How to Dry Broccoli with a Dehydrator

How to Dry Broccoli Using a Dehydrator

Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables to grow...and eat!  While freezing is the standard way to preserve broccoli, why not make it shelf-stable by dehydrating it?  Yep, it can be done!  Let me show you "How to Dry Broccoli Using a Dehydrator"! I can hardly wait to harvest my broccoli every year!  I never feel as though I grow enough of it! Broccoli is such a nutritional powerhouse! I've always been allergic to cow's milk, albeit raw, cultured, whatever.  I cannot drink it in any form. Rather than supplement my diet with calcium capsules, I've made a point over the years to...

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5 Ways to Avoid Garden Burnout

5 Ways to Avoid Garden Burnout

As the seed catalogs flood our mailboxes, glorious thoughts of beautifully colored fruits and vegetables surround our minds.  We picture ourselves strolling through weedless gardens, as the birds sing, plucking the fruit of our labor, with just a glow of perspiration on our face!  Psht.  The reality of the garden is much different that the fantasy described above.  The truth is that manure must be spread, seedlings die, bugs come, equipment breaks and tools get lost, and the WEEDS.  Can anyone relate??  Let's get real and discuss "5 Ways to Avoid Garden Burnout"! How to Have a Weed-Free Vegetable Garden Over...

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What Homesteaders Really Want for Christmas

What Homesteaders Want for Christmas – Homesteading “Must-Haves”

I think all homesteaders look forward to Christmas!  Why?  Because it's a time when they look forward to sales (and possible gifts!) on the tools they want and need to be more sustainable!  If you love a homesteader, you need this "What Homesteaders Want for Christmas - Homesteading "Must-Haves""! You'll never find me at a Black Friday sale.  Nor will you find me at a mall, strolling around with bags in both arms.  Christmas  brings out the worst in a consumer-driven society.  However, on the bright side, Christmas can bring discounts on much desired items for your homestead.  Whether you...

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How to Make Green Superfood Powder at Home

How to Make Green Superfood Powder at Home

Greens are some of the simplest foods to dehydrate and use in the kitchen!  You can even go one step further and learn "How to Make Green Superfood Powder at Home"!  Let's take a look at how it's done! You can dry all sorts of greens, including spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens and various lettuces.  I take it a step further and dehydrate weeds that I forage like chickweed, plantain and dandelion.  I enjoy using my dried greens in my cooking, but I really love making my own super greens powder!  Why pay top dollar for super greens...

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How to Dehydrate Carrots

How to Dehydrate Carrots

Sometimes you're out and see some gorgeous produce that just begs to be taken home and preserved!  That was the case today when I saw a great deal on a 5# bag of organic carrots, so I brought them home to dehydrate.  Carrots are so good for you, rich in Vitamin A plus minerals and potassium! I absolutely love dehydrating food!  It's so quick and easy to do!  Let's get these carrots dried! (More about my favorite dehydrator here!) First things first, we need to give them a quick rinse and then cap and peel them. Time to cut the carrots into...

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How to Dry Fruit

How to Dehydrate Fruit

I've been doing a ton of dehydrating this week!  There is so much fresh fruit in season right now, it would be crazy to not capture all of this nutrition and flavor for the colder months!  Come along and let me show you how to dehydrate fruit! Food preservation is such a critical skill to learn!  Of all the ways I know how to preserve food, dehydrating is by far the most simple! First of all, you're going to need a good dehydrator.  I own and recommend the Excalibur Dehydrator wholeheartedly!  You can read my review and the "11 Ways to...

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11 Ways to Use Your Dehydrator

11 Ways to Use Your Dehydrator

  Dehydrating is one of the world's oldest food preservation methods.  Today, dehydrating food is so much easier and so much fun!  My guess is that most people don't utilize their dehydrator as often they could, so here's "11 Amazing Dehydrator Recipes"! You can use any dehydrator for the following recipes.  Personally, I own an Excalibur and I can't say enough good things about it! As the author of a sustainable living blog, I feel that I have a responsibility to educate and to promote good quality, dependable tools.  Money is too hard to come by, why waste it on cheap products...

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How to Dry Tomatoes Using a Dehydrator

How to Dry Tomatoes Using a Dehydrator

The only thing more wonderful that picking gorgeous red tomatoes from your garden, is putting them up for winter!  But when you've canned and frozen all the tomatoes you need, why not learn how to dehydrate tomatoes? This year wasn't my best tomato crop.  Everyone has years like that. Fortunately for me, I still have a ton of canned tomatoes from last year.  The tomatoes that I'm harvesting this year have a couple of issues... This year's crop isn't perfect enough for canning and I don't have very many. How to Dehydrate Carrots This is one of those years when using alternative ways of...

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window herb garden

4 Ways to Dehydrate Herbs

It's that time of year, when the herbs seem to be growing faster than I can harvest them!  That's why I'm excited to share "4 Ways to Dehydrate Herbs" with you! You might remember my post a while back "How to Design an Herb Garden".  Well, that little garden is cranking out some serious amounts of herbs, and so I find my self using more than one method to dehydrate them. My tried and true, old-fashioned but much preferred way to dry herbs is by simply hanging them.  Let nature do it's thing and just let them dry.  This method only...

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