How to dehydrate and store food

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Here is Part 1, she has more on her channel, please check them out.

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January 05, 2009

This is part 1 of a 5 part series on dehydrating. Watch out for more videos to come on important topics like canning, and dehydrating fruits.

Video Breakdown:
-What type of dehydrator to buy (0:28)
-Ginger (1:24)
-Broccoli (1:49)
-Potatoes (2:21)
-Pre-treating and blanching potatoes (2:41)
-Sweet Potatoes (4:09)
-Lemons (4:55)
-Oranges (5:07)
-Zucchini and summer squash (5:20)
-Carrots (5:55)
-pre-treating w/ Lemon juice v. absorbic acid v. honey (6:26)
-Peppers (7:56)-Spinach (9:05)

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10 thoughts on “How to dehydrate and store food

  1. You can also use your oven to dehydrate. That way you are in control of what pans you use and you can do more at a time. You can also sun dehydrate but with chemtrails happening everywhere that might not be a good idea.

    I have more gardens this year then I know what to do with. I also have more and more people everyday asking me questions on how to do an organic garden. But with the Monsanto sponsored “Food Safety” bill before congress threatening to criminalize seed savers and organic farmers I’m not just over worked I’m stressed.

    If you care about our food supply and organic foods please write your congresspersons and senators and tell them the “Food safety” bill is a farce that only benefits multinational corporations and not the everyday American citizens!

    I am truly beginning to believe that they (multinational corporations create these emergencies to pass bills like this. This all came on the heels of the peanut contamination. Last year it was the bulk seed saver houses that farmers use in the midwest that were shut down for outdated machinery that could contaminate seed stock? So now farmers are being forced to buy Monsanto seeds. Also last year a lot of local laws in Cali. were passed to stop urban farming.

    The most radical thing you can do is stay home and grow food but be prepared they are coming after you!

  2. Great Informative post. I also appreciate the gardening link.

    As paul points out, this is likely something that we will all need to know and understand in the very near future. I already am planning my garden.

    Bread Makers rock!

    There is no comparison to the mass produced breads at markets.

  3. Yes, and for those who have the wherewithal to do so, now is the time to plan your gardens. Here’s a nice link for that if you’re inclined to keep track of it on the net:

    I use my Nesco 5 tray dehydrator to make beef jerky. Yummy and absolutely essential for camping trips. Because I make it, no mystery meat, no chemical preservatives.

    Another vital investment – a bread machine. I totally scored a Williams Sonoma at a garage sale for TEN BUCKS. That little darlin’ has paid for itself 10 times over over the last few months. I don’t know about other parts of the country, but a loaf of bread in the NYC area goes for $3-4 these days. When a 5 pound bag of flour goes for around that and you can get about 7 loaves of bread out of it, well, do the math. And just like the jerky, I know what goes into it, and it’s healthier.

  4. Thank you for the valuable information. The only thing is when I looked more losely into the Excalibur dehydrator, it is used with “teflex sheets” which consist of 6 coatings of Teflon.

  5. Thanks for sharing. I have been researching on organic gardening and plan on learning on how to can and dehydrate foods for longer storage. I think these skills are a must for today.

  6. This is a very useful posting. Thanks for this. Unfortunately, these skills may in fact come in high demand in the not too distant future. I’m sad to say that, but the direction our country is going is pointing to it.

    Thanks again! Paul

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