Purchasing freeze-dried meat in buckets is an economical way to purchase a large supply of meat. With freeze-dried meat, you have to keep the buckets somewhere cool, but not necessarily inside of a freezer, allowing you to build up a supply of food more efficiently. Additionally, freeze-dried food has a shelf life of decades, so you don't have to worry about how quickly you consume the meat.
With freeze-dried meat, it is important to know how to prepare the food when ready to eat it properly.
Tip #1: Do Not Boil the Meat
It is essential to understand that your freeze-dried meat is not raw meat that was frozen. Freeze-dried meat is meat that is already cooked. By boiling the freeze-dried meat in hot water, you will overcook the meat. When you overcook the meat, it will develop a dry and rubbery taste to it, which will not be that pleasant.
Tip #2: Hydrate the Meat
To create freeze-dried meat, the meat is first cooked, and then the meat is frozen. While the meat is frozen, the water is removed from the meat using a sublimation process, which turns all the moisture inside the meat into steam. When it is time to use freeze-dried meat, you will want to rehydrate the meat.
When it comes to getting freeze-dried meat ready to be consumed, you should soak it in room temperature or cold liquid to hydrate the meat. You are going to want to use an equal portion of liquid to meat. So if you have two cups of meat you want to rehydrate, you will want to use two cups of liquid.
Tip #3: Get Creative with the Liquid
Next, since it is already cooked, you will want to get creative with the liquid you use to rehydrate the meat. You will want to use the hydrating liquid as a method to add moisture to the meat while also adding flavor.
For example, if you are making enchiladas with the meat, add some enchilada sauce to the liquid that you soak you the meat in. If you are making chicken noodle soup, add some rosemary, thyme, and bouillon to the liquid mixture. You will want to add the spices and sauces you would usually cook the meat into the liquid you are using to hydrate the meat. This will enrich the meat and make the meat tasty.
Tip #4: Don't Worry About Using Too Much Liquid
Finally, don't worry about using too much liquid to rehydrate your meat. The meat will only absorb the amount of fluid that it needs. It will not become soggy if you soak it in too much water; you will have liquid leftover. When the meat is rehydrated, pull it out of the liquid, and pat it dry with a paper towel, and add it right into your meal!
Buying buckets of freeze-dried meat is an affordable way to purchase a large quantity of meat you can enjoy and use for a long time. When it comes to preparing freeze-dried meat, always use cool or room temperature liquid, and be sure to add spices or sauce to the liquid to give the meat more flavor.
For storage and emergency purposes, consider storing anywhere from 1 to 12 freeze-dried meat buckets.