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The Benefits of Dehydrated Foods©



One of my email questions this week asked me, “Can you tell me the benefits of dehydrating fruits and benefits?”

There are so many benefits there is not enough room in this column to mention them all.

First off let me say I have canned, froze and dried just about everything over my many years on this planet.  To me canning is the hardest work among the three. With canning you need a stove, jars, lids, rubber seals, lots of time, pantry for storage and your shelf life is about 2 years providing you did everything perfectly.

With freezing you need a freezer, not as much time and some freezer bags and in the worst case you could probably eat something that you found in your freezer that was dated 2 years, but on the safe side I would say use within 6 to 8 months.

Now with dehydration it is a different story. You can air dry or invest in a food dehydrator which is relatively inexpensive and fast and all you need is electricity.  A food dehydrator delivers the vast majority of foods with the same vitamins and minerals as their fresh counterparts, in a remarkable array of concentrated flavors, nutrients and enzymes. I like the fact that the dehydration process retains almost 100% of the nutritional content of the food while retaining the alkalinity of fresh produce and actually inhibits the growth of microforms such as bacteria.

I also like the fact that dehydrated foods take up a lot less space, are easy to reconstitute and can last up to 20 years!  To back up my statement I quote the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science at Brigham Young University, rice, corn, wheat and grains that have been properly dehydrated, canned and stored will last 30 years or more. Dehydrated vegetables, fruits, and pastas have a shelf life of up to 30 years. Powdered milks or milk substitutes can last up to 20 years.

Dried foods may be pricey in a store, but doing your own is easy because you can buy a good multi-shelf dehydrator for under $50.00 and it will be the best investment you may ever make.  Once you cut up whatever it is you want to dry, just put it on the trays, put the lid on, set the timer, plug it in and walk away.


At Home Farm Herbery we do a lot of dehydrating and we strive to offer some really good dehydrated products to those who understand the benefits of having them on hand, but who do not have the time or inclination to do it themselves.

We have dehydrated everything from meat to fish to veggies to apples and even made banana chips.  We find it is easy to reconstitute the veggies with water and we prefer to use distilled water.  We often just steam the veggies as they plump up nicely that way.


You can even dehydrate food for your pets and you will find that they may be healthier for it.


In 1965 I said to my late husband, Carl, “I am no financial genius, but I really believe this society of ours is going back to the nobles and the serfs and I know I will make a rotten serf. So let’s do something about it.”  I those days I was thinking about money, but today I feel that time is just about here and within 2 or 3 years anyone who has serious thoughts along those lines better have a big stock pile of dehydrated food on hand because all the money you may have amassed may not be enough to feed you and your family.



Dehydrating is the world’s oldest form of food preservation, it requires no preservatives, and it yields great tasting food with months of shelf life and over the years, especially in my life time, it has gone out of fashion simply because the dehydrator is not a mainstream household appliance. It is time to make it one whether you live in the city or on a homestead in a survivalist mode, a dehydrator is a good investment, a healthy investment even if you just make fruit leather for the kids lunches or your own.  Start thinking along these lines!

May the Creative Force be with you,

Arlene Wright-Correll
 
 

Home Farm Herbery offers some new seasonings to add to your Gourmet pantry

Home Farm Herbery offers some new seasonings to add to your Gourmet pantry.
Green Bell Peppers Dried We love their tangy, sweet, crunchy and fresh taste and aroma and we use the in a wide range of uses including chili, salad, pasta, meat and chicken. These are good keepers and a great survivalist product, plus just to have in any good cook's pantry. Manzanillo Spice Seasoning As a lover of Mexico and especially Manzanillo on Mexico's Pacific Coast, at Home Farm Herbery we don't think that our Manzanillo Mexican Seasoning can only be used for Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes since we also use it when we're in search of some extra spicy flavor and add a dash or two to our scrambled eggs, omelets, chili, fajitas, hamburgers, shrimp, soups and stews as well. Whenever we locate some Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms we zap it with this. Ultimate Seasoning Salt. The title says it all, try it today. It is wonderful on corn on the cob just to say the least.
We thank you for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital so place your order now.

Stock your pantry with these 8 Organic, Chemical- Free good keepers and a great survivalist products now

veggie displayStock your pantry with these 8 Organic, Chemical- Free good keepers and a great survivalist product, plus just to have in any good cook's pantry.   Dried Shallots Green Bell Peppers Dried     Dried Vegetable Mix Celery Flakes Chives Dried (Organic)     Sun Dried Tomatoes     Onions Minced and Dried ,,

All the net proceeds from your order goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital so order now.
 
 

Green Bell Peppers Dried are shipped free when you order today.

Green Bell Peppers Dried

At Home Farm Herbery these are also called dehydrated Green Bell Peppers, Sweet Green Peppers or Capsicum

 We love their tangy, sweet, crunchy and fresh taste and aroma and we use the in a wide range of uses including chili, salad, pasta, meat and chicken.  These are good keepers and a great survivalist product, plus just to have in any good cook's pantry.

Ingredients: Chemical Free Dried Green Bell Peppers

Substitutes: Red Bell Peppers Dried, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Carrots Diced, Chives, Red Bell Pepper Flakes, Red Bell Pepper Powder or Celery Flakes

Did you know that the Bell Pepper is actually a fruit that is unrelated to the pepper family?

1 oz. sampler package $5.75

4 oz. pkg. $12.95

16 oz. pkg. $32.99

5 lb. bulk pkg.  $132.99

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


 
 
 

Another working Saturday at Home Farm

4/7/12

 

It was 40 degrees this morning but a clear sky at 6:30 am and I got the watering started.  Gloria came in to work at 8 am and we put in the new azalea beds and got the weed fabric down between the aisles so we could put hay on it.  Then she started the weeding in the Cottage Garden and is just about finished with it.  By noon it was 70 degrees.

Glynis saved some cantalope seed, but I do not know whether or not it was from heirloom cantalope or just a supermarket one so we have an experimental patch going.

 

Even though all the photos say 4/6/12 I did not realize today was 4/7/12.  In the event you want to watch the slide show click here now and remember you can click on any photo to stop it and then start it again. 

 

http://www.kizoa.com/slideshow/d2499171k6099240o1/4712-arlenes-gardens-at-home-farm

 
 
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