In May 2020 a Derecho hit our town of Nashville, Tennessee. Winds of 70 miles per hour knocked down an enormous tree and took out the powerline into our neighborhood. Our power was out for nearly a week. We were able to borrow a generator from a friend, which saved the food in our deep freezer. But we realized there had to be a better way to store food than a constantly powered freezer.
We bought a freeze-dryer to figure out we could make shelf-stable food that still tasted good. Well okay, we ordered one waited three months for it to arrive and then another month because we had to send it back for repairs before we finally got started in September.
We quickly discovered there is not a lot of information out there about freeze-drying or what makes good freeze-dried food. We began testing different approaches and teaching our kids about the scientific method. This website is simply a diary of our tests.
We hope you find it useful.