If astronauts eat it, why shouldn’t you?

Freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are astronauts favourites because it retains all the nutritional value and flavour of ingredients. Also, it’s easy and safe to store, prepare and consume.

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti prepares her lunch using the space food rehydrator aboard the International Space Station. © NASA
European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti prepares her lunch using the space food rehydrator aboard the International Space Station. © NASA

Did you know that freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are astronauts favourites?

You might say it is so because spaceships don’t come with kitchens (completely true), but the main reason why these foods are so popular among space explorers is because they retain all the nutritional value and flavour of ingredients while being easy and safe to store, prepare and consume.

And who wouldn’t agree that easy and stress-free meals will be on every menu of tomorrow?

The Future Foods products are made with fresh and natural ingredients that go either through a process of dehydration (which removes moisture from ingredients) or freeze-drying.

The latter, technically known as lyophilisation, is a process in which water is removed from a product after it is frozen and placed under a vacuum, allowing the ice to change directly from solid to vapour without passing through a liquid phase.

Both these methods are excellent for preserving a wide variety of products and ingredients, maintaining their characteristics and providing an extended shelf-life.

Also, they make the most delicious snacks (to eat right away), and meals just by adding boiling water.

Besides being super tasty, The Future Foods are so easy and quick to prepare that you can even do it in zero gravity conditions or simply in the comfort of your own kitchen!

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