Prepper's Dehydrator Handbook: Long-Term Food Storage Techniques for Nutritious, Delicious, Lifesaving Meals

Prepper's Dehydrator Handbook: Long-Term Food Storage Techniques for Nutritious, Delicious, Lifesaving Meals

by Shelle Wells
Prepper's Dehydrator Handbook: Long-Term Food Storage Techniques for Nutritious, Delicious, Lifesaving Meals

Prepper's Dehydrator Handbook: Long-Term Food Storage Techniques for Nutritious, Delicious, Lifesaving Meals

by Shelle Wells


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Tips, tricks, and techniques for preparing shelf-stable foods in your dehydrator—from the founder of PreparednessMama.

Instead of relying on preservative-filled packaged goods, fill your prepper stockpile with the tastier, healthy alternative—dehydrated foods. Whether you grew it, butchered it or purchased it fresh, it’s going to be more delicious and more nutritious if you personally preserve it in your own dehydrator.

Packed with everything you need to know about this power method for creating shelf-stable foods, Prepper’s Dehydrator Handbook includes:
  • Tips for locking in produce’s natural flavor
  • Seasoning recipes for delicious jerkies
  • Drying techniques for delicate herbs
  • Tricks for working in bulk to keep costs down
  • Crucial advice on how to prevent spoilage

“Everything you need to know about getting started dehydrating and building up your food supply is in this book. Solar drying, oven drying, dehydrator drying and microwave drying are all covered.” —Country Living in Cariboo Valley

“This book will be a very important book in my cookbook collection as well as a great reference book for my food storage. I found this to be one of the most complete books on dehydrating that I have seen or owned. I think you will find this to be a very important part of your food storage books too.” —Living Life in Rural Iowa

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612438092
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 02/10/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 137
Sales rank: 732,320
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Shelle Wells is the author of the popular website PreparednessMama and believes that everyone wants to be prepared for the big and small disasters of life. She helps people do this by teaching them to build their food storage, grow a family garden, and have an emergency kit. Her brand of preparedness teaches practical self-reliance, not zombie apocalypse and while she calls herself a ‘prepper’ there is no doomsday involved. She has been researching topics on preparedness and food storage for over 20 years. A native Oregonian, she’s currently transplanted in Central Texas with her husband, Steve.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Why Dehydrate? 4

Benefits of Dehydrating 5

The Prepared Pantry 6

One Year of Food Storage for a Family of Four 9

Chapter 2 Dehydrating Methods 13

Harness the Sun 13

In the Oven 14

Using a Dehydrator 15

Microwave Drying 19

Chapter 3 Basic Dehydrating Instructions 21

Supplies 22

Dehydrating in Small Batches 23

Dehydrating in Large Batches 24

Blanching Vegetables for Dehydrating 25

Fruit Pretreatments to Prevent Oxidization 28

Food Touching on Trays 30

Conditioning the Finished Product 30

General Rehydrating Techniques 31

Record Keeping 33

Chapter 4 Food Purchasing and Safety Information 34

Select the Best Produce 34

Clean Fruit and Vegetables 35

What Not to Dehydrate 36

The Effects of Light, Oxygen, Heat, and Humidity on Dried Food 38

Using Frozen Vegetables 40

Using Frozen Fruit 41

Buying Large Quantities of Produce 42

Chapter 5 Storing Your Dehydrated Food 47

Necessary Equipment 47

Short-Term Vs. Long-Term Pantry 48

Keeping Inventory 50

Rotating Your Food 51

Chapter 6 Fruit and Vegetable Leathers 52

Dehydrator Trays Liners for Making Leather 53

General Instructions for Uncooked Fruit Leather 53

General Instructions for Cooked Fruit Leather 55

How to Store Fruit Leather 55

What Can Go Wrong 56

Vegetable Leather 57

Highly Concentrated Food 58

Chapter 7 Making jerky 59

Safe Jerky 59

Prepare the Meat 60

Pretreating the Meat 60

Dehydrating the Jerky 61

Creating Specialty Jerky Brines 62

Storing Jerky 63

Rehydrating Jerky in Meals 63

Chapter 8 Soups, Powders, and Herbs 64

Soups 64

Powders 66

Herbs 68

Chapter 9 Dehydrating 50 Common Fruit and Vegetables 73

Apples 73

Apricots 74

Asparagus 75

Bananas 76

Beans (Green, Yellow, Snap) 77

Beets 78

Blueberries 79

Broccoli 80

Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts 81

Carrots 83

Cauliflower 84

Celery 85

Cherries 86

Citrus 87

Coconut 88

Corn 89

Cucumbers 90

Eggplant 91

Figs 92

Garlic 93

Ginger 94

Grapes 95

Green Onions and Leeks 96

Horseradish 97

Kale 98

Kiwi 99

Lettuce 99

Mangoes or Papayas 100

Melons 101

Mushrooms 102

Onions (Yellow, White, Red, Sweet) 103

Peaches or Nectarines 104

Pears 105

Peas and Chickpeas 106

Peanut (Raw) 107

Peppers (Hot, Sweet) 108

Pineapple 108

Plums 109

Potatoes 110

Raspberries and Blackberries 112

Rhubarb 113

Spinach 114

Strawberries 115

Summer Squash 116

Sweet Potatoes and Yams 117

Tomatoes 118

Watermelon 119

Winter Squash (Pumpkin, Acorn, Butternut, Delicata) 120

Chapter 10 Recipes 122

Pantry Basics

Blueberry Basil Syrup 123

Pectin with Citrus Pith 124

Pink Grapefruit Jelly 125

Ginger and Lemon Infused Honey 126

Honey Peach BBQ Sauce 127

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter 128

Homemade Roasted Peanut Butter 129

Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing 130

Tomato Powder 131

Sweet Potato Powder 132

Celery Salt 134

Green Powder Blend 135

Shredded Coconut 136

Coconut Flour 137


Strawberry Banana Roils 138

Cinnamon Apple Leather 139

Pumpkin Pie Leather 140

Pizza Blend Tomato Leather 141

Mixed Vegetable Leather 142

Tomato Wraps 143

Sweet Potato Chips 144

Kale Chips 145

Zucchini Chips 146

Dehydrated Refrigerator Pickles 148

My Classic Beef Jerky 149

Beef Steak jerky 150

Sides and Entrees

Cauliflower Soup 151

Asparagus Soup 152

Thermos Vegetable Soup 153

Sweet Potato Coconut Flour Pancakes 154

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls 155

Sautéed Winter Squash with Apples 156

Dehydrated Winter Squash Nests 157

Garlic Creole Spiced Squash Nests 158

Fajita Beans and Rice 159

Riced Cauliflower Pizza Crust 160

Hash Brown Mix in a Jar 162

Quick Brown Rice 163

Quick Cook Beans 164

Mrs. B's Stovetop Baked Beans 165

Mexican Fiesta Bake 166

Drinks and Desserts

Rose Hip Mint Tea 167

Orange Mint Tea Blend 168

Lemon Verbena Sun Tea 169

Lemonade with Dehydrated Citrus 170

Apple Crisp with Oat Topping 171

Steve's Low-Fat Pineapple Cake 172

Candied Ginger 174

Oatmeal Fig Cookies 176

Conversions 178

Acknowledgments 181

About the Author 183

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