There are numerous ways to effectively preserve and store your food items at home. Many self sufficient homesteads uses various methods to grow and save foods to eliminate the processing, pesticides and other dangerous elements that come along with buying food at grocery stores. The primary reason for growing and packaging your own food is based on what you know – you can never truly know how something was grown unless you grow it yourself. For this reason, dehydrating food has become a major part of the healthy food industry.
Dehydrating food is a very simple and effective process for preserving foods to last from harvest to harvest. There are a myriad of benefits to dehydrating your food – here are just a few of the reasons to consider this process for your kitchen:
Healthy Snacking – There is nothing more promising after a long day than sitting down on the couch and opening a bag of chips to munch on. However delightful this is, making this a part of you and your family’s diet can be an awfully unhealthy idea. Instead of eating deep-fried, processed potato chips or artificially colored cheese doodles, make dehydrated fruit chips from bananas, pears and apples. These crisps will be a natural and nutritious addition to your snacking routine.
Emergency Food – Having an emergency stockpile of freeze dried foods or emergency water is extremely important to your survival plan. Adding your own dehydrated food to these must-have items is simple, considering the ease of dehydration and the small amount of space these foods take up.
Saving Cash – Supermarkets offer some wonderful sales on fruits and veggies, but these only come around once in a while. Instead of buying a lot of these items on sale and trying to eat 100 strawberries before they go bad, preserve them with dehydration. This way, you’ll save on the retail price and have fruit available all the time!