Preserve Food Using A Dehydrator And Vacuum Sealer

People always ask how come I buy very little at the grocery store. I own a Rival Seal A Meal- vacuum storage unit and a Excalibur dehydrator.

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I never have left overs, I use my dehydrator to make powders of leftover sauces, dry veggies and fruits, refresh stale crackers and chips, and make my own cheeses, yogurt and grain products. I buy staples: salt, powdered milk, and rennets.

All foods are stored in sealed packages with my Rival, I can make my own bags at whatever size I need, just open and reseal. I buy fruits and veggies in season. I also watch prices at grocery stores.

When I get my home I will again have a garden and compost to save myself money. I learned old school and passed it on to my kids.

Source: Preserve It Naturally - The Complete Guide to Food Dehydration

By Chargail from South Beloit, Illinois

September 3, 20090 found this helpful

Great ideas! How do you use your dehydrator to make powders of sauces? I would like to do this too!

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful

Brilliant idea and I wish I had done this a long time ago. Now I don't really have the need, but I recommend it to new moms starting out. It avoids all the chemicals and preservatives in store-bought foods which I really don't like to serve or eat myself. It's also a great way to make treats for your dog, dry sweet potato chips, meat slices, etc. Saves money and it's so much better for the dog. I don't even like to give my dogs unhealthy foods (or my kitty).

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September 10, 20090 found this helpful

We need to hook up! I know several people who would love to learn this idea! As well as me. I have a food saver so I can make my own bags. I do use the reynolds for cheese and stuff I will get into a lot because I have the reseal option without cutting off extra to make room for opening and resealing, but I love both my sealing systems. You make your own cheese! OMG! this would be awesome to learn to do!

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