Preparing Fruit for Dehydration

Pretreatment Methods from Acid Dips to Checking Many fruits, especially apples, peaches, and pears, tend to darken during drying and storage. Pretreating preserves color. Pretreating by the steam blanch method also decreases loss of vitamins A and C and minimizes microbial spoilage and insect infestation. Figs and berries do not need… Read more“Preparing Fruit for Dehydration”

Banana Powder: How-to

Make Baked Goods, Yogurt, Smoothies, and Much More As the most consumed fresh fruit in the USA, bananas are a significant source of potassium. AND the peels are also usable in powdered form for many things, so you now have a Zero-Waste food! While it’s safe to assume that the tropical… Read more“Banana Powder: How-to”

Pumpkin Powder: How-to

Make Your Favorite Recipes from Pumpkin Powder November 13, 2016 Update: Two recipes are added below (both oven and dehydrator methods) for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. ___________________________ Pumpkin is one of the most popular flavors and rightly so. Pumpkin is a very healthy food-low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and… Read more“Pumpkin Powder: How-to”

Citrus Powders: How-to

Make Lemon, Lime, Orange or Grapefruit Powders to Use in Your Cooking Using lemon, lime, and orange citrus powders is a great way to enhance your cooking. And the best news? These powders have no artificial sweeteners, colors, alcohol, sodium, or preservatives.Got your own citrus trees? Store all that harvest goodness… Read more“Citrus Powders: How-to”

Ginger & Turmeric Powder: How-to

Make Your Own at Home for Health and Cooking Ginger and turmeric powders are not only great for enhancing the flavors of our foods, but many people like the nutritional benefits of these roots as well. Curcumin, the bioavailable nutrient in turmeric that is in the news, is not unique… Read more“Ginger & Turmeric Powder: How-to”

Celery Powder: How-to

Make Your Own for Salts and Seasoning Celery powder is an all-natural flavor enhancer that I use all the time. It is a dried, ground concentrate prepared from fresh celery used as a seasoning in blends like Beau Monde seasoning, low-sodium blends, and celery salt. Celery powder can easily be made… Read more“Celery Powder: How-to”

Quick Tips & Dehydrating Hacks Directory

~Your Questions Answered~ As one of the “Top 10 Food Trends to Know in 2016”, food dehydration is one of the most relevant and challenging ways to preserve food and dates back centuries. With the advent of electric food dehydrators comes more ways to preserve the harvest AND more questions. There… Read more“Quick Tips & Dehydrating Hacks Directory”

Whole Food Fruit & Vegetable Powders

What They Are & How to Use Them in Cooking Okay, I admit it. I am a person who has resorted to “sneaking” nutrition into my family’s diet (although I prefer the term “cleverness”). When it is cold and flu season and everyone is starting to sniffle, I make a… Read more“Whole Food Fruit & Vegetable Powders”

Storing Fruit & Vegetable Powders

How to Store Powders for Maximum Freshness For immediate use: Place the powder in an adequate-sized mason jar or other glass container with a moisture absorber (desiccant or silica gel packet) and store away from heat, damp (like steam), and light. Adding a few grains of rice will help to keep it… Read more“Storing Fruit & Vegetable Powders”

Cream Cheese Sweet Spreads & Dips

Use powdered ingredients to make homemade Philadelphia Cream Cheese Flavored Sweet Spreads The easiest way to tell the difference between a spread and a dip? If you dip a piece of fruit or a bagel chip in a spread, it might break. In a dip, it won’t. Dips are thinner and able… Read more“Cream Cheese Sweet Spreads & Dips”