Jul 6, 2023
Ever want to have chicken on demand but don’t have the time to always go to the grocery? Added to that, you only have a tiny bit of space in your freezer for stocking up. That’s mostly the problem why regular households can’t buy in bulk. Then it’s time for you to try freeze-drying chicken!
There are several reasons why you should freeze dry chicken.
This is the main reason why many freeze-dry their food. Freeze-drying poultry gives you the option to store them long-term without relying on cold storage. Packed, sealed, and stored properly, your freeze-dried poultry can last for 25+ years.
Just imagine having chicken that tastes as good as it is fresh anywhere you are. You can take them with you on camping trips, on long journeys, or even when you’re on vacation.
And did you know you can also freeze-dry cooked chicken? Yep, you read it. Freeze dry your leftovers or even a whole meal. Then when you’re ready to eat, just reconstitute the meat in hot water!
You’ll never know when emergencies can happen. When you freeze dry chicken, you have the confidence knowing that you or your family will always have food ready. Since they can last for years, you can gradually build your stock every time you buy food.
Did you know that you can freeze dry both raw and cooked chicken? Yes, you can! Separately, of course. You don’t want to risk cross-contamination. So whether you’re freeze drying cooked or raw poultry, here’s what you should do.
*Note: Handle this separately from raw chicken to prevent cross-contamination
Once your freeze dryer’s done its job, check out your meat. It should be dry to the touch inside and out. If there’s still moisture, put it back in the freeze dryer for another 2-3 hours.
You can use individual Mylar bags for your chicken for portion control. You can, of course, use big ones but make sure to vacuum-seal them to keep them good.
The good thing about freeze-dried chicken is that you don’t have to keep them in the freezer or fridge. You’re good to go if the Mylar bags are stored in a cool, dry, dark place.
We hear you. Good as it can be, it can be boring if you’re just taking out plain chicken. The good news is that you can be as creative as possible with your freeze drying.
One is to add in raw chicken along with other raw ingredients in the bag or jar before sealing. If it’s going to be a chicken stew or soup, this is going to be so convenient. Just open the bag and dump everything in the pot. You can get started cooking without reconstituting the ingredients.
But what if you’re too tired to cook or just want to have a no-brainer dinner? Then you can freeze dry cooked poultry meals. Place them in a Mylar bag with oxygen absorbers and . Then when you’re ready to eat them, just put in hot water. Do your thing for 20 minutes, then go back and dig in.
Ready to dig in to your stash? There are several ways to prepare your freeze-dried chicken for eating.
Freeze-dried chicken offers so many conveniences in terms of storage, supply, and ease of cooking. You can freeze dry it raw and cook it when you’re ready. Or you can freeze dry it cooked, so all you have to do is add warm or hot water to eat.
Have you tried freeze-drying chicken? Is it your favorite or not? Share your experience in the comment section. Ask away if you also have questions!