It doesn’t matter if you’re a Prepper or not dehydrating vegetables and meat has many wonderful benefits. Here are just a few:
1. Food storage.
2. Food Preservation. You actually increase the sugar, vitamins, and mineral content by dehydrating.
3. Easy food preparation.
1. There is no need to cook a vegetable before drying if it is one that you would eat raw in a salad such as pepper, tomato, mushroom or onion. All you have to do is clean, cut uniformly and spread in a single layer on dehydrator trays. You can go either way with carrots, but steaming them will turn them a nice dark orange when dried.
2. A vegetable that you would normally cook before eating such as corn, peas, broccoli and green beans will usually re-hydrate better if you steam them for eight minutes before drying, but it is not always necessary. It depends on how you will cook them.
3. It is not necessary to steam the vegetable before drying if included in meals where you bring it to a boil for one minute and let it sit insulated in the pot for ten minutes (corn is an exception).
Before going into the details of this article, there is one overriding tip you must follow to have success with your food dehydrator. Read the instruction manual fully and carefully. Different dehydrating units work differently and you will not get excellent results without first learning how to operate settings of your particular machine properly.
There are several designs of food dehydrators. The better designs have a fan at the back of the unit rather than on the top. The reason being is that this methods promotes a more even air and moisture low around your flow. Top fan units don’t give the even circulation that is needed to have all the food dehydrate at the same rate. However, if you’re looking for a top fan dehydrator unit try this one. It has excellent reviews from Amazon with over 2,400 comments.
Pay attention to the recommended thickness of the items you put on the dehydrator. Many of the items you dehydrate will need to be cut before you put them on the shelves. If the slices are of differing thicknesses, you will not get a nice consistent quality from the dehydrated food. Some pieces could dry too much and others could retain too much moisture – causing spoilage when you store it away.
Ultimate Dehydrating Success Tip:
Just like any successful recipe, I suggest that you make a log book of your dehydration recipes. This will help you recreate your success in the future. You should record all relevant details like: (1) temperature of the dehydrator, (2) how many shelves you used, (3) what items were in it and how thick the slices were, (5) how long it took to be ready, how well it stored and the weather conditions. A very humid day is going to affect your product differently than a very dry day. This book is especially important when dealing with seasonal items because it will get you up to speed much more quickly when season rolls around again.
Be adventurous. Experiment. Try new things. The worst that happens is you lose a tray of food and a bit of time.
Once you get the hang of it, using a food dehydrator is pretty easy and it can make some amazing foods that can be eaten as is. Mix a few dehydrated veggies with a little seasoning and you have your very own to go munchie pack.
After foods are dehydrated, they need to be stored properly. Here are my recommendations:
1. Place your dehydrated food in an air tight food grade containers, mylar bags, or if you’re freezing your dehydrated food in Ziploc bags with a food grade oxygen absorber/moisture absorber pack as this will help alleviate any problems if a small portion still has moisture in them.
2. You should know that fats are and can be a problem when dehydrating. Even though you can make fantastic homemade jerky with your food dehydrator, you want to take pains to choose very lean cuts of meat or remove as much fat as possible. Too much fat in the meat will cause it to go rancid fairly quickly and this will ruin any meat that you might want to preserve long time.
Cost Saving Dehydrating Tip:
You can dehydrate frozen vegetables too. So if you find some great sales in the frozen food aisle, give it a go. It’s a great way to stock up on dehydrated foods without doing all the cutting and cleaning you will need to do with fresh produce.
The problem with emergencies is that we’re almost never prepared for them. They usually incite moments of panic, chaos and everything but rational thinking. Even in a state of crisis, while we’re seeking safety, very rarely do we know what we will do in just a moment’s notice, yet alone after the emergency has passed. Let’s review some quick tips on how to prepare bug-out bags for a special part of your family… your pets.
How many times after major hurricanes or tornadoes do you see images on the news of people stranded on top of their cars just waiting for a rescue squad? Whether it’s a natural disaster, the collapse of government or the end of the world, preparation is always key…
According to FEMA, the kit should be put together well before the emergency. After all, at a moment’s notice, you may have to evacuate your home and you won’t have the time to think about what you need to take with you – especially in a case where you’re running for your life.
Here are the top 10 must-haves to put in your cat or dog’s bug-out bag:
Must-Have No. 1: A Current Color Photograph. In the event you and your pet are split up, it’s important to have a way for you to describe it to people who might have seen it.
Must-Have No. 2: Food/Water. Pack a 72-hour supply for each pet. In a crisis, there’s no telling where the next meal may come from.
Must-Have No. 3: Sandwich Bags. Instead of poop-scoop baggies, normal sandwich bags work just as well. Not to mention, they can come in handy for other things.
Must-Have No. 4: Pet First-Aid Kit. It’s a given that anything can happen in an emergency. A typical first-aid kit would include invisible spray bandage, scissors, tweezers, medical/adhesive tape, several gauze pads, vet wrap, glow light sticks and alcohol wipes.
Must-Have No. 5: Special Medicines. If your pet has any allergies or special medicine that he takes, be sure to pack this. What’s worse than your dog or cat being stranded with you somewhere and suddenly having an allergy attack? Don’t forget to include the instructions, too.
Must-Have No. 6: One Small Blanket/Towel. Depending on the conditions that you face, your pet is going to need something to keep him warm.
Must-Have No. 7: Collar/Leash With ID. Again for identification reasons, it’s important to provide your pet with clear identification in the event that you two are separated from each other at some point.
Must-Have No. 8: A Pair of Women’s Stockings. These can be used as an ace elastic bandage, a filter to drain dirty water and a muzzle for a hurt animal.
Must-Have No. 9: Pet Carrier/Crate. If you’re able to evacuate your home via driving, a pet crate can come in handy. Again, remember to keep ID (both yours and your pet’s) on the crate as well.
Must-Have No. 10: Bowls With Lids. It’s good to have containers that your pet can eat out of… something that can also be sealed and packed up should you need to change locations.
Bonus Must-Haves: Some other extra essentials include a compass, a small flashlight, extra batteries, 12-hour emergency glow sticks, long-term hand warmers and a reflective dog/cat vest.
No one can ever be 100 percent prepared for a crisis. But 0 percent preparation will leave you susceptible to failure. This guide will help you get on the right track. In fact, preparing a bug-out bag for your cat or dog can be the difference between saving them or never seeing them again.
Remember, preparation is key. Your pet is worth it.
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