For an upcoming trip, ditch the coolers, the ice, and all the accoutrements that make a picnic or road trip complicated. Instead, opt for a more convenient (and in many cases) fresher option — the best freeze-dried food. With so many different options, it is hard to know what is the best. Mercer Foods has your guide to selecting food that will nourish and satisfy on your next road trip.

Fresh freeze-dried produce

Freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are perfect for snacking and accompanying meals. They also retain all of the original vitamins and minerals. In the case of many fruits, they retain vitamin C very well. Additionally, the freeze-drying process does not require any added sugar. With produce, the sky is the limit. If you can think of a fruit or a vegetable, the chances are it can be freeze-dried. For more on the diverse health benefits of freeze-dried food, check out this blog post.

Satisfying freeze-dried meals

For more than just a snack, there is a wide variety of freeze-dried meals available. Some require the use of boiling water, while others simply need fresh, cold water. Freeze-dried meals are adored by backpackers across the world for their winning combination of low weight and high taste. From beef stroganoff to minestrone, there are plenty of culinary options. Creating custom meals is also a popular option. Many enterprising bloggers and freeze-dried connoisseurs have created menus and meals out of freeze-dried components.

Delectable freeze-dried desserts

For the more traditional dessert lover, there is the classic astronaut (or freeze-dried) ice cream. This unique, crunchy dessert provides a sweet finish to any meal. For something a bit healthier, it is hard to go wrong with a delicious freeze-dried strawberry. And just like its traditional counterpart, freeze-dried yogurt is a healthy treat that anyone can enjoy.

Mercer Foods is the premier producer of freeze-dried food. Our custom-designed freeze-drying machines create delicious and well-crafted food every time. If you have an idea for a product, or would just like to learn more, get in contact with us. If you have any great freeze-dried meal ideas, let us know about them on Twitter or Facebook.