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Dehydrated produce

Postby Denob » Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:00 pm

Ever wonder just how much space you can save by dehydrating?
I just dehydrated 10 lbs of diced carrots...here they are.
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Re: Dehydrated produce

Postby cernunnos5 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:11 pm

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Postby Denob » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:13 pm

I have 5 lb of onions going now, with 5 lb more waiting to go in.
Also, 10 lbs of potatoes and watching for deals on all sorts of stuff.
The garden is long done for the year, but lots of produce coming on sale so we buy what we like when it's on sale and dehydrate it.
I made a mistake last year and froze everything I got my hands on. Then, I was left with no freezer room about half way into the season.
This year I have canned more and now that I have my Excalibur, I will be dehydrating as much as I am able to.
Freezing is now my least preferred method.
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Postby Adagio » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:10 am

Dehydrating is an excellent option. I have done a fair amount and love the fact that it takes up little room, and if stored properly, can last a very long time. Also, once reconstituted, I find the taste to be better than canned. I have done a variety of vegetables and make my own tomato powder (great for soups, pasta and rice dishes). This week I tried dehydrating fresh eggs and it appears to be working out well. Of course only time will tell.
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Postby anitapreciouspearl » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:15 am

There are certain foods I love dehydrated - anything green for instance. My favs are kale and beet greens. Once dehydrated and whizzed in the food processor I can add greens to everything and no one is the wiser!

I must agree that the freezer is no place for anything that can be canned or dehydrated...
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Postby cernunnos5 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:51 am

You've discovered a new prepper sub genre. Dehydrator porn. :lol:
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Postby MrsPrepwPets » Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:17 pm

cernunnos5 wrote:You've discovered a new prepper sub genre. Dehydrator porn. :lol:

My cat foolishly snuggled up with me thinking it was safe and warn on a chilly morning - and just got sprayed by coffee! She was not quite as amused by "dehydrator porn" as I was.

I love my Excalibur, too. I can some, but I find the dehydrator awesome not only for the space savings but the lack of clean-up and effort required. There's the "load it and leave it" aspect that means it's working whether I'm there or not. The pressure canner takes so long to build up to pressure and then reduce, if I'm not filling it, it's not worth it a lot of times. The water bath is kind of a "you must be there" tool with the exception of 10-30 minutes that it's boiling. The dehydrator doesn't care how many trays I load or what I'm doing for the next 6-16 hours. It'll just mind its business and do its thing. That's my kind of kitchen tool. :)

It's pretty forgiving in a way canning isn't always, whether it's water bath or pressure canning. If stuff isn't quite done, even after an hour or two or the next day, flip it back on. There's no pouring out, rewashing, recooking and reprocessing the way water bath jellies sometimes require (I use low or no sugar recipes and am bad at all three main tests). Plus, I buy a lot of bulk bags of frozen fruit that isn't grown locally or that is expensive and time consuming to process raw, plop it on trays, and walk away again.

Right up there with the dehydrator as my favorite tool ever is the mandolin and whatever bright, shining star created that little beauty is totally my second-favorite person. (The knife-board mandolin, not the instrument.)
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Postby anitapreciouspearl » Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:56 pm

[quote="MrsPrepwPets]

Right up there with the dehydrator as my favorite tool ever is the mandolin and whatever bright, shining star created that little beauty is totally my second-favorite person. (The knife-board mandolin, not the instrument.)[/quote]

awww...and I thought I had a fellow mandolin player on board :) I like both kinds!
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Re: Dehydrated produce

Postby helicopilot » Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:40 pm

So please educate an impressed guy...

Do you can/seal the dehydrated produce afterward? Otherwise, how long does it last once dehydrated? I swear, my wife will think I've gone over the edge if I ever place a dehydrator on the counter, so I better be prepared to make a compelling argument...
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Re: Dehydrated produce

Postby Adagio » Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:57 pm

I put the finished product in a mason jar and vacuum seal it with my foodsaver and store in a cool, dark place. I have also used these in pre-made meals and sealed them in mylar bags with an oxygen absorber. I am not sure how long it will last because only started doing this about a year ago, so I have no actual product over a year. I can tell you that even after a year (if stored properly) it is still very good. You might have to soak it longer, but it still quite edible. I have read on various sites, that they can last well beyond the 2 year mark. Although I am not sure on the nutritional value after longer periods of storage. The sites' food storage expert is in a better position than I to respond.
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