NEW! eBooks from 21st Century Simple Living!

Here is the much awaited beginning of the line of informational eBooks from the archives of 21st Century Simple Living! A short introduction for each eBook will be added to the website in the coming week and we will link each to the corresponding title below. We have given a review of… Read more“NEW! eBooks from 21st Century Simple Living!”

Classic Caramel Apple Pie

Dried Apples Make This Apple Pie a Breeze There’s nothing better than classic apple pie. It’s arguably America’s favorite dessert and easy with a new shortcut—dried apples. When you’re making apple pie from scratch, you’re often stuck slicing, peeling, and coring apples for some time. It’s tedious and time-consuming. But… Read more“Classic Caramel Apple Pie”

Instant Applesauce (Both Plain and Flavored)

Using Dried Apples, Save TONS of Money and Make Your Own in Minutes Do you know how to make applesauce from dried apples? This is so easy your kids can do it! Ingredients: 1 cup dried apples 1 cup boiling water Directions Combine apples and boiling water in a large… Read more“Instant Applesauce (Both Plain and Flavored)”

Dehydrated Candy Apple Slices

Great Snacking with Tart or Less-Than-Perfect Apples Different varieties of apples give you different flavors for dried apples.  “Delicious” varieties are fairly mild flavored, Gala or Cameo a little stronger flavor with a nice hint of tart, but tart apples are just sour and only get more sour during dehydration;… Read more“Dehydrated Candy Apple Slices”

When is it Fully Dehydrated?

Answers to everyone’s question, “How long will it take to dehydrate?” Using a food dehydrator is one of those kitchen activities that’s part cooking, part science project. With a gentle blast of warm air, you can turn slices of fresh fruits and vegetables into crispy, crunchy, vitamin-packed snacks. However, it… Read more“When is it Fully Dehydrated?”

Safely Dehydrating Ground Meats

Ground Meat Rocks or Crumbles are Easy to Make Before Beginning: Buy meat that is at least 85% lean. This gives you a good starting point, as well as an easier process to be assured you can remove as much fat as possible without compromising taste. Fat spoils quickly, and the… Read more“Safely Dehydrating Ground Meats”

Equipment Labor-Savers for Dehydrating

~Make your dehydrating easier with these handy tools!~ In addition to your dehydrator think about getting some of these tools to make dehydrating easier. NOTE: The following information in this article contains affiliate links. 21st Century Simple Living is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to… Read more“Equipment Labor-Savers for Dehydrating”

What CAN You Dehydrate at Home?

For the HOME dehydrator, there are many options available in foods you can dehydrate. Although you can dehydrate just about anything, shelf stability and SAFETY are key to deciding what I will put my work and time into. After much research and experimenting, I have found that I am most successful… Read more“What CAN You Dehydrate at Home?”

Optimizing Dehydrator Airflow for Faster Drying

With Options for Trays, Tools, & Tips A food dehydrator uses a heat source and airflow to reduce the water content of foods. In order to dry foods successfully, these two components must be present. Before buying your machine make sure it has both; not all dryers on the market contain a… Read more“Optimizing Dehydrator Airflow for Faster Drying”

Using the Oven for Dry Canning—Is it Safe?

Many people replace vacuum sealing or oxygen absorbers with this storage prep method, but is it really safe? Dry oven canning is the process of canning dry goods (such as flour, beans, oats, and dehydrated foods) in a 200°F/95°C oven. The standard instructions are to place items in glass canning… Read more“Using the Oven for Dry Canning—Is it Safe?”