Smoke on the Water—Wood & Liquid Smoked Salts

Start with an all-natural salt and slow smoke it using real Applewood chips. A delicate smolder with a subtle hint of fruit makes this smoked salt very versatile as a rub, marinade, or finishing salt. BUT what if you do not have a smoker? That is what my friend Anna… Read more“Smoke on the Water—Wood & Liquid Smoked Salts”

Cucumber Powder & Recipes

~Use Your Abundant Cucumbers for Cucumber Powder in Dips, Sauces, Soups, & Personal Care Products~ What’s a person to do when the glut of cucumbers has reached epic proportions? When you have canned all the pickles and relish you can stand? Make cucumber powder! Greek Cucumber Dip (Tzatziki) Dry Seasoning Why… Read more“Cucumber Powder & Recipes”

Don’t Mix Sweet & Savory

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Loading Dehydrator Properly √ Because the air circulates in a dehydrator, flavors can transfer. While you can dry similar items at the same time — strawberries and peaches, for example — don’t mix fruit with aromatics like herbs or onions.. __________________________________ √ Do not mix foods processed… Read more“Don’t Mix Sweet & Savory”

How to Dehydrate Chicken Safely

For Shredded, Chunks or Jerky—2 Methods for all Poultry 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… Read more“How to Dehydrate Chicken Safely”

Learning to Eat Healthy Foods—My Story

For a many years now, my family has gotten used to reaching for a jar or Ziploc bag instead of a box to make their convenience foods. Every year I add a new process to my repertoire of kitchen “gadgets” to make these choices even fresher; first canning, then dehydrating, and… Read more“Learning to Eat Healthy Foods—My Story”

How-To: Dehydrating Marshmallows

Marshmallows, when dehydrated, make yummy snacking treats for both young and older kids. Use them in hot cocoa, cereals (both hot and cold), and baking too! The marshmallows, when dehydrated, will be crunchy, like the marshmallow in Lucky Charms® Cereal or the Swiss Miss® Hot Chocolate Mix Packets. Just an… Read more“How-To: Dehydrating Marshmallows”

Bacchus Salt! Wine Salt (Red & White Options)

Last week, there was a discussion about a video that showed how to make red wine salt. Unfortunately, there were a few discrepancies and it was confusing to follow the recipe. I had made it before, but could not recall the exact details and measurements. So I went into my kitchen… Read more“Bacchus Salt! Wine Salt (Red & White Options)”

When is it Fully Dehydrated?

Answers to everyone’s question, “How long will it take to dehydrate?” Using a food dehydrator is one of those kitchen activities that’s part cooking, part science project. With a gentle blast of warm air, you can turn slices of fresh fruits and vegetables into crispy, crunchy, vitamin-packed snacks. However, it… Read more“When is it Fully Dehydrated?”

Equipment Labor-Savers for Dehydrating

~Make your dehydrating easier with these handy tools!~ In addition to your dehydrator think about getting some of these tools to make dehydrating easier. NOTE: The following information in this article contains affiliate links. 21st Century Simple Living is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to… Read more“Equipment Labor-Savers for Dehydrating”

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?”