Food dehydration is the oldest form of preserving food. It can be dated all the way back to the Egyptians. I’m sure that when the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower they were carrying lots of dried foods, too. People dried food, not only because it lasted longer and it was easier to carry from place to place, but also because fresh food was not always available. Somewhere along the way electricity came into the picture and jars of dried foods were replaced with canned or frozen foods.
Today, technology has combined the old form of drying food with electricity, in the form of the food dehydrator. You gotta love modern times!
Recently, my husband and I purchased an Excalibur food dehydrator. Let me just say….WE LOVE IT!
The best part about it is that it has a temperature dial. Not everything gets dehydrated at the same temperature. Our old dehydrator was the kind that you just plug in to turn on, and unplug to turn off. Everything had to be dried at the same temperature, and there was no telling what that was. More often than not, things got over dried.
Last night we had our April keepers meeting. We talked about food dehydration and had lots of dehydrated foods to sample.
Some zucchini, cabbage, soup mix and pineapple from my pantry.
Some onions and mushrooms.
My counter was filled with all kinds of goodies from Janice’s pantry and mine. Oranges, grapefruit, fruit leather, granola, jerky, potatoes, celery, stuffing mix, hot peppers, and more. I didn’t make the granola in the dehydrator, but I used some dehydrated fruit in it. I also made a chicken soup using some of my dehydrated vegetables.
The soup was delicious!
Janice brought some homemade soap for all the ladies to take home with them. It smelled AMAZING!
Marianne loves her soap.
This is a bar of lavender chamomile soap that Janice gave to me. MY FAVORITE! I think she knew that.
The evening ended with a craft that Janice did with everyone. Silly me, I didn’t get a picture of the finished product. We modge podged plates using fabric. They were adorable.
I think everyone had a great evening. I know I did.