How-To: Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

Frozen vegetables are usually picked and flash frozen immediately after the blanching process. The easy part of doing frozen vegetables is that they’ve already been washed, cut, and blanched for you. If you have a freezer full of blanched vegetables from your garden, this is an excellent way to clean it… Read more“How-To: Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables”

Use an Egg Slicer for Uniform Cuts

An egg slicer for preparing foods for dehydration? You bet! An egg slicer is a handy tool for the dehydrator. You may think an egg slicer can only do one thing—slice eggs. You would be wrong. An egg slicer is a magical tool that can slice many things. Those nice… Read more“Use an Egg Slicer for Uniform Cuts”

Making Ready-To-Eat (Just-Add-Water) Meals for On-The-Go

Tips, Tricks, & Hacks to Make a Quality Product Shelf Life of Pantry Packs/Travel Packets WITHOUT Meat It is hard to know exactly how long your instant meals will store because it varies depending on the ingredients and where they are stored. However, there are few few ways you can… Read more“Making Ready-To-Eat (Just-Add-Water) Meals for On-The-Go”

Dehydrating Potatoes How-To

Potatoes can be a problem to dehydrate if you are not aware that they can and do turn black if not processed properly. The key is cooking the potatoes before dehydrating. If your potatoes turn black (or other colors) after they are boiled, you may be using an aluminum or reactive… Read more“Dehydrating Potatoes How-To”

“Instant” Flavored Teas—Dry Mix

Make Your Own Flavored Instant Teas—Just Add Water This was a request of one of my group members who said she bought an instant raspberry tea mix on vacation that she just adds water to. She told me the vendor informed her it was made with flavored Jell-O gelatin. So… Read more““Instant” Flavored Teas—Dry Mix”

“Instant” Flavored Teas—Dry Mix Recipe #2 (Vegan Option)

Make Your Own Flavored Instant Teas—Just Add Water This is another request of one of my group members who wanted an instant flavored tea mix without the added gelatin from the previous recipe for Instant Flavored Tea Dry Mix. This too is a just-add-water dry mix. This is what I… Read more““Instant” Flavored Teas—Dry Mix Recipe #2 (Vegan Option)”

How Much Should You Powder?

Working with Fruit & Vegetable Powders Is Easy, but How Much Is Enough? When working with powders, you do not need an arsenal of flavors at your fingertips already ground up. As you use your powders, you will learn what you need to have on-hand all the time. My main… Read more“How Much Should You Powder?”

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”

Make Your Own Dehydrating Journal (with Free Printables)

Logging your dehydrating sessions gives you information to use for future batches. Here are 2 methods for you to choose from. When I really started dehydrating on a regular basis I found I was needing some kind of a record of what I had done. To keep track of how long my… Read more“Make Your Own Dehydrating Journal (with Free Printables)”

How to Achieve Good Dehydrated Food Quality

Start with the best produce to get the best dried foods √ Start with the fresh produce in your garden or choose organic, non-GMO foods from the grocery store or farmer’s markets if you can afford them. Look for foods that are free of blemishes. √ Use the best fruit… Read more“How to Achieve Good Dehydrated Food Quality”