I recently had the opportunity to try out Honeyville Grain’s freeze dried apples and blueberries. Honeyville Grain has a variety of high-quality, freeze dried products, as well as a large selection of flours, grains, and mixes. They focus on creating delicious, shelf stable lines of dried food storage foods, mill and manufacture the finest baking ingredients, and offer the best wholesale pricing for production needs.
Honeyville Grain’s freeze dried products can be placed in long-term food storage and 72-hour kits. But what I love the most is that the products can be used for camping and everyday cooking!
My family tried the freeze dried fruit right out of the can when we opened it, and it tasted great! The fruit is a perfect snack right out of the can. I then decided to try out the freeze dried fruit by making an Apple Blueberry Muffin recipe. I’ve made this recipe before, but I wanted to compare the taste of fresh fruit versus freeze dried fruit.
The recipe called for a 1/2 cup of blueberries and 1/2 cup of apples. All I did to re-hydrate the freeze dried fruit was to add 3 parts water to 1 part fruit and allow it to stand for approximately 20 minutes. I then drained the water and added the fruit when the recipe called for it.
Apple Blueberry Muffins
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup apples, diced
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray the muffin cups with a non-stick spray.
2. In a large bowl, beat the egg. Then beat in milk and melted butter until well combined. In another bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients until moistened. Gently fold in vanilla, blueberries, and apples.
3. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Bake for 22-26 minutes until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center pulls out clean. Let muffins cool, then enjoy.
The muffins were delicious with the freeze dried fruit! You wouldn’t have known that I used the freeze dried fruit because it tasted like I used fresh fruit from the store. Of course, the kids just ate up the muffins!
Honeyville Grain’s freeze dried fruit is dried at its peak ripeness, preserving the flavors and nutrients at their best. This ensures great tasting fruit every time its re-hydrated. No nutritional value is lost during the freeze-drying process, which means you still get all the great health benefits of fresh fruit. And the best part of it is that the fruit is packaged with no sweeteners, additives, or preservatives.
Thanks to Honeyville Grain, two Saving Cent by Cent readers will each win a small can of Honeyville Freeze Dried Strawberries. The canned, freeze dried strawberries will store for about 10-15 years. Once opened, it has an average shelf life of 12 to 18 months. To enter the giveaway use the Rafflecopter form below:
Honeyville Grain provided me with free samples of its freeze dried fruit and in return I wrote a review. Honeyville Grain also is providing the two winners of this giveaway each with a free small can of strawberries. The giveaway ends June 21, 2013 at midnight MST. It is only open to U.S. residents. The winners will be notified by e-mail and have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.