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?”

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”

“Instant” Oatmeal Packets–30 Flavors

Photo Credit: Andrea Frayser Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets—Inexpensive, Easy, and Versatile Updated May 1, 2017 with Vegan/Lactose-free options and 10 new flavors added! It is so easy to make your own oatmeal packets just like you find in the stores with as many flavors as you can think… Read more““Instant” Oatmeal Packets–30 Flavors”

75+ Herb/Spice & Seasoning Blends from Around the World

Make Your Own with Our Recipes, Tips, and Tricks Whether you grow your own or buy in bulk, making your own herb/spice and seasoning blends is so easy! Learn the benefits and how to make any blend yourself—or use our recipes. You can even make your own garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric,… Read more“75+ Herb/Spice & Seasoning Blends from Around the World”

Frank’s® Hot Sauce Copycat

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce (and Dehydrated Powder) My favorite hot sauce is Frank’s® RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce. There are just 5 ingredients—aged cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, and garlic. I usually dehydrate my own cayenne peppers, but you can use fresh or dried if you wish. The wonderful taste… Read more“Frank’s® Hot Sauce Copycat”

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”