How to Make Freeze Dried Candy
Freeze dried candy is one of the most innovative ways to preserve and make candy last longer while keeping its texture and flavor intact. This modern method of preservation involves freezing the candy and then slowly reducing the atmospheric pressure while evaporating the water through sublimation. It is a rather easy process, but a bit time-consuming.
Below, we’ve included a step-by-step guide on how to make freeze dried candy, as well as some FAQs at the end.
Supplies You’ll Need to Get Started
Before you get started making freeze dried candy, you’ll have to gather a few supplies. These include:
– Freeze dryer
– Airtight container
– Vacuum sealer bags
– Vacuum sealer
Step-by-Step Guide for Making Freeze Dried Candy
Now that you have everything you need to make freeze-dried candy, it’s time to start the process of making it. Here’s how to make freeze-dried candy:
**Step 1**: Remove the Pre-Cut Vacuum Seal Bags
Cut the vacuum seal bags to fit the machine you will be using. Make sure they are large enough to hold your candy pieces.
**Step 2**: Add Candy Pieces
Add your candy pieces into the vacuum seal bags once they are cut to size. Make sure you do not overfill the bags. For best results, try to set them in a single layer. If it’s a bulk candy like gummies, set them on top of each other, but avoid overlapping so that they all get equal exposure to the freeze drying process.
**Step 3**: Seal the Vacuum Sealer Bags
Using a vacuum sealer, seal the bags tightly to remove all air. This will ensure that the candy will freeze in a vacuum and avoid oxidation and moisture making the candy stale.
**Step 4**: Freeze the Sealed Candy Bags
Place the sealed candy bags in the freezer to freeze overnight. This will freeze the candy solid, allowing it to preserve its shape during the freeze-drying process.
**Step 5**: Set the Freeze Dryer to Optimum Settings
Once the candy is frozen, you can start the freeze-drying process. Set the freeze-drying temperature to the recommended setting for your freeze dryer’s size and type. Ensure that the candy pieces are spaced properly apart in the machine for maximum exposure to the airflow.
**Step 6**: Place the Candy in the Freeze Dryer
Place the sealed candy bags in the chamber and close the unit. Switch on the freeze dryer and allow it to run until the candy pieces have been completely dried. The time it takes to freeze-dry candy depends on the type and size of the candy. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a day. For best results, check on the candy periodically to monitor progress.
**Step 7**: Remove the Candy and Package for Storage
Once the candy is properly freeze-dried, it’s time to remove it from the freeze dryer. Remove them from the vacuum-sealed bags, and you will notice that the candy is now completely dry and crispy. It is now ready for storage. Place in airtight containers or vacuum-sealed bags to keep them fresh for a longer period.
FAQs About Freeze Dried Candy
Q. How long does it take to freeze-dry candy?
A. The time it takes to freeze dry candy depends on several issues, including the size of the candy, the type of the candy, and the device being used. The process can last anywhere from a few hours to a day.
Q. Can you freeze dry all types of candy?
A. Yes, you can freeze-dry any type of candy. If it’s hard candy or candy with sugar coatings or fillings, you may have to coat them with cornstarch or proteins for a smoother texture so that the moisture is entirely eliminated in the freeze-drying process.
Q. Will freeze-drying remove the candy’s flavors?
A. No, freeze-drying doesn’t remove flavors. This is the main reason why freeze-dried candy is so popular since the candy’s flavor is preserved throughout the process.
Q. How long can freeze-dried candy last?
A. Freeze-dried candy can last for years when stored appropriately. It is essential to keep it at room temperature and avoid exposing it to moisture, direct sunlight, or any other heat sources.
Q. How do you store freeze-dried candy?
A. Store freeze-dried candy in an airtight container or vacuum-sealed bags to avoid contact with moisture, direct sunlight, or any heat source.
Freeze-dried candy is an innovative way to preserve your favorite candy for a longer period, without losing its flavor and texture. The technique may sound complex, but it’s pretty easy to implement. With the guide above, you can now preserve your candy and enjoy it later, without worrying about it going bad. Remember to store it in an airtight container or vacuum-sealed bag to keep it fresh for a more extended period. Happy freeze-drying!