WHAT WE DO:
WHAT SETS US APART:
- quick and easy to prepare
Our products do NOT include any:
- chemicals, such as preservatives, colourants, flavourants
The Raw Food Company was founded in May 2013 by sisters Renette & Lizelle. Although originally intended as a convenient alternative to fresh fruit & vegetables, for daily use by busy people, hikers soon realised the advantages of dehydrated vegetables, spurring Renette on to create tasty ready-mixed-meal recipes.
After Getaway Magazine’s test kitchen gave it top score for the best hiking meals in 2014, the small, family-run business really took off.
Renette since had to leave her brain child – with a very heavy heart! She and her husband are now raising their lovely son in the United Kingdom, from where she’s constantly testing new ideas for The Raw Food Company.
In 2016 Getaway Magazine ,once again, rated they’re products the best hiking meals in South Africa. Lizelle has since left her position as a tutor at a centre for special education, to run the business full-time. She has been joined by her husband, Jullian, who went on early retirement from a career in Hospitality & Education. Together they are passionate about this unique venture & satisfying the culinary needs of hungry adventurers, including hikers, trail runners, cross-Atlantic sailers and AfrikaBurners.
Our products are ideal for :
- hikers, travelers and other outdoor sports people, who need quick, but tasty meals, which won’t take up a lot of weight, preparation time or space;
- households without electricity or freezing facilities, as dehydrated products last for months, if stored in a dry, airtight container;
- students or small households who want to include vegetables & fruit in their meals, but do not wish to buy a big variety of fresh produce, which could spoil before being consumed;
- busy professionals, who do not have much time for preparation and cooking;
- the elderly, wishing to eat healthy, but cannot keep a wide range of fresh food, nor have the energy for cooking every day.
- people who find themselves in unfortunate situations, such as natural disasters and pandemics, where fresh food products are difficult to secure.
THE DEHYDRATION PROCESS:
The dehydration process produces a form of preserved food, with most of the natural nutrients still retained in the product. The fruit and vegetables lose around 95% of its weight and some of its size, as water is removed. This intensifies the taste of the product. To re-hydrate, water is added and the vegetable or fruit swells up to its original size (or close to it). Some re-hydrated products, like carrots, still have the crunchy texture of fresh carrots, while others become chewy, but not soggy.