6 Simple Steps to Dehydrate Food Safely


In the previous post concerning dehydrator accessories, I promised to introduce to Mother Earth News readers my Six Simple Steps to help you create perfect dehydrated food. So let's get going ...

Simple Step 1 — Buy It!

By far the easiest step: Buy the food! Or even better — grow it! Take note of those fantastic road-side stands that dot the countryside lanes and pick up the best produce on the planet. Or nip out back and get digging — or if you're feeling lazy: grab the low-hanging fruit!

Take note of grocery store BOGOs (buy one-get one) as 50% off is nothing to sneeze at. Consider purchasing frozen fruit or vegetables too as they can be dehydrated with minimal prep (often no prep!) as many times the blanching has already been done for you by the manufacturer.

Consider trading some of your garden's bounty with a neighbor. This way you'll have more of a variety to dehydrate and it won't cost you a penny!

Simple Step 2 — Prepare It!

Different foods need different steps, but briefly I'll mention these prep steps: washing, blanching, steaming, and spraying with lemon juice. I will in the following posts go over these steps in detail, but for now, let's move on to step 3.

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