FAQ about Freeze-dry Preservation
Freezedrying is the process of drying animal or vegetable
material while it is in a frozen state. Moisture (ice crystals)
is removed as a gas, similar to evaporation. This process is
technically called sublimation.
What effect does it have on muscle tissue?
Because cells within the tissue are being dried while still
frozen the cells do not collapse and the muscle itself does
not collapse or shrink. The cellular structure hardens to
what could be compared to bulsa wood.
Why doesn't the meat and skin rot?
Moisture promotes the growth of bacteria. Once the
bacteria is absent then rot and deterioration is stopped.
We also use preservatives which are injected into the
meat and applied to the skin to safeguard against moths
and bug infestation just as is used in conventional
Why use the freezedry process?
Freezedrying in most cases leaves the muscle unaltered
throughout the drying process. Therefore the finished
product is anatomically correct. Muscle detail is retained
and looks just as it did when the specimen was alive.
Freezedrying also makes it possible to mount very small
and very fragile specimens and preserve them perfectly.
Is everything freezedried whole?
Please note that domestic pets are treated differently than
other mammals. This process takes somewhat longer to dry.
Some specimens are freeze-dried whole, others are skinned,
artificial bodies and are prepared similar to conventional
methods. But unlike conventional taxidermy, when
freezedrying, heads are usually left in tact. Fish, ducks,
pheasant, small game animals are either dried whole or at
least the heads are dried whole.
Is freezedry taxidermy going to cost more?
No. Anglers Taxidermy & Freeze-dry's prices are very
competitive and our quality is superior to conventional
Will my mounts last as long as conventional mounts?
Absolutely. We have been preserving specimens both
freezedried or conventionally for more than 25 years and
freezedried specimens will last you a lifetime with proper
cleaning and care.
Any questions we haven't answered here? Feel free to
send us an email with any other questions you might have.