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Dehydrated and Long Term Food Storage Questions

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by grimace_1, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. grimace_1

    grimace_1 KingCounty New Member

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    I recently started using a food dehydrator, I have noticed over the coarse of a week or so the fruit is less dry. It's slightly chewy, definatly not like the crispness when originally dried. It tastes fine, but I have no idea what spoiled dehydrated food looks like.

    - How long will dehydrated fruit last in a jar like this? Bormioli Rocco Italian Fido Glass .5 liter Canning Jars
    - Do I need to put O2 obsorbers in with the food as we eat it?
    - Do I need to use a moisture absorbing packet?

    G.
     
  2. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    I had apricots last a year and they were chewy,(In jars, Ziplocks).
    If you use o2 absorbers the food needs to be crispy.
    Just experiment, My sister uses a seal a meal thing that pulls all of the air out then seals.
    My wife uses a straw and throws them in the freezer for extra safety.
     
  3. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I would sure like to learn how to dehydrate or freeze dry food for long term storage.
     
  4. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    As said above I use a vac-seal process after the dehydration. Food can't spoil if you take away oxygen and light, so put the stuff in light blocking buckets/containers. If you're dehydrating for long term storage then this is a step you should take to ensure the 'long' part.
     
  5. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Freeze Drying Food

    Find a mesh metal tray. The tray should have some holes or the freeze-drying process will take longer. These can be found at any restaurant supply store. Next, cut the apple or potato into very thin slices. The thinner the slice, the less time the process will take. Arrange the slices on the tray and place in freezer. Within 30 minutes, they should be frozen. Keep in freezer for about one week to completely dry. To test, remove one slice and thaw. If it is not completely dry, it will turn black. If this happens, keep slices in freezer for another day or two and test again.

    That's the cheapy-at-home way. Not the best by far.
     
  6. grimace_1

    grimace_1 KingCounty New Member

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    Sounds like I shouldn't worry about it.

    Thank you.

    G.
     
  7. jjackffrost

    jjackffrost central oregon Active Member

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