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Mother Earth Packaging

OUR PACKAGING OPTIONS GIVES YOU THE LOWEST PRICES AND THE FRESHEST PRODUCTS

We want you to always find the best value in one of the choices we offer. When you choose Dried Vegetables, Dehydrated Vegetables, Freeze Dried Fruits, Freeze Dried Vegetables, Textured Vegetable Protein, or any other Food Storage products from Mother Earth Products, you can be assured that we will provide it to you in the safest, most preservable condition possible.

  • Small Sample Pouches: to test many products.
  • 2 Cup Pouches: for those that never use that much product.
  • Quart Size Jar: for those that enjoy seeing the product. These jars cannot seal and keep oxygen and light out (like the Mylar bags).
  • Quart Mylar Pouch: the very best packaging for freshness as they are sealed from the light and oxygen. Not packaged for long term storage, but sealed with moisture absorbent packs, and will be good on your shelves for many years unopened, or up to two years after opening. They have a zip top to reseal after each use.
  • 5 Pound Bulk: For those that use a lot of product or wish to repackage for yourself. This is packaged for you in a bulk plastic bag.
  • 15 Pound Bulk: For those who desire even larger savings. This is also packaged in a bulk plastic bag.

We offer you a variety of packaging options that not only can save you money, more importantly it preserves your product in the best possible way. All our packaging is FDA approved for food storage and handling.

Let’s start first with what comes standard with most of our products:

  • In each of our standards, every day use packages we place desiccant packages. These are non-toxic packages specifically designed to gather large amounts of any excess moisture that might infiltrate your product as you open and use it. As many of our customers live in high humid climates, this is critical. Never remove this packet. Leave it in the packaging until you have finished the product.
  • Two variables, out of the control of the manufacturer regardless of containers used and proper packaging procedures, are light and temperature. This is in the hands of those who store the product long term.
  • Air infiltration in your product is one of the biggest causes of your product degrading too rapidly. It is critical that packaging is properly sealed and kept that way.
  • Moisture infiltration in your product is another one of the biggest causes of your product degrading too rapidly. Here at Mother Earth Products, we understand that moisture is obviously one of the greatest enemies for Dried Vegetables, Dehydrated Vegetables, Freeze Dried Fruits, Freeze Dried Vegetables, Textured Vegetable Protein, or any other Food Storage product.
  • Products should be stored in a cool dark place. The optimum condition would be 65 degrees or less.

Mother Earth Products can’t make any specific warranties in relation to the life of the products, because those two variables are dependent on you. We can only pass on the propery techniques and industry standard recommendations.

Allergens & Ingredients

We receive inquiries as to the following:

  • What additives or preservatives are in our products?
  • Are they gluten free, or processed where gluten is processed?
  • Do they contain, or come in contact with any other high allergy items: yeast, eggs, nuts, dairy, etc.?

We understand that the answers to some of these questions are critical to the health and safety of your families. As such: we do not perform any initial processing/ manufacturing of these products. We purchase these products from their original manufacturers and repackage them as Mother Earth Products.

If any of our items are single items – dried vegetables, freeze dried fruits, beans, etc. – they are exactly what they are. There are no additives or preservatives of any kind. Dried carrots are carrots. Freeze Dried sweet corn is sweet corn. You can rest assured that all are just healthy, natural, and delicious fruits and vegetables. This is one of the main reasons these products work so well for healthy snacks, because unpolluted ingredients are our favorite dishes.

If any of our items are a combination of different ingredients – soups, entrees, or TVP – the ingredients are listed on each product page. You will be able to determine, then , what personal conflicts you may have with them.

Our facility does package almost every item we carry; so, there could be slight cross contamination between products: dairy, gluten, nuts, eggs, etc. We endeavor to be as careful as possible, because three of our owners have intolerances to dairy and gluten.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us through the Contact Us section of the website.

Product Preparation Guide

There are "General Guides" to preparing our products. We have a variety of recipes on our Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

General Guidelines for rehydrating Dehydrated Products
  • 1/2 cup of Dried Product will usually rehydrate to one full cup
  • Add 1 part product to 2 parts water, when mixing in with a recipe (if you wish to cook these as a side dish, you might want to change the amount of water for each 1 part of dry product).
  • Simmer 10-30 minutes based on the product and taste.
  • Check liquids for the final consistency.

General Guidelines for rehydrating Freeze Dried Products

  • 1/2 cup of Dried Product will usually rehydrate to less than one full cup.
  • Add 1 part product to 1 parts water when mixing in with a recipe (If you wish to cook these as a side dish, you might want to change the amount water for each 1 part of dry product).
  • Simmer 10-20 minutes based on the product and taste.
  • Check liquids for the final consistency.

