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 are so many reasons to dehydrate foods and people from all walks of life are finding it to be one of the best tools in their kitchens. We receive many questions every day on dehydrating from our growing number of members of our

Facebook dehydrating group,
Facebook cooking group,
Pinterest followers,
Facebook page,
Twitter followers,
BlogLovin’ followers,
Networked Blogs followers,
and from you here on the website.

We decided to answer many of those questions in this directory we call Quick Tips & Dehydrating Hacks. We have worked for weeks in putting together a cohesive, easy-to-follow directory that will allow you to follow along and learn from all the information here on our website. In the coming weeks, we will not only add to the tips, tricks, hacks, and learning tutorials for dehydrating, but we will also be adding all of our How-to articles which are step-by-step procedures to dehydrate various foods.

All photos were provided by members of Dehydrating Divas and Dudes and are their exclusive property, used here with permission.

Following is a directory of what we have put together. We have added keywords to each article so that you can discern what each one covers. Our recipe directory containing over 400 recipes, many of which contain dehydrated food options, are found here: Homemade Convenience Foods Recipe Hacks Directory.

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General

Photo Credit: Sandra Merrill, Bell Peppers and Spice Jars

Photo Credit: Sandra Merrill, Bell Peppers and Spice Jars

Cleaning Your Produce

Preparing Fruits & Vegetables for Dehydration

Keywords: Food Preparation, Food Safety, Fruits, Preparation, Vegetables

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Nutritional/Dietary Considerations of Dehydrated Food

Learn how dehydration affects nutrition in your foods

Keywords: Dehydrating, Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Herbs, Dehydrating Vegetables, Dietary, Nutrition, Pretreatment, Special Diets

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Guide to Dehydrating Foods

Information on the Procedures, Terms, and Processes of Drying Foods

Keywords: Acid Dipping, Blanching, Case Hardening, Checking Fruits, Checking Your Dehydrator’s Temperature, Chiffonade, Conditioning, Crazing Fruits, Cut-Resistant Protective Gloves, Dehydrating, Dehydrating Definitions, Dehydrating Temperatures, Desiccants, Drying in the Sun, Drying Times, Explanation of Terms Used in Dehydrating, Introduction to Dehydrating, Mandoline Slicer, Mortar and Pestle, Oxygen Absorbers, Preparing Food for Dehydration, Step-by-Step Process of Dehydrating, Storage of Dried Foods, Vacuum Sealer

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Food Preparation

Photo Credit: Daphne McKenney, Celery Pieces

Photo Credit: Daphne McKenney, Celery Pieces

Preparation is Key

Plan ahead before you dehydrate

Keywords: Case Hardening, Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Vegetables, Food Preparation, Pretreatment

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Pretreatment Methods for Dehydrating

Use these pretreatment methods for your food preparation

Keywords: Acid Dips, Blanching, Food Preparation, Pretreatment, Steam Blanching

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Preparing Fruit for Dehydration

Pretreatment Methods from Acid Dips to Checking

Keywords: Acid Bath Pretreatments, Acid Dips, Checking Fruits, Crazing Fruits, Dehydrating Fruits, Preparing Berries for Dehydration, Pretreating Fruit, Steam Blanching

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The Great Citrus Pith Myth

To remove the pith or not? That is the question…

Keywords: Citrus, Dehydrating Fruits, Food Preparation

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How to Achieve Good Food Quality

Start with the best produce to get the best dried foods

Keywords: Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Vegetables, Frugal Living, Healthy Choices, Zero-Waste

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Efficient Use of Your Dehydrator

Hacks for getting the most from your dehydrator session

Keywords: Conditioning, Dry Food Storage, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Using a Dehydrator

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Don’t Mix Sweet & Savory

Loading dehydrator trays properly

Keywords: Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Vegetables, Loading Dehydrator, Preparation, Zero-Waste

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Loading the Dehydrator-More Hacks

More dehydrator hacks for loading trays

Keywords: Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Vegetables, Food Preparation, Preparation, Zero-Waste

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Dehydrating

Photo Credit: Deb Graves, Fruit Leathers

Photo Credit: Deb Graves, Fruit Leathers

What CAN You Dehydrate at Home?

