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food dehydration.
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Anybody else using this method for food preservation? My wife and I began using it this year, and so far have achieved excellent results. The method reduces the weight of a product by an average of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharen Berry Jan 13, 2011.

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Sharen Berry replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Here it is  Building and Using a Midwest Solar Food Dryer  http://www.manytracks.com/Homesteading/SolarFoodDryer.htm can hardly wait for my sweetie to build one."
Jan 13, 2011
Sharen Berry replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"I LOVE dehydrating and vacuum sealing. I also seal my beans,rice, pasta and sugar. Oh yes, my herbs. A month or so ago I read about a homemade sundryer that works well here in the high humity country. I will find the referance and post it."
Jan 4, 2011
Joe Tittiger replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Thanks for your experiences Nancy. We are doing similar things I think. The plastic buckets are NOT the way to go IMHO. They leak oxygen through the plastic according to many sources and I would not trust 25# of product to the top seal either. I…"
Dec 6, 2010
Nancy replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Joe, I have crunched those numbers before on the O2 absorbers, been a couple years though as they do not store well. I think I read they are good for about a year. This is before they are used. I had some before I knew this and they were not good.…"
Dec 5, 2010
Joe Tittiger replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Hi Nancy! To answer your question... I have had food in 1 gallon 3.5 mil bags for over a year and moved them into and out of 55 gallon barrels and they have held up well so far. If one fails one could easily just use that particular one first or…"
Dec 5, 2010
Joe Tittiger replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Yes they both need oxygen. (But not a whole lot) They should be fine at least for a year as vacuum packed especially if in the fridge or freezer. I think packing seed with desiccant would be more harmful. (Mine sprout seed had O2 absorber for a…"
Dec 5, 2010
Nancy replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Joe, You mentioned the 3.5ml have held up well so far. How long? 1yr? 2? I may try some 3.5ml as I have more buckets now. Thanks, Nancy"
Dec 5, 2010
Nancy replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"For drying in the sun I have a bunch of plastic bread racks. I cover the rack with cheesecloth, or any other similar material, then lay out what I am drying. A lot of veggies need blanching first. Then I cover with another piece of cheesecloth and…"
Dec 5, 2010
Nancy replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"I did not know about the sprouting seeds. Makes sense as they are 'alive'. I think I processed my extra in the vacume seal bags. Will have to go check, open a package and see how they do. Should have thought they'd be the same as…"
Dec 5, 2010
Joe Tittiger replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Thanks for the reality check. Since I am single I use the smaller bags and pack about 5# of beans or grains into each bag. I have also opted for the 3.5 mil such as: 35M1014 10.0"x14.0" One Gallon Pouch. PAKVF3.5M 3.5 mil MYLAR…"
Dec 4, 2010
Nancy replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"I have been using mylar bags and O2 absorbers from Sorbent systens for about 5 years now. The mylar bags work great. they do have the specs for each type of bag. They are especially good in the plastic buckets. I have been using an iron to seal mine…"
Dec 4, 2010
Joe Tittiger replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Looks like a great machine but out of my price range for now. I am considering: http://www.sorbentsystems.com/sinbosealer.html as I could buy 3 or 4 of them for the price of the Weston."
Dec 3, 2010
joe patriot replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"BushcraftonFire, we have a Weston Pro 2100 vacuum sealer we bought online. Just google it. I am extremely impressed with this machine. We have been packing up dehydrated produce, sugar, and dry milk so far. The dry milk went into mylar bags with…"
Dec 3, 2010
BushcraftonFire replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Hi Joe, Try this website :) http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/shaffer58.html blessings, Tamar "
Dec 3, 2010
BushcraftonFire replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Hi there, I've been learning how to use the sun during summer, and then loving my Excalibur right now. The one I have according to the manual, costs 25 cents a day to run. The beauty of dehydrated foods is that once you are done, like you…"
Dec 3, 2010
Joe Tittiger replied to joe patriot's discussion food dehydration.
"Great Idea... Elliot Coleman got me thinking along these lines also.... I want to learn more - but do not think the Excaliber type dehydrators are up to par for my purposes for 2 reasons: One they take electricity and that might not always be…"
Dec 2, 2010

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