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Our Process

Fresh from the Farm to Your Family

How Fresh Essentials Foods are Made

Fermentation, pickling, smoking, dehydration, and canning of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and meats have been the standard food preservation methods for centuries. Most are still popular today, along with dozens of other ways to stabilize food, including freezing, vacuum drying, partial dehydration, oxygen replacement, and freeze-drying. All are effective, but only a few preserve naturally while maintaining optimal nutrition and flavor.

Fresh Essentials products are grown, harvested, prepared, and package to bring foods to your family at their peak of flavor and nutrition. Our methods begin at the farm, continue to preservation and packaging, and end at your table.

1. Farm Fresh Ingredients

Before our delicious Fresh Essentials foods find their way to your family, they start as fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, meats, and dairy carefully and painstakingly grown. Our suppliers understand the Fresh Essentials standard of excellence and work hand-in-hand with farmers and ranchers to provide the finest of pure, naturally-grown foods to become Fresh Essentials snacks, side dishes, sweeteners, seasonings and meals.

Much of the fresh produce in stores is actually harvested many days, or even weeks before they are ready to eat. This produce ripens in refrigerated containers and cool rooms at stores until they are ready for public consumption. Besides the significant compromise to taste and nutrition that these harvest and transport methods cause, the incidental waste that occurs is as high as 40%.

Unlike foods harvested for sale in markets and grocers, Fresh Essentials fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak of ripeness. They are prepared, preserved and packaged immediately, capturing all the flavor and nutrition of fully ripe and fresh fruits and vegetables. And because they leave the farm ready to eat, they go in the package ready to enjoy, with little wasted product in the process.

So when we say Farm Fresh, we mean as fresh as possible… often fresher than “fresh.”

2. Naturally Preserving Flavors and Nutrition

Our mission at Fresh Essentials is to bring your family quality foods preserved for your convenience and ease-of-use, while still delivering all the taste and nutrition of fresh foods. That’s why we utilize several preservation methods that are 100% natural, with no additives or preservatives, that maintain many of the qualities that make fresh foods so desirable.

Several of the Fresh Essentials family of foods are freeze-dried. In the freeze-drying process, freshly prepared foods or fresh fruits and vegetables are flash frozen, then placed in a vacuum where the moisture evaporates without thawing. The result is perfectly preserved food that contains 98% of its original nutrition. And, because as little as 1% of its water content remains, freeze-dried foods weigh a fraction of what they did when fresh.

Few preservation methods maintain the full flavor of fresh foods as well as freeze-drying, while also delivering almost 100% of their full nutritional value. Plus, unlike other methods, freeze-drying does little damage to the food’s shape, structure, or chemical components. That’s why freeze-dried foods deliver more of their beneficial vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber and carbohydrates. What’s more, freeze-dried foods are often as delectable as fresh foods, even while still in their freeze-dried state. Upon rehydration, however, the flavors, smells, and textures return almost entirely. Best of all, when properly packaged, freeze-dried foods can sit on a shelf without refrigeration, preservatives or chemicals for many years without degradation. For these reasons, many Fresh Essentials foods are freeze-dried.

Freeze-drying is not the only preservation method we employ, however. Many times dehydration is preferred. For example, while freeze-dried grapes are sweet and crunchy, raisins–or dehydrated grapes–have many other qualities that make them perfect for other uses. Dehydrated bananas, peaches, apricots and other fruits also have many desirable qualities, as do several dehydrated dairy products, as well.

In addition, most herbs and seasonings are at their very best when fresh. In order to preserve their flavors and aromas, partial dehydration and vacuum packing combine to keep them “semi-fresh” with a longer shelf life.

These methods are among several used by Fresh Essentials to assure we provide wholesome foods, naturally preserved, that deliver great taste and superior nutrition.

3. Packaged for Convenience, Ease, and Long-term Storage

Fresh Essentials combines state-of-the-art, all natural preservation methods, with significantly better packaging processes to ensure our foods stay fresh and nutritious for months, even years longer than ordinary products.

This begins with the packages themselves. Pouched products, like fruit snacks and soups, are sealed in foil-lined bags that keep out both light and oxygen, protecting the contents from their damaging effects. Powders, like Honey and Peanut Powders, come in resalable, heavy grade polypropylene that can be used and reused repeatedly. Other products in jars and tubs contain oxygen absorbers to keep contents fresh long after they are opened and until the last scoop has been used.

Your enjoyment of these Fresh Essentials products is our primary concern. That’s why, from the farm, to the factory, to your family, great care is taken to assure your complete satisfaction in quality, flavor, and shelf life.