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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
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.
Preparing Fruits & Vegetables for Dehydration
Keywords: Food Preparation, Food Safety, Fruits, Preparation, Vegetables
Learn how dehydration affects nutrition in your foods
Keywords: Dehydrating, Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Herbs, Dehydrating Vegetables, Dietary, Nutrition, Pretreatment, Special Diets
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
Plan ahead before you dehydrate
Keywords: Case Hardening, Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Vegetables, Food Preparation, Pretreatment
Use these pretreatment methods for your food preparation
Keywords: Acid Dips, Blanching, Food Preparation, Pretreatment, Steam Blanching
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
To remove the pith or not? That is the question…
Keywords: Citrus, Dehydrating Fruits, Food Preparation
Start with the best produce to get the best dried foods
Keywords: Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Vegetables, Frugal Living, Healthy Choices, Zero-Waste
Hacks for getting the most from your dehydrator session
Keywords: Conditioning, Dry Food Storage, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Using a Dehydrator
Loading dehydrator trays properly
Keywords: Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Vegetables, Loading Dehydrator, Preparation, Zero-Waste
More dehydrator hacks for loading trays
Keywords: Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Vegetables, Food Preparation, Preparation, Zero-Waste
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
Why is understanding Case Hardening important?
Keywords: Case Hardening, Dehydrating Fruits, Dehydrating Meat, Dehydrating Vegetables
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
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
Storing Dehydrated Foods
Have confidence your food is dry with this safety step
What you need to know to store dried foods
How to Store Powders for Maximum Freshness
Keywords: Conditioning, Dry Food Storage, Food Safety, Long-term Storage, Safe Dehydrating
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
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
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
Tools to Help with Dehydration
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
It is a good idea to periodically check your dehydrator temperatures.
Keywords: Equipment, Food Safety, How-to, Problem Solving
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
An egg slicer for preparing foods for dehydration? You bet!
Keywords: Equipment, Food Preparation, Multi-use equipment, Time-saving Dehydrating Tools, Zero-Waste
Using Dried Foods in Cooking
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
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
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
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
Safely Preparing and Storing Jerky Meats
Keywords: Dehydrating Meat, Food Safety, Jerky, Preparation
Quick Tips for Rehydrating Food
Keywords: Cooking with Dehydrated Foods, Quick Tip, Rehydration
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
Meals on the Go Topics
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
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
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
Dehydrated Food 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
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
All-natural, Tasty, and Easy to Use
Keywords: Cooking with Dehydrated Foods, Dehydrating, Dehydrating Meat, Fruit Powders, Meat Seasonings, Meat Tenderizers
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
How to Store Powders for Maximum Freshness
Keywords: Dry Food Storage, Fruit Powders, Long-term Storage, Storing in Jars, Storing in Mylar, Vegetable Powders
As we answer more questions and publish the answers, this directory will grow, so stop back often!
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