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Prepare for Food Shortages
Dehydrate Foods

This last week I was truly shocked to walk through one of our local grocery stores and see many of their shelves bare. Some of our stores such as Trader Joe’s and Natural Grocers are still well-stocked, but some news outlets are reporting that food shortages could get worse in the coming weeks.

Australia is showing more severe food shortages than the US.  Bloomberg recently reported that “in recent days, some Woolworths stores in Sydney had sold out of certain fruit and vegetables, and were running low on other fresh goods.” This could happen here as supply chain challenges to ramp up and key ports worldwide close or get completely clogged up.

I was thinking about what I could do to ensure that my husband and I have nutritious food, not just canned and boxed goods that we have for emergencies. I highly recommend this to you as well.

Dehydration is a KEY!

Yes, it’s time to start dehydrating. When you dehydrate foods, you don’t kill the life in the food. They are actually considered raw foods if you keep the temperature from 105 to 118 degrees. This could be your only source of enzymes and other nutrients found in raw foods. Dehydrators provide a gentle heat giving food crispness and high flavor while preserving nutritional value. You can make crackers and breads that are live and nutritious. You can also make snacks and foods in bulk and store them for later. If stored correctly, they can last for months to 5 years depending on the food and how you store them.

Best Fruits and Veggies to Dehydrate

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Kale

Dehydrated Dishes

  • Crackers
  • Raw “Pizza”
  • Breads
  • Potato Chips
  • Raw Corn Chips
  • Radish Chips
  • Beet Chips
  • Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Chips
  • Carrot Chips
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin Leather
  • Green Bean Chips
  • Garlicky Kale Chips
  • Crispy Parmesan Tomato Chips
  • Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Popcorn

Here are some tips for making the best-dehydrated foods ever:

  1. Marinating many veggies gives them delicious flavor. From kale chips to potato chips, you can marinate your foods for delicious snacks.
  2. Slice veggies thin. For example, if you slice a tomato thinly, you can add Italian seasoning and a basil leaf and you have little “mini pizzas.”
  3. Purchase square tray dehydrators so you can make crackers and breads. Get dehydrator sheets. Investing in Parallax sheets is important because if you don’t, cracker batter and marinades drip right through the trays. In fact, you simply can’t do crackers and breads without them.
  4. Dehydration times vary greatly depending on the item and the moisture in the air. But you don’t need to get a dehydrator with a timer. You can’t over dehydrate. You won’t burn anything. It’s not like baking. The important thing is to dehydrate long enough so that the foods are crisp.
  5. Set your temperature at 118 degrees or below to preserve the nutrients.
  6. Rotate your trays. Even the best dehydrators won’t dehydrate perfectly even. So move the bottom trays to the top. Also, when you are about halfway through the dehydrating process, you can remove the Parallax sheets if you want to speed up the dehydration time.

The Best Onion Rings Ever

  • 3-5 onions (yellow, white, Walla Walla sweets)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or coconut vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced or pressed, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Cut onions into thin slices and set aside. Add lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil to a blender and process until smooth. Then stir in the sea salt, minced garlic, if using, and cayenne. Pour marinade into a bowl and add the onion slices to the emulsion; marinate for about 30 minutes. Shake off excess marinade so that the onion rings are not dripping. Place onion rings on dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for about 7 to 8 hours at 105 to 115 F or until crisp. If you want a coating on the onion rings, you can sprinkle nutritional yeast over top.

For more great dehydrated recipes, see The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution

Purchase Dehydrators on Amazon.

Here are some Excalibur Dehydrators that I recommend. (Keep in mind, you don’t need a timer. You can’t over dehydrate.)

4 tray $166

5 tray $179

9 tray $249

Paraflex sheets $39 for 3


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