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The Easy Food Dehydrating podcast covers all things related to food dehydrating. Dried bananas? Fruit rollups? Mushrooms? Yep. What kind of dehydrator and food vacuum sealers to use? Yes. What size oxygen absorber is best? Yeah. It's all in here. A weekly Podcast by Susan Gast ~ your food dehydrating guru since 2010!

Easy Food Dehydrating Susan Gast

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The Easy Food Dehydrating podcast covers all things related to food dehydrating. Dried bananas? Fruit rollups? Mushrooms? Yep. What kind of dehydrator and food vacuum sealers to use? Yes. What size oxygen absorber is best? Yeah. It's all in here. A weekly Podcast by Susan Gast ~ your food dehydrating guru since 2010!

    Ep 10 - What are Mylar Bags and Why Use Them?

    Ep 10 - What are Mylar Bags and Why Use Them?

    Let's talk about Mylar bags today. Specifically what they are, and why we use them in our food dehydrating efforts. You know, when we store dried foods for long-term storage, it's important to keep three 'enemies' at bay:
    WaterLightAirThese tough bags are an excellent way to keep your dehydrated foods safe.

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    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please share it with someone else you think might enjoy it too! 
    See how easy it is to dehydrate food, whatever the reason or the season!
    Visit https://www.easy-food-dehydrating.com for all things dehydrating! 
    As a "Thank You" for listening, please pick up a copy of "How to Grow and Dehydrate Herbs" on Susan's website at https://www.easy-food-dehydrating.com/dehydrate-herbs.html
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    Ep 9 - What's the Difference between Nesco and Excalibur Dehydrators?

    Ep 9 - What's the Difference between Nesco and Excalibur Dehydrators?

    Unsure which dehydrator is best for you? Susan explains the difference between the two 'starter model' dehydrators so you'll know which model will suit you best! Or do what Susan did, get one of each!

    Check out
    Nesco dehydrators
    Excalibur dehydrators
    over on Susan's website Easy Food Dehydrating 

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    See how easy it is to dehydrate food, whatever the reason or the season!
    Visit https://www.easy-food-dehydrating.com for all things dehydrating! 
    As a "Thank You" for listening, please pick up a copy of "How to Grow and Dehydrate Herbs" on Susan's website at https://www.easy-food-dehydrating.com/dehydrate-herbs.html
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    • 9 min
    Ep 8 - 10 Things You Should Know About Dehydrating Food

    Ep 8 - 10 Things You Should Know About Dehydrating Food

    Drying food is a great way to preserve it for a long period of time and it’s a simple and easy process that can be done at home with little equipment and without any chemicals. All you need is a dehydrator (which can be purchased online or at most kitchen stores) and some fresh produce.
    Easy Preparation: Wash, Peel, Slice, or Dice
    Prior to dehydrating, simply wash and slice the produce thinly, spread it out on the dehydrator trays, and set the dehydrator to the appropriate temperature.
    To aid in the slicing and dicing department, use a food processor—or a mandoline. It will slowly lose its water content over the course of several hours, leaving behind a product that can be stored for later consumption.
    Dried produce can last a few weeks at room temperature, or for months or even years when stored properly using a food vacuum-sealer machine, making it a great way to preserve it for long-term food storage.
    Follow Susan’s 10-Point Guide on what you should know about dehydrating food.
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    Visit Easy Food Dehydrating for all things dehydrating! 
    As a "Thank You" for listening, please pick up a copy of "How to Grow and Dehydrate Herbs" on Susan's website at Dehydrate Herbs free eBook. 
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    • 12 min
    Ep 7 - Food Vacuum Sealer Bags and Rolls

    Ep 7 - Food Vacuum Sealer Bags and Rolls

    Today’s episode talks about using food vacuum sealer bags and rolls and the different roles they play. Susan reminds you to get your oxygen absorbers too at this point! Included are tips on how to fill the bags with ease!
    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please share it with someone else you think might enjoy it too! 
    See how easy it is to dehydrate food, whatever the reason or the season!
    Visit Easy Food Dehydrating for all things dehydrating! 
    As a "Thank You" for listening, please pick up a copy of "How to Grow and Dehydrate Herbs" on Susan's website at Dehydrate Herbs free eBook. 
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    • 6 min
    Ep 6 - Dehydrating Meat + Beef Jerky Recipe!

