Wondering as to how you can dehydrate and store food for SHTF events? Well, you don’t need to mull over the matter anymore as this article takes you through some of the best ways to dehydrate and store survival foods.
Let’s have a look:
Though there might be countless ways to dehydrate food items but the best one is to use a dehydrator of some kind. Consisting of a fan, a dehydrator is much better than the usual “round kind dehydrators” without any fan, as the fan kinds offer superb air circulation, and will more uniformly soak up your foods.
It’s also better to own a timer, as over drying can cut down flavor greatly, make your food items look warmed, and also turn them stronger to recombine. However, you don’t need to own an extravagant electric dehydrator; there are additional methods to dehydrate food items.
Other methods include using a conventional oven and sun-drying.
The Drying Procedure
- Choose the right drying method and equipment for your vegetables and fruits.
- Maintain a temperature of 130-140F with rotating air.
- Get to know when exactly your food items are dry.
Storing Dry Foods
As soon as the food gets dehydrated, you should store it in a space not exposed to too much light like pantry. Perhaps, any food item that embraces Vitamin A should never be brought to light.
Here is a general storage advice:
- Freezer zip-lock packets are best for storing dried foods. Take out excess air from packets while you seal them.
- Obtain food-grade, heavy-duty, top-quality, seal-able plastic packets from local trade packaging wholesalers.
- Stack dried food items in a cooler, drier area out of open sunlight. Utilize a craft paper inside bigger plastic bags to protect dried food items from sun exposure. Paper placed outside plastic packets offers a nesting area for spiders and bugs.
- Store just one type of food in each package to prevent fusing of flavor and probable cross-contamination should spoilage or molds take place.
- Another technique for storing dehydrated food items is to put it in a food-quality, plastic packet, then place it in some sealed metal or glass container.
- Throw away rotten food. Never take chances on a crippling sickness or botulism over some dollars or pennies. Please note that you should never give mold food items to pets as well!
- The issue of some bugs in dry food can be resolved by extending the affected dried foods on a cooking pan, putting in to a 300 degree oven for half an hour. Infections and eggs are removed & the food items become edible again.
Remember, whether it’s about dehydrating foods or storing them, you need to consider foods that are free from problems of botulism so that they can help you and your families survive through difficult times.
So, what are you waiting for? Practice this and have a constant food supply when struck with disaster.