Reviving Stale Snack Foods

Zero-Waste Quick Tip Throwing away foods because they have become stale is one of my pet peeves. However, I live in a high humidity area and this is a frequent occurrence at Casa Colleen. Again, my dehydrator saves the day! Snack foods including cereal, chips, popcorn, and crackers are revived in… Read more“Reviving Stale Snack Foods”

How to Dehydrate Chicken Safely

For Shredded, Chunks or Jerky—2 Methods Before Beginning To make chicken jerky or dried chicken pieces or shreds, you must cook the chicken thoroughly BEFORE dehydrating to have a safe food product. Remove the skin and trim all the fat. Fat spoils quickly, and the lower the fat content the… Read more“How to Dehydrate Chicken Safely”

Strawberry Harvest Time — What to Do with All That Goodness!

Recipes from 21st Century Simple Living for Your Strawberry Harvest Here at Casa Colleen, we love our strawberries. And nothing gives me more hope of the fresh season to come then biting into a huge strawberry and tasting that first burst of liquid sunshine on my tongue. To prepare your kitchen… Read more“Strawberry Harvest Time — What to Do with All That Goodness!”

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?”

Dehydrated Cranberries or Craisins®

Great Snacking with Tart or Sweet Dried Cranberries Dehydrating Cranberries is easy if you know how to craze them. Crazing (or checking) is a pre-treatment necessary because of the thick skins that make drawing out moisture difficult in the drying process. Other fruits like blueberries and grapes fall under necessary… Read more“Dehydrated Cranberries or Craisins®”

How-to: Dehydrating Beans (Legumes)

Pinto, Kidney, Black, Fava, Garbanzo, or White Bean Varieties Why dehydrate cooked beans? Dehydrating cooked beans allows you to use them in quick meals when you do not have time for the long soaking and cooking process beans may take or you are camping or backpacking and need quick rehydration… Read more“How-to: Dehydrating Beans (Legumes)”

Dehydrated Vegetable Blends–The Cajun Holy Trinity

A combination of dried, chopped onions, celery and green peppers used to add flavor and aroma to stocks, sauces, soups and other foods. The holy trinity is the Cajun and Louisiana Creole variant of mirepoix. The taste of Louisiana, Cajun and Creole cookery— hailing from the Christian canon of the Trinity, the Cajun Holy Trinity developed in… Read more“Dehydrated Vegetable Blends–The Cajun Holy Trinity”

Dehydrated Blends–Classic French Mirepoix

A combination of chopped carrots, celery, and onions used to add flavor and aroma to stocks, sauces, soups and other foods. Mirepoix is the French culinary term for a combination of diced carrots, onions and celery sautéed in butter and used as an aromatic base to flavor sauces, soups and stews…. Read more“Dehydrated Blends–Classic French Mirepoix”

Dehydrator InfoGraphic Charts

October 30, 2016 UPDATE Printable PDF file now included by popular request. Information for these charts was adapted from Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, The: The Complete Guide to Drying Food, Plus 398 Recipes, Including Making Jerky, Fruit Leather & Just-Add-Water Meals by Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff, and September Ferguson and my… Read more“Dehydrator InfoGraphic Charts”

Preparing Meals with Dried Foods

Learning to use dehydrated ingredients in your meals is easy! Dehydrating with a Purpose—What To Do with All That Food! Learn to use all those pretty jars of dehydrated foods in your cooking. Planning to use your foods is a snap with a few tips and tricks. Whether you are a… Read more“Preparing Meals with Dried Foods”