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Freeze Dried Fruit - A Good Sugar Free Snack

Updated on August 16, 2014

Brothers Fruit Crisps Product Review - Diabetic Snack or Emergency Food Supply

This week, we discovered Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps - a healthy freeze dried snack food with no sugar added. It's our first experience with freeze dried food, and frankly, we weren't expecting much.

We tried the variety pack so we could test several freeze dried fruits at once. With a husband who is diabetic, and has several other health issues, I'm always on the prowl for special treats like this that satisfy his dietary requirements.

We live on the coast, and I also saw these freeze dried fruits as a candidate for adding to our hurricane emergency food supply.

As a result, one of my projects for this year is to further investigate dehydrated foods and freeze dried meals. Read on, and come along as this little quest to find the best freeze dried food begins with a simple box of freeze dried fruit.

(Photo credit: Above photo is my own)

Brothers Freeze Dried Fruit - is a healthy snack food for diabetics and dieters

I recently ordered Brothers-ALL-Natural Variety Pack Crisps on a whim, hoping to find an acceptable healthy snack food for my diabetic husband.

Neither of us had ever tried any freeze dried food before, as it just never sounded appetizing. Hubby was particularly dubious, but agreed we should at least give it a try.

We were pleasantly surprised - he really liked these sugar free snacks!

Brothers-ALL-Natural Fruit Crisps, Variety Pack, 12 Count, Pack of 2
Brothers-ALL-Natural Fruit Crisps, Variety Pack, 12 Count, Pack of 2

Brothers-ALL-Natural Variety Pack Crisps are competely sugar free, except for the naturally occuring sugars in the fruits themselves. There are no preservatives or other additives used in the freeze drying process.

Best of all, they really are tasty, and satisfy the snacking urge.

This product is a real winner in my book!

 

"Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Try picking from the rainbow of colors available to maximize variety."

- The American Diabetes Association

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We Tried Brothers Fruit Snacks

And - Surprise! We really like them!

The variety pack was perfect for my husband and I to try, as it allowed us to sample three different types of freeze dried fruit. Here's which ones we each liked, in order of our preferences.

ME

#1 - All-Natural Asian Pear Crisps

#2 - All-Natural Strawberry/Banana Crisps

#3 - All-Natural Fuji Apple Crisps

HE

#1 - All-Natural Strawberry/Banana Crisps

#2 - All-Natural Asian Pear Crisps

#3 - All-Natural Fuji Apple Crisps

I am anxious to try the Peach and the Pineapple Crisps!

UPDATE: April, 24, 2012

Tried the Pineapple Fruit Crisps this past week. They're my new #2 favorite!

Image is PD Clipart from OpenSource, modifications mine

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Nutritional Information

Always check for nutritional values!

For those concerned about the content in these freeze dried snacks, here is the informtaion from the packages. Where there are differences between the Apple, Pear, and Strawberry / Banana, I have given ranges that include all three.

PER SERVING (one bag):

Calories: 35 - 45 (Calories from fat: 0)

Total Fat (Saturated and Trans fat) 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 0 mg

Total Carbohydrates; 9 - 10 g

Fiber: 1 - 2 g

Sugars: 6 - 7 g ***

Protein: 0 - 1 g

*** These are the naturally occurring sugars in the fruits themselves. The sugar content of these freeze dried fruits are actually somewhat lower than that of their fresh counterparts. Fruits are part of the diet for diabetics recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

You can check the nutritional content of various fresh fruits and fruit juices at Calorie Count. There, you will see, for example, that one medium (fresh) apple has about 18 g of sugars.

Brothers-All-Natural Mixed Berry Crisps - 0.39-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 24)

These freeze dried snacks are available in a nice variety of choices!

Next, I want to try some of Brothers Mixed Berry Crisps. I recommended Brothers freeze dried fruit to my sister in law, who lives in another state, and she really liked the mixed berries.

This variety is pretty popular, and sometimes goes out of stock, so grab it while it's available. Otherwise, just keep an eye on it, or sign up for notification of a new batch.

UPDATE:

We've tried these, and they are really good!

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Be Prepared to GO

with Brothers Fruit Crisps

We're adding Brothers Freeze Dried Fruits to our hurricane supplies list.

