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Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

Find a great sale on frozen vegetables, but there’s no room in the freezer?  No worries!  Dehydrating frozen vegetables is a simple prep skill to master.

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

Why You Should Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

    • Unless you have a really big garden, dehydrating frozen vegetables is much cheaper than buying fresh, and you can dehydrate frozen vegetables year round.
    • Dehydrating frozen vegetables requires no washing, peeling, slicing, chopping, or blanching,  saving you a lot of time.
    • Needs less room (much less!) for storage!

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Which Dehydrator Should You Choose?

I use an Excalibur Dehydrator, and love it.  I also own a Nesco dehydrator, which is much cheaper and works well for dehydrating frozen vegetables.   You can quickly and easily recoup  the cost of both of these dehydrators in just a few months of dehydrating your own fruits and veggies.

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

Simply spread out the mixed veggies on the dehydrator trays. I didn’t worry that the pieces were touching, I knew they would shrink as they dried and it wouldn’t be an issue. As a matter of fact, my one POUND bag of veggies shrunk down to 3/4 of a cup!

I dehydrated these @125 degrees and they took about 10 hours. Please look at your dehydrator model to see what temperature is correct for your machine. The time to dehydrate will always depend on the humidity in the room where you are dehydrating.

Pro Tip:  Want to learn more about dehydrating foods?  Hands down, the best book on the market is Tammy Gangloff’s The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook. In this book, Tammy covers it all from how to dehydrate foods, to recipes that only need water added!

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Store Dehydrated Frozen Vegetables

Now that you have a batch of inexpensive dehydrated frozen vegetables, you’ll need to store them properly. Here’s where a Food Saver comes in so handy!

My favorite way to store my dehydrated vegetables is to pour them into a wide mouth canning jar, and using the mason jar sealer accessory, vacuum seal the jar. You won’t need a ring for this, the vacuum sealing will securely keep the lid on.

 

Dehydrating frozen vegetables is the perfect project for the beginning simple prepper. Save Time. Save Money. Save Space as you build your food storage. Your dehydrator is about to become your best friend as you work to stockpile vegetables for your pantry.

How To Use Dehydrated Frozen Vegetables

    • Add a handful or two to soups or stews. Perfect for crockpot cooks!
    • Add some to a blender and turn them into a veggie powder. This powder can then be added
    • to all sorts of things you’d like to up the nutritional value of.
    • Smoothies!
    • Use for camping and hiking trips.

No Time For Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables? No Problem!

LOVE the idea of having veggies and fruits in your long term food storage as a hedge against inflation and emergencies?  But don’t have time to dehydrate your own?   Thrive carries a wide variety of sfreeze dried food for this very reason!  Check them out!

So, which frozen vegetable will you be dehydrating first?

Beginning Prepper’s Wish List: Christmas Gift Ideas For Emergency Preparedness

Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List is a great place to start shopping for someone new to prepping. Or perhaps you want to start getting your family’s 72 Hour Kits together. You’ll find our favorite stuff here on our Beginning Prepper’s Wishlist!  Heck, even experienced Preppers may discover some must have gear to make surviving Armageddon more fun.

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Beginning Prepper's Wish List


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Beginning Prepper’s Wish List:  Water

A couple of 7 Gallon Reliance Products AquaTainer Ridged Water Containers would get a Beginning Prepper’s emergency water storage on the right track!

These Datrex emergency water packets  are just the thing to get you through 72 hours with your 3 Day Kits. I like these because they can mold themselves around other items in your bug out bag.

Blue Can Pure Water allows a Beginning Prepper to have a safe, great tasting emergency water supply that will last for FIFTY years!  No chlorine, no fluoride, no BPA.  Blue Can Pure Water can get take the heat and STILL taste great!

Finally, both aLifestraw personal water filter and a Lifestraw family sized water filter are just the thing for a Beginning Preppers Wish List!  I have both the personal Life Straw and the Family Sized Life Straw as part of my preps.

