Plain chicken is not that interesting and you don't want it in a soup, casserole or pot pie as you would have too many other ingredients. What you really want is to have a good idea of what freeze drying might do to meat ........
.... especially when you might have strange ideas in your head about the whole process.
It's really not a scary process and it's much better for you than dehydrated!
We do our chicken salad different ways depending on the group. Sometimes just the freeze dried chicken, freeze dried onion and freeze dried celery. Other times we will add freeze dried mangoes, or freeze dried raspberries. Other times we will use craisins and/or nuts.
|Chicken Salad with Craisins|
One of the other nice things we do is make our own mayonnaise. Of course we use Thrive whole egg powder.
|Francesca's fresh mayo|
2 Tbs plus 2 tsp Vinegar or Lemon Juice (or combination)
2 Thrive Whole Powdered Eggs (reconstituted)
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Mustard
1 tsp Sugar
2 Cups Safflower Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In a food processor add the vinegar and/or lemon juice with eggs, salt, mustard and sugar. Pulse several times until everything looks well blended.
With the processor running add the oil in a THIN stream. It is important to add the oil very slowly so that it will properly emulsify and stay that way. If the mayonnaise becomes too thick it can be thinned out by adding small amounts of water, a little at a time. I have not had to do this as it's been perfect every time. Not bragging, it's just that simple.
Since this mayonnaise does not contain any preservatives it will keep in the refrigerator for only about five days.
I wondered if this mayonnaise would freeze as it's made with egg powder and not fresh eggs. NOPE! I tried.
Sometimes I'll pulse in a few cloves of fresh garlic (I'm Italian - so I can't resist) and/or some other herbs. I have blended in tomato powder to use on chicken panini sandwiches.
Feel free to be creative. I highly recommend everybody play with their food!
The more we can save money, feed our families nutritious food, prepare ourselves and our friends and neighbors the better off we ALL are.