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  • How to Rehydrate Freeze Dried Meat?


    When you go camping or outdoors, freeze-dried meat is a great way to bring a more nutritious form of protein you could have otherwise used, and it tends to serve its purpose really well. Freeze-dried meats can be used by survivalists and sometimes even astronauts. But then comes the all important rehydration of freeze-dried meat. The task of rehydrating freeze-dried meat is quite involved, and you must follow to-the-point instructions to maintain the desired flavor and texture. It is not difficult at all to take meat, dehydrate it, and store it for future use. But then comes the task of rehydrating it. This article will help you get acquainted with the procedures of rehydrating freeze-dried meat. We will also be addressing commonly asked questions like "How do you rehydrate dehydrated meat?" and "How to rehydrate overcooked meat?

    The Basics of Rehydrating Freeze-Dried Meat

    you can return freeze-dried food to a more pleasing (and moist) state by soaking it in water for some time before eating it Here is a simple instructions on how to rehydrate freeze-dried meat:

    Weigh your portions of freeze-dried meat. Remember, it expands many times its original size when rehydrated.

    Place in a bowl and cover cold water. The goal here is for the meat to be submerged to allow for even hydration.

    Set aside, allowing the meat to marinate for roughly 60-90 minutes, frequently stirring to facilitate the water’s penetration.

    Then, when the swollen meat felt spongy and heavy, and had regained some of its original color and appearance, remove it from the liquid and allow it to drain. The meat should be as close to fresh meat as possible, with no water clinging to it. From there, it is ready to be cooked as usual.

    Bear in mind that soaking times are not exact, and the time it takes to rehydrate cubed dried meat versus strips will differ, as well as the difference between soaking dried sausages and jerky. Larger or thicker pieces of meat will need longer.

    Rehydrating Dehydrated Meat

    But what about more drastic desiccation – dehydrated meat? Can it be rehydrated too? It can. Dehydrated meat (which has been dried with heat rather than frozen) can also be rehydrated similarly to freeze-dried meat, though it might require a little longer to rehydrate fully compared with the freeze-dried kind – I don’t think I’ve even helped with the rehydration process because it’s so darn easy – and the dehydrated meat won’t necessarily regain its texture quite as well as the freeze-dried meat. But it can taste great once you’ve managed to rehydrate it.

    Rehydrating Overcooked Meat

    Occasionally you might have some food that has been overcooked: tried, but overdone. Rehydration of such food will not return it to its original state, but rehydration can increase the texture and palatability of the food. Here’s how I do it:

    Slice the overcooked meat thinly, The more surface area, the more moisture it can absorb.

    Make some good stock. You will be trying to extract as much flavour as you can from overcooked meat.

    Place the sliced overdone meat in the broth and simmer it for about 30 minutes so the meat will soak up the broth and become more tender.

    Simmer, then let stand for 10-15 minutes in the broth before serving.


    Whether freeze-dried, dehydrated, or overcooked, rehydrating meat is a lifehack to avoid throwing food away and improve your culinary skills. With the correct method and a little time, dried or overcooked meat will be palatable and satiating. The next time you get your hands on rehydrated meat, follow this guide and you will have a flavourful and satisfying meal.



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