Removing the natural water from fruit and other foods might seem, well, unnatural, but it’s a process that has been successfully used for many years to make food last longer. Bacteria, yeast and mold need that moisture in food to grow, so when those foods are dehydrated, the growth of dangerous microorganisms is inhibited. And besides, if water wasn’t sometimes extracted from fruits such as plums or grapes, we wouldn’t know what prunes and raisins were.
When you’re in a survival situation, you will need foods that have a long shelf life. Nothing beats the taste of fresh fruit, but you can come pretty close with dehydrated fruit that will last and be ready to eat whenever you’re hungry and on the run. And if you make dehydrated foods yourself, you’ll have more control over the taste.
Check out this article, “How to Dehydrate Tasty Snacks.”
The author focuses on three of them – fruit leathers for a sweet and chewy snack, jerky for a tasty, meaty snack, and granola for something crunchy and wholesome. Step by step directions are spelled out for how to make each one, whether you are using a dehydrator or a conventional oven. I was shocked to find out how easy this is!
You can dehydrate just about any food, but these are my 5 favorites:
- Fruits, including strawberries kiwis, peaches, pears, apples, bananas, apricots and oranges.
- Vegetables, such as zucchini, broccoli, squash, corn, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
- Nuts, especially almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and good old peanuts.
- Seeds, including sunflower, sesame, pomegranate, flax, pumpkin, hemp and chia.
- Meats, such as beef, chicken, pork, turkey, ham, shrimp, buffalo and venison.
How about you? Have you every purchased or prepared dehydrated snacks? Tell me the ones you like to buy and the ones you prefer to make, then share your recipes in the comments.