Giveaway: $150 of Freeze-Dried Food from Harvest Right

April 18, 2016
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When I was a kid, freeze dried foods seemed magical. They looked like their fresh counterparts, but when you bit into them they were typically crisp and a bit crumbly. The one my sister and I liked the best was the freeze dried ice cream (aka astronaut’s ice cream), because it was such a sweet treat.

Harvest Right freeze dryers

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When I started preserving food and was researching all the various ways to do it, I looked into what it took to freeze dry food and discovered at that time, it just wasn’t something that could be done at home. The machines cost tens of thousands of dollars and were far bigger than anything I could fit into my apartment-sized kitchen.

Harvest Right packaging

However, in recent years, a company called Harvest Right has entered the market with a freeze dryer that’s scaled and priced for home use. While not cheap, it allows home users to preserve food in a way that makes it light, easily storable, and still delicious.

Harvest Right apple slices

I’ve not had a chance to try a Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer myself (sadly, this machine is still a bit too big for my little apartment), reading this post over on Our Best Bites made me itch to take one for a spin. However, I have had a chance to try some food dried in one of these magical freeze dryers and I’ve found them to be flavorful, texturally interesting, and really fun to eat.

Harvest Right freeze-dried bananas

For today’s giveaway, Harvest Right wants to give one lucky Food in Jars reader a chance to try some food preserved in their Home Freeze Dryer. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win $150 worth of food dried in a Harvest Right machine (to maximize your chances, make sure to enter using all the different options)!

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280 thoughts on "Giveaway: $150 of Freeze-Dried Food from Harvest Right"

  • I would absolutely enjoy trying a variety of freeze dried foods as I have severe dietary restrictions and fruit/vegetables are one of the only things I’m able to eat eat! Being able to freeze dry food would give me more options and variety to my super limited diet!

  • This would be a perfect way to preserve all of the fruit from our trees! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  • I would love to try freeze drying as a way to preserve produce since shelf and freezer space are limited!

  • I’d use a freeze dryer to preserve fruits and veggies from our garden, and from farmers markets. I don’t know much about freeze drying, but I’d like to learn.

  • I just love the option of having freeze drying any of my fruits and veggies I don’t freeze or can so I can have more shelf/freezer space.

  • I saw the post on Our Best Bites too. By the end, I was ready to buy. Until I saw the price tag. I would still love one. I’d love to play around with freeze drying fruit and veggies. And maybe some ice cream too.

  • This would be so awesome for preserving foods for the future. I do a lot of drying but there is no question that freeze drying is superior in taste.

  • I’d pretty much try to freeze dry everything! Well, at least try different fruits and vegetables, and maybe a meal or two to try to take backpacking.

  • I would defintately want to dry strawberries. I’ve made muffins with freeze dried strawberries just one time and they turned out great. Usually the fruit will be a bit heavy in muffins, which is always still good tasting, they just spoil faster. When I used the freeze dried berries though, the muffins were quite light and I didn’t have to worry about refrigerating, which is great when we’re camping.
    I wonder how tomatoes would do with this.

  • Would love to try this out, especially with all the summer produce we will have in the next few months. We can never get through all of it while it’s fresh.

  • Wow-this is really interesting. It looks like many more thngs can be freeze dried than you would think.
    this could open up a ton more preserving options.

  • It would be awesome to freeze dry because that would also avoid wasting some groceries when we can’t eat it fast.

  • I have tried a few freeze dried products and I thought it was pretty cool, would like to try it out for myself.

  • I would love to be able to freeze dry excess produce when it is in season! I like freeze dried food much better than canned.

  • I would love to expand my abilities to prepare fruits and veggies ahead of time for family trips and vacations, especially using freeze drying and similar techniques which save space and prepared well in advance.

  • I’ve been looking for a reason to justify one of these! I have some extraordinarily productive raspberry bushes and would love another way to preserve them. ?

  • This would be such a great tool for preparing food for vacations, last minute meals and a little bit of storage.

  • I’ve loved the idea of doing this at home as well. Especially since I have a son with food allergies. But it’s out of my price range. Thanks for this chance.

  • I have a big garden with lots of fruit trees. I would love to be able to freeze dry fruit for easy snacking on the go!

  • I have signed up for every give away they have had! I would love to have one – one day. They do have layaway options for those of you really interested.

    I would freeze most anything. Garden and fruit harvests especially since they spoil so fast and having them over the winter would be such a nice treat and not having to can all of it! wow.

    I was just in Whole Foods a week ago and was looking at the freeze dried fruits in their snack area – just a tiny bag cost $5-$7! yikes.

  • Freeze drying would be a GREAT way to store all the bounty of the season that I may not want to pickle or outright freeze.

  • I’d freeze dry food items we get in abundance. It’d be a great alternative to filling up the freezer.

  • I just planted what feels like a billion plants and being able to freeze dry my harvest would be amazing!

  • The exciting possibilities are endless when using it freeze dryer I would try everything from fruits vegetables meats it would be so much fun and healthy for my family!!

  • If there was a disaster freeze dried food would not spoil like food in a freezer with no electricity. The shelf life is very long. The food tastes good. I have had several freeze dried meals, they were tasty. I have wanted a way to freeze dry food for a long time. glad they have come up with a home model. I want one! We have fruit trees and a big vegetable garden to preserve , also want to put together freeze dried meals for when I don’t have time for cooking

  • I loved the astronaut ice cream also, first place we got it was Disneyworld! And everything I’ve tried since then has been great!

  • I’m going backpacking this summer and have been brainstorming ideas of what food to take with me that’s light and flavorful. Some freeze-dried goods would be perfect! I’d be the envy of the trail.

    Congratulations on your newest book!

  • My kids would love to snack on so many of the fruits. It would be a real time saver for me with packing lunches.

  • Your freeze-dried ice cream must have been a different brand . . . or you’re a little younger than I am! One family camping trip in the late ’60, we had some freeze-dried backpacking meals . . . the stews/pasta were apparently OK, because I don’t remember them, but the ice cream? Mostly sugar, VERY mild milk-chocolate flavor, and the texture of Styrofoam. Weirdest thing I have ever eaten, bar none.

  • This would be awesome for putting away foods for power outages and when I’m stuck in the house because of storms.

  • What? There are freeze-drying machines now for home use?! (Checks link.) Alas, still way out of my budget. One day, though…

  • I would love a freeze dryer to help preserve all the awesome seasonal produce to help me get through the long, dark New England winters

  • I would use it to prepare foods for our emergency supply — living in earthquake country, that is important!