General Guidelines for rehydrating TVP Products

  • 1/2 cup will rehydrate into one full cup
  • To hydrate, add 1 part warm water to 1 part Product, by weight, and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Add the hydrated TVP into your formula, or recipe, to partially or completely replace your meat.
  • The optimal level of hydration varies with the application.

General Preparation Guide for Pre-Cooked Dehydrated Beans

  • Add 1 part Dried beans to 4 parts water
  • Cover and simmer for 10-30 minutes - based on personal preferences.
Difference Between Freeze Dried & Dried

  1. The Processes: Freeze Drying uses a process of sublimation, which is expensive, labor intensive, and done in a professional atmosphere. Sublimation is when a solid, like our peas, changes directly to a vapor without first going through the liquid, or water, phase. During the freeze drying process, the freeze drying is controlled to keep the product temperature low enough to avoid any changes in the dried product appearance or characteristics. So, basically our freeze dried peas look the same, or very nearly the same, as fresh green peas, but the liquid has been removed from it without changing the shape and overall look of the peas. Dehydration removes water or moisture from our food product, like our peas, usually with the presence of heat, which forces the moisture out of the peas, but doesn't cook the food. Dehydration is something that can be done at home under the right conditions, and there are dehydrators that can be purchased.
  2. Finished Product: Freeze drying preserves the overall shape and taste of the original food, and the result is a lightweight (and sometimes fragile), crunchy, and crispy product that can be eaten without rehydrating. Dehydrating causes the product to shrink or shrivel, making it a more hearty, leathery, and tough product, and it general needs to be rehydrated before consuming.
  3. The Taste: Freeze dried foods have a tendency to be crunchy and flavorful, right out of the bag. Dehydrated foods are usually pliable or leathery, and cannot be eaten (with the exception of fruits) without reconstituting itself or in a recipe.
  4. Moisture Content: Freeze drying removes 98-99% of moisture, and dehydration remove 90-95% of moisture.
  5. The Weight: Freeze dried foods weigh a lot less than dehydrated; however, freeze dried foods are more fragile and need to be stored carefully, or they will easily become powder or get squished easily. Dehydrated foods are substantial, compact, and do not break down as easily.
  6. The Cost: Freeze dried foods are more expensive than dehydrated foods due to the involved, labor intensive, and expensive equipment used to freeze dry fresh or IQF fruits, vegetables, beans, etc.
  7. Cooking: Freeze dried foods can be eaten out of the package, if desired, or if they are reconstituted, they only need water. Dehydrated foods need to be cooked (with the exception of the fruits), and could take minutes to hours to cook, depending on the product.
  8. Children and Eating: Freeze dried foods are extremely kid friendly, and will be eaten without any issue, right out of the packaging. Some kids, who have issues with textures, love freeze dried fruits and vegetables because they're crunchy and flavorful. Dehydrated foods are typically harder for children to eat right out of the packaging, without rehydrating it first. And then, the dehydrated food will most likely go into a family friendly dinner, entree, casserole, or soup recipe.
  9. Space: After freeze drying, the products retain the look and size of the fresh; so, it will take up more space. It is also easily crushed; so, it needs to be stored carefully. Dehydrated foods shrink and are of a tougher constitution than the freeze dried; so, it is easily stored in large bulk and is compact.
  10. Shelf Life: Freeze dried foods, because so much moisture is removed from it through the freeze drying process, is said to last a little longer on the shelf, in ideal conditions, than dehydrated. Dehydrated foods, due to the drying process, have more moisture left in the product, which can make it more susceptible to moisture than freeze dried, when stored in ideal conditions. A lot of a product's shelf life is determined by light, temperature, and quality of seal the package (what we call the Big Three) of product has. Regardless of what your store, it will last if you keep it carefully and with awareness of the Big Three.

Sources:

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/348/348-597/348-597.html
https://www.thereadystore.com/food-storage/8376/dehydrated-vs-freeze-dried-food/
http://www.spscientific.com/freeze-drying-lyophilization-basics/
https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/apollo-to-the-moon/online/astronaut-life/food-in-space.cfm
http://www.offthegridnews.com/off-grid-foods/dehydrated-vs-freeze-dried-food-whats-best/
http://www.wildbackpacker.com/backpacking-food/articles/freezedrying-dehydration/
http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-difference-between-freeze-dried-and-dehydrated-fruits.htm
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