Food Dehydrating Made Easy! For Fruit, Veggies, Meat & more!

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See what others have to say: by George P., Very in-depth course go really in-depth on a focused area. Susan is obviously very experienced with using a food dehydrator and I enjoy watching how she shares all the tricks she's learned over the years. Tips on everything from the use of oxygen bags to how to rehydrate foods to specific temperature settings for different fruits, vegetables and meats. The real benefit for me is that I'm currently a casual food dehydrator (already own a Nesco) and now that I'm more confident in my preparation techniques I can move towards making dehydrated foods a larger portion of my food supply. _____ by Mrs Amanda Bennetts Wow I feel like an expert now I knew nothing about dehydrating food before & now, after doing this course I feel like an expert :) Thanks Susan, it was lots of fun learning about all the different aspects & I really enjoyed your enthusiasm for every element. Fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone :) _____ by Charity Cason A very comprehensive course on food dehydrating! This course really covers it all when it comes to learning food dehydrating! I like how it's laid out and the videos are very informative and easy to understand. Would highly recommend for anyone who wants to make good use of food dehydrating techniques! IF You Are Serious About Food:Take this course and keep your food pantry full! Susan's course teaches you how to safely dehydrate fruits, vegetables, and meat for daily use AND for long-term food storage for any emergency situation. Learn about the affordable Nesco™ and Excalibur™ food dehydrators and the FoodSaver™ vacuum-sealing system, plus how, why, and when to use oxygen absorbers. Long-term food storage preppers will discover the use of these storage items: Mylar bags, plastic bins, and buckets - with air-tight lids that actually unscrew easily! Enjoy 3 hours of content in 15 sections with 65+ lectures and 10 quizzes: Six Simple Steps Nesco™ and Excalibur™ Dehydrators - best uses for both dehydrators and a nifty use of Excalibur dehydrators for bread... Safely Sealing your Food and Vacuum Sealer Bags and Rolls - which to use, when, and why Oxygen Absorbers - a "must-use" food protection item for long-term food storage Storing Food Safely for Short- or Long-Term Storage - decide what your needs are - Long term? Short term? Bit of Both? Build your own "out of sight" food storage wall - easy steps - takes about three hours Re-Hydrating Dehydrated Food - which water is the best to use and other tasty ideas! Dehydrating Fruit - featuring the top 14 fruits Dehydrating Vegetables - covering the top 16 veggies Dehydrating Meat - the easy way using pre-cooked Chicken, Roast Beef, Turkey Bonus section: Make your Own Pet Food: Chicken chow dog food - homemade! And six of my favorite yummy recipes containing dehydrated food: Carrot Soup Cauliflower Soup Potato Bacon Hash Ratatouille Apple Sauce Banana Cinnamon Rolls So jump right on in - You won't be disappointed. Click on the blue "Start Learning Now" or "Take This Course" button at the top of this page on the right, and keep your food pantry stocked - whatever the reason or season! 30-day money-back guarantee - no questions asked. Who is the target audience? Great for beginner students Ideal for preppers People who hate to see good food go to waste Folk who enjoy having a pantry full of fruits and veggies available to use year 'round!
  • Hello from Susan at Food Dehydrating Made Easy!
    • Food Dehydrating Made Easy - An Introduction from Susan

      Hi, it's Susan from Food Dehydrating Made Easy! I want to teach you my Six Simple Steps to safely store dehydrated food at home. Perfect for having seasonal fruits and veggies year 'round. And in emergencies? Don't be caught with an empty food pantry! I'll show you how to keep it brimming with fruits and veggies. Dehydrate grapes to make your own (better-than-store-bought) raisins. And plums make delicious prunes (keeps you regular!) And not to be left out: Fido or Fifi can have his or her own quality pet food full of nourishing veggies: butternut squash, carrots, and celery - protein: chicken breast - grains: quinoa, and millet - carbs: sweet potato, and egg noodles - vitamins and minerals: alfalfa, bone meal, brewers yeast, and kelp! My Miniature Pinscher has been thriving on it for eight years and she outruns me all day, every day. I'll also cover storing dehydrated food in Mason jars, vacuum-sealed bags, Mylar bags, plastic lidded bins, and buckets! Phew! Thanks for watching

  • Six Steps to Safely Dehydrate Food
    • Six Simple Steps to Safely Dehydrate Food at Home

      From your backyard or grocery store - and covering the steps in between - to your final dehydrated food pouches to store for either short- or long-term food storage! I'll Show You How in Six Simple Steps!

