Freeze-dried blueberry powder – such a delicious and healthy treat! In this post, we explain what freeze-drying and powdering berries really means in practice, and why it’s such a great way to preserve the best delicacies of the Arctic nature.
The process of freeze-drying – the crucial part of making freeze-dried blueberry powder
To understand what freeze-dried wild blueberry powder is, let’s start by explaining the process. Drying (or dehydration) is a typical method for preserving foods such as fruits, legumes, mushrooms that remove most of the water in the food. The end result of this process is literally your food product minus water, which helps to extend the product’s lifetime.
Blueberries, just like any other berries and fruits, can be dried in multiple ways, including heated ovens (oven drying), under the sun (sun drying), and freeze-drying. In freeze-drying, the first step is to snap-freeze the freshly picked berries in extremely low temperatures usually below -80C.
Next, the berries are placed in a vacuum chamber, after which the berries are slightly warmed. In this way, the ice that has formed around the berries transitions into vapor and evaporates.
Freeze-dried blueberry powder is found to have higher nutritional value than heat-dried berry powder. The method of freeze-drying also preserves the flavors and the intense dark blue color better than the heat-drying technique.
From freeze-dried berries to freeze-dried berry powders
So, how do the freeze-dried wild berries turn into powder? After freezing and dehydration, the berries are simply very finely ground. No sugar or preservatives are added – the powder is 100% wild blueberry! In the last step, the freeze-dried wild blueberry powder is packaged in moisture-free bags to ensure ultimate freshness and preserve the delicate taste.
Freeze-drying and powdering are one of the most effective ways of preserving berries for multiple reasons. First, it extends the lifetime of berries from a few days to ~two years. Second, it creates a concentrated format of berries that is easy to use: a tablespoon of wild blueberry powder equals a handful of fresh wild blueberries!
Last but not least, the process of freeze-drying and powdering berries preserves almost 100% of their nutritional value, including a high amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and natural fibers.
Freeze-dried wild blueberry powder vs. blueberry supplements & blueberry extracts
Blueberry powder, also called bilberry powder, is an excellent alternative for blueberry extracts and blueberry supplements. While blueberry extracts and supplements typically contain also other ingredients than just blueberry, wild berry powder superfoods are typically made of 100% berries – no preservatives, sweeteners or anything else added.
Another reason to go for wild blueberry powder instead of blueberry extract or blueberry supplement, is that wild blueberry powders are usually made using the whole berry, including the nutrient-rich skin, seeds, and flesh. The blueberry supplements and blueberry extracts, instead, are often made using just one part of the berry, making them less nutrient-rich.
Wild blueberry powder gives you get the same health benefits as from the blueberry extracts and blueberry supplements. It has some additional benefits: you actually get to enjoy the unique flavor of blueberry and the beautiful color it gives to your food.
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In conclusion, the freeze-dried blueberry powder is the best berry powder option, thanks to preserving the exceptional nutritional values, flavors and beautiful color of the blueberries. The difference between freeze-dried blueberry powder and heat-dried blueberry powder is quite dramatic.
All of Arctic Flavors wild berry powders are freeze-dried and made only from the best quality berries. Check out our wild blueberry powder, as well as our wild lingonberry powder and wild sea buckthorn powder – all freeze-dried!
We are planning to write another post explaining why freeze-drying is the best way of preserving berries. Stay tuned!
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