RELATED   How To Choose The Best Water Filter For Your Family

In case you are like me, an over achiever in the worry department, the Sunflair Water Pasteurization Indicator is a nifty little item that will allow you to double check if your water is safe to drink.

Let There Be Light

I have a fear of trying to survive an emergency in the pitch black.  Many emergencies happen at night, therefore having a solid stash of lighting possibilities in my emergency kits is a must.  Our Beginning  Prepper’s Wish List has some some great ideas for you!

The Amerelle 71134CC Slimline Power Failure Lite is an emergency light that comes on when the power goes out.  A necessity for blackouts, storms, disasters, and over achieving worriers.

Every survivalist will love a Peak Plus Super Bright LED  tactical flashlight.  It is just the right size for keeping beside the bed, in the glove compartment of a car or in a 72 hour kit.

Light weight and collapsible, my favorite Eteckcity LED Outdoor Lanterns are a standard for every beginning prepper.  Don’t forget  extra Amazon Basics AA batteries!  Or am I the only one who does that?

A MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Light will rock the world of ANY Prepper.  Seriously.

Take a gander at a Goal Zero Torch With Integrated Solar Panel.  A flashlight with a built in solar panel! What’s not to love?

Charging Bricks

During the recent hurricanes people relied on their cell phones for important emergency information.  But once the power went out, so did the opportunity to recharge those phones.  Mophie Powerstation 8x Dual USB External Battery for Smartphones and Tablets will recharge most phones up to 8 times!  You can even recharge two phones at once!

Emergency Food Storage and Stove

Emergencies make me hungry.  What about you?  Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List can help you satisfy those munchies!

You can take a Gas One GS 3000 Portable Gas Stove  camping OR use it inside to cook a quick meal. Yes, you read that correctly.  This Butane fueled emergency stove can be used in doors!  Grab some extra butane too!

When a Beginning Prepper has hot water, they can make a hot meal using Mountain House freeze dried foods.Just pour the hot water right into the bag and ta-da! dinner is served!

 

The Gift Of Food Preservation

Dehydrating your own food is a terrific skill for a beginning Prepper that reduces the cost of building a stash of long term food storage.  Imagine being able to preserve your own food simply and inexpensively.

I got started dehydrating with a Nesco Dehydrator, which is one of the more inexpensive options available.

When my dehydrating habit…..er……..skills increased, I added an Excalibur to the family.  Excalibur’s heat from the back to the font, which allows all the shelves to dry without needed to rotate trays.  The square trays of the Excalibur makes it easier to get more food on a tray too.

A favorite book on how to dehydrate food can be found in The Ultimate Dehydrator Book.  Mine has become like an old friend, as I refer to it so often.

Staying Warm On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Emergency Sleeping Bag.  Made out of a thermal blanket material, the TACT Bivvy by Survival Frog provides a tear-resistant, water proof, weather-resistant protection that you can climb into just like a sleeping bag.

Military Grade, Heavy, Washable Wool Blanket.   Wool is antibacterial, temperature regulating and water proof.

Zippo Hand Warmers have the ability to provide gentle warmth for 12 hours.

Survive the cold of winter with a Portable, Indoor-Safe Radiant Heater like Mr. Heater.  I always think better when my teeth aren’t chattering.  Freezing through an emergency isn’t necessary when preparations have been made in advance.

Face Masks and Emergency Medical Kits

RELATED How To Choose The Best Emergency Face Mask

I love the Cambridge N99 Washable Respirator, and it’s ability to go for up to 300 hours before the filter needs to be changed.   Lab tested British military filtration technology filters almost 100% of pollution, gases, bacteria and viruses.  The Turquoise is my favorite!  What’s yours?

Here is a simple medical kit to add to add to your emergency vehicle kit.

Here’s a first aid kit to hang off of your 72 Hour Kit for quick and easy access.

