freeze-drying is a preservation process for fresh flowers,
fruits, and vegetables that maintains the natural shape and vibrant
of the botanical. Other methods of preservation are available
but do not compare in the ability to produce an incredibly
true-to-life product. Consumer Magazines and NBC Dateline
rated freeze-drying the best preservation method available
does it work?
We use the
most advanced computerized equipment in the marketplace first
to deep-freeze the botanical. Once solidly frozen, a vacuum is
applied to pull all the water out in the form of water vapor.
This process is called sublimation. Sublimation occurs when a
frozen liquid goes directly to the gaseous state without passing
through the liquid phase. The water vapor is then transferred
to a separate chamber, formed into ice, and removed. After all
the water is removed, the botanicals are slowly returned to room
temperature. This is a slow process and cannot be rushed. With
the correct procedures natural color, form, and flexibility are
obtained unlike other preservation methods. The results are well
worth the wait.
anything else done to the botanical?
wire to each flower
Yes, each flower
is pre-treated with an individualized, patented formula to help
lock in color and enhance texture and durability during the freeze-drying
phase. After this phase is completed, the botanical is treated
with a protective coating, which combats the effects of humidity
and sunlight (UVA rays).
long does it take?
No short cuts
are taken in our creation of the most natural and unique product
in the floral preservation industry. Each flower is considered
an individual work of art and handled with care throughout the
entire process. The average Bridal Keepsake, freeze-dried and
designed, is completed within 16-18 weeks.
& Reid Showroom
floral freeze-drying is a combination of science and design.
Sophisticated and expensive equipment is required! The technology
was originally created for the pharmaceutical and food service
industry and has been adapted to accommodate the special requirements
needed for creating natural looking, preserved botanicals. Knowledge
of fresh botanicals, manufacturing, and creative design are imperative
in the success of quality freeze-drying!
all flowers, fruits, and vegetables be freeze-dried?
botanicals may be freeze-dried! Thin-walled fruits, such as grapes,
do not freeze-dry well, and some flowers turn out better than
others depending upon their cell structure. For example, flowers
in the Daisy family have petals attached by very small sockets,
which sometimes do not hold up during the freeze-drying process.
Our pre- and post- treatments are essential in the process, aiding
in maintaining true color and texture. Greenery used in fresh
flower arrangements often turns a silvery gray when freeze-dried.
For our Bridal Keepsakes, we replace greenery with air-dried,
preserved stems or leaves of the same type to give a more natural
you recommended the best flowers for freeze-drying?
Yes, the following
flowers are especially beautiful when freeze dried:
of the Valley
is not comprehensive. Please call us at 800-742-9570 to ask
about other flowers not listed.
you like more information?
For more information
or specific questions, please contact
us. We love to talk about our unique process!