I’m a complete newbie at dehydrating and removing the water from food via a machine. This is literally the first time in my life I’ve ever even attempted this. Strangely enough even though I’ve jacked up a couple things already (like cranberries. I didn’t blanch them at first (to blanch is to immerse them in boiling water until they split open, then immerse them in freezing cold water to stop them from cooking) and it really hindered them. I tried to ‘retro’ blanch — if such a thing exists — meaning I recognized my error and after they had been dehydrating for hours I took them out and put them in boiling water but they all popped and everything went further downhill from there) I’m really liking it. Since yesterday I’ve been spending an insane amount of time drying out fruits and vegetables.
My main reasons for doing this is because I’ll be on the road, and want to ensure I have a supply of healthy food. I don’t really consider myself a health nut, but having foods that are nourishing is important to me and, more specifically, I want to make sure I have access to healthy food in case of an emergency since I don’t really plan on using the items I’m drying out on a regular basis while traveling, but when absolutely necessary. I want to have two weeks worth of meals. Apparently dehydrated foods, if contained well, can last for years — but I plan on doing regular grocery shopping otherwise, using fresh foods.
Strangely enough even though I’m a complete novice I’m working two different appliances at once. That’s because I started with one dehydrator — my own, but my friend found out what I was doing and loaned me hers, too, and so now I’ve been working double duty.
Here’s a few images of what I’ve been working on so far:
Here’s the actual list of what I bought that has been dehydrating or waiting in line in the fridge.
Green bell peppers
Beets (I’ll be making beet powder)
This is currently where I’m at:
I have another lengthy list of the things I want to use for the the next round, including salmon, and maybe some chicken and fish, though I’m not a big meat eater. It takes a long time, hours and hours to thoroughly dry these foods but to me it’s worth it. I don’t take for granted that this is privileged, and I’m thankful I have access to these.
[Update]: This picture!
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