Friday, 16 July 2021

Prepper food: 12 Ways to use freeze-dried pineapples

 Pineapples are one of the most popular tropical fruits in the United States. Unfortunately, fresh pineapples can be difficult to come by because they don’t thrive in colder temperatures.

Luckily, most health food stores now carry freeze-dried pineapples. Freeze-drying is a fairly modern method of food preservation that removes moisture without affecting the nutrient content of the fruit or vegetable. Freeze-dried foods also maintain their original shape, texture and color prior to freeze-drying.

Because of these characteristics, freeze-dried foods have become popular within prepper circles in recent years. Read on to learn about freeze-drying pineapples and incorporating them into your daily routine.

How to freeze-dry pineapples

Pineapple is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamin C, manganese and copper. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps you digest protein.

To prepare a pineapple for freeze-drying, start by slicing off the top to remove the spikey leaves. Slice off the bottom as well. You can then work your way around the fruit, removing the peel in short, clean slices.

Pineapple takes a while to freeze-dry because it’s packed with natural sugars and water. For faster freeze-drying, cut the peeled pineapple into small, equal-sized pieces. Load them onto the freeze-dryer.

Take note that freeze-drying typically takes between 20 to 40 hours, depending on the size and type of the food being freeze-dried. You’ll know the pineapple chunks are done if there is no moisture at all in the very center of each chunk. If it’s still moist, continue freeze-drying for a few more hours.

Store the freeze-dried pineapple chunks in an airtight container or a mylar bag. You can use them as-is but you can also rehydrate them by soaking them in water for 30 minutes. Just don’t use too much water so as to not dilute the flavor of the pineapple.

How to use freeze-dried pineapples

Here are 12 ways you can incorporate freeze-dried pineapples into your daily routine:

  1. Eat them as-is for a sugar-free treat
  2. Mix them with cookie batter
  3. Use them in a sweet and sour sauce for a chicken dish
  4. Make a stir-fried dish with freeze-dried pineapples, chicken and cashews
  5. Make a nutritious snack mix with freeze-dried pineapples, nuts and dried fruits
  6. Mix them with bread batter
  7. Crush and sprinkle them over muffins and cakes
  8. Toss them into a tropical fruit punch
  9. Stir them into cocktails
  10. Toss them into vegetable salads
  11. Blend them with other tropical fruits to make a smoothie
  12. Use them in place of fresh or canned pineapples

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