    • Six Steps - What Are They?

      Can you remember the six-step sequence?

  • The Nesco™ and Excalibur™ Dehydrators
    • What are Food Dehydrators?

      Featuring the Nesco™ and Excalibur™ brand dehydrators - I have one of each!

    • The Nesco™ Dehydrator and Accessories

      More information about the Nesco™ Dehydrator and the accessories I use. With the Nesco™ brand, you can stack as many trays as you need - within reason... We're not building a new Trump Tower! Also, they have great "solid sheets" for making your Fruit Leathers and the Tomato Leather. Why solid? Stops the drips to the trays below! Nesco™ also offer "Clean-a-Screen" sheets too which help in the clean-up department

    • The Excalibur™ Dehydrator and Accessories

      More information about the Excalibur™ Dehydrator and the accessories I use. The Excalibur™ dehydrators come in many sizes; from the 4-tray starter all the way to 9-tray models! They are pricier than Nesco™ dehydrators. Excalibur™ accessories include non-stick sheets. Some of the new Excalibur™ dehydrators have glass-front doors. Neat!

    • Dehydrators - Which is which!

      The Nesco™ Dehydrator is:

  • Safely Sealing your Food with a Vacuum-Sealing Machine
    • Under the FoodSaver™ Hood...

      Basics of the FoodSaver® V2240 - and the two steps necessary prior to using a food vacuum sealer.

    • The Three Elements...

      What are the three elements we need to keep at bay:

    • Positioning the Vacuum-Sealer Bags Properly

      Learn how to properly place your food vacuum-sealer bags on your FoodSaver® machine - also tips to avoid bag puncturing included!

    • Which Vacuum-Sealer Bags are Best?

      The supplied bags that come with your FoodSaver® aren't "the best" in my opinion; so I'll share with you my supplier of quality bags. I do not receive compensation for recommending their bags.

    • What about FoodSaver™ Rolls to make Bags?

      FoodSaver™ do have rolls available which are great for cutting to length. Long products, such as spaghetti, do well by this method. Yes, I vacuum-seal spaghetti - for the purpose of keeping it - and the box dry - I live in hurricane-prone Florida!

  • Oxygen Absorbers
    • Oxygen Absorbers - What Are They and How Do You Use Them?

      Oxygen Absorbers... What are they and why should I use them? Don't skimp on this very important step in storing your dehydrated foods for long-term (and even short-term) storage!

    • A "Close Look" at an Opened Oxygen Absorber!

      Take a close look at what is IN an oxygen absorber and see the FoodSaver® in action as I vacuum- and re-seal my oxygen absorbers! Don't adjust your volume for this video... I had my water distiller running in the background!

    • Different Size Oxygen Absorbers for Different Size Packages/Pouches

      Small Mason jars need smaller oxygen absorbers and I'll tell you what sizes best fit small- to medium Mason jars. Also I'll go over the sizes needed for the food bag/pouches, and for long-term storage: what size you'll need that slip inside the Mylar bags before the final sealing of the Mylar bags that contain three or four of your sealed pouches.

    • How to Tell When the Oxygen Absorber is "No Good"!

      What to look for when your oxygen absorbers arrive. I'll also show you how to keep your opened packages of oxygen absorbers "fresh"... this is very important!

    • Oxygen Absorbers... Life Support for Bag, Bins, and Buckets!

      An oxygen absorber is good when it is:

  • Storing Food Safely for Short- or Long-Term Storage
    • Mason Jars - An introduction to Quart- and Half-Pint Mason (canning) Jars

      Check out what I store in my quart- and half-pint Mason jars. There's also a .pdf in Resources with links as to where to buy them, and a link on how to sterilize them.

    • Plastic Wrap - An Extra Layer of Protection

      Going above and beyond to keep your pouches puncture-free!

    • Mylar Bags - Keeps out Air, Light, and Moisture

      Mylar bags - that "untearable, shiny, lightweight material"... ideal for storing your dehydrated food pouches for long-term food storage. NOTE: We do NOT vacuum the air out of the Mylar bag, though we do add an oxygen absorber in the Mylar bag prior to sealing it up.

    • Plastic Lidded Bins and Buckets - For Long Term Storage

      Plastic lidded bins and buckets are for the serious long-term food storage folk. With all the turmoil world-wide, it behooves us to have enough food on-hand for at least a couple of months... and that's where the air-tight buckets come in. Most bins are NOT air-tight, but are OK to use nonetheless. Only use 2000cc oxygen absorbers in air-tight containers (buckets usually). As always - Remember To Rotate Your Stock!

