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Freeze Drying – High-Quality Food Preservation

  • Richard W. Hartel
  • AnnaKate Hartel


The ancient Incan people used to store their meats and vegetables high on the slopes of the Andes Mountains in Peru. The cold temperatures froze the food and the low atmospheric pressures at the high altitudes dried the food out. The Incas were practicing one of the earliest methods of preserving foods: freeze drying.


Breakfast Cereal Cold Mountainside Freeze Food Andes Mountain Preserve Food 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard W. Hartel
    • 1
  • AnnaKate Hartel
    • 2
  1. 1.MadisonUSA
  2. 2.MadisonUSA

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