I've put a few packets in our bug-out or go bags. We'll keep an extra 12 pack (or two, or three) in our emergency food supply for hurricanes and other emergencies.

Since hurricane season is six months long - June 1 through Nov 30 - we'll change them out into active food supplies at the beginning and end of each season, giving them a six month rotation.

This is not a particularly long shelf life food product, it has a stated shelf life of a year, so it is not a great choice for survival or long term emergency supply/ But we LIKE IT, and a six month rotation should be more than adequate for our annual hurricane food supply and go bags.

Photo credit: Above photo is my own

Freeze Drying vs. Dehydrating

What's the Difference?

What is the difference between freeze dried food and dehydrated food? What are the similarities?

While I am no expert, I am learning, and here are some of the things I have learned through a lot of recent reading and research.


Food Dehydrator: 1935

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SIMILARITIES of dehydrated and freeze dried food:

Both are easy to cook.

Both can be stored much longer than fresh foods.

Both are lighter, more compact, and easier to store and transport than fresh or canned.

Both preserve nutrients.

Here are a few of the DIFFERENCES:

Freeze drying generally preserves more of the taste and aroma.

Dehydrated foods are usually unseasoned single-ingredient foods. (example: rice)

Freeze drying is used for entries, complete with all ingredients and seasonings. (example: beef stroganoff)

Freeze drying is more expensive, while you can easily dehydrate single foods at home.

Brothers Fruit Crisps are, however, a single-ingredient, ready-to-eat food that are freeze dried. I suppose, the freeze drying accounts for the taste and aroma. You reall smell the strawberries when you open the packge.

Dehydrating Your Own Foods - I've Been Looking - Have You?

Admittedly, I haven't gotten this far into dried foods or food storage yet, but I have found that you can affordably do your own dehydrating. It's something I may do in the future, and here are some of the available dehydrators I have looked at - in case you are in the 'looking' stage, too.

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Bid on a Dehydrator - Ono eBay Today

You'll usually find a variety of food dehydrators being auctioned on eBay. Sometimes, you'll get a better price there, so place your bid now.

Do you see a special benefit to freeze dried fruit? What?

Have you tried these, and if so which fruit did you like best?

If not, do you think you might be trying them in the near future?

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Living in the warm state of Florida, sometimes I feel freeze dried and need to be rehydrated. Seriously! I do love freeze dried fruits - particularly apricots.

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Good snack and it always available in the supermarket. It will be interesting to try to prepare my own, though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Freeze dried snack are healthy and tasty. Thought I freshen up that blessing with some angel dust. :)

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Useful information on freeze dried fruits. It is a good snack because it's healthy and low in cholesterol.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @MelonyVaughan: thanks.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Excellent tips and ideas.

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      interesting lens

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      GreenMind 5 years ago from USA

      Love this -- I try to eat well and this is a big part of my diet!

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      Ellen de Casmaker 5 years ago from Powell RIver BC

      I have never tried freeze dried fruit but I am going to. It looks like a good natural snack

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      raincoats 5 years ago

      The pears sound great! I've never tried freeze-dried fruit, but I always love new healthy snack options. :)

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @AliciaMae: You are correct about the naturally occurring sugars in fruits, which are a recommended part of the diabetic diet. And that anyone on a special diet should always follow the advice of their doctor and nutritionist.

      However, in researching, I find that the sugar content of these snacks is reported as lower, not higher. I have added a section on the nutritional content in response to your comment, and for anyone else who may have wondered about that.

      Thank you for the suggestion!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Certainly a great idea of a sugar-free snack. Sounds a lot healthier than grease fried potatoes! :)

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      AliciaMae 5 years ago

      sugar-free and no sugar added are two completely different things - fruit have sugar in them, and so would freeze dried fruit...diabetics should check with their doctors as to how the sugar content of the freeze dried fruit (which is probably higher than in the fresh fruit due to crystallization and retention of the sugars) affects their condition before eating them!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I didn't know there was such a thing as freeze dried fruit and would sure give it a try and it sure is a great addition to your hurricane survival kit. I love your picture of the 1935 food dehydrator!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Interesting lens - nice work.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Freeze dried fruit is some pretty tasty stuff! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      jackieb99 5 years ago

      I love the strawberries!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good one on fried fruit - I am always looking for healthy snacks

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great foodie lens!