View Full Version : is freeze dried ("just tomatoes") considered a valid form of dehydration?
12-13-2008, 10:09 AM
i was given a gift of a number of "just tomatoes" freeze dried products: just peas, just corn, just mango, just cherries, just raspberries, just mango, just peach etc
wondering if these are considered as good as the traditional form of dehydration
12-13-2008, 10:54 AM
Yes, they're just as good as traditional dehydration. Maybe better, because they're not exposed to any heat. Fresh is usually better than dried, in general, though.
Enjoy your "just tomatoes" I love that brand and would be thrilled if I got some as a gift.
12-13-2008, 12:13 PM
Yum Yum Yum! I lovvvve the just blueberries! makes eating fruit so much more fun
12-13-2008, 12:36 PM
I think that this is actually kind of controversial- whether the treatment they get makes them still raw.
I always eat them though! I think they're fabulous, and they're even better because they're easy to take on the go.
12-13-2008, 04:48 PM
As far as I know they are as good as any frozen or dehydrated product. They are freeze-dried which as far as I understand is a combination of both processes.
I love your name by the way!
12-13-2008, 08:53 PM
The guy at my health food store has seen them being made. He said they are put in a big chamber and are puffed full of air. This is what makes them so lightweight and different in texture than dehydrated, but they are raw.
12-14-2008, 09:55 AM
We eat gobs of freeze dried stuff.
I even looked into buying a freeze drying machine but they are not affordable for the home user, LOL.
Yeah, as far as I can tell, freeze drying doesn't do anything to food to ruin the rawness.
12-14-2008, 12:39 PM
when i eat freeze dried pineapple, it still itches my mouth sometimes from the enzymes, like fresh pineapple!
12-14-2008, 12:49 PM
OK everyone, you all have to have a toothbrushing and flossing party tonight after feasting on your Just Tomatoes! Watch out for your teeth when you eat dehydrated food, because the sugar in dehydrated food gets more concentrated. I plan on living for a long long time, eating raw food for the rest of my life, and keeping all my teeth.
12-14-2008, 03:54 PM
so does that mean the freeze dried mango's, and strawberries at trader joes are good to eat?
I bet the different "just veggies" would be good to take with you to make a quick soup when you are not at home. Will have to try it!!! Am going to visit my son at Christmas and will be staying in a hotel (he has a rink a dink apt.) and this might be a good thing to have in the hotel room. I also have made the bell pepper crackers and blended them in a grinder~~probably would be a good base to add to the water with the freeze dried vege's.
12-15-2008, 01:47 PM
seems that there is nothing wrong with them
actually i prefer the texture of the regular dehydrating process myself
12-19-2008, 12:42 AM
I recieved my order today - and I've gotta say WOW!!
The ones I got (All organic)
Apples(taste like the apple chips that are cooked like potato chips MMM!!)
Mango - good
Mixed fruit - a nice mixture of different flavors
Strawberries - mmmm
Peas - good stuff
Corn - nice and sweet - mmmm
I placed a piece of apple in some water and rehydrated it. It had the texture of a frozen and thawed fruit, still had fiber - something I was skeptical of when eating it dry and powdery :)
Make sure you drink water with these, since they're naturally supposed to be full of water.
12-24-2008, 12:37 PM
i've noticed a great variation in the ripeness of fruit a person prefers. i tend to like fruit very ripe - seems to me it just get sweeter and more flavorful
though some people seem to value the crispness of a slightly unripe pear, say, over the flavor it gets as it gets riper and more juicy. not to mention the 'crispness' of a banana
trying to test a theory - can u all weigh in? my theory is that it's related to birth order - if you like slightly green bananas, are you by any chance first-born, or an only child? the idea being that as a first-born you get everything new and therefore like your fruit less ripe
12-25-2008, 12:24 AM
Interesting! I'm a first born and really don't like fruit. If I have to eat a banana, it has to be so green I can barely peel it. There is no other way I can eat them. I can eat apples and pears. Don't necessarily like overly ripe pears, but also don't like them so unripe that they are crunchy. I can eat a few cherries and strawberries from the garden. Sometimes a few grapes. I do like cranberries and grapefruit.
12-25-2008, 01:31 PM
I am an only, and don't like green fruit at all. if my bananas don't have freckles, I won't eat them. I also like my fruit at room temp.
01-23-2013, 04:42 PM
I am a first born and love fruit so much that I could live on only fruit!
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