Want affordable food storage that is easy to use? Try dehydrated foods!

When food is dehydrated, the water is slowly cooked out of the food without actually cooking it. You can dry food at home by yourself with a food dehydrator, or choose from of myriad of dried foods available on the market. The most popular forms are packaged for long term storage in #10 cans with an oxygen absorber.

Dehydrated foods are a wonderful storage option for multiple reasons. Dehydrated foods are lightweight and compact. They are an affordable form of food storage, and are easy to reconstitute and use.

Nervous about using dehydrated foods? Ask yourself the following question: Have I ever used a cake mix? Or pancake mix? Or made a box of macaroni and cheese? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have used dehydrated foods! Many of the convenience foods we use on a regular basis have dehydrated foods in them.

What types of foods are dehydrated? Many of the common dairy products are available in dehydrated form. You will Replace butter powder, dried milk, and even eggs! These foods are great for creating mixes for baking. Don’t want to make your own mixes? There are many mixes already prepared for you! Pancake mixes, muffin mixes, and many others are available to make your preparedness pantry as simple as possible. Most of these foods only need to have water added to them before being cooked to prepare them for consumption. There are also some fruits and vegetables available using this common method of dehydration.

One popular dehydrated breakfast item is Creamy Wheat Cereal. Did you know one # 10 can of Creamy Wheat Cereal makes 48 one-cup servings? That is less than a quarter per breakfast! What a great economical and nutritional value!

freeze-dried foods in your home storage. Not sure what the difference is between freeze-dried and dehydrated foods? Watch for next week’s article where we will discuss freeze dried foods in greater detail!

As you sort through all the types of food storage available, don’t hesitate to try one of the most popular food storage options: dehydrated foods! Hopefully you now know “why to buy dry”!

- Angie Sullivan

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