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Saturday, May 30, 2009

- Dehydrating 101

Presenting the
Queen of Dehydrating

In an earlier blog entry (here) many of you were introduced to the art of dehydrating through a series of YouTube videos. The talented woman who taught dehydrating in those videos has added more for your learning pleasure. Below you will find the current list as of today. For those of you who already watched the first series of videos there is a division in the list below so you can go directly to the newest additions.

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 1

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 2

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 3

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 4

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 5

- Recent Additions -

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 6

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 7

How to cook with dehydrated and stored food - Part 8

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 9

How to dehydrate and store food - Part 10

Yogurt & tea - Part 1 of 2

Yogurt & tea - Part 2 of 2

Soup & salmon

More Uses for Your Dehydrator


Make Fruit and Vegetable Powders and Herb Seasonings

Dry your fruits, vegetables and herbs until extra dry. Place them in your blender and pulverize them into a flour like consistency. Add fruit powders to your baked goods, puddings, whipped creams, yogurts and beverages. Add powdered vegetables like onions, celery and tomato to soups, salads and egg dishes. Mix them with water, milk or juices and they make great natural baby foods. Convert dried herbs into flavorful blended vinegars, herb salts and seasoning mixes.

Make Dough Art and Cake Decorations

Dough art is great for hanging ornaments, party favors and special occasions. The dehydrator uses even heat and lower temperatures that prevents cracking and browning that may occur when you use a conventional hot oven. The removable shelves of the Excalibur dehydrator allows you to make large dough art pieces.

The basic recipe is as follows:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • food coloring as needed for colored dough

First combine the flour and salt then mix in the water and knead for about 5-10 minutes. Roll out the dough and shape it into the desired shapes or use cookie cutters. Place the dough items on Teflex sheets and dry on the highest setting for about 2-4 hours. When dry, paint with craft paints and seal with a plastic fixative available at your local craft store.

Dehydrate the frosting for cake decorations. Mix your favorite recipe and squeeze out of your cake decorating device into the shapes you want on a Teflex sheet or saran wrap. Usual drying time is 1-3 hours at 100° - 110° F.

President Gordon B. Hinckley

Everyone who owns a home recognizes the need for fire insurance. We hope and pray that there will never be a fire. Nevertheless, we pay for insurance to cover such a catastrophe, should it occur. We ought to do the same with reference to family welfare.

“To Men of the Priesthood,” Ensign, Nov. 2002


  1. Great segment on the Queen of Dehydrating - she really has an impressive arsenal. Since I live in Utah, I have taken advantage of the sun for my dehydrating. Dehydrating is such a good thing for food storage, particularly to ensure we have vegetables in tough times. http://tinyurl.com/c5lqdz

  2. What is her name, and does she have a book? I have had my dehydrator for 1 year and never used it because the other books I have read on the subject made it seem so complicated. Thank You for making it easy!

  3. Hi,

    My name is Tammy I just now came across your site. I don't know if I am deserving of a gold crown but, I thank you for your kindness. I have a new site www.Dehydrate2store.com it is a free information site dedicated to encourageing others to build their pantry. I was Baptized March 29, 2009. I have a testimony that I would love to share with you on your site if you would like. If there is anything I can do or anything you would like me to put on my site please let me know. Again Thank you for kind words. Tammy

  4. Tammy,
    I perfer to puree my whole tomatoes precook them to take care of any bacterias that we don't want and I feel it retains it's color better. Should I puree the tomatoes and leave them in the refrigerater over night to remove water before I precook them or should I precook first? Also do you have any idea how long it's take your excalibur to totaly dry tomato puree vs sliced tomatoes? Also, if I puree, do I need to remove the skins?
    I have so many questions and really no one to bounce them off of.
    thank you so much for your help and service.


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