Moved back to VA from UT. Man I miss WinCo! Funny story, one time I was in WinCo, there was a lady walking around just in awe. I asked where she was from, she said PA. She said, "we don't have anything close to this where I am.".We buy Winco dried veggie soup in the bulk bin, buy the pound. also pick up some veggie soup mix from walmart. I add it to Ramen noodles when I'm camping or in the trailer. I dehydrated a lot 10-15 years ago but never used it. It is still around.
It's like dehydrated veggies were made just for soups. Almost no better use for them.
I have been to Winco twice. We have a new one 4 hours away from here. Most pricing I can beat locally if I look out for sales but, their normal pricing is fair.What do you look for at winco? There is one far away that i have stopped at but was not impressed. Could have missed something. I think it was cash only, bag your own stuff, charged for bags. An employee owned and enterprise.
...and freeze dried foods have a very long shelf life - often 20 years or more, but I think that dehydrated foods last, at most, a few years, depending on the food and the way you process it. Food dehydrators are relatively cheap - $100-200, but freeze dryers are in the $2,000 ball park.As it happered, I asked this question last night...dehydrated -vs- freeze dried, what's the difference?
MSN explains that freeze dried last longer because 98% of the water is removed, whereas only 80% is removed in dehydrated vegetables. Freeze dried is flash frozen and then exposed to a vaccum, which causes all the water in it to vaporize.