True.True by far on the price for any size of those Golden Harvest vacuum foods freeze dryer systems.
I’ve watch a number of videos and pick this one as the guy did seem to addresses that, the pro and cons, and show long term storging in glass jars with metal lids caps. Solving the plastics problem.
Not saying I’m pulling the trigger quite yet myself.
Still . . . . that emptied freezer I pictured shown. … got that way by me dumping out ~500 pounds of foods.
For a long time my wife’s family had FOUR chest freezers. One each for previous years meats. Another for previous years vegetables and fruits. Then another pair emptied for the upcoming years new fruits, vegetables and new meats. They fed a base of four people out of those. Gifted frozen foods to visiting relatives. Gifted foods to needing in the surrounding community - had to be families with children.
Those gifted out sealed in double wrapped freezer papers, and double plastic bags. They thought this was much better overall for the time efforts spent versus the their lifelong previous heavy heat process canning in jars.
Gifted out food never more than 50% of those expensive glass jars ever came back.
My older sisters family branch went heavy from heat jars canning into freezing using Seal-a-Meal systems. Those sealers were tricky to use. Wore out needing replacement. The plastic sealer bag stocks very specialized, and expensive, A one-use then landfill trash system.
And those big capacities home freezers while not gross energy gobblers . . . it does add up. At our current grid rates that were 7 cents a kW/hr now crept up to 11 cents a kW/hr works out to an average of $5.00 to $9.00 a month per freezer, annually. Once the second of Wife Melinda’s parents passed-on I immediately cut back to only using two chest freezers.
Then my huge mistake was moving them out of house into an old building “Freezer shed”.
The idea you would once a week restock the in-house refrigerator freezer section. Well that seldom happened. And I’ve dumped for the chickens; and buried hundreds of pounds of ten year old foods. Then Freezer burnt and tastes changed. What a crying shame waste of power, plastics, let alone the hours and hours foods prepping to store.
So in relationship to the Wife’s every 4-6 weeks hair dresser appointments . . . me buying $1,000+ electrical generators; another rifle; another pistol . . . other fellows spending out on streets hot-rods, weekly Lotto tickets and stadium sports enthusiasms a Golden Harvest machine purchase can seem sensible.
The actually BIG downside as I see it is the processing time/caspacity. In a two year later video he shows the newest as of this year; up to 30 pounds a cycle oversized XL Golden Harvest model. Better at a 24-30 hours in-process cycling time. So figure a realistic 40 hours cycles for trays clearing to jars; internal and trays cleaning up and sanitizing. So four: 25-30 pounds a week in make-storable capacity.
When many of the fruits in particular, or meats acquired, slaughtered, you will have a once a year hundreds of pounds needed to get done NOW, in 2-3 days at the most.
Hot jars canning that can be done.
Wrapping/bagging freezing that can be done.
So a vacuum freeze dryer as a could be used some-times addition. . . . that is when the buy-in is hard to justify in my mind.
Now that is really Living a Good-Life puzzling out these decisions!
Vesus the true plastic lives most are sucked up into now. Sheez. The home all-entertainment packages most of my family now contrast and compare are $200.+ a month. $2400. a year to be captivated mesmerized for a quarter of each and every day!
That set of new 20-22" wheels and tires bought just to look Kaw-ool. $2400.