Freeze Dryers

Freeze drying changes the way you do preservation for long-term storage. Unlike other preservation techniques, freeze-drying allows you to maintain all the nutrients while preserving your food for long periods. It’s a better option than canning, as there are no alterations to the taste of your food. Now, freeze-drying isn’t just for food. It’s also a technique used in drying and curing cannabis. What takes weeks to months can be cut short to as few as 24 hours.

Benefits of Freeze Drying

  • Retains nutrients and taste without altering food
  • Maintains the appearance and appetizing aroma of food
  • Allows conversion of freeze-dried food into powder for cooking
  • Extends shelf life of food significantly
  • Quick and easy rehydration by adding water
  • Preserves nutritional content effectively
  • Versatile applications in recipes and as seasonings
  • No need for preservatives
  • Minimal flavor alteration, retaining natural taste
  • Helps reduce food waste by preserving excess produce

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Frequently Asked Questions

A freeze dryer is a machine that helps you preserve food by removing as much moisture content and while retaining its physical characteristics. In effect, you get a longer storage life without altering any flavors.

Freeze drying entails three steps: freezing, primary drying, and secondary drying.

Freezing entails taking your starting material to a temperature between -20 and -40 degrees Fahrenheit for rapid freezing to avoid the formation of large crystals, which can ruin your product.

Primary drying seals your food or buds in a vacuum to vaporize ice crystals without evaporating them.

Secondary drying involves raising the temprature of your starting material to a higher level than in the primary drying stage, and a lower pressure is applied to further remove the residual moisture

The end result of freeze drying is a dry, stable material with a long shelf life. Freeze drying removes water from a material by sublimation, which means the frozen water is converted directly from a solid to a gas without passing through a liquid phase. This process preserves the material's structure and properties while removing the water, resulting in a product that retains its original shape, size, color, and nutritional value.

A freeze dryer costs anywhere between $2,400 and can go up to almost $950,000 for industrial-capacity machines. They might not be cheap machines, but having one will improve productivity in food preservation or cannabis curing and pay for itself quickly.

Cannabis growers will also greatly benefit from using freeze dryers to cure their buds. For one, you can have cured buds in days instead of weeks. You save on space, as you don’t need a dedicated room to dry and cure your buds for long periods. If you like making bubble hash, a freeze-dryer quickly removes the moisture, which takes days to dry. By freeze drying, you let your hash dry faster and in a more controlled environment, which retains flavor qualities. And because the environment is controlled and done faster, you can use these dried buds and hash to extract high-quality live rosin.

Due to the diverse range of applications for freeze dryers, certain manufacturers such as Harvest Right have dedicated efforts to develop specialized freeze dryers specifically tailored for cannabis and herbal-related purposes.