  • Build Your Own "Out of Sight" Food Storage System
    • The Secret "Wall of Dehydrated Food"

      If you don't have a spare closet (come on ladies... like that's ever gonna happen???) do what I did... create a "wall of dehydrated food." Took about three hours. Hardest part was locating the curtains I had hidden up in the attic...

  • Re-Hydrating Dehydrated Food
    • How to Re-Hydrate your Food.

      Time to "Put the Water Back In!" Important tips on the best water to use - and how much. See our shredded carrot example.

  • Before We Get Going With Fruit and Veg and Meat... Don't Shoot the Messenger!
    • Why I repeat "turn on your dehydrator..." and "rotate your trays"...

      I didn't want to have ONE lecture as a blanket-statement covering the dehydrating temperatures. I wanted to make it easy for you to see that carrots dehydrate at 125°F to 135°F - and meats at 160°F - posted right there in their specific video lectures! When you need to come back to fruit leathers in the future, you'll see right there in their video that they dehydrate at a higher temperature. And green beans? Oh, it's right there... on their video. And mushrooms? Yep, they're the odd-ball veggie... but it's right there in the video! If I'd have chosen to go with one video having a list of all the fruits and veggies' dehydrating temperatures, it would have meant you having to go back and forth between one video list to get pertinent dehydrating temperatures - and then having to go back to your fruit/veg of choice to continue with preparation information... and that didn't sit well with me. So I made this short video to explain why there is a seemingly repetitious nature throughout t

  • Dehydrating Fruit
    • Dehydrating Fruit for Healthy Snacks and for Long-term Food Storage

      Learn the Basics of Fruit Preparation. Find out which Fruits need to be Sprayed with Lemon Juice, and which don't!

    • What Starchy Fruits were mentioned?

      Do you remember what the three starchy fruits were?

    • Minimum Dehydrator Tray usage - Fruit

      Minimum Tray usage for fruit for Nesco™ Dehydrators and a reminder to "rotate your trays!"

    • Apples

      'Bout Them Apples... Learn how easy it is to dehydrate apples for healthy snacks at home! Please see our Apple Sauce recipe at the end of this course!

    • Apricots

      I love Apricot Jam - spread across a freshly baked croissant...

    • Bananas

      Great for Back-Packing trips and Snacking at home. Please see our Banana Cinnamon Rolls recipe at the end of this course!

    • Going Bananas!

      Let's Go BANANAS!

    • Berries

      Learn how to dehydrate Blueberries and Cranberries.

    • Cherries

      Cherries are great for Cobblers, Pies, and of course, Cocktails!

    • Fruit Rolls

      Fruit Rolls - AKA "Fruit Leathers" - Fun to Make, Kids Love 'Em!

    • Fun Facts for Fruit Rolls - True or False?

      Fruit Rolls - fun facts... but are they true or false?

    • Grapes

      Raisins in Disguise...

    • Grapes - Red or Green

      Grapes - Raisins in Disguise...

    • Lemons, Limes, Oranges

      Our Citrus Trio! Quick to Prep: Wash, Slice, and Away You Go!

    • Melons

      Watermelon, Honeydew... and/or Cantaloupe too! Instructions on how to roast their seeds also.

    • Peaches

      Not Just for Lucky Georgians! Peach Melba... Peach Cobbler... Yum!

    • Pears

      For a Compote or Pear Preserves.

    • Plums

      Yes, those "Good for You" Prunes!

    • Rhubarb

      Rhubarb is great eaten raw as we all know... but dehydrated and then re-hydrated, it's good for Pies, Desserts, and Tarts.

    • Strawberries

      Strawberries are Everyone's Favorite!

  • Dehydrating Vegetables
    • Dehydrating Vegetables the Easy Way! Yes - even from Frozen!

      Learn the Basics of Vegetable Preparation. See which Vegetables need Blanching, or Steaming - and which don't!

    • Minimum Dehydrator Tray usage - Vegetables

      Minimum Tray usage for veggies for Nesco™ Dehydrators and a reminder to "rotate your trays!". Feel free to skip this video if you have already seen the "fruit" version!

    • Broccoli

      Dehydrate Broccoli - So even your kids will eat it in Soups and Sauces!

    • Butternut Squash

      Well Worth the Effort of Peeling...

    • Cabbage

      One Head of Cabbage goes a L-o-o-o-o-ng Way!

    • Carrots

      Watch out for Orange Hands :-) Please see our recipe for Carrot Soup at the end of this course!

