Dried foods are those that have been prepared and stored without any changes to their nature from their original state. Such foods retain a lot of vitamins and nutrients and thus are a good source of nutrition for the people who do not eat a lot of fresh food or those who have a habit of eating fast. They are also used by the travelers as they can be stored for a longer period of time and are easy to carry. These foods are prepared in airtight containers and are stored in air-tight conditions for a considerable length of time before they are finally consumed.
Dried foods are dried in a manner that allows the free radicals and the bacteria that exist in the air to be removed. Drying is a process of food preservation where food is dried by means of low heat under high pressure. Low heat causes a chemical reaction that changes the monounsaturated fat content into an omega-3 fatty acid soft dried mango. Drying also inhibits the growth of yeast, fungi, and bacteria through the elimination of water present in the food. It also slows down the process of spoilage through evaporation. However, all these benefits are obtained only when the food is exposed to low temperatures and is dehydrated in the presence of air circulation.
Dried fruits are one of the oldest examples of dried foods that have been used for centuries. They were discovered by the ancient Egyptians who dried the fruit in the sun over a wide area. The dried fruit was then dried and used as food preservation. Dried fruit can be used to replace dried vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and squash. They are also used in cooking to add flavor to vegetables and fruits.
Dried fruits can be stored in air tight containers, either on your counter top or in your basement. They have high moisture content and thus can retain their quality and nutrients for a longer time period when kept at room temperature. There is no need to store them in your fridge since they maintain their freshness for up to 3 years. If you wish to extend their shelf life, you may add some salt or oil to enhance their shelf life.
Dried foods are moisture free once they are dried. If they are kept in your freezer for long periods of time, they may lose their shape. If you do not want your dried foods to loose their shape you should store them in your freezer for a longer time period.
You can prevent spoilage of dried foods by following few simple tips. After you have finished dehydrating food, leave it for some days to let the flavors develop. You can also store them in your refrigerator for some days to allow some moisture to escape. If you do not allow any air or moisture to come in contact with the food, you can expect the shelf life of your dried fruits or vegetables to last for a long time. Following these tips will help you preserve your dried foods for a longer time.