Dehydrating Your Own Survival Foods
From the Prepper Project: Drying foods is one of the oldest methods of food preservation known to man. With the invention of refrigerators, freezers, and home canning, dehydration has declined in homes. Most modern day people who dehydrate foods for storage use electric appliances rather than the free methods that our forefathers used. I’m talking about the sun and fire…both perfectly good sources of heat for removing moisture from foods to make them last in storage, and helps create a more self sufficient food supply, as you are able to stretch how long it lasts.
During the summer our food sources are varied and bountiful. Greens are free for the picking, fruits grow wild on trees and bushes, and gardeners have more veggies than they can use. Canning, freezing, pickling, and root cellaring are all great methods of preserving the harvest. But what if you don’t have electricity? You may still be able to can food as I discuss in Canning Food without Electricity. Root cellaring is a very low maintenance way to store some crops. If you have vinegar or salt you could pickle some of the harvest. However, for long term storage of a variety of different foods, dehydration may be your best bet.
Drying removes most of the moisture from foods, making it resistant to spoilage, lightweight, nutrient dense and easy to store. A Bug Out Bag full of dried fruits, veggies, and meats will provide the survivor with most of the food they need for extended treks in the wilderness. Small bug out cabins that are short on storage space can still fit an array of dried meals to get through the lean days of winter.
Dehydrating foods removes some of the water soluble vitamins, but retains the fiber, calories, minerals, and many vitamins. Natural sugars in fruits are concentrated for a boost of energy necessary for survival situations. Dried meats and fish are rich in protein and minerals. Having these nutritious foods on hand just might get survivors through the winter when other foods are hard to come by.
Originally posted 2016-04-28 18:24:47.