My incredible, supportive husband went above and beyond last week and purchased an Excalibur dehydrator for me! I can't tell you how excited I am. It arrived on Friday and within the first week I've dehydrated sage, oregano, bread for crumbs, orange peel, rhubarb, and yogurt is incubating in it as I type (watch for an upcoming post on yogurt!). The possibilities are staggering!
Food storage becomes much more reasonable. The water is removed at low temperatures (below 118) to maintain the vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes. It also shrinks the size significantly. Four cups of thawed rhubarb from the freezer became 1/2 cup of dehydrated rhubarb. The next time I harvest, I'll try dehydrating fresh rhubarb and see if I get the same results. So the food is healthier and smaller than canned food!
I'm also excited about the yogurt making possibilities. I could make much larger batches in serving-size containers. That would simplify my breakfast prep significantly.