I always knew I had a damaging hole in my food preparations. I have quite a few proteins. In fact I consistently rotate my proteins because I use them in every day life. I also need to boost some of the protein preps, as an aside. However, what are/were missing are critical preparations because they cover two areas of importance that I personally think are overlooked. Overlooked you ask? Yes, overlooked. Here is why I say that. I think “most of us” focus on the “meat,” no pun intended. I purchase a lot of canned meats for my preps. Canned ham, turkey, chicken, etc. I also use them. I am starting to investigate canning my own meats to help cut costs if I can. I’m looking at a new pressure cooker for that. But more on that later. Back to the hole. When I looked over my food preps, I noticed a huge hole in vegetable preparations. I purchase and store a lot of stuff, but dehydrated vegetables or canned vegetables. I will tell you I like canned vegetables because they come packed in their own liquid (water) which can be recycled, purified, and ingested if necessary for hydration. However, the cans can get heavy and bulky if you had to pack’em for bugging out. So I have recently purchased a Nesco 75 PR 700 Watt Dehydrator. I immediately started looking for YouTube Channels on Dehydrating. I came across Dehydrate2Store‘s Channel. I was immediately hooked. I ran to the grocery store, and started dehydrating…
Now, I mentioned there were two reasons I started dehydrating vegetables. While writing there are actually three reasons I can come up with immediately:
- To gain ample fiber into my preparation diet
- To gain ample carbohydrates into my preparation diet
- To add ample vitamin, mineral, antioxidant content into my preparation diet.
I have read and honestly believe man cannot live on protein alone. I have seen diets such as the Atkins diet do as much harm to a person as it is supposed to do good, and in general is NOT good for the kidneys. The body needs carbohydrates. A lot of them. The body needs fiber, for a number of reasons. All three reasons are of the utmost importance, and hacking my own diet in the past, I can tell you that they are all important to me for some various health reasons. Especially from a fiber and vitamin impact. Not to mention to keep you going from a carbohydrate perspective. I have noticed that when replacing whole grains with vegetables for carbohydrates I have noticed I require a LOT of vegetables to get the same energy impact, with the exception that the energy impact lasts much longer with vegetables (and fruits) than with refined wheat products. It has also been part of the Paleo Diet that I am trying to follow (not always as successfully as I think I should).
It feels good to be able to add to my preps in an area that I know has been bothering me. So what have I been dehydrating and packaging for storage?
- Green Beans
- Italian Green Beans
- Mixed vegetables
- Potato (Hash Browns)
What I am surprised at is the speed at which the vegetables dehydrate. The size at which they dehydrate to, and how light they are for packaging post dehydration.
Testing and rehydrating the dehydrated vegetables was also interesting. I am going to have to play around with the dehydrated measurement and rehydrate to know exactly how to portion control the dehydrated veggies so that I can build a proper meal without wasting vegetables once rehydrated… Maybe I will post some findings and calorie counts per portion so that you can pair your portion with your protein portions, etc. for mealtime once I mess around with it a bit. I was surprised how quickly the vegetables rehydrated. There was a cellular level change in how they felt in some of them, so don’t expect your carrots to feel as firm as they did prior to dehydration. But, I made soup with some of them and it turned out just fine. I rehydrated peas and ate them like I just popped them out of the pod. I was pretty impressed and continue to dehydrate to store…
If you are not buying pre-canned vegetables through a vendor, I highly recommend trying to dehydrate your own vegetables. You may be able to pick an inexpensive dehydrator up on Craigslist (NJ Search) for MUCH less than purchasing new. I have noticed that many people use them just after they have been purchased, but tend to let their interest fall off shortly after. This is a great budget item to add to your preparation tools that take VERY LITTLE effort to complete.