How To Freeze Dry Sour Skittles

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Freeze Dried Candy

What’s the next best thing to Skittles? Sour Skittles, of course! We’ll show you how to freeze-dry Sour Skittles, so you have a tasty snack. No more worrying about the sticky, melted crust and jaw-breaking gumminess, even if you’ve had it stored for years.

Is Pre-Freezing Necessary?

Some pre-freeze, and some don’t. If you’re going to pre-freeze the candies, use the freeze-dryer trays for convenience. Not only does it make transferring the Sour Skittles easy, but it also cools down the tray to prevent sudden temperature changes.

Pre-freezing will depend on how strong your freezer is. What’s important is you don’t open the freezer door until the candies are completely frozen.

How long the candies freeze will depend on your freezer, the amount of food in the freezer, and the weather.

How To Freeze Dry Sour Skittles

Freeze-drying your candies is easy, especially when you use a Harvest Right freeze dryer.

  1. Turn on your machine and let it prep itself. Then, choose whether or not your Sour Skittles are pre-frozen.
  2. Depending on your unit, you can choose the “Candy Mode” setting. This way, you don’t have to adjust freezing and drying temperatures as well as time.
  3. If your candies are pre-frozen, set your freeze dryer to pre-cool for 15-30 minutes.
  4. When the freeze dryer’s ready, it will tell you to close the valve and load the trays.
  5. Place the trays inside the freeze dryer, close the door, and press continue.
  6. Your freeze dryer will work on itself to dry your Sour Skittles.

How Long Will Freeze Drying Take?

Freeze-drying Sour Skittles generally take about 24 hours, but this will depend on several factors:

  • Weather
  • Room temperature where your freeze dryer
  • If your candies are pre-frozen or not
  • If you have other food or candies freeze-drying at the same time.

freeze dried sour skittles close up shot

Freeze dryers have sensors that signal if the food is dry or not. The freeze-drying time can take longer if you have food that lasts longer than Sour Skittles.

How Do You Freeze Dry Sour Skittles With Dry Ice?

If you don’t have a freeze dryer, you can easily do it with dry ice. What you’ll need is:

  • Freezer proof bags
  • Dry ice – (ratio will be 1lb of dry ice to 1lbs of Sour Skittles)
  • Ice chest with holes on the top

Holes are important to help the gas escape during the process. Many experienced explosions in their ice box. To freeze dry Sour Skittles using dry ice:

  1. Place the candies inside the bag. Take out as much air as you can, then close the bag. Leave a slight opening for the gas to escape.
  2. Arrange the bags on the bottom of the ice chest evenly. A single layer will do.
  3. Cover the bags with dry ice
  4. If you can’t punch holes in the lid, leave a bit of opening using a pencil.
  5. Wait for 24 hours for the Sour Skittles to freeze dry.

Some freeze dryers recommend that you put the ice chest inside the freezer. This is to help the dry ice last longer until the candies are freeze-dried.

How Long Does Freeze Drying Take?

Freeze drying can take about 24 hours or less, but that depends on several factors. One is the outside temperature where you’ve set up your freeze dryer or the weather. The hotter the room or weather is, the longer the freeze drying.

Another is if you’re freeze-drying Sour Skittles alone or with other candies or food. Freeze dryers have a general sensor and can’t let you know if one tray is dry before the other. So, if you freeze-dry the candies with other treats that take longer to freeze dry, you’ll be extending the dry time.

Another is if you pre-froze or not. On a pre-setting, pre-freezing in the freeze dryer can take about 8 hours. Harvest Right freeze dryers have a candy mode pre-set, and some say this cycle is enough.

How Will I Know They’re Ready?

You should get Sour Skittles that are dry, crumbly, light, and crunchy. Some even say that they get lighter to by almost a third. If you see some candies still soft and gummy, put them back, then add 1-3 hours extra drying time.

several pieces of puffed up freeze dried sour skittles

How Do Freeze-Dried Sour Skittles Taste Like?

Freeze-dried Sour Skittles hold the taste and flavor of non-freeze-dried ones. Some even say they have twice the flavor. They’re very crunchy and easier to chew that they’re very addicting.

They’re so tasty and sour, you just can’t get enough. Next thing you know, your bag’s empty. You’ll find that you can make it fast enough for your kids or grandkids.

How Will I Store The Freeze-Dried Candies?

Mylar bags are the best option for storing freeze-dried Sour Skittles. They’re lightweight and don’t take up much space, so you can take them for trips, hiking, and backpacking.

Mason Jars are good for both long-term storage and on-demand access. Just keep them away from heat and light, and your candies will last for years.

Before you seal them, make sure to add oxygen absorbers. How many? Use one to two 300cc packs for every gallon of your container (not food weight).

If you’re certain your Sour Skittles won’t last for even the day, air-tight containers are good. This way, you can easily get your sweet fix without cutting out bags or fighting the vacuum seal of the lid.

How Long Do Freeze-Dried Sour Skittles Last?

As long as you store them properly and keep them in a dark room, they can last for 25+ years. Storage room temperature must be 72°F (22 °C) or lower to keep them from going stale.

Who are you giving your freeze-dried Sour Skittles to? Let us know in the comment section!

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