Saturday, October 15, 2011

Using Home Dehydrated Foods

I have said before that I love my Excalibur dehydrator.  I have, over the years, dehydrated so many things using it.  I have used two of those items in meals today.  This morning, I used dehydrated shredded potatoes to make hash browns for breakfast.

Tonight, I am using some dehydrated collards to go with our dinner meal.  The collards were purchased frozen on sale.  I dehydrated them and sealed them in jars to keep from using precious freezer space. 
I will go into more detail on dehydrating specific items in later posts, but wanted to give you a snippet of information on using dehydrated items.  If you are interested in specific items, how to dehydrate them, and how to use them once dehydrated, please let me know and I will incorporate them into future posts.

Buying items on sale and dehydrating them is a great money-saver.  Not only does it help you lock in your food costs at a low purchase price, it doesn't take up precious freezer space and there is no risk of losing everything in case of a power outage.  As I have said before, you don't have to start out with a top of the line dehydrator.  Be on the look out for one at a thrift store or garage sale.  I have often seen them for $5 or less.  If you don't find one, remember that Christmas is coming and it is OK to ask for "out of the normal" gifts!

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