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!”

39 Recipes using Dried Fruit & Vegetables

Dehydrated Foods Recipe Series: Dried Fruit & Vegetables Today’s featured ingredients are recipes containing dried fruit & vegetables, adding flavor and variety to all your cooking. Dried fruits and vegetables take all your meals to a new level and are much easier to cook with then you may think. Along… Read more“39 Recipes using Dried Fruit & Vegetables”

Preparing Fruit for Dehydration

Pretreatment Methods from Acid Dips to Checking Many fruits, especially apples, peaches, and pears, tend to darken during drying and storage. Pretreating preserves color. Pretreating by the steam blanch method also decreases loss of vitamins A and C and minimizes microbial spoilage and insect infestation. Figs and berries do not need… Read more“Preparing Fruit for Dehydration”

Banana Powder: How-to

Make Baked Goods, Yogurt, Smoothies, and Much More As the most consumed fresh fruit in the USA, bananas are a significant source of potassium. AND the peels are also usable in powdered form for many things, so you now have a Zero-Waste food! While it’s safe to assume that the tropical… Read more“Banana Powder: How-to”

Citrus Powders: How-to

Make Lemon, Lime, Orange or Grapefruit Powders to Use in Your Cooking Using lemon, lime, and orange citrus powders is a great way to enhance your cooking. And the best news? These powders have no artificial sweeteners, colors, alcohol, sodium, or preservatives.Got your own citrus trees? Store all that harvest goodness… Read more“Citrus Powders: How-to”

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?”

Food Stuck to Dehydrator Trays?

Learn how to prevent—or solve—this problem Do you have trouble getting your dehydrated foods off the trays? Food high in sugars can be the worse to remove from our trays when dry. Try these simple hacks. _____________________________________ To Preventing Sticking: √ Do not slice your food too thin. The standard… Read more“Food Stuck to Dehydrator Trays?”

Nutritional/Dietary Considerations of Dehydrated Food

~Learn how dehydration affects nutrition in your foods~ Nutrients: Although the drying process is a good way to keep many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin A and iron, some nutrients can be stripped from dehydrated foods. Vitamin C is almost completely destroyed in the process. In addition, the B-vitamin and mineral content… Read more“Nutritional/Dietary Considerations of Dehydrated Food”

Loading the Dehydrator-More Hacks

~More dehydrator hacks for loading trays~ To load up your trays, here are a few more tips that will help your dehydrating sessions meet with success. _________________________________ √ Make sure your dehydrator has room to breathe. Adequate ventilation is important because dehydrators require air circulation to work. √ Don’t let… Read more“Loading the Dehydrator-More Hacks”

How to Achieve Good 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 Food Quality”