    • Cauliflower

      Great for Soups and Sauces. Please see our recipe for Cauliflower Soup at the end of this course!

    • Celery

      The one-third part of the Onion, Carrot, and Celery Trio known as "mirepoix". Celery is fun to dehydrate, easy to prep - and they remind me of tiny seahorses for some reason!

    • Cut Corn

      Chowder anyone? Great fiber in this veggie - add to other vegetable soups too!

    • Garlic

      Garlic - Regular or Elephant size! You can even grind garlic to make your own Garlic Powder!

    • Green Beans

      Green Beans Fresh - or - Frozen! Even Canned can be used!

    • Mushrooms

      Mushrooms are the Trickiest to Dehydrate... Learn why!

    • Onions

      Yellow, White, Sweet Red - Rings or Diced - Fresh or Frozen! Just watch out for the odor...

    • Peas

      Picked Fresh from the Pods -or - from the bag in the freezer!

    • Peppers

      I love Colorful Peppers - Red, Yellow, or Green - Sliced or Diced! Great for omelets, stir-fries! Salsa anyone? When dehydrated, peppers take up a lot less room than fresh peppers - plus, they're not cheap, so this is a great way to make sure they don't go bad on you before you get a chance to use 'em all up!

    • Potatoes

      Sliced, Diced - Fresh -or- Frozen! Please see our recipe for Potato Bacon Hash at the end of this course!

    • And the word of the day is...

      It's not easy saying ________

    • Tomatoes

      Sliced for Dehydrating, or Pureed for a "Leather" - Make your own Spaghetti Sauce!

    • Zucchini

      Zucchini is great for Ratatouille, Breads, Chips and Dips! Please see our recipe for Ratatouille at the end of this course!

  • Dehydrating Meat
    • Dehydrating Meats

      Ideal for Backpacking or for Long-term Food Storage - We'll go over our use of pre-cooked meat. Your dehydrator's manual will show you how to make jerky - but we're all about "long-term food storage" in this course and how to use your dehydrator for more than just jerky-making!

    • Chicken

      Our Easy way to Dehydrate this favorite protein.

    • Roast Beef

      Yes, Dehydrate Beef from Pre-cooked Slices, and/or Leftovers!

    • Turkey

      One of the "healthier" meats - Gobble up all you can - it's not just for Thanksgiving anymore!

    • Dehydrating Meats...

      Temperature setting is different!

  • BONUS - Make Your Own Pet Food and a Few Favorite Recipes!
    • Chicken-Chow Dog Food - Homemade!

      Yes you CAN make your own dog food and my Min Pin is living proof of just how good it is! She has a shiny coat, bright eyes, and tons of energy... and she's almost eight years old... runs rings around me! Good, wholesome ingredients are key and I'll show you how to make it.

    • BONUS - Dehydrating AND Re-Hydrating Chicken Chow Dog Food!

      Bonus Lecture - what the chicken chow looks like dehydrated and re-hydrated

  • A Little Information About Our Recipes...
    • A Little Information About Our Recipes...

      Just a note to let you know that all the recipes featured are included as a printable .pdf over in the Resources in this section!

    • Carrot Soup

      My dad loves this simple, classic soup. It's the surprising orange tangy taste that gives it the kick! Make some today and see for yourself just how good it is!

    • Cauliflower Soup

      Creamy, tasty, satisfying cauliflower soup!

    • Potato Bacon Hash

      The aroma of this breakfast/brunch meal will have your family ambling in to the kitchen to see what's cookin'!

    • Ratatouille

      The smell of the French Riviera... or Italy... almost... in your kitchen. Easier to make than it is to pronounce, "ratatouille" (ra-ta-too-ee or ra-ta-twee) is a savory blend of herbs, onions, zucchini and yellow squash, tomatoes, olives... and more! Add rice or orzo as a side and there you have a great meal.

    • Apple Sauce

      Easy-to-make homemade apple sauce - great warmed up and poured over vanilla ice cream!

    • Banana Cinnamon Rolls

      OMG - these should be illegal! So decadent... so sweet and rich-tasting... and best of all? Hardly any fat! It doesn't get much better than these totally healthy Banana Cinnamon Rolls brought to you by raw food Chef Alicia Ojeda.

  • Thank You!
    • Thank You!

      Thank You so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to fit me in! I really do appreciate it. I hope you got a lot out of this Food Dehydrating Made Easy! course and if you did, please leave a favorable review - it would mean a great deal to me.

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