made them try some - and then laughed at some of the faces they made. The hub might toss some of the fruit into his evening yogurt, but otherwise I'm not going to need to worry about sharing my new space-age snacks!
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    Maybe you could trehydrate the spinach and carrots before using them in omelettes, otherwise, they might pull too much moisture out of the omelette. I vaguely remember using freeze dried food items when I went hiking years ago and the texture back then of the items ranged from okay to yuck as well. Maybe you could look into making your own dried snacks. Good luck with the freeze dried adventure. emoticon
    2064 days ago
    You can make your own, thin slice (mandolin blade) sweet potatoes, yams, or zucchini, and bake slow, 250 degrees until they are crisp enough for you, and sprinkle sea salt, paprika, pepper, what ever you like. They don't make a lot unless you start with a really large amount, dried/crisp reduces the bulk, but they are good.
    2067 days ago
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    2068 days ago
    Ha ha! Very cute! I order from a Japanese coop, and in their catalog yesterday I saw some vegetable "chips" as an alternative to potato chips. What you wrote here today sort of reminded me of the photo in the catalog. I'm sure they weren'tt freeze-dried but were either baked or fried, and they were still recognizable as carrots, sweet potatoes, and .... I can't remember what the others were because I wasn't too interested, but I think eggplant was one of them. Eggplant chips sound even weirder than freeze-dried spinach, don't you think?

    Anyway, I applaud you for searching for healthy things to munch on, and I love your pithy product reviews of each fruit. Sounds like the freeze-dried corn was the winner.
    2068 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/22/2015 3:47:03 AM
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