 

RELATED: The Best Essential Oils For Medical Kits Survivalists

Other Really Great Stuff On Our Beginning Prepper’s Wish List

Spyderco’s Deica4 Light Weight Plain Edge Knife is the perfect Every Day Carry knife.

How about a  camping/survival knife  from our Beginning Preppers Wish List that will last for a generation or two, the Ka-Bar BK-22 Becker. Uh……Santa?  If you are reading this, I’ve been a very good girl……

Does your Beginning Prepper need a way to keep their new knife sharp?  A Lansky BladeMedic is a great choice for a knife sharpener light weight enough to fit into a Bug Out Bag.

World’s Loudest Emergency Whistle.  No 72 hour kit would be complete without the ability to let people know where you are.

The Holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new.  I hope your New Year includes the peace that being prepared brings.   Merry Christmas!

Politics and Prepping: The Rising Cost of Produce

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy is an important Prepper skill to develop.  It allows you to prepare in advance for the rising cost of produce items we rely on daily.

Paying For A Wall Between The U.S. and Mexico

Let’s take President Trump’s proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico. You know, the one Mexico is supposedly paying for? The one that for all intents and purposes might really  be paid for by a 20% tax on what American’s import from Mexico?

Now whether you are in favor of a wall or hate the idea, isn’t the issue.

The issue is a potential 20% increase of everything you purchase that crosses that boarder.

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

What Does The U.S. Import From Mexico?

In 2015 alone, the U.S. imported over $295 BILLION dollars worth of products from Mexico, according to government trade data. From cars to car parts, to electrical machinery and oil.  $2.4 billion worth of apparel.  $1.9 Billion in beer and tequila.

What really has my attention is the amount of of vegetables, fruit and nuts we import from Mexico.  $5.5 billion of vegetables and $3.9 billion of fruit and nuts.  All to potentially be subjected to a %20 price increase.

Bananas and Mangoes

Consider the products we simply can’t grow here such as bananas and mangoes. And then consider what other countries might do to block U.S. exports in retaliation.

And what about the fresh fruits and vegetables we depend on during the winter months? Where do we get a great deal of those? Yup. Mexico.

Can Your Grocery Budget Handle The Increase?

Did I mention the amount of tomatoes and avocados we import from Mexico? 78% of our avocados and 71% of our tomatoes according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  And it not just avocados and tomatoes either.   Herbs, spinach and lettuce make their way across the border to our tables every day.

Finally, according to Forbes, the restaurant industry is already seeing their stocks fall on the fears of increased food costs.

 

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables. How To Prepare For The Rising Cost Of Produce

Learn to grow your own.  Now is the perfect time to learn what grows in your area and how to start your own seeds indoors.   Growing your own food helps to tremendously off set the rising cost of produce.

As the season progresses we at Simply Preparing will help walk you through the basics of getting your first garden up and growing!

Learn how to preserve your own food.   It’s easier than you think.  I promise.

Dehydrating.  With just a few simple pieces of equipment you can dehydrate and store fruit and vegetables long term.  One of my favorite resources for dehydrating is the book, Dehydrate2Store by Tammy Gangloff.

Another excellent storage option is to freeze your bounty.   Did you know you can freeze avocados?  Yup! I have a freezer full of frozen avocados for my son’s blenderized diet and my guacamole addiction!

Carolyn Humphries book, How To Freeze Fresh Food At Home is a great book for beginners wanting to learn how to freeze foods.

Prepping With Freeze Dried Food.

Let’s face it.  With or without a wall between us and Mexico, food prices are only going higher and higher.  This is where the real value of freeze dried foods come in.  With up to a 25 year shelf life.  Non-GMO offerings.  Locally sourced whenever possible.

Each can of freeze dried food I purchase today has it’s price frozen as well.  Up to 25 years from now I can open a can of food that I paid 2017 prices for, and allows me to combat the rising cost of produce.  It’s like having money in the bank, but with a much higher interest rate.