For the HOME dehydrator, there are many options available in foods you can dehydrate.

Keywords: Dehydrating Chicken Stock, Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Herbs, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Other Foods, Dehydrating Sauces, Dehydrating Vegetables, Safe Dehydrating

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What is Case Hardening?

Why is understanding Case Hardening important?

Keywords: Case Hardening, Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Vegetables

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Food Stuck to Dehydrator Trays?

Learn how to prevent—or solve—this problem

Keywords: Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Sauces, Dehydrating Vegetables, Food Preparation, How-to, Problem Solving, Q&A, Time-saving Dehydrating Tools, Zero-Waste

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When is it fully dehydrated?

Answers to everyone’s question, “How long will it take to dehydrate?”

Keywords: Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Herbs, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Other Foods, Dehydrating Sauces, Dehydrating Times, Dehydrating Vegetables, Q&A, Safe Dehydrating

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Storing Dehydrated Foods

Photo Credit: Maria Carr Tempest, Dried Chives stored in jars

Photo Credit: Maria Carr Tempest, Dried Chives stored in jars

Conditioning Fruit, an Essential Step

Have confidence your food is dry with this safety step

Storage Considerations for Dried Foods

What you need to know to store dried foods

Storing Fruit & Vegetable Powders

How to Store Powders for Maximum Freshness

Keywords: Conditioning, Dry Food Storage, Food Safety, Long-term Storage, Safe Dehydrating

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Storage Considerations for Dried Foods

What you need to know to store dried foods

Keywords: Desiccant Packs, Dry Food Storage, Long-term Storage, Oxygen Absorbers, Silica Gel, Storing in Jars, Storing in Mylar

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Oxygen Absorbers & Desiccant Packs, Mystery Solved!

Your questions answered on a sometimes confusing subject with charts for amounts to use

Keywords: Anti-Caking, Desiccants, Dry Packs, Long-term Storage, Oxygen Absorbers, Powders, Silica Gel

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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?

Keywords: Canning, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Long-term Storage, Pantry Staples, Storage

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Tools to Help with Dehydration

Photo Credit: Andrea Frayser, Dissolvable Labels

Equipment Labor-Savers for Dehydrating

Make your dehydrating easier with these handy tools!

Keywords: Equipment, Food Prep, Multi-use equipment, Preparation, Shopping on a Budget, Time-saving Dehydrating Tools, Zero-Waste

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Checking Your Dehydrator’s Temperature

It is a good idea to periodically check your dehydrator temperatures.

Keywords: Equipment, Food Safety, How-to, Problem Solving

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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.

Keywords: Food Preparation, How-to, InfoGraphic Charts, Preparation, Procedures, Time-saving Dehydrating Tools

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Use an Egg Slicer for Uniform Cuts

An egg slicer for preparing foods for dehydration? You bet!

Keywords: Equipment, Food Preparation, Multi-use equipment, Time-saving Dehydrating Tools, Zero-Waste

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Using Dried Foods in Cooking

Photo Credit: Donna Ferris Shreve Waddell, Meal made with dehydrated foods

Photo Credit: Donna Ferris Shreve Waddell, Meal made with dehydrated foods

Dehydrating with a Purpose—What To Do with All That Food!

Learning to Cook with Dehydrated Foods

Keywords: Convenience Foods, Cooking from Scratch, Dry Convenience Mixes, Frugal Living, Healthy Choices, How-to, Pantry Staples, Prepping, Shopping on a Budget, Zero-Waste

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How to Cook with Dehydrated Foods

Understand the concepts of different cooking methods with this Guide

Keywords: Camping Food, Cooking from Scratch, Cooking with Dehydrated Foods, Healthy Choices, Instant Meals, Just-Add-Water Meals, Microwave Cooking, Preparation, Rehydration

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Baking with Dehydrated Foods

Dehydrated foods make excellent ingredients for baked goods

Keywords: Baking, Cooking with Dehydrated Foods, Dehydrating, Dehydrating Baked Foods, Fruit Powders, Fruits, Healthy Snacks, Vegetable Powders, Vegetables, Zero-Waste

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Healthy Snack Hacks

Snacks and Treats so easy to make yourself!

