Using a Dehydrator to Preserve Food (Video)

Discover how using a food dehydrator can help you preserve summer’s bounty.

By Jessica Kellner

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Summer’s end, when your garden is most bounteous, is the perfect time to try your hand at old-fashioned food preservation techniques. Drying is the simplest form of food preservation. Use a food dehydrator to dry herbs, fruits and vegetables, and preserve them for the cold winter months ahead. Here, Editor in Chief Jessica Kellner demonstrates how to preserve fresh sage and ripe tomatoes with a Nesco/American Harvest FD-1010 Gardenmaster Pro Food Dehydrator. Having dried herbs around makes it easy to season foods all winter long. It’s also great to store dried tomatoes in your pantry for use in winter soups, stews and sauces, or even just to snack on as is. Using a dehydrator to preserve these foods is a simple way to create an endless supply of healthful meals for your whole family without added sugar, salt or preservatives.

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Food preservation was once integral to humanity’s survival-strategies toolbox. We had to eat even when there was nothing fresh from our garden to harvest. As such, our ancestors invented myriad ways to keep foods fresh well into winter, including drying, canning and freezing. Explore the many techniques that can help make homegrown foods last all year and adopt them as a part of your end-of-the-summer routine. You could even invite friends and family and turn it into a food preservation party!

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