Your dehydrator can be used to make all kinds of emergencey food.

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  1. tb65

    tb65 Active Member
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    You can preserve fruits vegetables and even meats with a dehydrator. I would make as many different kinds of dehydrated fruits and vegetables as I could in the case of an emergency. Still I don't know how long beef jerky from a dehydrator would last. Has any body made beef jerky in there dehydrator and stored it for over a year? I'm pretty sure the fruits and vegetables would last pretty long.
     
  2. Keith H.

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    We use our wood stove to dry foods, & our wood burning heater in winter. Make sure the dehydrator you get is NOT electric powered! Yes my dried meat & vegies have lasted for over a year.
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  3. cluckeyo

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    We have a cavity type dehydrator. It looks like a microwave kind of, with lots of removable shelves. We have dried tomatoes, which are delicious! We've dried peaches. One thing I like to do with it is make yogurt. I can take out all the shelves and fit a 3 quart pot inside. It has a setting for making yogurt which is far superior than using the oven. Set it and forget it. When the yogurt is ready, I strain it and turn it into Greek yogurt, it is soooo delicious!!
     
  4. Keith H.

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    Can it still be used if the power goes out?
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  5. TJames13

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    I just finished drying a variety of fruits from the farmers market in my dehydrator. They make for a healthy snack with low weight and they last a long time if stored properly. My favorites are strawberries but I also dried some cherries, apricots, blackberries, and pears. With so much fruit available at farmers markets or from friends who have fruit trees or gardens, this time of year my dehydrator is almost always on. I've dried tons of veggies too, but I'm all about the fruit right now. Later this summer I'll shift my focus to more veggies but the dried fruit is so good and so easy to take as a snack on various summer outings.
     
  6. ziskasun

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    Dehydration is a great idea. I dehydrate all kinds of fruit and vegetables. I also dehydrate herbs and seasonings to use later. My favorite kind of storage for dried foods is vacuum seal packages. That way there is no worry about glass jars that break in an earthquake. I usually either grow the things I dehydrate or sometimes a friend or neighbor has fruit that is dropping and they will let people come pick the tree for free.
     
  7. ally79

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    I am so jealous of your wood stove Keith! I want one just like that. We have a dehydrator and we use it quite a lot although I have never tried to do meat in it. I have also just used the lowest setting on the oven to dehydrate veggies...didn't work so well on fruit though.
     
  8. chelsknits

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    Personally, I've never kept dehydrated fruits or meat for longer than a month or so, mostly because they always seem to get ate fast around here. I've never tried dehydrating vegetables before but I'll definitely give it a shot! What kind of vegetables do you dehydrate?
     
  9. chelsknits

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    Your wood stove is amazing! I've never seen anything like that before. Our dehydrator is electric and we haven't had any issue with it but I've never been able to try anything dehydrated in a wood stove so I wouldn't know the difference. The only bad thing about our dehydrator is that it can't hold that much so it would take a long time to dehydrate any big quantity of anything.
     
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  10. kamar19

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    yes a dehydrator can be used to make lots of food, you just have to be patient, it can take up to 24hrs to dehydrate food, I seen a solar powered dehydrator that looked cool, and would be ideal for emergencies when the power goes out.
     
  11. Kevin Jansen

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    There are a few important aspects to storing beef jerky in the long term. Namely. moisture, oxygen, temperature and fat content.

    Meat jerky that you intend to last for more than a few months should be as dry as possible. There are many ways to tenderize the meat, so this isn't much of an issue.

    We use vacuum-sealed bags for storage. They prevent the oxygen-chemical breakdown.

    It's best to freeze beef jerky that you want to store for more than a few months. Keep in mind that this may damage the quality of the meat.

    Finally, fat content spoils much faster than meat. Cut out as much as possible, and your jerky will last much longer in the fridge or freezer.
     
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