Keywords: Dehydrating, Dehydrating Baked Foods, Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Vegetables, Fruit Roll-ups, Gummy Bites, Healthy Snacks, Master Mixes, Yogurt Bites, Yogurt Roll-ups

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Homemade Meat Jerky

Safely Preparing and Storing Jerky Meats

Keywords: Dehydrating Meat, Food Safety, Jerky, Preparation

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Rehydration Topics

Rehydration & Using Dried Foods

Quick Tips for Rehydrating Food

Keywords: Cooking with Dehydrated Foods, Quick Tip, Rehydration

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Rehydration using a French Press

Quick Tip: If you cook with a lot of dehydrated food, try using a French press to rehydrate dried foods.

Keywords: Cooking with Dehydrated Foods, Multi-use equipment, Quick Tip, Rehydration, Time-saving Dehydrating Tools

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Meals on the Go Topics

Photo Credit: Andrea Frayser, Dehydrated Meals

Photo Credit: Andrea Frayser, Dehydrated Meals

Homemade MRE’s and Convenience Mixes

Quick Tip: Stock your pantry or your backpack.

Keywords: Backpacking Food, Camping Food, Dry Convenience Mixes, Family Preparedness, Herb & Spice Blends, Homemade, Just-Add-Water Meals, MRE’s, Prepping

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What is a Homemade DIY Convenience Food?

What they are and why you should make them

Keywords: Backpacking Food, Camping Food, Convenience Foods, Cooking from Scratch, Dry Convenience Mixes, Family Preparedness, Frugal Living, Healing Foods, Healthy Choices, Healthy Snacks, Instant Meals, Just-Add-Water Meals, Meals in a Jar, Meals in a Pouch, Pantry Staples, Prepping, Shopping on a Budget

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5 Steps to Creating a Homemade Convenience Mix

Just 5 EASY steps to unprocessed, chemical-and-preservative-free, pronounceable ingredient freedom for MUCH less cost.

Keywords: Backpacking Food, Camping Food, Convenience Foods, Cooking from Scratch, Dry Convenience Mixes, Family Preparedness, Frugal Living, Healing Foods, Healthy Choices, Healthy Snacks, How-to, Instant Meals, Just-Add-Water Meals, Meals in a Jar, Meals in a Pouch, Pantry Staples, Prepping, Shopping on a Budget

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Dehydrated Food Powders

Photo Credit: Lesley Matthewson, Butternut Squash Powder

Photo Credit: Lesley Matthewson, Butternut Squash Powder

Using Fruit & Vegetable Powders

You already use them. Now learn more about making them.

Keywords: Cooking with Dehydrated Foods, Dehydrating, Fruit Powders, Healthy Choices, Pantry Staples, Vegetable Powders, Zero-Waste

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Whole Food Fruit & Vegetable Powders

Why I Love Fruit and Vegetable Powders-What They Are & How to Use Them in Cooking

Keywords: Convenience Foods, Dehydrating Powders, Fruit Powders, How-to, Pantry Staples, Recipes, Vegetable Powders

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Using Fruit Powders to Tenderize

All-natural, Tasty, and Easy to Use

Keywords: Cooking with Dehydrated Foods, Dehydrating, Dehydrating Meat, Fruit Powders, Meat Seasonings, Meat Tenderizers

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Dried Powders: How-tos and Hacks

Learn how to make & USE vegetable, fruit, and other powders/flours

Keywords: Bouillon Powders, Dehydrating Powders, Fruit & Vegetable Powders/Flours, Fruit Powders, Herb/Spice Powders, Miscellaneous Powders,Vegetable Powders

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Storing Fruit & Vegetable Powders

How to Store Powders for Maximum Freshness

Keywords: Dry Food Storage, Fruit Powders, Long-term Storage, Storing in Jars, Storing in Mylar, Vegetable Powders

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Q&AAs we answer more questions and publish the answers, this directory will grow, so stop back often!



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2 thoughts on “Quick Tips & Dehydrating Hacks Directory

  1. Cheryl says:

    This is great! Thank you for putting together such an extensive reference!! I saw this on the Homesteader Hop.

    1. Admin says:

      You are most welcome Cheryl 🙂

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