It’s also pretty amazing how versatile freeze dried food is.  Take a look at all the produce used in one of my favorite soup recipes, Sausage Potato Soup!  Yum!

Understanding the relationship between politics and the economy will give you the opportunity to prepare for rising costs. As President Trump moves forward with building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, rising produce costs are becoming a reality. Make sure your food storage and budget doesn't take a hit with these strategies for prepping against the rising cost of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

Not sure how to use freeze dried foods?  No problem!  You can take a look at the recipes found on my Thrive Website to get some great ideas.

Taking the time to understand what is happening within the White House will insure that your house is prepared to better weather the growing world wide unrest, the consequences of repealing the Dodd-Frank Act and the returning concerns with China’s economy.

How to preserve blackberries

I love to preserve blackberries.   It’s so easy to insure the great taste of summer in your food preps with just a small amount of work.  Rich in bioflavonoids, vitamin C and antioxidants, blackberries are nutritional power houses perfect for long term food storage pantries.   Here are my favorite ways to preserve blackberries.

There are more was to preserve blackberries than just making jam and fruit roll ups. Learn how to preserve blackberries to use in smoothies, oatmeal, muffins and more. Learn how to make seedless blackberry powder to stir into yogurt and use in baking. Preserve the fresh taste of summer all year long!

How To Freeze Blackberries

One way to preserve blackberries is to simply wash them using a 4:1 solution of water to vinegar, allowing them to air dry and then ‘flash freezing’ them.

To flash freeze,  simply lay out the now dry berries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Pop the tray into the freezer until the berries are frozen, then  package them in a  freezer safe container.

By ‘flash freezing’ the berries first, you’ll be able to simply pour out the amount of frozen berries you need.

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Preserve blackberries without the seeds.

I prefer my blackberries in a seedless form, especially in smoothies, or my son’s blenderized diet.  First,  rinse the blackberries with the 4:1  water to vinegar solution and puree them in a blender.   With the back of a spoon, push the blackberry puree through a sieve into a clean container. Easy!

how to deseed blackberries

Fill ice cube trays  or the trays used to freeze baby food with the blackberry puree, and freeze. Frozen blackberry ice cubes are a fun way to preserve blackberries.    The result is a whole bunch of frozen blackberry puree ice cubes that  can be added to smoothies,  thawed to flavor yogurt,  or as  base for popsicles and more!

How to use blackberry 'ice cubes'.

How To Dehydrate Blackberries

Dehydrated blackberries last for years when stored properly.  Rinse berries in a 4:1 solution of vinegar water  and  allow to air dry in a dehydrator set to Cool.  Dehydrating wet blackberries makes them flatten out.

Once the blackberries are dry,  set the temperature of the dehydrator to 125F and allow them to dehydrate for 18-20 hours.  Blackberries are done when you can easily crush a berry into powder with just your  fingers.

How to dehydrate blackberries

Make Blackberry Powder

Fill a sieve with dehydrated blackberries and crush them with the back of a spoon, catching the powder in a bowl.  You’ll be left with just dehydrated blackberry seeds in the sieve which you can throw in your compost pile.

Sprinkle blackberry powder in  teas and juices, or  into  your daily water intake.  Spoon blackberry powder over your morning oatmeal or yogurt and into your smoothie for a ‘grit-less’ drink.

Rehydrate your blackberry powder and use it in your favorite blackberry jam recipe.  Bonus!  No seeds!

Use dehydrated blackberries in place of fresh blackberries to make a blackberry flavored simple syrup to use to flavor cocktails and sodas.

Too busy to preserve blackberries yourself?

I  store cans of freeze dried blackberries in my long term food storage.   A quick trip to  Thrive Life  and you could do the same!

Need more information on how to dehydrate foods?  I recommend Dehydrate2Store.

What foods are you preserving this harvest season?