    Ep 6 - Dehydrating Meat + Beef Jerky Recipe!

    Dehydrating meat is a great option if you are you looking for a way to preserve meat without canning or freezing.  It's easy to do, and you can dehydrate just about any kind of meat. We'll show you how dehydrating meat is done safely, step-by-step. We'll also share some tips on how to store your dried meat and use it in recipes. Let's get started! We've also got an easy Beef Jerky recipe too.
    Methods of Preserving Meat - Meats are preserved by smoke, freeze-dried, or cured by salt. Shelf life is important, right? But we're all about the 'easy' here as in 'easy'-food-dehydrating! For example, when preparing chicken for the family dinner, put an extra breast in the cooking pot and save it to dehydrate later on! Dehydrators do a fine job of drying meats for backpacking. Let's get some meat dehydrated NOW before inflation gets any worse—and meat prices escalate (even more than they already have ...)
    If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please share it with someone else you think might enjoy it too! 
    See how easy it is to dehydrate food, whatever the reason or the season!
    Visit Easy Food Dehydrating for all things dehydrating! 
    As a "Thank You" for listening, please pick up a copy of "How to Grow and Dehydrate Herbs" on Susan's website at Dehydrate Herbs free eBook. 
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    As promised: a beef jerky recipe and how to make it in a regular everyday oven.

    Below the 'oven' instructions is 'how to make it' with an electric dehydrator.

    Here are the ingredients no matter how you make it!: 
    a pound of beef (sirloin, flank, or London broil) two tablespoons of soy saucetwo teaspoons of Worcestershire sauceone teaspoon of onion powderone teaspoon of garlic powderhalf a teaspoon of black peppera quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper (that's optional) a quarter cup of brown sugar, also optionalJerky instructions for a regular oven:
    Trim the beef of any fat and slice it into thin strips - about a quarter inch thick. 
    In a large resealable bag, combine the meat with the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and cayenne pepper, if using. Marinate the meat in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. 
    Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a wire rack on top. Then place the beef on the wire rack, making sure they aren't touching each other, not the racks, I mean the meat!
    Bake for 4 to 6 hours, or until it's dry and slightly chewy. Remove the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Enjoy! 
    To make this same jerky in an electric dehydrator: Use the same ingredients, listed above. 
    Jerky instructions for an electric dehydrator:
    Trim the beef of any fat and slice it into thin strips - a quarter inch thickness. Again, if you're using the flank or London broil, cut the beef against the grain. It won't fall apart as easily. 
    In a large resealable bag, combine the beef with the ‘SOY’ sauce, the ‘WORCESTER’ sauce, the onion powder, the garlic powder, the pepper, and cayenne pepper - if you did use it. 
    Again, marinate the beef for 4 hours or overnight. 
    Set your electric dehydrator to 165 degrees Fahrenheit - dry the beef strips for 6 to 8 hours. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight refrigerator in your fridge.
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    Ep 5 - Six Simple Steps for Dehydrating Food Safely

    Ep 5 - Six Simple Steps for Dehydrating Food Safely

    There's nothing like the taste of fresh, homemade food. And when you dehydrate your own food, you can enjoy that delicious flavor all year round! In this how-to guide, we will walk you through six simple steps to dehydrate food at home. With a little preparation and some basic supplies, you'll be on your way to creating healthy and delicious snacks and meals. So let's get started!
    All it takes are six simple steps to dehydrate food.
    1. Buy It!
    2. Prep It!
    3. Dehydrate It!
    4. Condition It!
    5. Vacuum-Seal It!
    6. Store It!
    NOTE: The fourth step, 'conditioning,' is an oft-missed step by beginners.
    Do these steps in order and you're bound to succeed. Don’t forget to stock up on vacuum-sealer bags and 100cc oxygen absorbers.
     If you enjoyed listening to this episode, please share it with someone else you think might enjoy it too! See how easy it is to dehydrate food, whatever the reason or the season!
    Visit Easy Food Dehydrating for all things dehydrating! 
    As a "Thank You" for listening, please pick up a copy of "How to Grow and Dehydrate Herbs" on Susan's website at Dehydrate Herbs free eBook. 
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