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Day 54 - Dehydrating

I promised I would talk more about preserving food. Today is about dehydrating.

Dehydrating foods is something we do around here a lot. My first dehydrator came from my dad and step-mom for a Christmas gift 15 years ago. I loved it. And used it for years. It was one of those white round ones with multiple trays. I started out doing well known foods like cherries and apples.

Eventually I upgraded and bought myself the Excalibur 9 tray. It is awesome! I love the temperature control on it. I use it to dehydrate anything and everything. I do herbs, vegetables and fruit. Fruit leather is also a staple product (fruit pureed and then poured onto a silicone mat that fits a tray).

I put a lot of vegetable and fruit leftovers through the dehydrator. Excess from the garden goes in it too. I wash and dehydrate spinach, kale, broccoli, carrot tops, tomatoes, and raspberries, strawberries. If I buy lemons or oranges and have too many, I slice and dehydrate some to save them from going bad. They are terrific added to hot or cold tea and juice.

Dehydrators are an easy way to preserve food. I really like that after its dried, the food stops costing money to store. It also prevents food waste. Your oven will work as a dehydrator too!