Jul 6, 2023
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.
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.
Freeze-drying your candies is easy, especially when you use a Harvest Right freeze dryer.
Freeze-drying Sour Skittles generally take about 24 hours, but this will depend on several factors:
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.
If you don’t have a freeze dryer, you can easily do it with dry ice. What you’ll need is:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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