I always ask my self "what did people do fifty years ago?" Wal-mart was not right around the corner and some how they made it. Well in this case they were forced to buy seasonally. Food was not shipped all across the globe just so someone could make a strawberry shortcake in December. Another thing most women did was preserve the fresh fruits & veg from the summer harvest so they would have access to them in the off months. There are several ways to store fresh foods. You can freeze, can, or dehydrate just to name a few. Today I want to focus on dehydrating.
Man or in this case woman has been dehydrating food for centuries. It's one of the easiest methods of food preservation. Here are some of the benefits.
- Saves money allowing you to buy in season but enjoy a variety year round
- If your pantry it tight on space this is a great way to store a ton of food
- It preserves fresh fruit and vegetables up to a year
- Its a healthy snack
- Dehydrating retains the highest levels of vitamins and nutrients of any food storage method
|This is a bunch of Green onions or scallions. I rinsed in cool water, patted dry, and took a standard pair of scissors and cut from the top down to the bulb. Once cut, I dried in the dehydrator for a few hours.|
|This is the finished product. Now when a recipe calls for Scallions or I want to garnish a bowl of soup or baked potato I'm ready!|
A few of the things I have dehydrated are strawberries, these go great in cold cereal. I use an egg slicer to speed the cutting process up a little. Let the berries sit in the milk for a minute or two and they taste wonderful. Also Granny Smith Apples. I peal, core, and slice the apples, then cut into small cubes. These go great in oatmeal for a apple cinnamon style or the can be used to make muffins or a quick bread for a dessert. I've also done a ton of onions. I discovered by accident that if I used powder beef broth, dehydrated onions, garlic powder, salt, and pepper I had homemade onion soup mix and no MSG. I could go on forever and really the possibilities are endless.
|Here are a few of the things I have dehydrated. In the little green jar on the left I have 3 bunches of celery in there. Not 3 stalks, 3 bunches! As for the tall yellow jar behind it is an entire pineapple.|