Homemade Fruit Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups) + a GIVEAWAY

Dehydrating, Fruits and Vegetables
So I had a fun adventure in dehydrating a couple weeks ago I wanted to share with you. While Jodi has dehydrated before and I've seen/helped my mom dehydrate before I had never taken on a dehydrating project of my own. And while this wasn't 100% on my own because I went to my friends house to use her dehydrator... it was my plan and I'm pretty proud of it. TIP: A great way to try new things is to get together with friends who have the appliances and know how. You learn things, you find out if it's something you'd like to invest more time and resources in, and it's fun. So I had a bunch of peaches I needed to use from a bushel I had bought. I…
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Getting Started with Dehydrating Foods

Dehydrating, Dehydrating, Fruits and Vegetables
I accidentally bought myself one of these for an early Christmas present: Then the other day I bought a bunch of these: Which I cut up and put onto these: Then I placed them all into this: And after a LONG wait, and the help of my food saver jar attachment,ended up with these: THE END Now I'm way excited to try dehydrating more things. I wanted some ideas on what would be yummy so I asked on our facebook page and got a GREAT response. Here are just a few samples, click here to see all of them! If you are not following our facebook page yet, you definitely want to consider it. We have great conversations, idea sharing, and support going on every day. It is a great…
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Blasts from the Past: Learning the Lost Arts of Self Reliance

Dehydrating, Events, Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening, Jodi's Progress, Sprouting
If you have been following along with our Extreme Food Storage Makeover you will have already been introduced to my mom, Grandma Lori. I remember growing up we used to eat homemade strawberry jam and bottled peaches and my mom would make alfalfa sprouts on the kitchen counter. As I got older my mom kind of stopped doing those things and when I got married I was so busy I didn't give it a second thought. When we started our blog people started to ask us about some of the "food storage swear words" like gardening, canning, dehydrating, and sprouting and we realized we knew nothing about them. I asked my mom why she never taught me how to can and she said "When you can buy canned tomatoes at…
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Day 9: Food Storage Christmas (fruits and veggies)

Christmas Gifts, Dehydrating, Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening
While not critical for sustaining life, fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any food storage program for the health benefits, variety, and to help you save money on your day to day grocery shopping. Include the Day 9 Tags to complete today's gift ideas: Options that are Free or Under $1 Gardening Seeds Gardening is a great way to become more self reliant. Try giving a few packs of gardening seeds to help motivate people to get going on gardening. If you know the person doesn't have a lot of space, pick herbs, or things you can grow on kitchen counters. An Option that is $5-$30 Canning Supplies A fun way to start using foods you garden, or buy in season for great prices is by canning them.…
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Basics of Food Dehydration

Dehydrating, Fruits and Vegetables
This information is taken from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Circular 1227. For even more detailed information please visit their website. Drying is the oldest method of preserving food. The early American settlers dried foods such as corn, apple slices, currants, grapes, and meat. Compared with other methods, drying is quite simple. In fact, you may already have most of the equipment on hand. Dried foods keep well because the moisture content is so low that spoilage organisms cannot grow. Drying will never replace canning and freezing because these methods do a better job of retaining the taste, appearance, and nutritive value of fresh food. But drying is an excellent way to preserve foods that can add variety to meals and provide delicious,…
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