Recently a dear friend asked me if I would like a dehydrator she was no longer using. I was just so excited! I’ve been canning for over 15 years and I would never give that up. However dehydrating has many benefits. It saves a LOT of space and properly stored many items can last up to 30 years. Standard guidelines on canned goods are 1 year, although myself and many canners have used them well past that and they were just fine.
My main interest in dehydrating is time savings, space savings and long term storage.
This is the dehydrator I have except that mine has 4 trays. I love it, enough that I will be getting a larger Excalibur
Below is what I’ve been dehydrating in the past week. The bag of corn was a 1kg (2.2 lb) frozen bag, it now fits in just 1 medium zip lock bag! Each bag of peppers had taken up 4 medium zip lock bags before dehydrating. We bought lots on a case sale last summer, diced and froze them. The bottom right are blueberries. Last week a local store had 600 g tubs of frozen wild organic blueberry’s on sale. Now these will be easy to add to yogurt or baked goodies! On the bottom left are banana chips, or what is left at them. lol The kids just love them!