As you might figure out, we are all about healthy living and when it comes to preserving our food we are no different. We have received so many emails lately asking about healthy food preservation that we decided to let you in on our favorites.
These are the three methods of preserving food naturally without adding any preservatives and will prove most healthy for you.
1) Freezing - One of the most common forms of food preservation is freezing. It works by reducing the temperature to a degree that it reduces the water activity to prevent microbial growth. This form of food preservation is so common because it is so simple, only requiring a freezer, and works with a wide range of foods. Generally by freezing food products you can increase their preservation up to several months. You can freeze food products longer, however it requires extremely low temperatures of zero degrees Fahrenheit or less which most freezers cannot achieve.
2) Drying / Dehydrating – Dehydrating or drying is one of the oldest methods of food preservation that dates back many years to sun drying. The concept behind food dehydrating is very simple, remove the moisture from the food and the growth of bacteria can be controlled. However, it must be completely dried or bacteria will grow and your food will spoil. This process is simple, requires very little space, and all you need is a food dehydrator. Most people like the dehydration method because the drying process drains the excess fat from the foods making them rich in carbohydrates and fiber, and loosing very little nutritional value.
3) Canning – Canning is a popular yet more complicated method of preserving food. It involves cooking your foods and sealing them in sterile cans or jars, and boiling the containers to kill any remaining bacteria. Their are many factors that if not performed correctly will result in an unsuccessful attempt. Factors such as humidity, altitude, the region in which you are located, the nature and quality of the food, the air/space left in the jar, and even the shape of the jar all play a vital role in being successful at canning. To successfully attempt canning you will need a canner, a canning kit, and quality canning jars. Depending on which foods you are canning, you will need to do some research as to the best methods for them individually.
There you have it. These are our three favorite methods of food preservation. They are fairly simple and allow your food to retain most of the nutritional value.